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Posted on: May 25, 2011

[ARCHIVED] TCEQ Daily Air Quality Forecast Update

Tuesday 05/24/11
Very strong winds should cause intense blowing dust in parts of far West Texas and the Panhandle and could raise PM10 to "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" in the El Paso and Lubbock areas and to "Moderate" or possibly higher levels in the Amarillo and Midland-Odessa areas, with highest concentrations this afternoon and evening. The strong winds could also exacerbate any wildfires in West Texas, causing elevated fine particulate levels near and well downwind of any fires. Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America with "Moderate" fine particulate levels should continue over most of the eastern two-thirds of the state today. The western edge of the smoke is along the dry line in West Texas, which this morning is near a line from Sanderson to Odessa to Vernon. The dry line and western edge of the smoke should move eastward this afternoon and evening to near a line from Del Rio to Wichita Falls.

Wednesday 05/25/11
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America with "Moderate" fine particulate levels should continue over most of the eastern half of the state, mainly along and east of a line from Del Rio to Gainesville in the morning and along and east of a line from Eagle Pass to Paris by evening. Strong winds should cause blowing dust in parts of the Panhandle and could possibly raise PM10 to "Moderate" levels in the Amarillo, Lubbock, and Midland-Odessa areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. The strong winds could also exacerbate any wildfires in West Texas, causing elevated fine particulate levels near and well downwind of any fires. Elsewhere in far West Texas, moderate winds and lower background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range away from any wildfire smoke plumes.

Thursday 05/26/11 Outlook
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America with "Moderate" fine particulate levels should continue in much of South and Southeast Texas, mainly along and south of a line from Lufkin to San Antonio to Eagle Pass. If background levels are high enough, winds may be light enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" levels on the southeast and south side of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and on the west and northwest side of the Austin and San Antonio areas in the afternoon and early evening. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and lower background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range away from any wildfire smoke plumes.

Friday 05/27/11 Outlook
Smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America with "Moderate" fine particulate levels should cover much of South, Central, and Southeast Texas in the morning and will likely spread rapidly northward back into North Central Texas in the afternoon and evening. Winds may be strong enough to cause light amounts of blowing dust in parts of far West Texas that could possibly raise PM10 to "Moderate" levels in the El Paso area. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and lower background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range away from any wildfire smoke plumes.


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*Regardless of our forecast, we always recommend that each individual determine what level of activity they should conduct based on the actual local conditions.

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