In the past few years, these same foul smells have been reported in and around Austin. AFD says it happens when sulfur smells collect at the ground instead of dissipating as usual — this usually happens on particularly cold nights. Then, in the morning the wind brings up the scent and spreads it through the air.Nov 28, 2021,
Since natural gas is colorless and odorless, a chemical that smells like rotten eggs is added so it is easier to detect a gas leak before it can create a hazardous situation. If you suspect a gas leak in your area, please follow these safety guidelines. Leave the area immediately.
Paper mills, landfills and meat processing plants are just some of the industries making Texas cities an unpleasant place to breathe. Chemicals and refineries are responsible for stench too.Feb 16, 2017
While it's not been confirmed whether the Austin-area smells are H2S, the gas is commonly known to smell like rotten eggs. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) explains H2S is a colorless and extremely hazardous gas but occurs naturally in natural gas and crude petroleum.Nov 28, 2021
Overwhelming barbecue. Austin smells so much like smoked meat that one neighborhood actually waged a campaign of complaints against a local joint that left their homes forever smelling of smoke and sausage. Bevo's pen at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.Oct 12, 2016
Essentially, the air doesn't rise the way it is suppose to, causing smog, pollution or other odors from nearby farms, feed lots and other stinky areas to get trapped at the Earth's surface. The warmer air on top of the cooler air acts as a lid, trapping these scents and causing a stink at the ground level.Apr 10, 2019
So for safety, most gas companies add small quantities of a compound call Mercaptan. It's what gives it the smell of rotten eggs and this is for safety so people know when there is a gas leak. Natural gas is much lighter than air so when it is released into the air it rises quickly and dissipates outside.Feb 5, 2021
The odor from the oil fields can be smelled in the area when the south winds return after a cold, still night. The sulfur smell collects at the ground instead of dissipating like normal, so in the morning the wind brings up the smell and it spreads across the city, AFD says.Dec 1, 2020