Cache Valley is a great place to raise kids, enjoy gorgeous scenery and has pretty much anything you “Need” to live a happy, comfortable life.
To be more specific, an inversion is a meteorological phenomenon that happens when warm air becomes trapped above cold air. This prevents the air in the valley from circulating. It traps polluted air containing ozone and ammonia (From all the agriculture) at ground level, making it very hazardous to breathe. Cache Valley is like a bowl surrounded by a ring of large (And beautiful) mountains. The mountains exacerbate the problem because it helps contain the air and slow cirrculation as well.
In 2004, Cache Valley had the worst air quality on record, despite the fact that we have very little heavy industry in Logan. Here is a photo taken from one of the mountains in the valley. We were trapped under this blanket of muck, breathing it in every day.You can just see the tips of the Wellsville mountains (Seen below) peeking out of the air. You SHOULD see the city below, but you can’t as it is obliterated by haze. During that time, if I went outside and took a big breath, I would start coughing and hacking. I call always tell when it is inversion time. 2004 was the worst-My head and lungs hurt for about 6 weeks and we had to be VERY careful with James because of his asthma. Every day about this time of year, schools have air quality readings that indicate if it is safe to hold outside recess because asthma and breathing issues for kids go crazy this time of year. In 2004, my school had about 20 inside recess days and it was very difficult on everyone.
Don’t get me wrong, Logan isn’t a cesspool of pollution, especially since 2004 people are more aware about driving contributing to the problem and keeping aware of air conditions. People still need to drive and we will still have the agricultural industry that contributes to ammonia in the air, but we do what we can.
I’m just bitchy because this time of year is hard on my family because two of us have compromised respiratory systems. Some good news is since we are cleaning my house from top to bottom, I have found about 8 inhalers so we are totally set in that area.
It is much harder to try and prepare for telling your snow-crazed 10-year-old that he can’t play outside because he has asthma and it just isn’t good for him.
“But, Mom! Christopher and I were going to make a snowman scene about you like in ‘Calvin and Hobbes’!”
“I’m sorry, son. I know you are disappointed. What was the scene going to depict, anyway?”
“I’m not sure, but we know that we wanted to try and work in your hatred of black licorice into it. That’s as far as we got.”
It sucketh a wheezing duck, my friends. (Good thing for the duck that I have assloads of inhalers at my house, huh?)