The Houston area continues to play the rainfall lottery each day

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On to the forecast.

Today

No one hit the Mega Millions on Tuesday, but we did have some local winners of the rainfall lottery! They included portions of southern Fort Bend County, the east side of Houston (Mason and Magnolia Park and Pleasantville), and just southwest of Alvin. It was more than one place like Monday, so you all split the jackpot. Congrats!

I think today will see a similar type setup, with a smattering of showers getting a few places wet. This will keep us slightly cooler again. We “only” hit 97 officially yesterday, so today should be similar, with mid to upper 90s across most of the area. Again, most of the area will be dry but at least a few neighborhoods could see an inch or two of rain.

Thursday

Tomorrow should be a lot like today, however it could be a notch or two hotter, with a few less showers. So maybe just a couple neighborhoods see showers tomorrow versus several today. Expect mid to upper 90s again.

Even with some showers around today and Thursday (shown here), it will remain quite hot, with high temperatures in the mid to upper-90s in most places. (Pivotal Weather)

Friday

We get a little more pop on Friday which should increase shower coverage closer to what we see today instead of Thursday. Again, most folks will still stay dry, but several neighborhoods should at least cash in on some rainfall.

So, if you want a quick guide to rainfall chances:

Wednesday: 30 percent
Thursday: 20 percent
Friday: 30 percent

Weekend

Both weekend days will see sun, clouds, and heat. Look for mid to upper 90s, again, on both days. Rain chances likely drop a bit compared to Friday, so I would call it 20 percent or less.

Next week

A return to hotter, drier weather seems likely as the week goes on, though I’d keep rain chances above zero each day at least. Instead of 20 to 30 percent odds like we have this week, perhaps it will be more like 10 to 20 percent odds next week. This will be especially true later in the week.

Will this ever end?

The update today is…not great. Obviously, model accuracy fades as you go later in time, but if you look at both the GFS and European ensemble forecasts for day 15, which takes us to August 10th, we see a pretty solid ridge over the Southern Plains.

Both the Euro ensemble (left) and the GFS ensemble (right) are in agreement that the high pressure system that has been with us most of summer will remain anchored in the Plains into mid-August. This should keep us hot and fairly dry. (Weather Bell)

It means that we will likely continue to persist with hotter than usual temperatures and fewer daily rain showers than usual into mid-August. So, no, I honestly can’t tell you when this will end.

16 thoughts on “The Houston area continues to play the rainfall lottery each day”

  1. I mean, too be fair. August in Texas is always brutal. Always has been, always will be. Every morning walking to my truck I’m reminded of High School football 2x/days from 20+ years ago. Vomit inducing. Got to white knuckle it until at least mid September, if not October.

    • Remember those days very well from 1959 to 1965 in Alvin. Even experienced Hurricane Carla then.

  2. Hey, as long as that persistent shelf of high pressure is going to steer away the hurricanes, I’ll take it.

  3. In years prior when we have been above average in rainfall with flooding and whatnot, I do recall other parts of the US in a drought. Its just our turn to take the heat and the drought.

  4. Finally got a half inch of rain in my part of Santa Fe, TX about 11 AM – 11:30 AM.

  5. Not sure what definition of lottery you guys are referring to but the entire area has gotten plenty of rain today. Looks like everyone’s winning

  6. With the rain lotto comes the skeeter lotto as well. The animals in the Bayou behind our house were out this evening enjoying the rain and cooler weather as much as I was.

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