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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

February 16, 2018

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Fri
02/16/2018
Sat
02/17/2018
Sun
02/18/2018
Mon
02/19/2018
Austin Good Good Good Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good Good Good Good
Brownsville-McAllen PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Corpus Christi Good Good Good Good
Dallas-Fort Worth Good 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 Good Good Good Good
Victoria PM2.5 Good 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

Friday 02/16/2018
Southerly winds could maintain light amounts of smoke in deep South Texas from early season agricultural and industrial burning in Mexico and Central America, possibly raising the daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Brownsville-McAllen area. Additionally, modest particulate build up is expected along and just ahead of a cold front, briefly increasing PM2.5 levels as the front advances through the state, though the daily AQI in most spots should remain in the "Good" range overall, with the possible exception being the Victoria area due to the overall timing of the front.

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

Saturday 02/17/2018
Southerly winds could maintain light amounts of smoke in deep South Texas from early season agricultural and industrial burning in Mexico and Central America, 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 winds, cool temperatures, heavy cloud cover with precipitation, and/or lower incoming background levels should help keep air quality in the "Good" range in most spots.

Sunday 02/18/2018 Outlook
Southerly winds could maintain light amounts of smoke in deep South Texas from early season agricultural and industrial burning in Mexico and Central America, 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, and/or lower incoming background levels should help keep air quality in the "Good" range in most spots.

Monday 02/19/2018 Outlook
Southerly winds could maintain light amounts of smoke in deep South Texas from early season agricultural and industrial burning in Mexico and Central America, possibly raising the daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Brownsville-McAllen area.

Strong afternoon winds associated with an approaching cold front may be strong enough to generate to and transport light amounts of patchy blowing dust into portions of the Panhandle, including the Amarillo area, though the timing of the front and duration and intensity of the dust is not expected to be enough to raise the daily PM2.5/PM10 AQIs beyond the “Good” range.

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

Tuesday 02/20/2018 Extended Outlook
Southerly winds could maintain light amounts of smoke in deep South Texas from early season agricultural and industrial burning in Mexico and Central America, possibly raising the daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Brownsville-McAllen area.

Strong winds associated with an advancing cold front may be strong enough to generate to and transport light amounts of patchy blowing dust into portions of the Panhandle, including the Amarillo and Lubbock areas, though the timing of the front and duration and intensity of the dust is not expected to be enough to raise the daily PM2.5/PM10 AQIs beyond the “Good” range.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds, cooler temperatures, heavy cloud cover with precipitation, 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 09:10 AM on Friday, February 16th, 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.