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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

September 29, 2016

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Thu
09/29/2016
Fri
09/30/2016
Sat
10/01/2016
Sun
10/02/2016
Austin Good Good Good Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5
Brownsville-McAllen Good Ozone Ozone Ozone
Corpus Christi Ozone Ozone Good Good
Dallas-Fort Worth Good Ozone Ozone Ozone
El Paso Good Good Good Good
Houston Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone/PM2.5
Laredo Good Good Good Good
Lubbock Good Good Good Good
Midland-Odessa Good Good Good Good
San Antonio Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
Tyler-Longview Good Ozone Ozone Ozone
Victoria Good Good Good Good
Waco-Killeen Good Good Good Good

 

Discussion

Thursday 09/29/2016
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" on the south and southwest side of the Houston area; "Moderate" or possibly higher on the south and southwest side of the Corpus Christi area; and "Moderate" in the Beaumont-Port Arthur and San Antonio areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Slightly elevated background levels associated with continental haze combined with sufficient local add-on could be enough for PM2.5 to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the Beaumont-Port Arthur and Houston areas as well.

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

Friday 09/30/2016
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" on the south and southwest side of the Houston area; "Moderate" or possibly higher in the Brownsville-McAllen area; and "Moderate" in the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Corpus Christi, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Tyler-Longview areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Slightly elevated background levels associated with continental haze combined with sufficient local add-on could be enough for PM2.5 to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the Beaumont-Port Arthur and Houston areas as well.

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

Saturday 10/01/2016 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" on the west and southwest side of the Houston area; "Moderate" or possibly higher in the Brownsville-McAllen and Tyler-Longview areas; and "Moderate" in the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Dallas-Fort Worth, and San Antonio areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Slightly elevated background levels associated with continental haze combined with sufficient local add-on could be enough for PM2.5 to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the Beaumont-Port Arthur and Houston areas as well.

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

Sunday 10/02/2016 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Tyler-Longview areas; "Moderate" or possibly higher in the Houston area; and "Moderate" in the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Brownsville-McAllen, and San Antonio areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Slightly elevated background levels associated with continental haze combined with sufficient local add-on could be enough for PM2.5 to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Houston areas as well.

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 1:45 pm on Thursday, September 29th, 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.