A mostly quiet couple days in Houston, as Gulf tropical system passes well to our east

Compared to earlier this week, it certainly feels a little more comfortable, with temperatures ranging from the mid or upper 60s well inland to around 80 degrees at the coast.

6 AM and it doesn’t feel dreadfully humid in much of the area, with even some 60s peppered in on the map. (NOAA)

We will see another day or so of drier air, helping to keep us relatively comfortable, thanks in part to Potential Tropical Cyclone #3 in the Gulf, which will pass to our east into Louisiana. This farther east track leads to a handful of minor forecast changes this weekend.

Today & Saturday

Both today and tomorrow look fairly uneventful in our area, with a mix of sun and clouds. Yes, there could be a stray shower or two that makes into the Houston region, and there could be a portion of an outer band from PTC3 that grazes eastern fringes of our area. But aside from that, it will just be hot and a bit humid. Look for highs in the low to mid-90s (some isolated upper-90s can’t be ruled out) and lows in the 70s. Humidity will likely increase a bit tomorrow, and the morning will feel less comfortable than yesterday or today has felt.

The big weekend change is that rain chances look higher on Sunday than they do Saturday now.

Sunday

We begin a little more onshore flow on Sunday, which means more humidity. Morning lows in the upper-70s seem more likely here. It also means a better chance at isolated to scattered thunderstorms, as a weak disturbance in the upper atmosphere finds a route into Texas and taps into some of that onshore flow. Not everyone will see rain, but there will likely be at least a few showers or storms around Sunday afternoon. High temperatures will be in the mid-90s.

Monday

Right now, Monday looks like a classic June day in Houston with sun, clouds, high humidity, morning lows in the 70s, daytime highs in the low-90s, and a chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

Tuesday & beyond

By Monday night, an actual cold front will be moving across Texas from north to south. We are unlikely to enjoy the cooler, less humid benefits of said front, but we will likely see scattered to perhaps even numerous showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday. Locally heavy rain is possible here, and a healthy chunk of the area should see at least some rain. Expect a less hot day Tuesday, with some chance highs don’t get above 90 degrees.

Expected rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday next week will vary, but many places could see a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch of rain, with others seeing less and a handful seeing more. (Weather Bell)

By Wednesday and Thursday, rain chances won’t drop to zero, but they will diminish a bit as the front fizzles and high pressure begins to nose into the area. Look for highs back in the 90s and lows in the mid to upper-70s.

PTC 3 update

Potential Tropical Cyclone #3 continues across the Gulf this morning. To be honest, this is about as healthy as it has looked in its life cycle since it became an area to watch.

PTC 3 is steaming across the Gulf, heading toward the central Gulf Coast. (Weathernerds.org)

There’s a significant blowup of thunderstorms near and north/east of the center. This is why forecasters have been banging the drum regarding heavy rain being the main concern. Whatever the case, we assume we will see Tropical Storm Claudette come of this mess and approach the Louisiana coast tonight between Vermilion Bay and New Orleans.

PTC 3, what should be Claudette, will make landfall in eastern Louisiana tonight. (NOAA)

Locally, no impacts are expected, aside from perhaps slightly rougher surf and stronger than normal rip currents. Please use caution if swimming in the Gulf this weekend.

The main impacts in Louisiana and the Southeast will be from heavy rainfall. About 4 to 8 inches of rain should fall in southeast Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and portions of the Florida Panhandle.

Heavy rainfall will occur across much of the Southeast over the next 3 days. (Pivotal Weather)

Higher amounts will be possible there, but the system may actually move along fast enough now to prevent major problems. But if your travels take you east of Louisiana this weekend, plan accordingly.

We aren’t expecting significant forecast changes this weekend, so look for our next update, as per usual, on Monday morning.

9 thoughts on “A mostly quiet couple days in Houston, as Gulf tropical system passes well to our east”

  1. Eric and Matt, I just wanted to say that I love the app! I especially love getting the notification every morning when you post. Thank you for all you do for the city!

    Happy Friday!

    • Juliane, the app is updating for me (and the others I know who use it). You may try deleting and re-installing it to see if that helps.

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  2. Tropical Depression Claudette in 1979 sat on the coast of Texas in Alvin Texas for 3 days and flooded the area so bad that it broke records and caused serious damage to many homes. I’m always surprised to see the name Claudette still in use for these storms.

    • Same here…I had arrived 4 years earlier and remember the flooding around Scarsdale, off 45….thought I’d never hear that name again…but then again we have a new generation of forecasters who never lived thru it!!!

    • IIRC (and others can correct me if necessary), Allison is the only tropical storm to have its name retired..

  3. Same comment as LeeAnn (had to rescue my grandmother in Algoa), except to add there was a 2nd TS Claudette in 2003 that came ashore around Port Lavaca with flooding & heavy rain & killed a teen in the Pleasanton/Jourdanton area. I thought the name was retired then.

    Thanks for all you do!

  4. I just want to thank you for not indulging in the “feels like” temperature nonsense. Just one of the many things that makes this site superior.

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