Last gasp of rainfall later today in Houston, for now at least

Summary: We have one final round of rain showers to get through today, although this will be a mere drop in the bucket compared to what fell earlier this week. We then have an extended stretch of dry weather through probably next Thursday or Friday before rain chances re-enter the forecast. Temperatures will be fairly temperate, with a couple cooler days through the period.

Rainfall summary

For Houston, this will officially be at least our 8th wettest January on record. Bush Airport has picked up 8.28″ of rain this month so far. Hobby sits at 7.48″, making it the 6th wettest January. Galveston is at a more meager 5.20″ of rain officially at Scholes Airport, though a rain gauge near The Strand is up over 9 inches this month.

A sampling of rain so far this month as of last night across Harris County and the immediate surrounding areas. It’s been a soggy, soggy month. (Harris County Flood Control)

Many larger rivers remain in moderate to even major flood (West Fork of the San Jacinto & Trinity). The National Weather Service has an interactive map with gauges across the region that you can check out for more details.


Watch for some dense fog around the area this morning which could slow you down a bit heading out the door. Otherwise, we will just see clouds through midday. Scattered to numerous showers should crop up this afternoon, after about 1 or 2 PM. The good news is that rain totals are expected to be less than a half-inch and probably closer to a quarter-inch in most cases. Thus, we do not anticipate any flooding concerns today. Showers will exit the area by about midnight or so tonight.

It will be a bit cooler today with highs in the mid-60s, after we hit 71 degrees yesterday officially.


Saturday looks like a cooler sort of day with temperatures warming from the low to mid-50s into the upper-50s to low-60s and a good deal of cloud cover. I wouldn’t be shocked to see a few spotty (inconsequential) showers or some light rain for a brief time in spots, especially north and east of Houston. Otherwise, just mostly cloudy.

We dip into the 40s in most spots on Saturday night and Sunday morning before a very nice day Sunday, Sunshine and mid to upper-50s are on the menu.

Monday morning should be the coldest of the next several days, with 30s in much of the area to near 40 in the city of Houston. (Pivotal Weather)

Monday through Wednesday

Monday will be the coldest morning of this batch of days, with lows in the 30s over a good chunk of the area and around 40 in Houston proper. We’ll have another nice day Monday with sun, some high clouds, and highs in the lower half of the 60s.

Tuesday and Wednesday should see sunshine, although high clouds may spoil that at times. Remember early December, when we had all those spectacular sunsets and an almost permanent deck of cirrus clouds streaming by? We may be setting up in a similar sort of pattern again. Either way, expect highs in the mid-60s Tuesday and upper-60s Wednesday, with lows in the 40s.

Late next week

The pattern begins to change later next week, as another vigorous disturbance emerges out of the Pacific Ocean. This one should crash ashore in California, move through the desert, and emerge over the Southern Plains around next weekend.

A map of the forecast about 20,000 feet over our heads between next Wednesday night and Sunday showers a disturbance hitting California and working eastward toward Texas. This will bring increasing rain chances back to the area, though we cannot pin down details yet. (Tropical Tidbits)

The exact intensity, timing, and orientation of this upper level system will determine exactly how significant our rain chances will be. But there is good model agreement on something barging through here next weekend with a round of rain. Ahead of it, probably continued 60s, lows in the 40s and 50s, and perhaps some coastal sea fog.

12 thoughts on “Last gasp of rainfall later today in Houston, for now at least”

  1. Thanks for sharing rain totals for Galveston Island. No doubt they could be widely variable because of the length of the island. Using Scholes as the measuring stick is not very accurate.

    • You are correct that a rain total of 5.20 inches at Scholes Airport is not necessarily a representative total of the entire island; however, a total of over 9 inches at the Strand was mentioned also.

  2. Would love an update as to the drought conditions in Texas as it stands now. I know it was pretty bad this past summer so how do we stand now after more consistent rain since the summer.

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