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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

April 28, 2016

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Thu
04/28/2016
Fri
04/29/2016
Sat
04/30/2016
Sun
05/01/2016
Austin PM2.5 PM2.5 Ozone Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur PM2.5 PM2.5 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 Ozone Good Ozone Good
El Paso PM10 Good Ozone Good
Houston Ozone PM2.5 PM2.5 Good
Laredo PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Lubbock Good PM10 Good Good
Midland-Odessa Good PM10 Good Good
San Antonio PM2.5 PM2.5 Ozone PM2.5
Tyler-Longview Ozone Good Good Good
Victoria PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Waco-Killeen PM2.5 PM2.5 Ozone Good

 

Discussion

Thursday 04/28/2016
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America has surged once again across much of South, Central, and Southeast Texas, with the daily PM2.5 AQI expected to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher in the Brownsville-McAllen and Laredo areas; and "Moderate" in the Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio, Victoria, and Waco-Killeen areas.

Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher levels on the north and northwest side of the Houston area and "Moderate" levels in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Tyler-Longview areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Strong winds late on Thursday are expected to generate and transport blowing dust across parts of West Texas. Dust concentrations may be enough to raise the daily PM10 AQI to "Moderate" in the El Paso area.

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

Friday 04/29/2016
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America is forecast to continue across much of South, Central, and Southeast Texas, with the daily PM2.5 AQI expected to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" in the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, and Laredo areas; Moderate" or possibly higher in the Houston, San Antonio and Victoria areas; and "Moderate" in the Austin, Beaumont, and Waco-Killeen areas.

Strong winds are again forecast across much of West Texas and the Panhandle, which could generate and transport enough blowing dust to raise the daily PM10 AQI to "Moderate" levels in the Lubbock and Midland areas.

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

Saturday 04/30/2016 Outlook
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should continue across parts of South, Central, and Southeast Texas. The smoke will diminish from west to east across Central and parts of South Texas with the passage of a cold front, but the overall daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" in the Brownsville-McAllen area; "Moderate" or possibly higher levels in the Corpus Christi area; and "Moderate" in the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Houston, Laredo, and Victoria areas.

Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" levels in the Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, and San Antonio, and Waco-Killeen areas; background levels may also be high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" levels in the El Paso area. Highest ozone concentrations are expected in the afternoon and early evening.

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

Sunday 05/01/2016 Outlook
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America should continue across parts of South Texas, but the extent of the smoke is expected to be lower on Sunday. The overall daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher levels in the Brownsville-McAllen and Laredo areas; and "Moderate" in the Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Victoria areas.

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

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This forecast was last updated at 9:45 am on Thursday, April 28th, 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.