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The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided a scale called the Air Quality Index (AQI) for rating air quality. This scale is based on the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and is described in the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 58, Appendix G. This report is based on the AQI standards. More information on the AQI can be found on the EPA's AirNow web site.

Reporting for April 26, 2013                  
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Monitoring Sites in the
Houston Metro Area
Air Quality RatingCritical
Pollutant
Air Quality Index
OzoneCarbon MonoxideSulfur DioxideNitrogen DioxidePM-10
(Std Cond)
PM-2.5
(Lcl Acpt)
1-Hour8-Hour8-Hour1-Hour1-Hour24-Hour24-Hour
AQIppbAQIppbAQIppmAQIppbAQIppbAQIµg/m³ (25° C)AQIµg/m³ LC
Harris County Good PM-2.5 * 51 36 43 3 0.3 2 1.4 21 22.2     48 11.6
Atascocita C560 (1)     §§  §§                   
Baytown Garth C1017 Good Ozone * 38 29 34     0 0.2            
Baytown Wetlands Center C552 (1)     §§  §§                   
Bunker Hill Village C562 (1)     §§  §§                   
Channelview C15/AH115 Good Ozone * 37 26 31         21 22.2       §§
Clinton C403/C304/AH113 (1) Good PM-2.5 * 33 25 29 2 0.2   §§17 18.5     48 11.4
Crosby Library C553 Good Ozone * 37 29 34                    
HRM-3 Haden Road C603/A114 Good Ozone * 48 34 40         14 14.8        
Hou.DeerPrk2 C35/235/1001/AFH139FP239 Good PM-2.5 * 41 32 38 2 0.2 1 0.8 7 7.9     35 8.4
Houston Aldine C8/AF108/X150 Good PM-2.5 * 43 31 36 2 0.2     13 13.6     48 11.4
Houston Bayland Park C53/A146 Good Ozone * 38 28 33         7 7.5        
Houston Croquet C409 (1) Good Ozone * 38 29 34       §§           
Houston East C1/G316 Good PM-2.5 * 44 32 38         16 16.5     48 11.6
Houston Monroe C406 Good Ozone * 38 28 33     0 0.1            
Houston North Wayside C405 (1) Good Ozone * 41 31 36       §§           
Houston Texas Avenue C411 Good Ozone * 36 26 31 3 0.3     13 13.9        
Houston Westhollow C410 Good Ozone * 36 28 33                    
Huffman Wolf Road C563 Good Ozone * 44 34 40                    
Katy Park C559 Good Ozone * 36 27 32                    
Kingwood C309 Good PM-2.5                         45 10.7
La Porte Sylvan Beach C556 (1)     §§  §§                   
Lang C408 Good Ozone * 37 29 34 3 0.3     14 15.3        
Lynchburg Ferry C1015/A165 Good Ozone * 38 29 34                    
Mercer Arboretum C557 Good Ozone * 51 36 43                    
Meyer Park C561 Good Ozone * 38 30 35                    
Northwest Harris Co. C26/A110/X154 Good Ozone * 34 27 32         7 7.0        
Park Place C416 Good PM-2.5 * 38 28 33 2 0.2 1 0.4 13 13.8     41 9.8
Seabrook Friendship Park C45 Good PM-2.5 * 43 33 39     2 1.4 10 10.8     45 10.8
Sheldon C551 Good Ozone * 41 30 35                    
Tom Bass C558 Good Ozone * 36 27 32                    
Wallisville Road C617 Good Ozone * 43 33 39         6 6.6        
West Houston C554 Good Ozone * 38 30 35                    
Fort Bend County Good Ozone * 39 31 36                    
U of H-Sugarland C696 Good Ozone * 39 31 36                    
Liberty County Good Ozone * 40 31 36 2 0.2                
UH West Liberty C699 Good Ozone * 40 31 36 2 0.2                
Montgomery County Good PM-2.5 * 57 42 49 2 0.2     6 6.1     46 11.0
Conroe Relocated C78/A321 Good PM-2.5 * 55 42 49         6 6.1     46 11.0
UH WG Jones Forest C698 Good Ozone * 57 41 48 2 0.2                
The highest AQI value and associated average (1-hour, 8-hour, or 24-hour) that is responsible for the AQI rating are highlighted bold in the table.
PM-10 is measured at standard pressure and temperature conditions.
PM-2.5 is measured at local pressure and temperature conditions.
(1) - This monitoring site is not reporting one or more parameters.
† - No AQI has been calculated for this site. This can happen early in the morning before enough valid ozone or carbon monoxide hourly samples have been collected to create an eight-hour average and should clear up once enough samples are collected.
If there are no measurements for any parameter this may indicate a data collection problem. Once any data collection problem is resolved, the data will be filled in and an AQI will be calculated (if possible).
§§ - There have been no hourly averages of this parameter collected for April 26, 2013 at this site.
* - There is no AQI associated with hourly ozone averages less than 0.125 ppm (125 ppb).

