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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

May 25, 2016

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Wed
05/25/2016
Thu
05/26/2016
Fri
05/27/2016
Sat
05/28/2016
Austin PM2.5 Good PM2.5 PM2.5
Beaumont-Port Arthur PM2.5 Good 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 PM2.5 Good Good Ozone
El Paso PM10 PM10 Ozone Ozone
Houston PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 Ozone
Laredo PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Lubbock Good PM10 Good Good
Midland-Odessa PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
San Antonio PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Tyler-Longview Good Good Good Good
Victoria PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Waco-Killeen PM2.5 Good Good PM2.5

 

Discussion

Wednesday 05/25/2016
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America has spread across much of Texas, with the daily PM2.5 AQI forecast to reach "Moderate" generally within an area bounded by a Sanderson-to-Odessa-to-Wichita Falls line on the west and a Sherman-to-Orange line on the east.

Strong afternoon winds could generate and transport patchy blowing dust into parts of far West Texas, including the El Paso area, where the daily PM10 AQI could reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range overall.

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

Thursday 05/26/2016
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America will continue to effect much of Texas, although precipitation and lower incoming background levels will help to reduce the smoke in some areas, especially across the northern and central parts of the state. The daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Moderate" in the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, and Victoria areas.

Strong afternoon winds could again generate and transport patchy blowing dust into parts of West Texas, with winds and dust also increasing in parts of the Panhandle and South Plains. Overall, the daily PM10 AQI may reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the El Paso and Lubbock areas.

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

Friday 05/27/2016 Outlook
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America will continue to spread across much of Texas, although additional precipitation and lower incoming background levels will again reduce the smoke in some areas. The daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Moderate" generally along and east of a Sanderson-to-Odessa line and south of an Odessa-Austin-Orange line.

Incoming background levels may be high enough for ozone to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the El Paso area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

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

Saturday 05/28/2016 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" levels in the Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso, and Houston areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America will continue across the midsection of Texas, with the daily PM2.5 AQI forecast to reach "Moderate" generally within an area bounded by a Del Rio-to-Wichita Falls line on the west and a Bonham-to-Galveston line on the east.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds 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 9:20 am on Wednesday, May 25th, 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.