Spectators gathered last year along the James River to watch the Rocketts Red Glare fireworks show at Rocketts Landing in Richmond.


Graph of 2001-2018 average of PM2.5 concentration at MathScience Innovation Center near downtown Richmond in the hours surrounding Independence Day. A spike on the evening of July 4 is apparent, but actual levels vary from year to year, and also vary with location. Original graph title adapted for use here.

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John Boyer is the first staff meteorologist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He joined the RTD newsroom in November 2016. Boyer earned his degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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