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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

February 27, 2017

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Mon
02/27/2017
Tue
02/28/2017
Wed
03/01/2017
Thu
03/02/2017
Austin Good Good Good Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good Good Good Good
Brownsville-McAllen PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Corpus Christi PM2.5 PM2.5 Good Good
Dallas-Fort Worth Good Good Good Good
El Paso PM10 PM10 Good Good
Houston Good PM2.5 Good Ozone
Laredo PM2.5 PM2.5 Good Good
Lubbock Good PM10 Good Good
Midland-Odessa Good PM10 Good Good
San Antonio PM2.5 PM2.5 Good Good
Tyler-Longview Good Good Good Good
Victoria PM2.5 PM2.5 Good Good
Waco-Killeen Good Good Good Good

 

Discussion

Monday 02/27/2017
Patchy smoke from agricultural and industrial burning in Mexico and Central America will continue across parts of South Texas and will likely begin to spread across parts of Southeast Texas as well. The overall daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach the "Moderate" range in the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Laredo, San Antonio, and Victoria areas; scattered precipitation will help lower PM2.5 concentrations in Southeast Texas.

Strong afternoon winds may generate and transport patchy blowing dust across parts of West Texas and the Panhandle, with the daily PM10 AQI possibly reaching the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the El Paso area while lower overall dust should keep AQI levels in the "Good" range in the Lubbock and Midland-Odessa areas.

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

Tuesday 02/28/2017
Very strong afternoon winds are expected to generate and transport at times intense blowing dust into and across much of West Texas and the Panhandle, with the daily PM10 AQI forecast to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" or possibly higher in the El Paso area; "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" in the Lubbock area; "Moderate" or possibly higher in the Amarillo area; and "Moderate" in the Midland-Odessa area. The daily PM2.5 AQI in these areas is expected to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher due to the dust as well.

Smoke from agricultural and industrial burning in Mexico and Central America will continue across parts of South and Southeast Texas and spread northward into parts of Central and North Central Texas, with the overall daily PM2.5 AQI expected to reach the "Moderate" range in the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Laredo, San Antonio, and Victoria areas and the upper end of the "Good" range in the Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, and Waco-Killeen areas.

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

Wednesday 03/01/2017 Outlook
Patchy smoke from agricultural and industrial burning in Mexico and Central America should begin retreating southward early on Wednesday along the leading edge of an advancing frontal boundary, with rapidly diminishing fine particulate levels behind the front so that the PM2.5 AQI in all but deep South Texas is forecast to net out in the "Good" range overall; PM2.5 levels may remain high enough long enough in the Brownsville-McAllen area for the AQI to remain at the lower end of the "Moderate" range.

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

Thursday 03/02/2017 Outlook
Increasing incoming background levels, mostly sunny skies, and decreasing winds could be enough to allow ozone to reach "Moderate" levels in the Houston area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds, cool temperatures, 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 Monday, February 27th, 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.