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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

May 24, 2016

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Tue
05/24/2016
Wed
05/25/2016
Thu
05/26/2016
Fri
05/27/2016
Austin Good PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good PM2.5 Good 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 Good PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
El Paso Ozone/PM2.5 PM10 PM10 Ozone
Houston PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Laredo PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Lubbock Good Good PM10 Good
Midland-Odessa PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
San Antonio Good PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Tyler-Longview Good PM2.5 Good Good
Victoria PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Waco-Killeen Good PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5

 

Discussion

Tuesday 05/24/2016
Light to moderate smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America will continue over parts of South and West Texas today. Overall, the daily PM2.5 AQI forecast to reach "Moderate" in the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Midland-Odessa, and Victoria areas. Light smoke plus fine particulate add-on from local emission sources may also allow the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the Houston area. Smoke may start to increase across Central Texas later today, but smoke will be light for much of the day, and the daily PM2.5 AQI is expected to remain in the "Good" range there.

Light continental haze from the U.S. Mid-South is raising PM2.5 levels early today over parts of Northeast Texas, but levels are expected to drop later this morning. Overall, the daily PM2.5 AQI is expected to remain in the "Good" range in this area today.

Strong afternoon winds could generate and transport light amounts of blowing dust into parts of far West Texas, including 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. However, dust along with local fine particulate add-on could combine to raise the PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range in parts of the El Paso area.

Incoming background levels may be high enough for ozone to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the El Paso area, 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 05/25/2016
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America will continue to spread across much of Texas, with the daily PM2.5 AQI forecast to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher levels in the Brownsville-McAllen and Laredo areas, and "Moderate" levels otherwise generally east of a line from Sanderson to Odessa to Wichita Falls.

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

In most of the Panhandle and South Plains, moderate winds and/or lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Thursday 05/26/2016 Outlook
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America will continue across much of Texas, although increased precipitation and lower incoming background levels will help reduce the smoke in some areas. The daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Moderate" generally within an area bounded by a Sanderson-to-Odessa-to-Wichita Falls line on the west and a Sherman-to-Galveston line on the east.

Strong afternoon winds could again generate and transport patchy blowing dust into parts of West Texas, with winds and dust also increasing in parts of the Panhandle and South Plains. Overall, the daily PM10 AQI may reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the El Paso and Lubbock areas.

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

Friday 05/27/2016 Outlook
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America will continue across much of Texas, although additional precipitation and lower incoming background levels will continue to reduce the smoke, especially across the northern half of the state. The daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Moderate" generally along and south of a line from Sanderson to Odessa to Waco to Orange.

Incoming background levels may be high enough for ozone to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the El Paso area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds, heavy cloud cover with precipitation, 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 9:35 am on Tuesday, May 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.