Goodbye Harvey, and good riddance

Tuesday, 7:00pm—It’s over. The weather, that is.

Since Friday, Harvey has moved into Texas, meandered around the area between Corpus Christi and Houston, moved offshore, and is now moving steadily to the east. It’s taking its godforsaken rain with it. The meteorological event has now ended, but unfortunately this is only the end of the beginning. Now comes the hard part, putting our city back together. We’ll have much more on that later.

For now, we’re exhausted, just like everyone else. We’re sick and tired of the rain, just like everyone else. So this will be a quick forecast.

Tropical Storm Harvey as of Tuesday evening. (NOAA)

Light rain has been falling across Brazoria, Galveston, and eastern Harris County late this afternoon and evening, but rates have been easily manageable at 0.10 inch per hour—this is less than 50 times the rainfall rates seen during the peak of Harvey. Overnight this western periphery of Harvey’s rains should continue to move east, hopefully pushing through Liberty and Chambers counties by or before sunrise.

For Wednesday, we can’t rule out some rain showers (the southwestern edge of Harvey) rotating through the area, but we don’t anticipate any widespread flooding from these problems. In fact, on Tuesday night and Wednesday, in absence of heavy rainfall, we should see fairly rapid falls in most area bayous.

Mostly sunny conditions should prevail from Thursday through Saturday, with highs in the low 90s, during which Houston can get to work on cleaning itself up. There is much to be done. Can’t rule out some showers, but there won’t be anything too concerning.

We’ve seen some concerns about the GFS model showing the development of a low-pressure system over the Gulf of Mexico next week, and blowing up some potentially heavy rain over the eastern half of Houston by late Monday or Tuesday of next week. While there’s a chance for the return of some heavier showers, we’re not too concerned about this. We’ll have more on that in the morning.

For now when you go to bed tonight, wherever you are, enjoy the thought of not waking up to thunder, pulsating rain, or tornado alarms. Finally.

95 thoughts on “Goodbye Harvey, and good riddance

  1. Blackhawks Fan

    Not to mention any “presents” Harvey might have left behind for our homes and neighborhoods that we won’t discover for 3 months or 3 years…..

  2. mollusk

    Sirs, you have certainly earned your rest. I’ll join in on the thanks, not only for us here, but also for being someone to whom we could steer our worried out of town friends and relatives. The next beer (or six or more) are on me.

  3. Ann Jackson

    Thank you, Eric, Matt, and Braniff, for your tireless work to keep us informed. Many of us rely on your sane, careful, honest reports. I hope you each enjoy some well-deserved rest with your families!

  4. Misty

    Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for everything you did for the community. Knowing makes even the scary more manageable. I count you among the Houston Heroes.

  5. Tom

    Amen!! Get some sleep guys, you have more than earned it!
    Saaay, did your plea for suitable beverages get answered?
    Hope so.

  6. Andy Tomczeszyn

    Thank you to the whole SCW team for your thoughtful and thorough coverage during this week! Words can’t say enough…

  7. Michele

    I cannot begin to explain how grateful I am to the both of you. You provided sanity and clarity during times of chaos and fear. I cannot, cannot, cannot thank you both enough.

  8. Toy Garland

    A big thank you for your tireless efforts. After Mollusk, the next several rounds are on me! God bless you guys!

  9. Jason Abbey

    Thanks y’all! This site has been our go-to place to get the honest, fact of the matter information for this storm. We couldn’t have gotten through this without you!

  10. Glen Ensminger

    I can’t thank you and Matt enough for your coverage during this catastrophe. I’ve been following for years and know exactly where to go for No Hype weather coverage. Much respect and thanks, keep it on the sunny side 🙂

  11. Shannon

    Thank you Eric and Matt for all of your hard work this last week. You were my weather forecasting source and I can’t thank you enough. Stay safe out there and get some much deserved rest.

  12. Chuck

    Eric / Matt / Braniff

    Job exquisitely well done.

    Hooligan Harvey ain’t on the front porch beating down the door anymore.

    Please get a good night’s sleep!

  13. Jen P

    You guys have done an amazing job the past few days! I pray you get a well deserved rest! Thank you for being a beacon of light and hope in the middle of this darkness!! Your words have been a voice of reason and calm (despite the chaos) thank you for keeping us sane!

  14. Rebecca Spears

    Your reporting kept everything in perspective for me. I can’t thank you enough. My only regret is that you only report for the Houston area and my little community of Liberty isn’t included once the threat is gone from the Houston area. I have come to rely on you guys and I can’t thank you enough. Get some well-deserved rest and hug your families who saw very little of you during this chaos.

  15. Trish

    Thank you so very much! This Houstonian-living-in-Seattle has been reading your reports since Harvey made landfall. Fortunately, all family is safe.

