Following a wet Halloween night and soggy start to Wednesday, Houston should dry out some later today as a storm system moves off to the east of the region. However, we cannot rule out a few lingering storms this morning for central parts of the area, and into the early afternoon hours for the eastern side of the metro area, including the slight possibility of a tornado. After today, rain chances fall, and Houston warms quite a bit for early November.
As anticipated, about 0.5 to 2.5 inches of rain fell across the Houston region, but fortunately we did not see any of the really heavy rainfall that might cause street flooding—or worse.
The stalled front and associated instability will move off to the east today, and I expect rains to end in Houston by or before noon. But for areas to the east of Interstate 45 we can’t rule out a tornado today given the potential for some rotation. Any twisters that do form should be short-lived. Highs should reach about 80 degrees for most of Houston, with a correspondingly warm night.
Thursday through Saturday
The main story for the end of this week will be uncharacteristically warm temperatures for early November. We can expect highs most days in the low- to mid-80s. While this won’t be unpleasant, with daily humidity along with muggy nights allowing lows to only fall to around 70 degrees in the city—warmer south and cooler north—this weather won’t really have a fall-like feel to it. We can’t rule out some scattered showers on each of these days, but if it does rain it probably won’t for long, and accumulations won’t be significant.
Sunday and beyond
This pattern of warmish days and not particularly coolish nights should continue through at least Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. At that time the major global models show a cold front pushing through the area, but even though its November I’m not certain how much cold air is coming behind it. I think we can safely say the second half of next week, however, will feel at least somewhat more fall-like than this week. So that’s something, right?