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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

January 19, 2022

Forecast is for Ozone, PM2.5, & PM10, and is based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)

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AmarilloExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good
AustinExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good
Beaumont-Port ArthurExit the TCEQ PM2.5 Good Good PM2.5
Big BendExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good
Brownsville-McAllenExit the TCEQ PM2.5 Good Good PM2.5
Bryan-College StationExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good
Corpus ChristiExit the TCEQ PM2.5 Good Good Good
Dallas-Fort WorthExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good
El PasoExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good
HoustonExit the TCEQ PM2.5 Good Good Good
LaredoExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good
LubbockExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good
Midland-OdessaExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good
San AntonioExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good
Tyler-LongviewExit the TCEQ Good Good Good PM2.5
VictoriaExit the TCEQ PM2.5 Good Good Good
Waco-KilleenExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good
An asterisk (*) indicates that an Ozone Action Day is or will be in effect for the indicated region.
A caret (^) indicates that levels of PM may exceed the applicable short-term NAAQS. For more information see the following TCEQ websites:Air Pollution from Particulate Matter and Voluntary Tips for Citizens and Business to Reduce Emissions.

Forecast Discussion

Depending on the amount of continuing fire activity, patchy smoke from small scattered fires across parts of the Southeastern U.S., including in portions of East, Southeast, South Central, Deep South Texas, and along the coastal bend of Texas, are forecast to contribute to slightly higher fine particulate background levels across parts of North Central, South Central, East, Southwest Texas, and along the coastal bend of Texas, especially for locations near and immediately downwind of an individual fire. The intensity and duration of the smoke is expected to be limited due to winds turning northerly and light amounts of precipitation as a strong cold frontal boundary pushes through the state from the Texas Panhandle and North Central Texas during the day through South Central, Southeast, and the coastal bend of Texas during the evening and overnight. Increased fine particulate matter could at least briefly raise PM2.5 levels across portions of the eastern two-thirds of the state along and just ahead of an advancing front and may be enough for the overall daily PM2.5 AQI to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range primarily in parts of the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, and Victoria areas and the upper end of the "Good" range (perhaps with an isolated low "Moderate" or two) in parts of the Austin, Bryan-College Station, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas.

Otherwise and elsewhere in the state, moderate to strong winds, building cloud cover with precipitation, and/or lower incoming background levels should help keep air quality in the "Good" range in most spots.

As the aforementioned cold front pushes through the coastal bend of Texas and Deep South Texas, any smoke from agricultural burning activity in portions of East and South Central Texas may expand over Southeast, Deep South Texas, and along the coastal bend of Texas as winds turning northerly but the density and duration of the smoke is not expected to be enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI beyond the "Good" range throughout most of the impacted regions. Elsewhere in the state, moderate to strong winds, cold temperatures, cloud cover with precipitation, and/or lower incoming background levels should help keep air quality in the "Good" range in most spots.

Depending on the amount of agricultural burning activity across portions of the Southeast U.S. (including in portions of East, Southeast, South Central, Deep South Texas, and along the coastal bend of Texas), slightly increased fine particulate background levels associated with continental haze (including light amounts of smoke) may begin to filter and expand back into these regions. The density and duration of the possible smoke however is not expected to be enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI beyond the "Good" range throughout most of the impacted areas, which includes the Austin, Brownsville-McAllen, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Victoria areas.

Slightly elevated urban fine particulate levels associated with light winds and limited vertical mixing could be enough to raise the daily PM2.5 and PM10 AQIs to the upper end of the "Good" range (perhaps with an isolated low "Moderate" or two) in parts of the El Paso area.

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

Should the agricultural burning activity in portions of the Southeast U.S. including in East, Southeast, South Central, Deep South Texas, and along the coastal bend of Texas continue, slightly increased fine particulate background levels associated with a combination of smoke mixed with building continental haze could impact the eastern two-thirds of the state at varying intensities, with highest concentrations across Southeast, East, and Deep South Texas. Overall, depending on the coverage and intensity of the smoke, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Brownsville-McAllen, and Tyler-Longview areas and the upper end of the "Good" range (perhaps with an isolated low "Moderate" or two) in parts of the Austin, Bryan-College Station, Corpus Christi, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Victoria, and Waco-Killeen areas.

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

This forecast was last updated at 9:50 AM on Wednesday, January 19th, 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 below to monitor the latest actual conditions.

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