  16. Lucas LaVoy

    I’ll just add to what ithers have said- you guys have worked under enormous pressure to be the most sane, most focused and most helpful resource on the internet through this whole event, and really helped a lot of people keep it together. Job well done.

  17. Allison Kirby

    We’ve anxiously awaited every one of your updates. Thank you for your hard work this past week, it’s been invaluable to so many

  18. KELLY SACHS

    TY immensely for your tireless work & candor these recent miserable days. Even tho some updates were painful to read, your sense of humor & knowing you had our collective backs was of comfort. I’m glad I learned about you. You have a new, life-long fan. #houstonstrong

  19. Lisa B.

    I didn’t start following until Saturday, but you guys are the best. Thanks for the realiism, the himor snd the straight forward info. Keeping you in my meteorological rolodex. God Bless!

  20. Judy

    FINALLY!!!!YAY!!!! Thanks so much for all y’all have done. You have helped keep me sane with your spot on weather reports. #houstonstrong

  21. Armando D.

    My dear Fulgencio and I can never say it enough. Thank you all for the wonderful and factual information the past few days. We will hopefully never go through anything like this again, but I feel we would have not have made it through this without you. Ciao!

  22. Faby

    Eric, Matt and Braniff, thank you for all your incredible reporting. I bounced around several websites but I knew the one I could really rely on was yours. May God bless you all and get some much needed rest.

  23. Ann

    Can you shed some light on how plausible it is for us to travel from Dallas back to Houston tomorrow (Wednesday)? We want to get back to our home on the west side of Spring (near Tomball), which is not flooded, and we have friends who are looking to get back from Dallas to the Heights.

  24. Leahanne Alexander

    I just want to say a very big and heartfelt thank you. When I read the title of this post I simultaneously wanted to cheer and cry. You have held our hands through this whole awful thing and I’m sure I owe you a piece of my sanity because of it. Please take some much needed rest knowing that you have done a great service for the people of Houston. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  25. Rosa

    Gentlemen, thank you so much for your updates. Your straight-forward delivery and reassurances have ease some of the stress all this rain is causing. Thank you!!!

  26. Amanda

    another round of thank-you’s! If you sold t-shirts right now, you would probably more than cover your “overtime” pay 🙂

  27. Kim

    Any thoughts on when the Brazos river at Rosharon will crest? Not seeing much on the news reports about our area but have seen significant rises in the water level today without much rain. Thanks

    1. pinkunderbelly

      Kim, go to http://water.weather.gov for the NWS hydrologic prediction about the Brazos at Rosharon. It was at 52.6 ft at 8:16 pm. In the bottom left corner of the web page there is a yellow box with “Printable Image” in the top line. The 4th line of that yellow box is a link to Tabular Data (CDT), which gives forecast stages for the Brazos. Hope that helps.

  28. Danielle H

    You guys have been a lifeline for information and hope during this whole event. You guys are now my go to for all things Houston weather.

    Thank you both so much for all your hard work, it’s been truly appreciated.

  29. Jackie Rose

    Thank you all for your tireless work and keeping us well-informed around the clock. I don’t own a TV, but I always felt fully connected with the outside world through you guys. Kudos and have a restful night.

  30. Christina

    I’ve been out of town through all of this. If I had listened to the national media I would have been a total basket case. You were a life line of sanity and clarity. Thank you for your professionalism, your skill, and your great kindness.

  31. Jenny

    Thanks guys for a job well done. You made a bad situation better by helping us all stay sane and informed over the last week. Best to you and your families.

  32. Gene Surrency

    My daughter sent me to your sight. I have enjoyed your takes and updates on the weather. Great job, and thanks for the hard work.

  33. J

    Thank you so much, Matt and Eric, for keeping us updated and giving us the news straight. Your work here is heavily appreciated. My thoughts and prayers are to everyone who lost property (or worse) to these floods, and I wish you all a speedy recovery.

    And good fucking riddance to Harvey. Get out and stay out.

  34. Azucena

    Thank you and Matt for all your hard work over the last few days. You were voices of reason during an unreasonable time. Many of your readers would love to know how we can pay you back, so don’t hold back. You’ve given to us. What can we give to you?

  35. Fred Rogers

    Thank you both so very, very much for your devotion to making sure we knew what was really going on. I forwarded your forecasts many times and insisted that my friends and family follow y’all. Damn good job and we very much appreciate it.

  36. Sally Hensley

    Thank you for your tireless work during Harvey! You all did an Amazing job with coverage giving us facts reporting. A truly heroic effort in my opinion. God Bless you!

  37. LMM

    Great news indeed! Thank you with all my heart and please thank your families for sacrificing much of your “together time” through this journey.

  38. Carolyn

    Really appreciate your insights over the past few days. We’ve been much luckier than most, but your narratives really helped to understand.

