Quick update on our Halloween storms

There have been a lot of questions about conditions on Friday night and Saturday so I thought I’d provide a brief update on what the latest forecast models indicate will happen. Please remember this isn’t set in stone. Nailing the precise timing of rain events like this is an inexact science, even two or three days out.

FRIDAY EVENING

Rains move in from west to east, starting with light rain, building to steadier storms by roughly 9 p.m.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Heavier rains move into central Houston just before or after midnight on Friday. It’s not clear whether the biggest burst will come over inland counties or closer to the coast. 1 to 3 inches are possible. Thunderstorms likely.

Houston is included in an area that faces a marginal risk of strong winds and isolated tornadoes on Friday night and Saturday morning. (NOAA)
Houston is included in an area that faces a marginal risk of strong winds and isolated tornadoes on Friday night and Saturday morning. (NOAA)

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Heavy — but likely not flooding — rains for Friday and Saturday

Good morning, and welcome to my weekday morning update on conditions ahead for the greater Houston area.

TODAY

It’s a bit warmer this morning, with lows only in the upper 60s for most of Houston. Today we’ll see partly sunny conditions and highs in the mid-80s before a weak cool front ¬†moves through around noon or shortly thereafter. Lows tonight will fall off fairly quickly after sunset, into the 50s for most of the area.

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Beautiful weather ahead — until this weekend

Good morning, and welcome to my weekday morning update on conditions ahead for the greater Houston area.

TODAY

It’s a pleasant morning across Houston with temperatures in the low 60s. After yesterday’s breeze the winds have fallen to only about 5 mph out of the north. High temperatures today under sunny skies will climb to about 80 degrees.

In short, it’s going to be spectacular.

THREE DAYS

Wednesday and Thursday will also be sunny, although a bit warmer, with highs in the low- to mid-80s. Nighttime lows should remain in the low 60s.

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A look back at a soggy weekend, and ahead at another one?

It’s a cool, gusty morning but the rains have finally ended.

LAST WEEKEND

Houston was a soggy mess, but for a region that generally received 6 to 11 inches of rain we came through the event remarkably well.

Two-day rain accumulations for Houston. (HCOEM)
Two-day rain accumulations for Houston. Click to enlarge. (HCOEM)

 

A combination of dry soils and relatively moderate rainfall rates, especially at the beginning of things on Saturday,¬†helped the city’s bayous cope with all that rain quite well.

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