Labor Day Weekend will not be one for the beach

Good morning. Houston will see a couple of days with slightly reduced rain chances, before the potential returns on Friday and persists through Labor Day weekend. We still don’t see any signals for anything beyond street flooding, but the holiday weekend will be marred by on-and-off showers and thunderstorms, some of which will be at-times heavy. If you have outdoor plans I hope they include easy access to shelter from such storms.


Conditions in the atmosphere are a bit less favorable for heavy rainfall today, but there’s still plenty of moisture to work with. Therefore while showers and thunderstorms will be somewhat scattered today, they’re still going to develop, and move generally from southeast to northwest. Areas west of Interstate 45 are slightly more favored for rain today. With partly sunny skies I think we’ll see highs this afternoon push up into the low-90s, or possibly mid-90s for areas well inland. Winds will be light, from variable directions, but mostly out of the southeast.

Wednesday and Thursday of this week will be the region’s hottest days for awhile. (Weather Bell)


This will be another day lacking ideal conditions for heavy rainfall, but we’re still expecting about 50 percent of the area to see some form of precipitation, including a few stronger thunderstorms. Otherwise, expect partly to possibly mostly sunny skies, with highs in the low- to mid-90s.


Rain chances increase a bit during the day on Friday, and an increase in cloud cover should limit temperatures to the low-90s.

Labor Day Weekend

A weak front will nudge down into the area from the northeast on Friday night, and as this front more or less stalls over the Houston region we’ll see a period of unsettled weather this weekend. (The front is going to do nothing for our sticky humidity or warm nights, alas). Areas north of Interstate 10 will probably be little drier than the coast, but most of the metro region should see 2 to 4 inches of rainfall through Monday with on-and-off showers. Some areas will, of course, pick up higher amounts. The increased cloud cover and rain-cooled air should help to limit high temperatures to the 80s for most of the region.

NOAA rain accumulation forecast for now through Labor Day Weekend. (Weather Bell)

Next week

Honestly, this unsettled pattern does not look to change a whole lot next week. We should continue to see at least partly cloudy skies, healthy rain chances, and highs in the upper 80s as we get a little deeper into September.


There remain no threats to the Gulf of Mexico for at least the next week or so, if not longer. This has been a remarkably quiet hurricane season. In fact, if there is no tropical cyclone in the Atlantic basin today, this would be the first August without a named storm since 1997. That is not a complaint.

10 thoughts on “Labor Day Weekend will not be one for the beach”

  1. All the better for staying home and watching sports all weekend… as long as the DirecTV feed doesn’t cut out.

    • They’ll say they DIDN’T as they always provide UPDATED forecast halfway through and expect to be judged by that. Nice….

    • Short answer: because weather forecasting is hard.

      Long answer: Meteorologists rely on a combination of mathematical models — which are as good as we know how to make them, but which will by their nature always be approximations and will always differ from reality — and relying on past experience and observations to predict things. The models are only as good as the data they are created from, and past experience and observation can only add context.

      In reality, the weather you experience is the result of the chaotic interaction of a vast number of interlinked ecological systems. Chaotic interaction is, as the name implies, chaotic. There is an element of unpredictable randomness to the weather — when you reduce it to a computer simulation using modeled behavior, you also have to understand that no matter how many times you simulate a weather event, you’re still putting human-recorded data into a human-created set of algorithms that are based around our best (scientific) guesses about how the weather behaves. The models we use tend to produce predictive results that in the short term often line up with observed weather, which means the models are accurate to a degree.

      A better question to ask is, “Why do forecasters insist on trying to divine how busy a hurricane season is, when all they can really do is offer an informed speculative guess?”

      An even better question, though, is “Why do people bother listening to forecasters talking about hurricane season intensity when there’s literally no predictive method that gives consistent, reliable predictions of weather events months in advance?”

  2. Do you think we are DONE with lows in the 80’s? Being from the Lake Tahoe area, the lows in the 80’s are worse than the 100+ highs! And would somebody please turn on the dehumidifiers!

  3. “Quiet” is my favorite adjective to hear for the Gulf this time of year. I hope other adjectives we’ll hear in September include silent, sluggish, untroubled, undisturbed, and peaceful.

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