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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

May 3, 2016

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Tue
05/03/2016
Wed
05/04/2016
Thu
05/05/2016
Fri
05/06/2016
Austin Good Ozone Ozone Ozone
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good Ozone Ozone Ozone
Brownsville-McAllen Good Good Good Good
Corpus Christi Good Ozone Ozone Good
Dallas-Fort Worth Good Ozone Ozone Ozone
El Paso Ozone Ozone Ozone PM10
Houston Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
Laredo Good Good Good Good
Lubbock Good Good Good Good
Midland-Odessa Good Good Good Good
San Antonio Good Ozone Ozone Ozone
Tyler-Longview Good Good Ozone Ozone
Victoria Good Ozone Ozone Ozone
Waco-Killeen Good Good Ozone Ozone

 

Discussion

Tuesday 05/03/2016
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" levels in the El Paso and Houston areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

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

Wednesday 05/04/2016
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone levels to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" on the south and southeast side of the Houston area and "Moderate" in the Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Corpus Christi, Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso, San Antonio, and Victoria areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

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

Thursday 05/05/2016 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone levels to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" on the south side of the Houston area; "Moderate" or possibly higher in the Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio areas; and "Moderate" in the Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Corpus Christi, Tyler-Longview, Victoria, and Waco-Killeen areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. Incoming background levels may also be high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" levels in the El Paso area.

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

Friday 05/06/2016 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone levels to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" in the Houston area; "Moderate" or possibly higher in the Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, and San Antonio areas; and "Moderate" in the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Tyler-Longview, Victoria, and Waco-Killeen areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. Incoming background levels may also be high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" levels in the El Paso area.

Afternoon winds may be strong enough to generate and transport patchy blowing dust into parts of West Texas and the Panhandle, with highest PM10 levels in far West Texas possibly reaching the "Moderate" AQI range in the El Paso area. The duration and intensity of the dust is not expected to be enough to raise the daily PM10 AQI beyond the "Good" range in the Lubbock and Midland-Odessa areas.

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 1:30 pm on Tuesday, May 3rd, 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.