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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

April 29, 2016

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Fri
04/29/2016
Sat
04/30/2016
Sun
05/01/2016
Mon
05/02/2016
Austin PM2.5 Ozone Good Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur PM2.5 Good Good Good
Brownsville-McAllen PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Corpus Christi PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Dallas-Fort Worth PM2.5 Ozone Good Good
El Paso PM10 Ozone Good Good
Houston PM2.5 PM2.5 Ozone Good
Laredo PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Lubbock PM10 Good Good Good
Midland-Odessa PM10 Good Good Good
San Antonio PM2.5 Ozone PM2.5 Good
Tyler-Longview Good Good Ozone Good
Victoria PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Waco-Killeen PM2.5 Ozone Good Good

 

Discussion

Friday 04/29/2016
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America is forecast to continue across much of the eastern two-thirds of Texas today. The daily PM2.5 AQI expected to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher in the Brownsville-McAllen and Laredo areas, and "Moderate" levels otherwise generally east of a line from Eagle Pass to Brownwood to Denton, and south of a line from Denton to Nacogdoches to Hemphill. Smoke levels will likely drop in parts of North and Central Texas this afternoon in the vicinity of heavy thunderstorm activity.

Strong winds are again forecast across much of West Texas and the Panhandle, which could generate and transport enough blowing dust to raise the daily PM10 AQI to "Moderate" levels in the El Paso, Lubbock and Midland areas.

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

Saturday 04/30/2016
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should continue across parts of South, Central, and Southeast Texas. The smoke will diminish from west to east across Central and parts of South Texas with the passage of a cold front, but the overall daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher levels in the Brownsville-McAllen area and "Moderate" levels in the Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, and Victoria areas.

Winds may be light enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or, if background levels increase, possibly higher in the Austin and San Antonio areas; ozone concentrations may also reach "Moderate" in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Waco-Killeen areas. Background levels may also be high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" levels in the El Paso area. Highest ozone concentrations are expected in the afternoon and early evening.

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

Sunday 05/01/2016 Outlook
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should continue across parts of South and Southeast Texas. The overall daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Moderate" in the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, San Antonio, and Victoria areas.

Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or, if there is enough afternoon sunshine, possibly higher in the Houston area, and "Moderate" in the Tyler-Longview area, with highest ozone concentrations expected in the afternoon and early evening.

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

Monday 05/02/2016 Outlook
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should finally start to diminish across most of South and Southeast Texas, with the overall daily PM2.5 AQI forecast to reach "Moderate" only in the Brownsville-McAllen area.

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

Tuesday 05/03/2016 Extended Outlook
Moderate winds, heavy cloud cover with precipitation, and/or low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range statewide.

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This forecast was last updated at 1:25 pm on Saturday, April 30th, 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.