Posted by Eric Berger at 7:49 AM
Good morning. Houston is warmer this morning, with lows in ranging from the low- to upper-40s, but the respite from winter won’t last too long.
As the onshore flow resumes these more southerly winds will bring moisture back into the atmosphere, and we should see increasingly cloudy skies this afternoon and evening. Highs will climb into the upper 60s, somewhat dependent upon how early the clouds move in.
Conditions will change Wednesday as a weak front approaches Houston and likely stalls along the coast. If moisture levels were higher I’d be confident in seeing some decent rain showers, but as we’ve been so dry for awhile, I expect only scattered, light rain on Wednesday, likely during the morning hours. Highs will be in the low 70s.
A stronger cold front will likely move through the area on Thursday morning, and again I expect to see some scattered showers but nothing too heavy. Perhaps some areas will see a few tenths of an inch of rain, but it should be nothing to write home about. Highs will be about 70 degrees and I expect skies to begin clearing late on Thursday.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY
The clearing will be driven by a very pronounced ridge of high pressure, shown in the forecast map for the upper level of the atmosphere on Friday, at noon.
Forecast map showing features in upper level of the atmosphere on Friday, noon. (Weather Bell)
Posted by Eric Berger at 8:39 AM
From now on, for the convenience of mobile users, I’m going to begin each post with a brief summary: Houston will have several pleasant fall days before a slight chance of rain returns on Sunday. Strong storms are possible on Monday and Tuesday ahead of significant front.
After 0.1 to 0.5 inches of rain fell across most of the Houston area on Wednesday night showers are moving out of the area, and being replaced by much drier air. Highs climbed into the mid-80s for much of Houston on Wednesday, and temperatures for now through Saturday will feel much cooler, in the upper 60s to about 70 degrees. Nighttime temperatures will also feel great, in the low 50s. Expect partly sunny days.
Saturday should be the nicest weekend day in several weeks. Read More…
Posted by Eric Berger at 8:51 AM
Houston remains, for the most part, a warm, humid city this morning. But that will soon change.
By around noon today much stronger winds will begin to bring drier air into the region, limiting highs this afternoon to the mid-60s with lower humidity. As the front moves in we may see some light- to moderate rain showers, but as I’ve been saying all week these rains are not going to produce any significant, widespread flooding. They also will not be continual, for hours on end. However they may be briefly intense. Some areas in West University Place received more than 2 inches of rain last night, while most of Houston saw little rain.
Texas is seeing scattered light- to moderate showers today and some of that should move into Houston later today. (Intellicast)
Posted by Eric Berger at 12:10 PM
You may have seen the extreme weather in central Texas this morning — some areas near Austin received 10 inches of rain in two hours — and understandably had the concern that similar conditions are coming to the Houston region later today, tonight and on Saturday.
Flooding at the University of Texas on Friday. (Collin Meyers, KEYE-TV)
The short answer is, I don’t think so, at least not so extreme conditions. Read More…