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How much do Utahns hate their gag-inducing air? A lot

Published December 14, 2013 10:34 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Inversion season has arrived, prompting Utahns to once again cough out complaints through gasps of toxic ... "air."

Many people are also taking to social media to express disgust with the unhealthy conditions, and I've complied a few of their tweets and pictures in this gallery. Of particular note is the inversion's own parody Twitter account, which was started Friday; typically you only see these parody Twitter accounts when something — an escaped snake, Angelina Jolie's leg — has gained a certain critical mass of cultural attention. So the inversion is putting us on the map, at least.

It's also telling that as I searched for terms like "pollution" and "smog," the only place with more results than Utah was China. So, this is the world we live in now; we're only better than the absolute worst place ever for air quality.

— Jim Dalrymple II

Twitter: @jimmycdii