Scattered storms possible Wednesday evening in Houston

Houston will see fairly typical August weather for the next week, which is not entirely bad news. This is the time of year when temperatures can soar into the triple digits—but the absence of a strong high pressure system will keep our highs a little bit more moderate. We also, at least at this time, see no evidence of really heavy, organized rainfall. In short, we’ll take it.

Wednesday

Of the remaining days in this work week, Wednesday may be the most active due to the passing of a disturbance in the upper atmosphere. Skies should be mostly sunny today, with highs rising into the upper 90s and calm winds. But by this afternoon daytime heating will combine with the disturbance to at least produce some scattered showers and thunderstorms. Most of the modeling shows this development to the east of Interstate 45, and some have the activity closer to Beaumont than Houston. Regardless, know it’s possible for thunderstorms to spin up this afternoon and evening before dying down with the loss of daytime heating.

NAM model forecast for radar reflectivity at 8pm CT Wednesday. (Weather Bell)

Thursday and Friday

As high pressure builds over Houston we can probably expect a pair of mostly sunny days, with highs in the mid-90s. Rain chances should be quite low, probably 10 percent or less.

Saturday and Sunday

The high’s influence should diminish over the weekend, returning Houston to a pattern of partly to mostly sunny days, with highs in the low- to mid-90s. We’ll again see the possibility of afternoon showers and thunderstorms, but most likely they’ll be scattered.

NOAA rain accumulation forecast for now through Sunday. (Pivotal Weather)

Next week

Honestly, there’s not much to say about the extended pattern. We expect similar conditions to more or less prevail for awhile—not too hot, not too wet. As we’ve said, this is probably about as good as we can expect for August.

12 thoughts on “Scattered storms possible Wednesday evening in Houston

  1. Jingle Jangle

    This “hot but not too hot” August forecast is what we consider a win for Houston.

    But, I can still dream of 10 degrees cooler. Eventually, my dream will arrive – in October.

  2. Tim L

    A bit eerie the retweet that Matt posted from Phil Klotzbach last night about July’s vertical wind shear values being the lowest aside from 2005. Yikes.

      1. Tim L

        Depends on whether you’re considering the meteorological summer of J/J/A (this would be the final month), solar season based on solstice/equinox (48 days remain), or the SE TX summer (two months remain).

          1. Tim L

            I was assuming a “locally defined” May through September summer of five months. YMMV of course.

    1. Tim L

      Note that each of those months have close to 20 days each of above normal high temperatures. Obviously, it’s too early for August yet, but two of the first four days had above normal high temps. Again, this is for the IAH reporting station.

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