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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

July 29, 2016

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Fri
07/29/2016
Sat
07/30/2016
Sun
07/31/2016
Mon
08/01/2016
Austin Good Good Good Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur PM2.5 Good Good Good
Brownsville-McAllen Good Good PM2.5 PM2.5
Corpus Christi Good Good Good PM2.5
Dallas-Fort Worth Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5
El Paso Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
Houston Good Good Good PM2.5
Laredo Good Good Good PM2.5
Lubbock Good Good Good Good
Midland-Odessa Good Good Good Good
San Antonio Good Good Good Good
Tyler-Longview Good Good Good Good
Victoria Good Good Good PM2.5
Waco-Killeen Good Good Good Good

 

Discussion

Friday 07/29/2016
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the Dallas-Fort Worth and El Paso areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Light amounts of patchy African dust should continue primarily over parts of the extreme southeastern corner of the state, including the Beaumont-Port Arthur area, where the daily PM2.5 AQI could reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range. Slightly elevated background levels associated with a mixed air mass containing light amounts of continental haze combined with sufficient local add-on could be enough for the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and/or lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Saturday 07/30/2016
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the Dallas-Fort Worth and El Paso areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Slightly elevated background levels associated with a mixed air mass containing light amounts of patchy lingering African dust and continental haze combined with sufficient local add-on could be enough for the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and/or lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Sunday 07/31/2016 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" in the El Paso area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

The main part of the more intense incoming African dust cloud is expected to fill in across South Texas during the day and should raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range in the Brownsville-McAllen area and the upper end of the "Good" range in the Corpus Christi and Laredo areas. Slightly elevated background levels associated with a mixed air mass containing light amounts of continental haze combined with sufficient local add-on could be enough for the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well.

Otherwise, moderate winds and/or lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Monday 08/01/2016 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" in the Dallas-Fort Worth and El Paso areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

African dust should continue across South Texas and spread northward inland and along the coast, raising the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range in the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, and Victoria areas. The dust should also begin to impact remaining spots in Central, North Central, and Northeast Texas with PM2.5 AQIs at the upper end of the "Good" range, including in the Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas. However, additional contributions from light continental haze and/or sufficient local add-on could be enough for the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Otherwise, moderate winds and/or lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Tuesday 08/02/2016 Extended Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" in the Dallas-Fort Worth and El Paso areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

The African dust should weaken while spreading to cover much of the eastern two-thirds of the state, though dust levels are not expected to be high enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI beyond the "Good" range on their own in most areas. However, additional contributions from light continental haze and/or sufficient local add-on could be enough for the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Laredo, and Tyler-Longview areas.

Elsewhere in parts of West Texas and the Panhandle, moderate winds and/or lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

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This forecast was last updated at 9:45 am on Saturday, July 30th, 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.