It's good that Father Time and Baby New Year aren't real. If they were, in northern Utah the former would be a frail, wheezing 2013 handing off the old cosmic hour glass to a gagging allegorical infant 2014.
That's because the Utah Division of Air Quality says the New Year's Eve magic, when resolutions and pledges of fresh starts abound, won't do anything for the inversions trapping pollution in the Wasatch Front's urban valleys.
On New Year's Day, Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, Weber, Box Elder and Cache counties all will be in the "unhealthy" air quality category, which carries a mandatory ban on wood-burning stoves and all open burning outdoors. Additionally, the air out there is dirty enough that health professionals urge the elderly, very young and people with heart or lung disease to stay inside and reduce physical activity.