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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

February 24, 2017

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Fri
02/24/2017
Sat
02/25/2017
Sun
02/26/2017
Mon
02/27/2017
Austin Good Good Good Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur Ozone Good Good Good
Brownsville-McAllen Good Good PM2.5 PM2.5
Corpus Christi Good Good Good PM2.5
Dallas-Fort Worth Good Good Good Good
El Paso Good Good PM10 Good
Houston Ozone Good Good PM2.5
Laredo Good Good Good Good
Lubbock Good Good Good Good
Midland-Odessa Good Good Good Good
San Antonio Good Good Good Good
Tyler-Longview Good Good Good Good
Victoria Good Good Good PM2.5
Waco-Killeen Good Good Good Good

 

Discussion

Friday 02/24/2017
Lingering elevated background levels and continued warm afternoon temperatures may be enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" AQI levels in the Beaumont-Port Arthur and Houston areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening hours.

Patchy light smoke and haze from agricultural and industrial burning in Mexico and Central America is lingering this morning across parts of South Texas, and will likely spread northeast along the Southeast Texas coast ahead of an advancing cold front later today. The front is expected to help clear the smoke from most of these areas by day's end however, and the overall daily PM2.5 AQI is expected to net out in the "Good" range overall in these areas.

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

Saturday 02/25/2017
Moderate winds, cool temperatures, and/or low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range statewide.

Sunday 02/26/2017 Outlook
Strong and gusty afternoon winds are forecast to generate and transport patchy blowing dust across parts of West Texas. The blowing dust may be of sufficient duration and intensity to raise the daily PM10 AQI into the "Moderate" range in the El Paso area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Patchy light smoke and haze from agricultural and industrial burning in Mexico and Central America may begin to return to parts of South Texas, with the overall daily PM2.5 AQI forecast to reach the "Moderate" range in parts of the Brownsville-McAllen area.

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

Monday 02/27/2017 Outlook
Patchy light smoke and haze from agricultural and industrial burning in Mexico and Central America will continue across parts of South Texas and will likely begin to spread across parts of Southeast Texas as well. The overall daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach the "Moderate" range in the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, and Victoria areas; scattered precipitation will help lower PM2.5 concentrations in Southeast Texas, but parts of the Houston area may also net out in the "Moderate" range as well.

Strong afternoon winds may generate and transport patchy blowing dust across parts of West Texas and the Panhandle, but overall dust levels should be low enough for the daily PM2.5 and PM10 AQI to remain in the "Good" range in these areas.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds, heavy cloud cover, and/or lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Tuesday 02/28/2017 Extended Outlook
Patchy light smoke and haze from agricultural and industrial burning in Mexico and Central America will continue across parts of South and Southeast Texas, with the overall daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach the "Moderate" range in the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, and Victoria areas.

Strong afternoon winds may again generate and transport patchy blowing dust across parts of West Texas and the Panhandle, but overall dust levels should again be low enough for the daily PM2.5 and PM10 AQI to remain in the "Good" range in these areas.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds, heavy cloud cover, and/or 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 Friday, February 24th, 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.