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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

April 1, 2015

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Wed
04/01/15
Thu
04/02/15
Fri
04/03/15
Sat
04/04/15
Austin PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Brownsville-McAllen PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Corpus Christi PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Dallas-Fort Worth PM2.5 PM2.5 Good Good
El Paso Good PM10 Good Good
Houston Good PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Laredo PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Lubbock Good PM10 Good Good
Midland-Odessa Good Good Good Good
San Antonio PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Tyler-Longview Good PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Victoria PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Waco-Killeen PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 Good

 

Discussion

Wednesday 04/01/15
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should cover much of South, Central, and North Central Texas, as well as eastern portions of West Texas, mainly along and east of a line from Del Rio to San Angelo to Vernon and along and west of a line from Port Lavaca to Paris, and the smoke could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range over much of this area. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Thursday 04/02/15
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should cover much of the eastern two-thirds of the state, mainly along and east of a line from Del Rio to San Angelo to Abilene to Wichita Falls, and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range over much of this area. Winds should be strong enough to cause blowing dust in parts of far West Texas and the Panhandle and the dust could possibly raise the daily PM10 AQI into the "Moderate" range near and downwind of dust source areas, including the El Paso and Lubbock areas. Elsewhere in the state, moderate to strong winds and low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Friday 04/03/15 Outlook
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should continue over much of the southeastern half of the state at least through the morning, mainly along and east of a line from Eagle Pass to Waco to Texarkana, and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range over much of this area. A cold front will push the smoke out of most of the state by late evening. Winds may be strong enough to cause light amounts of blowing dust in parts of far West Texas and the Panhandle, but amounts and duration are not likely to be enough to raise the daily PM10 AQI beyond the "Good" range. Elsewhere in the state, moderate to strong winds and low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Saturday 04/04/15 Outlook
Moderate winds, cool temperatures, and low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range statewide.

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This forecast was last updated at 7:30 am on Wednesday, April 1st, 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.