TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (wthi) - The condition of our atmosphere continues to deteriorate under the oppressive heat and humidity of our present heat wave.
Particles of dust, smoke and other pollutants are trapped near the earth's surface by high pressure, causing an unpleasant haze to hang over us.
It's more than simple haze, it's toxic.
"Nitrous oxide comes out of the car's exhaust and combines with nitrous dioxide," said Dr. Richard Kjounaas of the Indiana State chemistry department. "The oxygen atoms then react in the sunlight to produce ozone. Ozone then reacts in the sunlight to create other, even more dangerous pollutants called PAMS, which are especially dangerous, especially to the respiratory system"
Simply put, your car's exhaust, combining with sunlight is polluting the air and there's not much we can do about it.
Limiting your driving to early morning or late evening, if possible, and drive only when necessary will help with the pollution.
The holiday season is often a happy one for the whole family, but for those grieving the loss of a loved one it can be a difficult time of the year. One local family is carrying on the memory of their son during the holidays.
UPDATE: Around 9 a.m. on Saturday, the Terre Haute Police Department responded to the Statesman Inn room 144 at 1407 N 3rd Street. Officers found Randall Norton Jr, 21, with multiple stab wounds to his back and abdomen.
Update: The Washington Police Department is looking to speak with a person of interest in an ongoing death investigation.
Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family. For some people the term family goes beyond their children.
Thursday night’s church fire in Prairie Creek in Vigo County was still smoldering Friday afternoon.
UPDATE: An assault on Friday around 2 p.m. leaves one man seriously injured. Terre Haute Police responded to the 2100 block of Locust Street in Terre Haute after a report of a battery.