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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

February 23, 2018

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Fri
02/23/2018
Sat
02/24/2018
Sun
02/25/2018
Mon
02/26/2018
Amarillo Good Good Good Good
Austin Good Good Ozone Ozone
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good Good Good Good
Brownsville-McAllen Good PM2.5 Good Good
Corpus Christi Good Good Good Good
Dallas-Fort Worth Good Good Ozone Ozone
El Paso PM2.5/PM10 Good Good Good
Houston Good Good Good Good
Laredo Good Good Good Good
Lubbock Good PM2.5/PM10 Good Good
Midland-Odessa Good PM2.5/PM10 Good Good
San Antonio Good Good Good Good
Tyler-Longview Good Good Good Good
Victoria Good Good Good Good
Waco-Killeen Good Good Good Ozone

An asterisk (*) indicates that an Ozone Action Day is or will be in effect for the indicated region.

Discussion

Friday 02/23/2018
Strong winds could generate and transport patchy blowing dust into far West Texas, possibly raising the daily PM10 AQI to "Moderate" or possibly higher levels and PM2.5 AQI to "Moderate" levels in parts of the El Paso area, with highest concentrations through the evening and overnight hours.

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

Saturday 02/24/2018
Strong winds could generate and transport patchy blowing dust into most of West Texas and the Panhandle, possibly raising the daily PM2.5 and/or PM10 AQIs to "Moderate" in parts of the Lubbock and Midland-Odessa areas, and the upper end of the "Good" range in parts of the Amarillo and El Paso areas.

Light amounts of smoke from early season agricultural and industrial burning in Mexico and Central America may briefly return to deep South Texas, possibly raising the daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Brownsville-McAllen area.

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

Sunday 02/25/2018 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Strong afternoon winds may generate and transport light amounts of blowing dust into the South Plains and Permian Basin, including parts of the Lubbock and Midland-Odessa areas, though the duration and intensity of the dust is not expected to be enough to raise the daily PM2.5/PM10 AQIs beyond the "Good" range overall.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds, cooler temperatures, lingering cloud cover with precipitation, and/or lower incoming background levels should help keep air quality in the "Good" range in most spots.

Monday 02/26/2018 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Waco-Killeen areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Strong afternoon winds may generate and transport light amounts of blowing dust into the Permian Basin, including parts of the Midland-Odessa area, though the duration and intensity of the dust is not expected to be enough to raise the daily PM2.5/PM10 AQIs beyond the "Good" range overall.

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

Tuesday 02/27/2018 Extended Outlook
Light amounts of smoke from early season agricultural and industrial burning in Mexico and Central America is forecast to begin returning to deep South Texas, possibly raising the daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Brownsville-McAllen area. Additionally, slightly elevated fine particulate background levels primarily associated with lingering continental haze across Northeast Texas could be enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Tyler-Longview area, with highest concentrations through the first half of the day before precipitation chances increase into the afternoon.

Strong afternoon winds could generate and transport patchy blowing dust into far West Texas, possibly raising the daily PM2.5 and/or PM10 AQIs to "Moderate" levels overall in parts of the El Paso area.

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

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This forecast was last updated at 09:50 AM on Friday, February 23rd, 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.