Houston: Set your weather phasers to stunning

Sorry, I know these headlines are getting a bit cheesy. But how many ways can you say the weather is going to be be great?

Several readers have noted the region’s dry weather of late, and it’s true that almost the entire area has seen less rainfall than normal since Tropical Storm Imelda in September. The last 30 days—the percent of normal rainfall for this period is shown below—have been particularly dry. There is a reasonable chance that next week will see the return of a decent amount of precipitation, as we’ll discuss below.

Percent of normal rainfall over the last 30 days. (NOAA)

Thursday

Oh noes! For one day this week Houston may not see mostly sunny skies. That day is today. A southeasterly flow will push temperatures up into the 70s today, and bring enough moisture into the atmosphere such that we should see at least partly, if not mostly cloudy skies after this morning. Low temperatures tonight should get down into the low 60s for most.

Friday

After a warmish start during the early morning, a cold front should push into Houston between sunrise and noon. With only a modest amount of moisture return, I would expect most of us to see no rainfall at all, although we can’t entirely rule out a few spotty, very light showers. After the front, skies will clear, and we’ll see a beautiful day in the 70s.

Saturday and Sunday

The weekend forecast still looks splendid for Houston. Lows on Saturday and Sunday mornings will get down near to 50 degrees for most of the region—a bit warmer near the coast, and a bit cooler inland. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s, while Sunday is also pretty sunny, albeit with highs in the 70s as the onshore flow starts to blow again.

Monday

This will be a warmer, partly sunny day, with highs near 80 degrees. Rain chances and low temperatures on Monday night will be dependent upon the timing of the next cold front, which at this point I’d peg between midnight and noon on Tuesday.

Tuesday and beyond

There will be some decent rain chances with the front, and I think some areas may have a chance to pick up around one-half inch. This should usher in a cooler period of weather, with highs in the 50s and 60s, and lows in the 40s. These will be more typical conditions for December.

Next week will probably be quite a bit cooler, with less sunshine. (Weather Bell)

Another front later in the week, perhaps on Friday or so, should bring a healthy chance of rain showers and keep temperatures on the cool side going into the weekend.

5 thoughts on “Houston: Set your weather phasers to stunning

  1. Bill W.

    It’s a great problem to have – figuring out all the ways one can say the weather is wonderful! Keep up the good work!

  2. Jason

    after the early cold snap that was unseasonably cold the weather has not been bad at all for November and now in the very start of December.

  3. Jan McNeill

    I personally love the cheesy comments about our glorious weather. It makes me stop and appreciate how nice it is!

  4. Violet

    Not weather exactly, but sky related. Did anyone else see the fireball meteor this morning over Houston? It was incredible.

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