A peek ahead at hurricane season

We’ll get to the forecast in a moment, but first I wanted to discuss the forthcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which begins on June 1. Matt addressed this topic last week, but we’ve continued to receive questions about the upcoming season, largely due to an alarming forecast that has gone viral. I would echo precisely what he said, that you should treat any calls for an extremely active season, at this point, with a very healthy dose of skepticism.

This is especially so for the coming season, because it’s not clear whether an El Niño or a La Niña will develop in the Pacific Ocean (see embedded tweet below from National Hurricane Center forecaster Eric Blake, a friend of the site) this summer. The presence, or absence, of an El Niño is the single greatest predictor of activity during an Atlantic hurricane season.

Because we have no confidence in whether an El Niño, La Niña, or none at all will develop during the months of the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, we can have a corresponding lack of confidence in tropical activity during the season itself. So please, don’t sweat it. Now, onto this week and weekend’s forecast, when we at least have a decent chance of coming close to the mark.

Wednesday

It’s chilly this morning across the region, with lows generally in the mid- to upper-40s except for areas along the coast. With full sunshine we can expect a banner day, with highs in the mid-70s across most of Houston. Then, we’ll see another gorgeous sunset and low temperatures tonight about 10 degrees warmer. This probably will be one of the nicest days of the year in Houston. Savor it.

Thursday and Friday

The onshore flow will resume sometime early on Thursday, and this will inevitably bring warmer weather with it. Highs to end the work week will be in the upper 70s to 80 degrees, with partly to mostly sunny skies. Nights will be noticeably warmer, with lows only falling into the mid- to upper-60s by Saturday morning.

Saturday and Sunday

The weekend doesn’t look great, but it will be serviceable. Moisture levels will rise, so we’re going to see a pair of partly to mostly cloudy days, with muggy highs in the lower 80s. Just as there will be some sunshine—perhaps a bit more on Sunday than Saturday—we also will probably see some scattered light to moderate rain showers. Nothing to write home about, but these showers could briefly disrupt outdoor activities for a few people.

By Saturday morning, lows will be 8 to 12 degrees above normal for late March. (Weather Bell)

Monday and beyond

It now seems fairly certain that a cool front will stall north of the Houston region early next week, and this will lead to better rain chances for most of next week. If I had to guess, I’d say we’re looking at a total of between 0.25 and 1.0 inch for most areas, but who knows. A weaker cool front may cool us off a little toward the middle or end of next week.

11 thoughts on “A peek ahead at hurricane season

  1. Susan

    Where’s my “Share” button?? You know I HAVE to share my Space City Weather to those who “follow the other guys” ……

    1. Eric Berger

      Neither of those graphics is viral. Eric Blake is simply saying that one major model shows an El Nino this summer, and the other one shows a La Nina.

      1. Chuck

        🙂 In other words as Yogi Berra said, “Forecasting is very difficult, especially when it involves the future.” 🙂

        Thanks for wading through and weeding all the data so that we don’t have to, even though we’d probably couldn’t begin to understand the stuff!

  2. Sandra Gee

    “The weekend doesn’t look great, but it will be serviceable.”

    HaHa! “Serviceable”

    You have a way with words!

  3. Dee

    My two cents: I think everyone is still a little traumatized by the last storm, yes so many factors that were not “normal” for a hurricane, but the viral article that was circulating a week of so before Harvey was shrugged off by many “authorities” as nonsense and it turned out to be dead on. i.e. the amount of rain, the wide spread historical flooding, loss of life and property and amount of people effected.

    With that said, I am thankful for this website and all the guys contributing to it. You saved my sanity before and throughout Harvey. I grew up in Southern Louisiana (been in Houston 27 years) and hurricanes (cat 3 and 4) were the norm. But I NEVER experienced flooding and property loss until Tax Day and Harvey. Harris Co has some serious drainage issues. Thank you guys!!! Please keep up the great work!

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