Month: March 2016

A healthy line of storms is moving through the Houston region this morning, generally bringing 0.25 to 0.75 inch of rain as a cold front moves through.

TODAY

The strongest storms and thunderstorms have now moved east of the area and we should see clearing conditions throughout the morning. Highs today should remain in the 60s and we’ll probably see some sunshine during the afternoon hours. Winds will be brisk out of the north-northwest throughout the daylight hours.

Early morning rain totals. Note: Only Harris County keeps a reliable network of real-time rain stations which is why this map primarily includes rain gauges in Harris County.

Early morning rain totals. Note: Only Harris County keeps a reliable network of real-time rain stations which is why this map primarily includes rain gauges in Harris County.

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Good morning. It is quite warm across the metro region this morning, with low temperatures only in the mid- to upper-60s across most of Houston and dew points not far behind.

TODAY

We’re going to see another partly to mostly cloudy day today, with brisk southerly winds again bringing up moisture levels across the area. Highs will be near 80 degrees. However a capping inversion, an area of warmer air aloft, should prevent the development of any kind of widespread showers today and this evening. Things become more interesting late tonight as a cold front approaches.

THURSDAY

The front should reach northern areas sometime after midnight, and will perhaps move through the city a bit before sunrise and should be off the coast by mid-morning. The front should perturb the atmosphere enough to break the capping inversion discussed above, and most areas might see two to three tenths of an inch of rain, but this is not going to be a real gully washer.

Rain accumulations from a frontal passage tonight and early Thursday should be greater for inland areas. (Weather Bell)

Rain accumulations from a frontal passage tonight and early Thursday should be greater for inland areas. (Weather Bell)

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Good morning. It’s cool again this morning, with temperatures in the mid-40s to about 50 degrees. But we’ll warm up pretty quickly.

TODAY

We’ll see increasingly strong southerly winds today with a tight gradient stretching from high pressure in the Gulf of Mexico toward lower pressure centered over Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. This should bring some clouds later today, due to increasing moisture levels, as highs climb into the mid-70s. Low temperatures tonight will only fall back to around 60 degrees.

The mid-level of the atmosphere forecast for today shows the distinct pressure gradient. (Weather Bell)

The mid-level of the atmosphere forecast for today shows the distinct pressure gradient. (Weather Bell)

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As expected it’s quite cold this morning, with temperatures just below freezing in Conroe and points north, and in the low 40s closer to the coast. It won’t last.

TODAY

Under the influence of high pressure we’ll see cool, sunny and gorgeous weather today with highs in the mid- to upper-60s.

TUESDAY

Another cool morning, but lows will likely fall only into the upper 40s across the metro area. However a fairly brisk wind should pick up out of the south during the day, bringing back that familiar Gulf of Mexico moisture. Highs in the mid-70s

Lows on Tuesday morning will again be cool, but nothing like Monday morning, per this GFS model forecast. (Weather Bell)

Lows on Tuesday morning will again be cool, but nothing like Monday morning, per this GFS model forecast. (Weather Bell)

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Houston certainly hasn’t had a cold winter, which we’ve discussed before, and any vestiges of cold air at this point of the year will be fleeting. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a few last gasps.

And that’s what we’re going to get tonight. Strong northerly winds on Saturday and Sunday have brought a lot of dry, colder air into the region. And tonight as winds die down we will see ideal cooling conditions under clear skies.

(Weather Bell)

GFS model forecast lows for Monday morning. (Weather Bell)

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