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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

The latest forecast for air quality conditions in Texas' metropolitan areas.

April 24, 2014

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Thu
04/24/14
Fri
04/25/14
Sat
04/26/14
Sun
04/27/14
Austin Good Ozone Good PM2.5
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good Ozone Good Good
Brownsville-McAllen Good PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Corpus Christi Good Good PM2.5 PM2.5
Dallas-Fort Worth Good Ozone Good Good
El Paso Ozone Good PM10 PM10
Houston Good Ozone Good PM2.5
Laredo Good Good PM2.5 PM2.5
Lubbock PM10 Good PM10 PM10
Midland-Odessa Good Good PM10 PM10
San Antonio Good Ozone Good PM2.5
Tyler-Longview Good Ozone Good Good
Victoria Good Good Good PM2.5
Waco-Killeen Good Good Good Good

 

Discussion

Thursday 04/24/14
If incoming background levels are high enough, afternoon winds may be light enough for ozone to possibly reach "Moderate" levels in the El Paso area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. Blowing dust transported along an advancing cold front resulted in elevated particulate levels measured this morning that should be high enough to keep the daily PM10 and PM2.5 AQI levels in the "Moderate" range in parts of the Panhandle, including the Lubbock area. Smoke and haze from Mexico and Central America may return to South Texas later today, though duration will likely not be long enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI beyond the "Good" range. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Friday 04/25/14
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher levels on the west side of the Houston area and "Moderate" levels on the north and northwest side of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, on the west and northwest sides of the San Antonio and Austin areas, and in the Tyler-Longview and Beaumont-Port Arthur areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. Smoke and haze from Mexico and Central America will continue in South Texas with PM2.5 AQI levels in the "Moderate" range and may spread northward along the Rio Grande and Gulf Coast later in the day. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Saturday 04/26/14 Outlook
Winds should be strong enough to cause blowing dust in parts of the Panhandle and West Texas and could raise the daily PM10 and PM2.5 AQI levels to "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" in the El Paso area and "Moderate" in remaining portions of this area, including Lubbock and Midland-Odessa. Smoke and haze from Mexico and Central America will continue in South Texas with PM2.5 AQI levels in the "Moderate" range in the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, and Laredo areas. The smoke and haze should spread northward into South Central and Central Texas and along the Gulf Coast and could raise particulate levels later in the day in parts of the Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Victoria areas. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Sunday 04/27/14 Outlook
Winds should be strong enough to cause blowing dust in parts of the Panhandle and West Texas and could raise the daily PM10 and PM2.5 AQI levels to "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" in the Lubbock area and "Moderate" in remaining portions of this area, including El Paso and Midland-Odessa. Smoke and haze from Mexico and Central America should continue to spread northward into South Central and Central Texas and along the Gulf Coast and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range in parts of the Austin, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, San Antonio, and Victoria areas. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

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This forecast was last updated at 8:45 am on Thursday, April 24th and is updated daily on normal TCEQ work days and may also be updated on weekends or holidays when air pollution levels are high. Regardless of our forecast, we always recommend that each individual determine what level of activity they should conduct based on the actual local conditions. See the "Related Current Data" links above to monitor the latest actual conditions.