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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

June 21, 2018

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)

AQI Scale
Forecast Region
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Thu
06/21/2018
Fri
06/22/2018
Sat
06/23/2018
Sun
06/24/2018
Amarillo Ozone Ozone Good Ozone
Austin Good PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Beaumont-Port Arthur PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Brownsville-McAllen PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Corpus Christi PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Dallas-Fort Worth Ozone Ozone Good PM2.5
El Paso Ozone* Ozone Ozone Good
Houston PM2.5 PM2.5 Good Good
Laredo Good Good PM2.5 Good
Lubbock Ozone Ozone/PM2.5 Good Ozone/PM2.5
Midland-Odessa Ozone Ozone PM2.5 PM2.5
San Antonio Good Good Good Good
Tyler-Longview Good Good Good Good
Victoria PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Waco-Killeen Good Ozone/PM2.5 Good Good
An asterisk (*) indicates that an Ozone Action Day is or will be in effect for the indicated region.

Forecast Discussion

Thursday 06/21/2018
An Ozone Action Day is in effect today for the El Paso area. Winds may be light enough and/or incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" in parts of the El Paso area; "Moderate" or possibly higher on the southeast side of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and in parts of the Midland-Odessa area; and "Moderate" in parts of the Amarillo and Lubbock areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Very light amounts of African dust may linger primarily along the Texas coastline, possibly raising the daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, and Victoria areas, depending in large part on the timing, intensity, and duration of continuing precipitation. The dust could also impact remaining portions of Central and South Texas at times, including parts of the Austin, Laredo, San Antonio, and Waco-Killeen areas, though the intensity of the dust is not expected to be enough to raise the AQI beyond the "Good" range.

Elsewhere in Northeast Texas, lower incoming background levels should help keep air quality in the "Good" range in most spots.


Friday 06/22/2018
Winds may be light enough and/or incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher in parts of the El Paso area and "Moderate" in parts of the Amarillo, Dallas-Fort Worth, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, and Waco-Killeen areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Very light amounts of African dust may linger primarily along the Texas coastline and in portions of Central Texas, possibly raising the daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Victoria, and Waco-Killeen areas. The dust could also impact remaining portions of South and North Central Texas at times, including parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth, Laredo, San Antonio, and Tyler-Longview areas, though the intensity of the dust is not expected to be enough to raise the AQI beyond the "Good" range.

Elevated afternoon winds could generate and transport patchy blowing dust into portions of the Panhandle, possibly raising the daily PM10 and/or PM2.5 AQI to the "Moderate" range in parts of the Lubbock area and the upper end of the "Good" range in the Amarillo area.


Saturday 06/23/2018 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and/or incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" in parts of the El Paso area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Light amounts of dissipating African dust transitioning to returning smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America could be enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI to the "Moderate" range in parts of the Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Midland-Odessa, and Victoria areas. The lingering dust could also maintain somewhat elevated PM2.5 levels at times in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas as well, though the daily AQI is expected to remain in the "Good" range overall.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and/or lower incoming background levels should help keep air quality in the "Good" range in most spots.


Sunday 06/24/2018 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and/or incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" in parts of the Amarillo and Lubbock areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Light amounts of smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should continue in South Texas and is forecast to spread through the central half of state, possibly raising the daily PM2.5 to the "Moderate" range in parts of the Austin, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Victoria areas, and the upper end of the "Good" range elsewhere in the outlined region.

Elevated afternoon winds could generate and transport patchy blowing dust into portions of the South Plains and Permian Basin, possibly raising the daily PM10 and/or PM2.5 AQI to the "Moderate" range in parts of the Lubbock and Midland-Odessa areas.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and/or lower incoming background levels should help keep air quality in the "Good" range in most spots.


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This forecast was last updated at 10:35 AM on Thursday, June 21st, 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.