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Old 10-31-2011, 02:41 PM
 
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I am considering possible retirement to the Colorado Springs area. I have just one concern air quality.
I lived in Denver 20+ years ago and back then this was a definite problem. I remember one day when it was recommended that no one with any breathing issues go outside. On another occasion the air quality was so bad that nobody was supposed to go outside. There was also the infamous brown cloud which was always perched directly above Denver.
I actually liked everything else about the area.
My question is, does Colorado Springs suffer from similar problems? You can review the air quality numbers all day long and not really get a true feel so I thought I would ask the people on the forum.

Thanks in advance
Ken
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:13 PM
 
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The air is good, unless there is a big forest fire in the vincinity. I have asthma and do very well here!
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:39 PM
 
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I live in the Springs, and travel to Denver on business a couple times a week. The Denver 'brown cloud' is alive and well, but there's no similar air quality issue in the Springs.
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:06 PM
 
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Once in awhile we get the inversion thing, but not as often or as much as Denver. The air is generally very good here.
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:17 PM
 
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I think you'll find the air quality here to be quite good. I have chronic allergies (grasses, tree bark, leaves). In VA I had a recurring low grade dry cough and frequent sinus headaches. Within a week or so of moving to COS, no more cough, no more headaches.
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:37 AM
 
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Denver does still have "the brown cloud," and I have noticed it over the Springs when out East, coming back to the Springs from Limon, but I think the prevailing winds we have in Springs, generally push that stuff out.

I've found that also coming from DC, even the air quality in Denver is very good. In DC there, are RED Ozone days, where the heat and humidity, and the carbon monoxide create really hazardous "breathing" conditions, but it's no where near the same levels out here.

There are air quality indexes online...hope it helps.

AIRNow - Colorado Springs, CO Air Quality
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Old 11-03-2011, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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It looks like there was some brown cloud today in the Springs (viewing from Northgate).
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:54 AM
 
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Agreed. I saw that yesterday....pretty hazy.
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Old 11-04-2011, 12:09 PM
 
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Snow melt, I guess.
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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For a city its size, COS has remarkably good air quality. You shouldn’t have any of the issues you did in Denver 20 years previous. I grew up in Denver in the 1960’s and remember the “brown cloud” could get so bad that you couldn't see across the street. Nothing like that here J
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