You don’t need us to tell you it’s hot out there, LOU, just step outside and let your glasses fog up.
However, something you might not have noticed between yesterday’s heat-related power outages downtown + the sweat dripping down your forehead, are the city’s Air Quality Alerts.
Today, we’re unpacking these alerts, how to track them, and what you can do to help.
Air Quality Alerts are issued based on the Air Quality Index (AQI), which tells us the cleanliness ofoutdoor air. While there are five major air pollutants, the primary two Metro’s Air Pollution Control District (APCD) — which has been around since 1945 — are concerned with are ground-level ozone and particle pollution.
Sign up to receive air quality alerts for Louisville below. | Photo by @thedaviswonder
Let’s break those down:
Ground-level ozone (O3) — Not emitted directly in the air, but is created when other pollutants, such as vehicle + industry emissions, mix with heat and sunlight, which makes the pollutant more prevalent in the summer months
Particulate matter (PM10 + PM 2.5) — Composed of super small, solid particles and droplets suspended in the air + comes from a variety of components like metals, soil, dust, and organic chemicals
The APCD monitors and predicts these pollutants via the ten air stations across the Greater Louisville area. Interact with the stations on this map.
AQI is metered from zero-500 and uses six color variations — from green to dark red — to denote how hazardous the air is for our health — from aggravating existing diseases like asthma to triggering heart attacks.
For example, yesterday, Derby City had a yellow rating of 83 meaning it was a good day to be outside for just about everyone except those considered to be part of sensitive populations (those with lung or heart disease, asthma + children and older adults).
Yesterday’s AQI was 83. | Screenshot from Louisville’s Air Quality Index
Retro Wednesday | Wed., June 15 | 9:30-11:55 p.m. | Sauerback Family Drive-In | $10 per carload | See the 1980s throwbacks “Back to the Future” + “Clue” on the big screen.
Garden Highlights Walk & Talk | Thurs., June 16 | 6-7:15 p.m. | Waterfront Botanical Gardens | $10 | Tour the summer gardens with horticulturist staff + learn growing tips. 🌻
Fully Loaded Comedy Festival | Fri., June 17 | 7 p.m. | KFC Yum! Center | $49+ | Crack up with a lineup of all-star comedians featuring podcast host + author Bert Kreischer — who performs shirtless on stage.
Deep Roots Music Fest | Sat., June 18 | 6 p.m. | Iroquois Amphitheater | Free | Hear musicians like Gary Brewer & the Kentucky Ramblers at this inaugural bluegrass fest. 🪕
The Cookout | Sun., June 19 | 12-4 p.m. | Petersburg Park, 5008 E. Indian Trl. | Free | Celebrate Juneteenth at the park’s recently completed mini-pitch with professional soccer players + free food from Boss Hog’s BBQ food truck while supplies last.
The Moth StorySLAM | Tues., June 21 | 8 p.m. | Headliners Music Hall | $15 | Watch five randomly selected storytellers tell five minute stories on the spot revolving around the theme of birthdays. 🎙️
Dog Day at the Park | Tues., June 21 | 12:05 p.m. | Louisville Slugger Field | $9+ | Bring your four-legged friend to the field to see the Bats take on the Iowa Cubs + it’s $1 menu night. ⚾
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Clean Eatz, a cafe offering healthy snacks, wraps, smoothies + meal prepping, is open at 3565 Springhurst Blvd. — across from the St. Matthews’ Target. The new business aims to make healthy eating more convenient and affordable with weekly meal plans starting at $41 for five meals. 🥘 (WLKY)
Local florist, Bloomed Roots, will be blossoming into a NuLu brick-and-mortar next month. A grand opening is being planned for Sat., July 9 in the new digs at 746 E. Market St. Flower friends can expect a fresh floral bar, dried arrangements(aka forever flowers), modern vases + greeting cards. 💐
The famous whiskey and Coca-Cola highball will soon be available in an aluminum can. The soda giant and Louisville-based Jack Daniel’s distiller Brown-Forman have teamed up to launch the premixed cocktail later this year. DYK: “Jack and Coke” was renamed to “The Lemmy” after the lead singer of Motorhead. 🥃 (WHAS11)
Derby City-based Feeders Supplyis rebranding. The well-known pet business will be adding “pet” to the name, making it Feeders Pet Supply + changing the store and logo design to a brighter, fresher look. A new store being planned on Dixie Highway will showcase the new designs. (Louisville Business First)
The Community Foundation of Louisville will announce plans for an appraised $1 million vacant Smoketown property today, June 15, at 10 a.m. The land was given to the foundation in 2015 by the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., the River City sporting goods manufacturer responsible for the Louisville Slugger.
Six hotels and two restaurants in Louisville have earned the Four Diamond designation from AAA. The rating indicates that a hotel has “upscale style and amenities” and a restaurant has a “culinary experience to savor.” Among the eight businesses are 21c Museum Hotel, The Brown Hotel + Vincenzo’s. See the others. 💎 (The Courier-Journal)
Five homes in Louisville sold for more than $1 million from May 12-19 according Louisville Business First’s most expensive home sale series. See the housesand their hefty price tags. 🏘️
An independent Name Image Likeness (NIL) Collective, 502Circle, has been established at the University of Louisville. The company will provide opportunities for UofL student athletes to make money off of their NIL — which was instituted in July of 2021. The platform will launch Mon., August 29.
Agave spirits are more than just tequila and mezcal, much more. Learn about this agricultural gem at Nouvelle Bar & Bottle’s next education class happening on Mon., June 27 from 7-9 p.m.Tickets are $60 + include a presentation and guided tasting of four agave-based spirits. 🍸
The next Speed Art Museum After Hours on Fri., June 17 from 5-10 p.m. is totally tubular. The event this month is 1980s-themed + features scrunchie and slap bracelet making, a screening of Spike Lee’s “School Daze,” and tours of the “Codeswitch” quilt exhibit — which is closing on Sun., June 26. Tickets are $20.
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