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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

December 15, 2017

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Fri
12/15/2017
Sat
12/16/2017
Sun
12/17/2017
Mon
12/18/2017
Austin Good Good Good Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good Good Good Good
Brownsville-McAllen Good Good Good Good
Corpus Christi Good Good Good Good
Dallas-Fort Worth Good Good Good Good
El Paso Good Good Good PM2.5
Houston Good PM2.5 Good Good
Laredo Good Good Good Good
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 Good
Waco-Killeen Good Good Good Good

An asterisk (*) indicates that an Ozone Action Day is or will be in effect for the indicated region.

Discussion

Friday 12/15/2017
Moderate winds, cool temperatures, increased cloud cover with precipitation, and/or low incoming background levels should help keep air quality in the "Good" range in most spots statewide.

Saturday 12/16/2017
Depending on the timing, coverage, and intensity of precipitation, a slight increase in urban fine particulate background levels along with sufficiently light winds and limited vertical mixing could be enough to allow the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Houston area, with highest concentrations in the evening.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds, cool temperatures, heavy cloud cover with precipitation, and/or lower incoming background levels should help keep air quality in the "Good" range in most spots.

Sunday 12/17/2017 Outlook
Moderate winds, cool temperatures, heavy cloud cover with precipitation, and/or low incoming background levels should help keep air quality in the "Good" range in most spots statewide.

Monday 12/18/2017 Outlook
Light amounts of patchy residual smoke from wildfires on the West Coast may begin filtering into parts of West Texas, including the El Paso area, possibly raising the daily PM2.5 AQI to the "Moderate" range overall.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds, cool temperatures, lingering cloud cover with precipitation, and/or low incoming background levels should help keep air quality in the "Good" range in most spots.

Tuesday 12/19/2017 Extended Outlook
Light winds, limited overnight vertical mixing, and slightly increased incoming fine particulate background levels 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, El Paso, and Houston areas, with highest concentrations in the morning and evening.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds, cool temperatures, and/or low incoming background levels should help keep air quality in the "Good" range in most spots.

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This forecast was last updated at 9:30 am on Friday, December 15th, 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.