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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

September 18, 2014

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Thu
09/18/14
Fri
09/19/14
Sat
09/20/14
Sun
09/21/14
Austin Good Good Good Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good Good Good Good
Brownsville-McAllen PM2.5 PM2.5 Good Good
Corpus Christi PM2.5 PM2.5 Good Good
Dallas-Fort Worth Good Good Good Ozone
El Paso Good Good Good Good
Houston Good Good Good Good
Laredo Good PM2.5 Good Good
Lubbock Good Good Good Good
Midland-Odessa Good Good Good Good
San Antonio Good PM2.5 Good Good
Tyler-Longview Good Good Good Ozone
Victoria Good PM2.5 Good Good
Waco-Killeen Good Good Good Good

 

Discussion

Thursday 09/18/14
Particulate levels in South Texas have increased due to light amounts of African dust moving into the region this morning that could possibly raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the Brownsville-McAllen and Corpus Christi areas. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds, lower incoming background levels, and/or cloud cover with precipitation should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Friday 09/19/14
The weak African dust cloud will spread inland into parts of South, South Central, and Southwest Texas, possibly increasing PM2.5 AQI levels into the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Laredo, and San Antonio areas. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds, lower incoming background levels, and/or cloud cover with precipitation should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Saturday 09/20/14 Outlook
Moderate winds, lower incoming background levels, and/or heavy cloud cover should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Sunday 09/21/14 Outlook
If increasing background levels are high enough, winds may be light enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" levels in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Tyler-Longview areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

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This forecast was last updated at 9:00 am on Thursday, September 18th 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.