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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

January 18, 2018

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Thu
01/18/2018
Fri
01/19/2018
Sat
01/20/2018
Sun
01/21/2018
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 Good Good Good Good
El Paso PM2.5 PM2.5 Good PM10
Houston Good Good Good Good
Laredo Good Good Good Good
Lubbock Good Good Good PM10
Midland-Odessa Good Good Good PM10
San Antonio Good Good Good Good
Tyler-Longview Good Good Good Good
Victoria Good 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

Thursday 01/18/2018
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, increasing cloud cover, and/or low incoming background levels should help keep air quality in the "Good" range in most spots.

Friday 01/19/2018
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, heavy cloud cover with precipitation, and/or low incoming background levels should help keep air quality in the "Good" range in most spots.

Saturday 01/20/2018 Outlook
Increasing afternoon winds associated with an advancing cold front could be enough to generate and transport patchy blowing dust in parts of the El Paso area, however the timing and intensity is not expected to be enough to raise the daily PM2.5/PM10 AQIs beyond the "Good" range.

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

Sunday 01/21/2018 Outlook
Strong winds associated with an advancing cold front are expected to generate and transport at times intense blowing dust throughout much of West Texas and the Panhandle, possibly raising the daily PM10 AQI to "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" in the El Paso and Lubbock areas, and "Moderate" in the Amarillo and Midland-Odessa areas. Additionally, the daily PM2.5 AQI in the El Paso and Lubbock areas could reach "Moderate" levels overall as well.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate to strong winds, heavy cloud cover with precipitation, and/or low 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 Thursday, January 18th, 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.