Month: December 2019

Just another fine fall weekend ahead for Houston!

Posted by Matt Lanza at 5:56 AM

Keep doing whatever it is you’re doing because it’s working. We keep getting extended nice stretches of weather. We are in the midst of one now, and it appears we will have another nice stretch coming to Southeast Texas next week.

Today

This morning is starting off quiet. Watch for perhaps a couple pockets of fog mainly west of the Brazos River. Otherwise, look for decreasing clouds through the morning. The sun will be back out virtually in full by afternoon, and it will be delightful. High temperatures will top off in the 70s, though a bit cooler at the coast.

Weekend

Saturday should be sunny. Sunday should see fair skies but probably a few more clouds. High temperatures will be in the low- to mid-70s on Saturday. Sunday will see onshore flow kick in ahead of our next front, so look for daytime highs to perk up some, possibly approaching 80° in some spots, especially west of Houston.

Sunday has a chance at reaching 80° in parts of the area! (Pivotal Weather)

Morning lows will be in the 40s Saturday morning and mid-50s Sunday morning.

Early next week

Our next cold front (it never gets old saying this) is on the way Monday. While the timing can change, it looks like it will hit Houston in the mid-to-late afternoon. The front will come with scattered showers and thunderstorms but perhaps not the widespread soaking rain we could use. I would anticipate perhaps a quarter-inch of rain, with a few places seeing up to a half-inch or so. We will update you on Monday.

Behind the front, it will turn sharply cooler once more. Look for Monday’s temperatures to start very warm (near 70°), warm into the mid-70s, then crash into the 40s Monday night behind the front.

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Good morning! Our overall forecast remains on track, with mostly sunny, slowly warming weather conditions from now through most of the weekend. We’re also going to take a speculative look ahead at the weather for Christmas week.

Thursday

If you had clear skies this morning and were up early—as we usually are to research and write these forecasts—the setting full Moon was tremendous to behold. We’re seeing a few clouds higher in the atmosphere this morning, and that will lead to partly to mostly sunny skies today with highs in the low 60s. Thursday night will be moderately warmer, with lows down around 50 degrees in Houston, colder to the north, and warmer closer to the coast.

Friday

This should be a splendid day, with highs of around 70 degrees and mostly sunny skies. Temperatures Friday night will be similar to Thursday night, as a weak front arrives to forestall the onshore flow from kicking in for a day or so.

Saturday’s high temperatures look quite pleasant for Houston. (Pivotal Weather)

Saturday

With the weak front, Saturday is going to be amazing. Do you like sunshine? Dry air? Highs of around 70 degrees? You’re in luck. Lows Saturday night should be in the 50s.

We have been spoiled this fall!

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Tuesday’s front moved through as advertised, dropping between 0.25 and 0.5 inch of rain across the area and pushing our temperatures down dramatically. After a gray day yesterday, expect mostly clear skies well into the weekend. Yes, we’re going to have yet another amazing fall weekend in Houston.

Wednesday

Conditions are generally cold, cloudy, and gusty this morning with low temperatures in the 40s. That will change as the cloud deck follows the front offshore, leading to clearing skies later today for the region. Partial sunshine should allow highs to reach the mid- to upper-50s—so quite chilly for the daytime—before another cold tonight with low temperatures falling into the mid-40s. Winds will die down today, coming from the north at 5 to 10 mph.

Expect another chill night for Wednesday night. (Pivotal Weather)

Thursday and Friday

These two smashing days will be partly to mostly sunny affairs, with highs in the mid-60s to 70 degrees and overnight lows around 50 degrees. The forecast models are somewhat split as to whether a modest cool front will push through on Friday to reinforce the cooler weather, but I think the biggest question is whether this drives low temperatures on Saturday morning down to the mid-40s, or lower 50s.

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Chilly temperatures return to Houston for midweek

Posted by Matt Lanza at 6:13 AM

Good Tuesday morning, and welcome back to winter. Matt here, filling in for Eric today, and I bring you one of our grayest, chilliest days in a while. By my count, the last time we had a day anything like this was at least back on November 13th, when we stayed in the mid-40s most of the day with clouds and some occasional light rain. Today will carry that vibe.

Today

The front is through, and temperatures have plummeted since yesterday’s record high of 83° at both Hobby and Bush. In fact, we’re into the 50s this morning everywhere except for the immediate coast. Temperatures in the 40s are not far behind.

Temperatures as of 5:45 have fallen into the 50s everywhere except the coast, with 40s not far behind. (NOAA)

In addition to chilly temperatures, we’ve got some pockets of heavy rainfall around the area this morning.

A radar loop as of 5:50 this morning shows some heavy downpours north and west of downtown Houston, with more heavy downpours to the south moving into Brazoria County. (RadarScope)

The rain is moving fast enough and it’s been dry enough of late that there isn’t any flooding to worry about, but do be prepared to encounter some wet roads and puddles this morning.

Dress warmly today. Periods of rain and occasional downpours will be possible through about midday before we transition to more of a light rain or drizzle, ending in the afternoon. Temperatures will slowly drop from where they are this morning, into the 40s this afternoon. With a fresh breeze out of the north at 15 mph, gusting to 20-25 mph, it will feel even colder.

Tonight & Wednesday

Low clouds should persist into tonight. The combination of lingering clouds and a little leftover wind should keep temperatures a bit above freezing for most areas outside. Look for Wednesday morning lows to bottom out near 40 in Houston, upper-30s in the surrounding suburbs mostly outside the Beltway, low-40s at the coast, and then mid-30s in farther outlying areas. I think even the Metro Houston icebox of Conroe will escape freezing temperatures tonight.

Overnight lows will be near 40° in Houston and colder in outlying areas north and west tonight into Wednesday morning. (Pivotal Weather)

Wednesday will be a fine late autumn slash early winter day. Expect any remaining low clouds to scour out and the sun to take over. Temperatures will warm into the mid- to upper-50s with much lighter winds than Tuesday.

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