Category: Houston weather

Besides caring about the weather here at Space City Weather, Eric and I also care about the Astros. So with that in mind, we want to update our readers on the weather for games 3, 4, and 5 of the American League Championship Series up in the Bronx. And believe me, weather is going to play a big role in the balance of this series.

Game 3: Today 3:08 PM

This afternoon’s game should go off trouble-free. Expect a good deal of sunshine for the game. First-pitch temperature should be in the mid-60s with light winds.

Game 4: Wednesday 7:08 PM

There has been talk about game 4 for a few days now, and we are here to tell you: We don’t think game 4 will be played on Wednesday.

A look at a loop of the GFS model here shows a coastal storm developing tomorrow evening south of Long Island.


The very latest GFS model shows a potent coastal storm in New England tomorrow that will bring rain to New York City beginning Wednesday afternoon. (Tropical Tidbits)

This one really cranks up in the evening and will deliver heavy rain and strong winds to New Jersey, New York City, and much of New England, possibly ending what has been a pretty decent foliage season in that corner of the country. More importantly, for the Astros and Yankees and their fans, this throws a big wrench into game 4 plans. Rain should begin in New York City around 2 PM or so. Here’s a look at the rainfall expected from the GFS model between 8 PM and 11 PM EDT, within the scheduled window for Game 4.

Forecast rainfall from the GFS model between 8 PM and 11 PM EDT on Wednesday, or during the scheduled time of the Astros game. (Weathernerds,org)

That suggests that there will still be heavy rainfall in the Bronx during the evening hours. Unless something dramatically changes, we think game 4 will be postponed and moved to Thursday. Oh, and in addition to rain, this storm will produce some pretty gusty north winds in NYC, perhaps topping out around 30 to 35 mph on Wednesday evening. So, yuck.

Game 5 (or game 4 makeup): Thursday 7:08 PM

Look for a breezy day in the Big Apple on Thursday. Winds will be diminishing Thursday evening, but we should still see sustained west or northwest winds at 15 mph or so. West winds would be straight out to right-center field, while winds out of the northwest would be from left to right across the outfield, meaning the short porch in right could get some love in this one. But, with that in mind, temperatures will be notably colder Thursday evening. Expect first pitch temperatures around 55 degrees, dropping into the low-50s through the game. The combination of a breeze and cooler temperatures will give this one a decided autumn feel.


If game 5 gets pushed to Friday, I think the start time would depend on whether the NLCS is still ongoing. Either the matinee slot or the evening slot will feature cool, breezy, dry weather. Winds should be from the northwest around 10 to 15 mph (possibly gustier with a day game). Temperatures would fall from the low-60s to upper-50s in a day game. In the evening, we would see temps drop from the mid- to upper-50s into the lower-50s.

We won’t make any predictions on which team a Wednesday rainout would benefit. But it certainly could alter how the managers approach their strategy this afternoon and in games 4 or 5. We shall see! We hope you find this helpful, and let’s go Astros!

Have no sorrow—hot today, but cool tomorrow

Posted by Eric Berger at 6:45 AM

You know the late-summer heat is getting to me when I start to write rhyming headlines. But here’s the deal. It’s going to be pretty hot today, and then fairly warm again this weekend after a brief front. However, after we get through about next Monday, I think we’re pretty much done with any chance of hitting 90 degrees for the rest of 2019.


As noted above, today is going to be quite hot. The western half of the metro area has a strong chance of reaching 90 degrees—it’s all going to depend on how much sunshine can break through the clouds. But certainly it will be sticky today and this evening. The other story for today will be the approach of a cool front tonight, which should drive showers and thunderstorms after sunset Tuesday. It looks as though the best dynamics for any storms and heavier showers should be north of Houston—perhaps northwest of a line from The Woodlands and Brenham. However areas north of Interstate 10 probably have a good chance to pick up 0.25 to 1 inch of rain tonight, whereas areas closer to the coast probably will see a little bit less than this.

Some parts of the Valley could reach 100 degrees on Tuesday. (Weather Bell)


The front itself should push into the metro area after midnight, and off the coast by mid-morning or noon at the latest. Some light showers may linger in the wake of the front, but mostly this should be a cloudy day, with highs in the 70s and a cool northerly breeze. Lows Wednesday night should drop down to around 60 degrees.


This should be another cloudy day, albeit with the possibility of some partial clearing during the afternoon. High temperatures will work their way into the mid-70s. Low temperatures on Thursday night should be a few degrees warmer as the cool front washes away.

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After a splendid weekend, Houston’s weather turns a little more unsettled this week, with a weak front, and on-and-off rain chances.


A warm front moving inland from the Gulf today should drive fairly widespread showers throughout the day. Rain with a few embedded thunderstorms will be more likely near the coast this morning, and spread further inland later this morning and during the afternoon hours. Overall, accumulations for most people will likely be a few tenths of an inch of rain, with perhaps one-half to two-thirds of the area seeing at least some brief showers. Highs will be in the mid-80s with mostly cloudy skies. Lows will only fall in the mid-70s.


This will be a hot day, with highs likely reaching 90 degrees in some locations under partly sunny skies. Rain chances will drop back to about 30 percent for Houston.

Tuesday will be a hot day for Houston. (Pivotal Weather)


At some point on Wednesday, likely during the morning hours, a cold front will push through the area and off the coast. Some storms are likely to accompany this front, although they may weaken as they approach Houston. In any case, after the rain, Wednesday will be cloudy and cooler, with highs in the mid-70s.


This, certainly, will be the pick of the litter for this week. Morning lows will probably reach the upper 50s for inland areas. Highs likely will climb into the mid-70s under mostly sunny skies. This front won’t last long, but it should deliver one great day of weather.

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Friday fall front foretells a fairly fine weekend

Posted by Matt Lanza at 6:00 AM

Happy cold front day again, Houston! We have already had our first front of the season, but this will be our first real legitimately autumn-like front today. It will be warm and muggy this morning but cool and breezy this afternoon. It’s a “dress for two seasons” kind of morning.


As of 5 AM today, the cold front was located northwest of Houston.

Near 80 degrees in Houston this morning, but behind the front just northwest of Bryan, it drops into the 50s! (Weather Bell)

Ahead of the front in Houston, it’s near 80 degrees and humid this morning. It was just moving through College Station as I write this, where temperatures will drop from the upper-70s to the mid-60s over an hour or two.

Showers have popped up ahead of the front in a few spots, but most rainfall today will hold off until the front arrives. The front should get to Waller County and western Montgomery County by 7 AM or so, into northwest Harris County, Katy, and The Woodlands around 8 AM, through Houston between 9 and 10 AM, and southeast of Houston to the coast by 11 AM or Noon.

Behind the front, look for gusty winds and scattered showers or storms. Total rainfall will be hit or miss, with some places seeing just trace amounts and others seeing perhaps a quarter or half-inch of rain. Some light rain may linger once the steadier showers pass.

If the early week front disappointed you because of the lack of temperature drop, then you’ll probably enjoy today’s front. Temperatures will drop into the 60s behind the front and stay there or slowly fall for the rest of the day. Look for clouds and possibly some showers to linger into the afternoon. Along with that, expect wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph, not problematic but certainly making it feel very fall-like.



Chilly tonight! Low temps in the 40s north and west, 50s in Houston, and near 60 at the beach. (NWS via Weather Bell)

It will still be a bit damp tonight, along with a breeze, but if you’ve been waiting for autumn, here you go. Expect lows to range from the 40s up north and west of Houston to the 50s in the city and suburbs to 60 or just shy of it near the Gulf.

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