AUSTIN (KXAN) - It is that time of year again when farmers in Mexico begin clearing land for agricultural purposes by burning brush and trees.
When a persistent southerly wind blows into Texas, that smoky air is carried all the way to the Austin area, creating hazy conditions and decreasing air quality; sometimes the smoke is so thick you can smell it.
Austin's air quality Tuesday afternoon dropped from the "good" to "moderate" category as a result of the increasing pollution. Similar conditions are expected Wednesday.
This decrease in air quality is considered acceptable, but can cause a moderate health concern for a very small number of people. Little improvement is forecast until a Thursday cold front.
Click on the weather blog to see this week's Air Quality Forecast from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. You will also find more information about this form of pollution called PM or "particulate matter."
The Austin Parks Department board will vote on a new design for Auditorium Shores that expands a proposed off leash dog park area by one acre.
On Tuesday, Capital Metro will roll out it's new MetroRapid fleet and run multiple tests gearing up for its January 2014 debut.
An 8-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Democrats say they finally hold a statewide office again in Texas — thanks to a Republican who's switching sides.
Leander ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state. Their latest demographic report shows a shift in the type of families moving into the district.
University of Texas System regents say they're planning to discuss the employment of Austin campus President Bill Powers, who has sparred with lawmakers and critics over his job in recent years.