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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

April 24, 2015

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Fri
04/24/15
Sat
04/25/15
Sun
04/26/15
Mon
04/27/15
Austin PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Beaumont-Port Arthur PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Brownsville-McAllen PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Corpus Christi PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Dallas-Fort Worth PM2.5 Good PM2.5 PM2.5
El Paso Good Good PM10 Good
Houston PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Laredo PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Lubbock PM10 Good Good Good
Midland-Odessa PM10 Good Good Good
San Antonio PM2.5 Ozone PM2.5 PM2.5
Tyler-Longview Good Good PM2.5 PM2.5
Victoria PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Waco-Killeen PM2.5 Good PM2.5 PM2.5

 

Discussion

Friday 04/24/15
Patchy smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should spread to cover much of the eastern two-thirds of the state along and east of a line from Del Rio to Abilene to Wichita Falls and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range in parts of this area. Strong afternoon winds could generate blowing dust in parts of West Texas and the Panhandle that could raise the daily PM10 AQI to "Moderate" or possibly higher levels in the Lubbock and Midland-Odessa areas, though the duration and intensity are not expected to be enough to raise the daily PM10 AQI beyond the "Good" range in far West Texas. Elsewhere in the state, moderate to strong winds and low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Saturday 04/25/15
Patchy smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should continue across the southeastern third of the state along and southeast of a line from Eagle Pass to Austin to Jasper and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" or possibly higher range in South Texas and the "Moderate" range in parts of the remaining areas. If there is enough afternoon sunshine, winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to possibly reach the "Moderate" range in the San Antonio area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. Strong afternoon winds could generate light amounts of blowing dust in parts of West Texas and the Panhandle, though the duration and intensity are not expected to be enough to raise the daily PM10 AQI beyond the "Good" range. Elsewhere in the state, moderate to strong winds and low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Sunday 04/26/15 Outlook
Patchy smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should spread to cover much of the eastern two-thirds of the state along and east of a line from Del Rio to Abilene to Wichita Falls and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" or possibly higher range in South Texas and the "Moderate" range in parts of the remaining areas. Strong afternoon winds could generate blowing dust in parts of West Texas and the Panhandle that could raise the daily PM10 AQI to the "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" range in the El Paso area, though the duration and intensity are not expected to be enough to raise the daily PM10 AQI beyond the "Good" range in remaining parts of West Texas and the Panhandle. Elsewhere in the state, moderate to strong winds and low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Monday 04/27/15 Outlook
Patchy smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should continue across the eastern two-thirds of the state along and east of a line from Eagle Pass to Brownwood to Wichita Falls and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate"range in parts of this area. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Tuesday 04/28/15 Extended Outlook
Patchy smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should rapidly decrease from the northwest to the southeast with the advancement of a strong cold front through the state, though smoke levels may remain elevated long enough in parts of South and Southeast Texas along the coast to keep the daily PM2.5 AQI in the "Moderate" range in the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Victoria, and Houston areas. Elsewhere in the state, moderate to strong winds and low 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 Friday, 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.