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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

May 27, 2016

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Fri
05/27/2016
Sat
05/28/2016
Sun
05/29/2016
Mon
05/30/2016
Austin PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good Good Ozone Ozone
Brownsville-McAllen PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Corpus Christi PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Dallas-Fort Worth Good Ozone Ozone Ozone
El Paso Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
Houston PM2.5 PM2.5 Ozone Ozone
Laredo PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Lubbock Good Good Good PM2.5
Midland-Odessa Good Good PM2.5 PM2.5
San Antonio PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Tyler-Longview Good Good Good Ozone
Victoria PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Waco-Killeen Good PM2.5 PM2.5 Good

 

Discussion

Friday 05/27/2016
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America will continue across much of the southern third of Texas, although additional precipitation and lower incoming background levels will continue to reduce the smoke in some areas. The daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Moderate" generally along and south of a line from Eagle Pass to Austin to Baytown.

Incoming background levels may be high enough for ozone to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the El Paso area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

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

Saturday 05/28/2016
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" levels in the Dallas-Fort Worth and El Paso areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America will continue across the midsection of Texas, with the daily PM2.5 AQI forecast to reach "Moderate" generally within an area bounded by a Del Rio-to-Wichita Falls line on the west and a Bonham-to-Galveston line on the east.

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

Sunday 05/29/2016 Outlook
Winds may be light enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" and, if incoming background levels are high enough, possibly higher in the Houston area. Winds may also be light enough and background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" levels in the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Dallas-Fort Worth, and El Paso areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America will continue across South Texas and will spread back into parts of Central and West Texas as well. Overall, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Moderate" generally along and south of a line from El Paso to Odessa to Waco to Baytown.

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

Monday 05/30/2016 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or, if there is enough afternoon sunshine, possibly higher levels in the Houston area, and "Moderate" in the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso, and Tyler-Longview areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America will continue across most of South and West Texas, and perhaps spreading into the Panhandle as well. The daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Moderate" in the Brownsville-McAllen, El Paso, Laredo, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, and San Antonio areas. Some lingering smoke plus local particulate add-on should also allow the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach "Moderate" in the Houston area.

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

Tuesday 05/31/2016 Extended Outlook
Lingering background levels may be high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" levels in the El Paso and Houston areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America will continue across much of South Texas and parts of West Texas, with the daily PM2.5 AQI forecast to reach "Moderate" in the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Laredo, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, and Victoria areas. Some increase in smoke levels plus local particulate add-on should also allow the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach "Moderate" in the Houston area.

Elsewhere in the state, 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 12:55 pm on Saturday, May 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.