PLEASE NOTE:  Data in this table is collected from TCEQ air monitoring sites, local agencies, and private monitoring networks. Site information is available for each specific site by clicking on the site name. This data has not been verified by the TCEQ or the responsible entity and may change. While this is the most current data, it is not official until it has been certified by the appropriate technical staff. This table is updated hourly. Click here for information about all the monitoring sites.

The table above lists the current peak concentrations for each pollutant, the corresponding Air Quality Index (AQI) category, and the AQI ratings for each of the NAAQS pollutants that are measured real-time. The table is updated each hour and covers the period from midnight through the indicated ending time for today's data or from midnight to midnight on other days. Listings are provided for each monitoring site within the Houston metropolitan area where pollutant levels are monitored by the TCEQ.

Interpreting the AQI

Air Quality Index

Each NAAQS pollutant has a separate AQI scale, with an AQI rating of 100 corresponding to the concentration of the Federal Standard for that pollutant. Additional information about the AQI and how it can be used is available from the EPA's AirNow web site.

Place your mouse pointer over the scale displayed above to view information about the Air Quality Index, and each of the rating levels.

The actual index calculation is different for each parameter measured and is specified by the EPA. The following table shows the various breakpoints used in calculating the AQI.

AQI Breakpoint Definitions
AQI Range 1hr Ozone
in ppm
8hr Ozone
in ppm
8hr Carbon Monoxide
in ppm
1hr Sulfur Dioxide
in ppm
24hr Sulfur Dioxide
in ppm
1hr Nitrogen Dioxide
in ppm
24hr PM-10
in µg/m³ (25° C)
24hr PM-2.5
in µg/m³ LC
0 - 50 Not Defined 0 - 0.059 0 - 4.4 0 - 0.035 Not Defined 0 - 0.053 0 - 54 0 - 12.0
51 - 100 Not Defined 0.06 - 0.075 4.5 - 9.4 0.036 - 0.075 Not Defined 0.054 - 0.1 55 - 154 12.1 - 35.4
101 - 150 0.125 - 0.164 0.076 - 0.095 9.5 - 12.4 0.076 - 0.185 Not Defined 0.101 - 0.36 155 - 254 35.5 - 55.4
151 - 200 0.165 - 0.204 0.096 - 0.115 12.5 - 15.4 0.186 - 0.304 Not Defined 0.361 - 0.64 255 - 354 55.5 - 150.4
201 - 300 0.205 - 0.404 0.116 - 0.374 15.5 - 30.4 Not Defined 0.305 - 0.604 0.65 - 1.24 355 - 424 150.5 - 250.4
301 - 400 0.405 - 0.504 Not Defined 30.5 - 40.4 Not Defined 0.605 - 0.804 1.25 - 1.64 425 - 504 250.5 - 350.4
401 - 500 0.505 - 0.604 Not Defined 40.5 - 50.4 Not Defined 0.805 - 1.004 1.65 - 2.04 505 - 604 350.5 - 500.4
500+ Not Defined Not Defined Not Defined Not Defined Not Defined Not Defined 605 - 4999 500.5 - 999.9

PLEASE NOTE:  This data has not been verified by the TCEQ and may change. This is the most current data, but it is not official until it has been certified by our technical staff. Data is collected from TCEQ ambient monitoring sites and may include data collected by other outside agencies. This data is updated hourly. All times shown are in local standard time unless otherwise indicated.

Following EPA reporting guidelines, negative values may be displayed in our hourly criteria air quality data beginning 1/1/2013, down to the negative of the EPA listed Method Detection Limit (MDL) for the particular instrument that made the measurements. The reported concentrations can be negative due to zero drift in the electronic instrument output, data logger channel, or calibration adjustments to the data. Prior to 1/1/2013, slightly negative values were automatically set to zero.