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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

March 24, 2017

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Fri
03/24/2017
Sat
03/25/2017
Sun
03/26/2017
Mon
03/27/2017
Austin Good PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Brownsville-McAllen PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Corpus Christi PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Dallas-Fort Worth Good Good Good Good
El Paso Good PM10 Good Good
Houston Good PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 PM2.5
Laredo Good PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Lubbock PM10 Good Good Good
Midland-Odessa PM10 Good Good Good
San Antonio Good Good PM2.5 Good
Tyler-Longview Good Good Ozone/PM2.5 Good
Victoria Good PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Waco-Killeen Good Good Good Good

 

Discussion

Friday 03/24/2017
Another round of strong afternoon winds are forecast to generate and transport blowing dust into parts of West Texas and the Panhandle, with daily PM10 AQI levels expected to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" in the Lubbock area and "Moderate" or possibly higher in the Amarillo and Midland-Odessa areas, and PM2.5 levels in these areas generally remaining in the "Moderate" range overall. The intensity and duration of the dust in the El Paso area is not expected to be enough to raise the daily PM10 and PM2.5 AQI beyond the "Good" range overall.

Patchy haze and smoke from industrial and agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America is expected to return to parts of South Texas along the coast, with the overall daily PM2.5 AQI possibly reaching the "Moderate" range in parts of the Brownsville-McAllen and Corpus Christi areas.

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

Saturday 03/25/2017
Patchy haze and smoke from industrial and agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America is expected to continue in parts of South Texas, with the overall daily PM2.5 AQI possibly reaching the "Moderate" range in parts of the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, and Laredo areas. Some of this smoke may briefly spread into parts of Southeast and Central Texas by early in the day before diminishing rapidly behind a frontal boundary. However, this combined with brief elevations in PM2.5 due to transported suspended dust raised the previous two days in West Texas traversing the state along the advancing boundary could be enough for the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach "Moderate" levels overall in the Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Houston, and Victoria areas as well.

Strong afternoon winds could briefly generate and transport light amounts of blowing dust into parts of far West Texas, including the El Paso area, where the daily PM10 and PM2.5 AQI could possibly reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range.

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

Sunday 03/26/2017 Outlook
Patchy haze and smoke from industrial and agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America is expected to continue in parts of South Texas and rapidly surge back northward into parts of Central, Southeast, and East Texas, with the overall daily PM2.5 AQI possibly reaching the "Moderate" range in parts of the Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Victoria areas.

Strong afternoon winds are forecast to generate and transport blowing dust into parts of West Texas and the Panhandle, though the intensity and duration of the dust is not expected to be enough to raise the daily PM10 and PM2.5 AQIs beyond the "Good" range in the Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock, and Midland-Odessa areas.

Warm temperatures, increased incoming background levels, and sufficient sunshine could be enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" in parts of the Houston and Tyler-Longview areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

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

Monday 03/27/2017 Outlook
Patchy haze and smoke from industrial and agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should diminish from northwest to southeast behind an advancing weak frontal boundary, though fine particulate levels are forecast to remain high enough long enough for the daily PM2.5 AQI to remain in the "Moderate" range in the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, and Victoria areas.

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

Tuesday 03/28/2017 Extended Outlook
Patchy haze and smoke from industrial and agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should continue in South Texas and begin spreading back northward later in the day into parts of South Central and Southeast Texas. Overall, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Moderate" levels in the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, San Antonio, and Victoria areas.

Strong afternoon winds could briefly generate and transport light amounts of blowing dust into parts of far West Texas, including the El Paso area, where the daily PM10 and PM2.5 AQI could possibly reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate to strong 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 9:30 am on Friday, March 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.