Update: Mansfield Fire Dept said the odor did not originate from them, and Midlothian Fire Dept Smitty Smith said the only controlled burn they had today was really small (trashcan size), but did allude to the Bastrop fires south of us.
An hour before Arlington 911 calls started coming in an email from the TCEQ forecast for read (I boldfaced for emphasis): “Thursday 10/19/2017
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach “Moderate” or possibly higher on the north and northwest side of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and on the west side of the Houston area; and “Moderate” in parts of the Austin, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.
Elevated urban fine particulate background levels associated with continental haze (with contributions from light amounts of patchy smoke from seasonal agricultural burning across the Southeastern United States, including Texas) combined with sufficient local add-on could also be enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower end of the “Moderate” range in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well. “
While the 911 operator assured me that the odor was not the natural gas pad site by my home near the ATT Stadium, I still blogged about this due to the INVERSION risk (yet another reason to dread living in an Urban Drilling town).
By 10 am on 10/19/2017 I was closing windows amid the haze outside I was gagging on a smoke smell that reminded me of burning plastic.
In looking at our windmap the winds are coming from the south (SSE) and blowing to the north (NNW).In living in Arlington and hearing reports of those south of me also smelling an odor, I alerted DFW Scanner who made a report...”We have received numerous reports of smoke and or a haze of smoke in the Arlington area. Arlington FD has dispatched numerous “smoke investigation” calls, especially on the north side. Others cities are also reporting smoky conditions. We heard it may be related to a controlled burn in the Midlothian area, but 9-1-1 dispatch says it is not them. We will update when we have heard the source”.
From there 300 plus comments ensued of which one that lead to this NBCDFW post…
http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Whats-With-All-the-Smoke-in-North-Texas-Thursday-451621033.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_DFWBrand,“Mansfield police dispatch said the smoke is from a controlled burn at U.S. Highway 287 and Kimble Road”.
Another commenter said that there a Bastrop controlled burn on Monday, Oct 16…
http://www.statesman.com/news/local/prescribed-burn-ongoing-bastrop-state-park-residents-not-worry/oAqYLS6DE4iWypvZ1DhRlO/“Winds are blowing north to south, and the fire is contained, officials said”.
So those are the 2-3 suspect causes…then the WFAA weather guy just comments that a controlled burn south of the DFW area coupled with an inversion layer is the culprit.
While he did not pinpoint the source weather it was the controlled burn from Hwy287 & Kimble Rd or the controlled burn two days earlier from Bastrop is unclear….but one thing is for sure….people have those California fires on their mind.
One other commenter, Travis Tedford, replied to me with a radar clip saying, “The radar went down nearest to Arlington for maintenance (go figure right?) However, the news did bring attention to several major fires burning up near the panhandle that could potentially be reaching us now”
In utilizing the daily air monitoring station on UTArlington campus next to the natural gas pad site, here is the not so helpful reading….funny how equipment goes dead just when we are interested in their readings….
So what is an meterological inversion? I have blogged about these and the Urban Drilling Emission Event risks….https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/arlinton-had-a-secret-dfw-midstream-compressor-station-on-uta-campus/ (I know my son was sickened during a whiteout playing outside when this compressor station was still in operation-I believe a cooling inversion exposed him-he was lethargic for ten days and had dilated eyes and other BP symptoms)…