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High Pollution Advisory Issued For Phoenix Metro Area

Phoenix is beginning 2018 with poor air quality. Health officials have issued a high pollution advisory through Tuesday for the metro area.

Air quality is expected to even reach the very unhealthy category in some areas. Mark O’Malley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says a high pressure system is responsible for the haze sitting over Phoenix.

"That's trapping all the air down into the Valley ... like a bowl of water where the smoke keeps sloshing back and forth, but it can’t escape,” O’Malley said.

People burning wood over the holidays only makes the problem worse, he said.

Those who are sensitive to air quality should avoid being outside. O’Malley said that even healthy people could feel the effects given the high levels.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.