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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

January 22, 2018

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Mon
01/22/2018
Tue
01/23/2018
Wed
01/24/2018
Thu
01/25/2018
Austin Good Good Good Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good Good Good Good
Brownsville-McAllen PM2.5 Good Good Good
Corpus Christi Good Good Good Good
Dallas-Fort Worth Good Good Good Good
El Paso Good Good PM2.5 PM2.5
Houston Good PM2.5 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 Good Good Good Good
Victoria Good PM2.5 Good Good
Waco-Killeen Good Good Good Good

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

Discussion

Monday 01/22/2018
Slightly increased fine particulate background levels in South Texas due lingering light smoke from seasonal fires in central Mexico followed by transported suspended dust generated yesterday in West Texas along the leading edge of an advancing front could be enough for the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range overall primarily in parts of the Brownsville-McAllen area.

Elsewhere in the state, the suspended blowing dust will be transported along the leading edge of the cold front, briefly raising particulate levels in most spots as the front arrives. However, the intensity and duration of the transported dust is not expected to be enough to raise the daily PM2.5 or PM10 AQIs beyond the "Good" range in most spots. Additionally, moderate to strong winds and cool temperatures should help keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Tuesday 01/23/2018
Light winds and limited overnight vertical mixing, along with light amounts of lingering suspended dust, could be enough for the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach the "Moderate" range in parts of the Houston and Victoria areas, with highest concentrations in the morning and evening.

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

Wednesday 01/24/2018 Outlook
Light winds and limited overnight vertical mixing could be enough for the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach the "Moderate" range in parts of the El Paso area, with highest concentrations in the morning and evening.

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

Thursday 01/25/2018 Outlook
Light winds and limited overnight vertical mixing could be enough for the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach the "Moderate" range in parts of the El Paso area, with highest concentrations in the morning and evening.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds, cool temperatures, 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 09:40 AM on Monday, January 22nd, 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.