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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

August 28, 2015

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Fri
08/28/15
Sat
08/29/15
Sun
08/30/15
Mon
08/31/15
Austin Ozone Ozone Good Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur Ozone Ozone Ozone Good
Brownsville-McAllen Ozone PM2.5 Good Good
Corpus Christi Ozone PM2.5 Good Good
Dallas-Fort Worth Ozone Ozone Ozone Good
El Paso Ozone Good Ozone Ozone
Houston Ozone Ozone Ozone Good
Laredo PM2.5 PM2.5 Good Good
Lubbock Good Good Good Good
Midland-Odessa Good Good Good Good
San Antonio Ozone Ozone Ozone Good
Tyler-Longview Ozone Ozone Ozone Good
Victoria Ozone PM2.5 Good Good
Waco-Killeen Ozone PM2.5 Good Good

 

Discussion

Friday 08/28/15
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone levels to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" or possibly higher on the east side of the Houston area; "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" on the north and northwest side of the Dallas-Fort Worth area; "Moderate" or possibly higher on the north and northeast sides of the San Antonio and Austin areas and in the Tyler-Longview and Beaumont-Port Arthur areas; and "Moderate" in the Waco-Killeen, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Brownsville-McAllen, and El Paso areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. Smoke originating from wildfires in the Pacific Northwest combined with continental haze may be enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range across much of the eastern two-thirds of the state along and east of a line from Del Rio to Abilene to Wichita Falls. Elsewhere in parts of West Texas and the Panhandle, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Saturday 08/29/15
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone levels to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" on the north and northwest side of the Houston area and "Moderate" on the north and northeast side of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, on the north 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. Diminishing smoke originating from wildfires in the Pacific Northwest combined with continental haze should continue across much of the eastern two-thirds of the state and could be enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the lower end of the "Moderate" range along and east of a line from Del Rio to Abilene to Wichita Falls. Elsewhere in West Texas and the Panhandle, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Sunday 08/30/15 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher levels on the north and northeast side of the Houston area and "Moderate" levels on the north sides of the Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio areas and in the Tyler-Longview, Beaumont-Port Arthur, and El Paso areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. Light amounts of smoke originating from wildfires in the Pacific Northwest combined with lingering continental haze should continue with elevated levels of fine particulate matter across parts of Central, North Central, and Northeast Texas, though the intensity is not expected to be 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.

Monday 08/31/15 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone reach "Moderate" levels in the El Paso area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. Light amounts of smoke originating from wildfires in the Pacific Northwest could linger over parts North Central and Northeast Texas, though the intensity is not expected to be 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.

Tuesday 09/01/15 Extended Outlook
Moderate winds and decreased incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range statewide.

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This forecast was last updated at 9:30 am on Friday, August 28th, 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.