Our recent pattern is great for lawns, but tough on forecasters

Houston is about to move into a drier pattern for awhile. As Matt has been joking-but-not-really on Twitter, it seems like every day of this month has had a “rain o’clock” when storms moved into some portion of the area. But today is probably the last day for rain o’clock in Houston, after which the rains will end at least through the weekend, if not longer. You might say time is running out for rain o’clock.

Before that happens I want to share with you a graphic showing rainfall accumulations on Wednesday in our region.

Radar rain accumulation estimate for Houston on Wednesday. (NOAA)

What I want you to note is that while some significant chunks of Houston saw no rain at all, a few isolated areas saw 3+ inches (darker reds), and a larger part saw 1 to 2 inches. Also, you can see that there is no real pattern to these rains—there’s an area near Pearland, one far to the southwest of Houston, one northwest near Jersey Village, and an area in Chambers County. In hindsight, I guess you could say rains were more likely to the west of Interstate 45.

The bottom line is that rain o’clock has been good for our lawns this month, and it’s helped to keep temperatures down. But it’s been a challenge for forecasters!

Thursday

While we’re anticipating rain o’clock later today, probably between the hours of Noon and 6 pm CT, I don’t think showers will be quite as widespread as on Wednesday. Yes, these storms will be capable of producing downpours, but they should have a little more northward motion, so they won’t just sit over an area like on Tuesday. So rains are possible, certainly, but they should be more spotty and produce lower accumulations today. With partly sunny skies, we can expect high temperatures to reach the low 90s for most areas. Winds will be light, out of the south at about 5 mph.

Friday

As high pressure begins to assert itself, rain chances should drop back significantly on Friday, with perhaps 10 percent of the area seeing a brief, passing shower. Otherwise, we will see mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid-90s. Winds will again be light, out of the south.

Saturday and Sunday

The weekend is going to be hot and sunny, with highs likely in the upper 90s for most of the region except for the immediate coast. Nighttime temperatures will be in the mid- to upper-70s for most. If you’ve forgotten what a proper summer feels like in Houston, you’re about to be reminded. Please do take care in the heat.

This weekend will be very hot before temperatures moderate slightly next week. (Weather Bell)

Next week

After another sunny day on Monday, the forecast becomes more muddled. The influence of the ridge should begin to weaken, and our overall atmosphere may moisten some. This may allow for the return of some rain chances, but right now it’s difficult to say whether that will be enough to push us back toward a wetter pattern. My bet would be on continued hot and sunny weather, but I’m not overly confident in that. Perhaps Matt will have some answers in his post tomorrow.

7 thoughts on “Our recent pattern is great for lawns, but tough on forecasters”

  1. Just a heads-up, and not sure if it’s just my phone or whatever, but when I clicked the link to Matt’s tweet in the app I got an error that said “JavaScript is not available”. The link worked in the Chrome browser on my phone though 🤷‍♂️

  2. I think this has been the best summer since 2007. Afternoon thunderstorm on most days then it would cease by 6 or 7 in the evening. Your typical summer in the south weather.

    I beg to differ with some of you on it being too rainy here. Remember 2011? From Oct 2010 through all of 2011, I’m estimating we had just 10 or 15 calendar days of rain in that period. The drought was so severe, some of us were wishing a category 1 Hurricane would pass through.

    This rainy summer we’ve had so far has canceled the drought we were heading into. Yes, we have mosquitos as big as space shuttles, but none of us would want summers like 2011 or 1980.

    • 2011 left an impression that will never go away. I remember having to watch our step in pastures, lawns, trakcs, etc. because the cracks were so wide you could lose an ankle down one. And more than a month of 100+ with many days 110+. Yeah, I’ll take summers like this anytime.

  3. I do like the moderation in the temperatures, especially when my 1 yr old A/C unit failed Monday night.

    The problem for the lawns though will be things like fungus in the coming weeks.

  4. I have a quick question. Before y’all’s change of website format, when I saw a graph or picture on my smartphone in your website, I could tap on it and expand the graph or picture (by spreading my thumb and forefinger) in order to see the details better. That doesn’t work anymore. So on my smartphone, the details in today’s radar rain accumulation estimate graph is very hard to read. Any chance that feature could be put back on your website? Many thanks!

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