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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

September 23, 2016

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Fri
09/23/2016
Sat
09/24/2016
Sun
09/25/2016
Mon
09/26/2016
Austin Good Good Good Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good Good Good Good
Brownsville-McAllen Good Good Good Good
Corpus Christi Good Good Good Good
Dallas-Fort Worth Ozone/PM2.5 Good Good Good
El Paso Good Good Good Good
Houston Good Good Good Good
Laredo Good Good Good Good
Lubbock Good Good Good Good
Midland-Odessa Good Good Good Good
San Antonio Good Good Good Good
Tyler-Longview PM2.5 Good Good Good
Victoria Good Good Good Good
Waco-Killeen Good Good Good Good

 

Discussion

Friday 09/23/2016
If winds are light enough, lingering background levels may be high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" in northern and northwestern sections of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Light continental haze mixed with lingering patchy smoke from agricultural burning in the southeastern U.S. have combined to raise fine particulate levels this morning across parts of North and East Texas. Levels should decrease as the day progresses, but concentrations are forecast to be high enough overall for the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth and Tyler-Longview areas.

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

Saturday 09/24/2016
Moderate winds, heavy cloud cover with precipitation, and/or low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range statewide.

Sunday 09/25/2016 Outlook
Strong north to northeasterly winds behind a passing cold front may raise some dust in parts of the Panhandle during the morning hours, with patchy dust perhaps spreading into the South Plains during the day. However, dust amounts overall should be light enough for the daily PM10 and PM2.5 AQIs to remain in the "Good" range in these areas.

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

Monday 09/26/2016 Outlook
Strong east to northeasterly winds may raise some patchy dust in parts of far West Texas early in the day, but dust amounts overall should be light enough for the daily PM10 and PM2.5 AQIs to remain in the "Good" range in this region.

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

Tuesday 09/27/2016 Extended Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and, if there is enough afternoon sunshine, the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Houston, and Tyler-Longview areas. In all cases, highest ozone concentrations are forecast to occur in the afternoon and early evening.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds, cool temperatures, 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 8:45 am on Saturday, September 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.