Houston a bit dry, but don’t let that spoil our fantastic run of weather

Skies are already clearing this morning across the Houston region on Wednesday morning, setting the stage for a splendid holiday weekend—and as discussed Tuesday our weather looks really fine for quite awhile. We have only one small concern, which surprisingly after a year in which Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, is a lack of rain. Over the last two months a large part of the region has received just two to three inches of rainfall. As the US Drought Monitor map shown below indicates, the region is not yet in a drought. We are not yet even “abnormally dry,” but conditions now represent a mild concern as we enter a La Nina winter that is likely to be drier than normal. For now, it’s just something to watch.

Drought map for Texas as of Wednesday. (US Drought Monitor)

Wednesday and Thursday

What you see this morning is what you get. Wednesday will be breezy, as cool northerly winds blow in, but these should die down this evening. Both days will be sunny, with highs in the 60s, and chilly nights. For Thanksgiving morning, we should see temperatures as cool as the mid-30s for far northern reaches of the Houston metro area, with low 40s in the city, and around 50 degrees right on the coast. Thursday night will be a few degrees warmer.

Friday through Tuesday

There will be some variability in highs and lows, but for the most part we can expect a string of mostly sunny days for awhile, with daytime temperatures in the 70s, and overnight lows in the 50s. It won’t be “cold,” but it won’t be “hot” either. It will, rather, just be really, really nice out. We don’t expect any additional rainfall until around Wednesday of next week, with the passage of the region’s next fairly strong cool front.

Short break

Because the weather is so fine, and it’s the holiday season, and we’ve had a long year, Matt and I will be ducking out until Monday. If there is any real weather of significance during that time, or in the immediate future, we’ll update here. But since there’s unlikely to be much to say, we’re going to enjoy Mother Nature’s generosity and take a break too. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, everyone.

16 thoughts on “Houston a bit dry, but don’t let that spoil our fantastic run of weather”

  1. Take a well deserved break, guys! Eat too much food, and watch too much football (even the Canadian championship game, if you wish). You’re right, it’s been a long year for all of us.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving to you and Matt and your families. Thank you for all you do for us.

  3. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving you guys! This blog is definitely one of the things that we’ve been thankful for this year!

  4. Have a great short vacation, and thank you for your postings this year. I’m so grateful that you both are watching and interpreting the weather for us!

  5. Have a wonderful holiday you guys!!! You deserve it!! What are WE out here thankful for on this Thanksgiving???? Matt and Eric – the best weather guys EVER!!!

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