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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

January 15, 2021

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

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AmarilloExit the TCEQ PM10/PM2.5 Good Good Good Good
AustinExit the TCEQ Good Good PM2.5 Good Good
Beaumont-Port ArthurExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Ozone Good
Brownsville-McAllenExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good PM2.5
Corpus ChristiExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good Good
Dallas-Fort WorthExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good Good
El PasoExit the TCEQ PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 PM2.5/PM10 Good
HoustonExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Ozone Good
LaredoExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good Good
LubbockExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good Good
Midland-OdessaExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good Good
San AntonioExit the TCEQ Good Good PM2.5 Good Good
Tyler-LongviewExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good Good
VictoriaExit the TCEQ Good Good Good Good Good
Waco-KilleenExit the TCEQ Good 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

Light winds, cool temperatures, and limited vertical mixing could enhance urban fine particulate levels across portions of Far West Texas enough for the daily PM10 AQI to reach the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range and the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach possibly the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the El Paso area, with highest concentrations in the morning and evening.

Areas of blowing dust associated with high winds behind a departing cold front may persist across portions of the Upper Texas Panhandle and could raise the daily PM10 AQI to the upper end of the "Moderate" range or possibly higher and the daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Amarillo area.

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

Light winds, mild temperatures, and limited vertical mixing could enhance urban fine particulate levels across portions of Far West Texas enough for the daily PM2.5 and PM10 AQIs to reach the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the El Paso area, with highest concentrations in the morning and evening.

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

Light winds, cool to mild temperatures, and limited vertical mixing could enhance urban fine particulate levels enough for the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Austin and El Paso areas and possibly the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the San Antonio area, with highest concentrations in the morning and evening.

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

Warming temperatures, abundant afternoon sunshine, and/or increased incoming background levels could be enough for ozone to reach the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Houston area and possibly the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Beaumont-Port Arthur area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Light morning winds, mild temperatures, and limited vertical mixing could enhance urban fine particulate levels across portions of Far West Texas enough for the daily PM2.5 and PM10 AQIs to reach the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the El Paso area, with highest concentrations in the morning.

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

Moderate to strong southerly winds may transport light amounts of smoke from agricultural and industrial burning in Mexico and Central America into portions of Deep South Texas, possibly raising the daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Brownsville-McAllen area.

Elevated afternoon winds could generate and transport light amounts of patchy localized blowing dust into and through portions of the Permian Basin, though the limited intensity and duration of any dust as well as possible precipitation should help keep the daily PM10 AQI in the "Good" range overall throughout most of the impacted region, which includes parts of the Midland-Odessa area.

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

This forecast was last updated at 7:35 AM on Saturday, January 16th, 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.

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