  39. Brenda mullins

    I came across this site when I was thinking about how Houstonians are awesome! In fact I typed that in Google and ended up here. Great writing and good luck to you all. Praying for Houston from San Francisco.

  40. Tiffanie Williams

    Thank you Matt and Eric for all your incredible updates throughout this storm. You’ve been my go to weather source for a long time now, but you outdid yourselves with the no-hype analysis of all the different scenarios we were facing. The humor helped, sometimes it was ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, and I know you were personally dealing with your own issues! Thank you thank you!! Hope your sponsors give you a big fat renewal! You guys are invaluable!! Now get some rest…

  41. Julie

    Many, many thanks Eric and Matt. You must be exhausted. Go to sleep tonight knowing that so many of us are grateful for your efforts which were nothing short of heroic. I’d buy one of those t-shirts too!

  42. Jennifer

    Thank you for keeping us up to date with non hype straight forward information. I panick and worry to the extreme and your post helped me find my sanity each time I read them, even when it may have not been the best of news. I would not have made it through without your reports. God Bless you!!

  43. Kathy lafleur

    U guys have been amazing through this terrible storm. I think at least half of houston was following u. Keep up the great work and thanks for being a great source!

  44. Becky Giot

    You guys have been awesome therapy for those of us who have felt so bewildered and helpless throughout the last few days. Go get some well-deserved rest.

  45. Joe

    That sums up all muly thoughts perfectly. I think I can sleep without freaking out if I hear the pitter patter of rain for the first time in 5 days

  46. Morris

    Thank you so much for your work during this whole thing! You all were one of the few things we could really rely on and we deeply appreciate it.

  47. Dan Paquette

    Gentlemen,

    Thank you for your tireless work this week. Despite living in Houston for 7 years now, this was my first “real” storm. I was terrified. The mainstream media demands a cadence that simply overwhelmed me with too much of the wrong type of information.

    I came to you by way of reddit, where you’re quite liked on /r/houston. Your coverage was thoughtfully considered, thorough as it needed to be and absolutely devoid of the repetition and build up that did nothing but stoke mindless fear in me. Further, it was delivered with as much care as anyone can deliver such news.

    I learned an astounding amount through this process. With the right information and the ability to translate and use it to my specific locale, I was able to make good decisions for my family and I… There’s no words for how good a thing that is.

    Again, thank you all for your reports and thank you for the hours of work that built the basis for your reports. I hope you all get some time to tend to your friends and families in the coming days.

    I echo some of the sentiments above… If there’s something y’all need, speak up. If a tastefully placed paypal were to find its way to the main page, I’d be happy to contribute.

  48. Karen

    I didn’t know about you till Harvey. So glad I found your website. I cannot begin to explain how grateful I am to the both of you. You provided sanity and honest no hype answers during times of chaos and fear. God bless you both and get some sleep. Look forward to following you in the future!!

  49. Mama Bear

    Words cannot express how grateful my family and I are to you guys for your coverage of this tragedy. We recently moved to Houston and faced this unimaginable catastrophe known as hurricane Harvey. A friend introduced us to your website when she noticed we were very stressed and anxious while glued to the local news and we were so relieved to be able to receive updates that were spot on and written in such a caring and compassionate way. You were right there with us every step of the way, being honest and straightforward about the catastrophe we were facing in our time of need in a calming, reassuring, and compassionate way. I am not a religious person, but if I was I would say that there’s a special place in heaven for you guys for all you have done for us. We refreshed your page 20 times a day throughout this nightmare and you never let us down, even when you were dealing with your own family’s challenges. You deserve the Pulitzer, Peabody, and Nobel peace prize for all that you’ve done for us. Thank you!

  50. Kristen

    Thank y’all, thank y’all, thank y’all. I stated reading y’all during all this mess and y’all helped me feel informed, and through that, empowered. It meant more than I can express. Enjoy the sun!

  51. Mike C

    In poker terms, you guys are the nuts. I’ve turned you on to everyone I can. For 4 days I’ve watched minimal news and checked for your updates every 4-6 hrs and it’s kept me sane. You’ve helped me talk neighbors off the proverbial ledge. Strait up H-Town heros in a crucial way. Thx a million.

    MC

  52. Lee Cee

    You provided the most honest and accurate account of what I could expect from this storm. I checked your site hourly. I am gratitude for the work you both did this past weekend. Your reports and post helped put my mind to rest and prepare mentally for the long haul. Very grateful!

  53. Dori

    In all the uncertainty of what we were walking through and all the alarms – you were truly the voices sought out. Kinda like a midwife when the labor pains get crazy and that voice brings about your ability to keep doing what needs to be done. While you can not completely relate – I know you understand. Thank you for keeping Houston cognizant with the reality of the situation – not always a happy one. But you give truth. Rest well – prayers and blessings as you also do what you need to for your family and friends.

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