Meteorological based parameters and ozone exceedances in Houston and other cities in Texas. Academic Article uri icon


  • In the Houston-Galveston-Beaumont (HGB) region considerable scientific effort has been directed at elucidating the relationships among atmospheric circulations and urban mixed-layer ozone concentrations. These studies of the HGB region have provided guidance on the conditions that are used herein to identify specific meteorological parameters that relate with observed exceedances of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone. These parameters were developed using 15years of ozone concentrations and localized wind conditions enhanced by incorporating data from a private monitoring network. Using these data, several key parameters were found that described the most common meteorological conditions for an exceedance day in HGB. The most relevant parameters included: the wind direction at midnight, wind speeds from 0 to 6 LST, and the extent of wind direction rotation in a 24-hour period. These parameters, and the meteorological conditions they describe, were also found to occur in an analysis of observational data throughout the state of Texas suggesting large scale forces beyond the influence of a sea breeze. A mixed layer model was developed and shown to illustrate the large-scale synoptic forces found in the observational data. The meteorological parameters, and conditions they describe, could be part of a diagnostic model performance evaluation to assure that accurate predictions of ozone for Texas were not the result of compensating errors.Implications: This study identified meteorological-based parameters that coincided with observed exceedances of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone across the state of Texas. These parameters can be used in support of regulatory model performance evaluations to assure accuracy in predicting ozone conducive conditions. In Houston, the vast majority of meteorlogical ozone conducive days did not produce an exceedance, suggesting other as yet unidentified conditions that are necessary such as an intermittent emission of precursors.

published proceedings

  • J Air Waste Manag Assoc

altmetric score

  • 1.85

author list (cited authors)

  • Vizuete, W., Nielsen-Gammon, J., Dickey, J., Couzo, E., Blanchard, C., Breitenbach, P., Rasool, Q. Z., & Byun, D.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Vizuete, William||Nielsen-Gammon, John||Dickey, Judy||Couzo, Evan||Blanchard, Charles||Breitenbach, Peter||Rasool, Quazi Z||Byun, Daewon

publication date

  • January 2022