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High heat, low winds and car emissions create an ozone haze across Texas

August 24th, 2011

From Green Right Now Reports

You can't necessarily see it, but that light summer haze could be brewing ground-level ozone. Among Texas cities, Austin has less of it. But alerts have been issued for late August.

Get your gas masks out. Seriously, plan to hide indoors if you live in Austin, Dallas, Fort TCEQ’s air forecasts.Worth, Houston or the Beaumont-Port Arthur or Tyler-Longview areas, the next few days are promising air that’s “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”

It happens every summer, and as you can see, the “unhealthly to sensitive groups” category is not the worst one possible. But these polluted late summer days still a serious encumbrance to anyone who is active outdoors, suffers from allergies or asthma, is a young child or an older adult.

In other words, a pretty significant chunk of the population had better watch out if they’re outdoors during coming days. To learn more about your air, see the

Air Quality Index (AQI)
Forecast
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
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08/24/11
Thu
08/25/11
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08/26/11
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08/27/11
Austin Good Ozone Ozone Ozone
Beaumont-Port Arthur Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
Brownsville-McAllen Good Good Good Good
Corpus Christi Good Good Good Ozone
Dallas-Fort Worth Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
El Paso Good Good Good Good
Houston Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
Laredo Good Good Good Good
Lubbock Good Good Good Good
Midland-Odessa Good Good Good Good
San Antonio Good Ozone Ozone Ozone
Tyler-Longview Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
Victoria Good Good Good Ozone
Waco-Killeen Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone

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