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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

May 26, 2015

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Tue
05/26/15
Wed
05/27/15
Thu
05/28/15
Fri
05/29/15
Austin Good PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good PM2.5 Good Good
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 PM2.5
El Paso Ozone Ozone Good Good
Houston Good PM2.5 Good Good
Laredo PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Lubbock Good PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Midland-Odessa Good PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
San Antonio Good PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Tyler-Longview Good Good Good Good
Victoria Good PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Waco-Killeen Good PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5

 

Discussion

Tuesday 05/26/15
A mix of African dust and smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should affect much of South Texas today and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI to "Moderate" or possibly higher levels in the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, and Laredo areas. The dust and smoke could spread into parts of Central Texas and southeastern portions of West Texas this afternoon and evening, but the duration may not be enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI beyond the "Good" range. Winds should be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher levels in the El Paso area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. Elsewhere in the state, lower incoming background levels and moderate winds should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Wednesday 05/27/15
A mix of African dust and smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should spread across much of the state except for Northeast Texas, far West Texas, and the Panhandle, and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI to "Moderate" levels over much of the affected area. Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" levels in the El Paso area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. Elsewhere in the state, lower incoming background levels and moderate winds should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Thursday 05/28/15 Outlook
A diminishing and patchy mix of African dust and smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should cover much of the state except for far West Texas and East Texas and could possibly raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range over portions of the affected area. Scattered mainly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms should help to wash out some of the dust and smoke in parts of the affected area. Elsewhere in the state, lower incoming background levels and moderate winds should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Friday 05/29/15 Outlook
Patchy light amounts of African dust and smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America may continue over parts of the middle of the state, including South, Central, and North Central Texas and eastern portions of West Texas, and could possibly raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range over parts of this area. Elsewhere in the state, lower incoming background levels and moderate winds should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

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This forecast was last updated at 8:30 am on Tuesday, May 26th, 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.