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AQMD Issues Advisory On Stinky Smell

"Since around midnight last night, AQMD has received more than 100 calls reporting a strong, foul rotten egg/sulfur odor," the agency stated today.

UPDATE: THE AQMD ISSUED A SECOND ADVISORY SHORTLY AFTER 6:30 P.M. MONDAY. CLICK HERE TO READ.

The advisory below from the South Coast Air Quality Management District was issued shortly after noon Monday regarding the for more on this developing story.

"Field inspectors with the South Coast Air Quality Management District are in the field today investigating possible causes of widespread sulfur odors.  

"Since around midnight last night, AQMD has received more than 100 calls reporting a strong, foul rotten egg/sulfur odor. Residents have complained from a very wide area including the Inland Empire and much of the Los Angeles Basin.  

"Fish kills, algae blooms and other biologic conditions in lakes can cause strong odors. Industrial facilities such as wastewater plants also can cause sulfur odors.

"At this time AQMD hasn’t confirmed any source as the cause of the widespread odor.  

"AQMD will issue updated information later in the day if more information is available.  

"AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties."

Jim Purpura - Redhawk Weather September 10, 2012 at 07:51 PM
WeatherCurrents just wrote an article on this. We have a theory... See http://weathercurrents.com/temecula/NewsItemDisplay.do?Id=1025
T 22 September 10, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Interesting Jim, thanks for the article.
Ron Palumbo September 10, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Sounds like and smells like the Salton Sea..
Ken Mayes September 10, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Smells like movement along the Elsinore Whittier Fault.
Brenda September 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Ken I do agree that the days leading up to the Oct. 1, 1987 in which my home was de-mol-ish-ed were like these. Tough call on the smell because to me there is always smells with muggy weather and Santa Ana winds. But, don't want to be an alarmist (anymore, LOL), but this weather is the same. Moments of so quiet to hear a pin drop then winds kick up, splash of rain....................rinse and repeat.
Constant Comment September 11, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Yeppers.....smells like The End Of Mayes! (For Christs sake Ken, put your socks back on!) }~)
Olivia Andem September 11, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Could Costa Rica volcano's recent eruptions be to blame for both sulphur gassy smell and dirt coming down from stratosphere with the very high clouds associated with this weather system? I am not buying the Salton Sea theory.
Ken Mayes September 11, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Brenda Another indicator of something happening on this series of faults is the fact that the water level in my well is about 32 feet higher than normal. In thirty years the water level has been stable at 90-95 ft below the surface and when I checked it this weekend its up to 60 ft. As to increased volcanic activity, this is occurring not only in Nicaragua but Indonesia, Greece, New Zealand and Japan within the last couple of weeks.
Brenda September 11, 2012 at 06:47 AM
Whats it all adding up to? The quakes we had all over So Cal last few weeks, and got the EQ Warning Issued, which was a first. Ken, you and Jim are giving some interesting facts which help us know what to look for and consider because this is STRANGE, not the norm for me in all my years out here. Then flash flood weather, then add the smell, and dirty rain. The Salton Sea just doesnt fit, having lived in So Cal all my life and even been out there when the fish all up and died. The only smell I remember was rotting fish. Was the same way with Elsinore back in those days some 35, 36 yrs ago when they wouldnt even let you go in those lakes. Now you add this higher level of water Ken, and makes me wonder if they are checking the lakes for similiar rising. Like Mathews, Perris, all of them around here. Also, I wouldnt even think as much of it except for the fact got my two cars washed at the car wash on Saturday, armorall and everything :/ , then that rain Sunday made them both a muddy mess and every rain after the same. Very strange having dirty water fall from the sky unless the air is that dirty and turns into mud. Sure hope they find out what it is and pray it goes away soon before someone starts getting sick from it. When we got the Breaking News that the Aqmd didn't know what it was..........................................yeah.
Constant Comment September 11, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Brenda, don't forget about the Yangtze River mysteriously turning red......}~0
Brenda September 11, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Yeah yeah yeah yeah, LOL. ***blush*** smartypants!
Brenda September 11, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I think its something in the rain, which is leaving mud on the cars, well its dried mud now, and mud, dried on our patios, thick layers of dust. It started at the same time as the rain or there abouts right? But what in the heck is making rain muddy is what I don't get. Hmm dirty air??????? OR should I say is it THAT dirty? Hell we usually have blue skies(humming song) in Temecula.
Dianne September 13, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Dirty rain is right! Very smelly morning. Didn't know where it was coming from. I washed two vehicles that morning. Tried them nice and clean. Then the rain came, leaving a dirty mess on freshly washed cars....strange
Brenda September 13, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Exactly what we did, however the two kids thought they would spend money instead of energy and went to the car wash, and I looked at them and they were immaculate, then the rain came with the dirt and mud. So there was no question of dirty rain. But that just bothers me more if that is our air and we are breathing it? ewww

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