Posted by Eric Berger at 7:55 AM
Good morning, and welcome to my daily update on weather in the greater Houston area.
Fog across parts of the area will burn off this morning, leading to a partly to mostly cloudy day that should hold temperatures in the upper 70s for most of Houston. Lows tonight will be muggy, with temperatures only falling into the upper 60s.
THURSDAY and FRIDAY
On Thursday a fairly slow moving front will cross into central Texas, and edge its way toward the Houston area. This front has the potential to generate some severe weather, but the threat of damaging winds and tornadoes appears most likely to remain well to the northwest of the Houston metro area.
Severe weather chances for Thursday. (NOAA)
Posted by Eric Berger at 6:56 AM
Good morning, and welcome to my weekday morning update on conditions ahead for the greater Houston area.
It’s one of the coolest fall mornings of the year across Houston, with temperatures generally in the mid-50s across the region. This is courtesy of a front that moved through on Wednesday, and we’ll have a pleasant day with highs only around 80 degrees.
Later Thursday and into Friday winds out of the south-southeast will increase, bringing a quick return of humidity to the area, and raising atmospheric moisture levels. This, in combination with a storm moving in from the west, will set the stage for a rainy Friday night and Saturday.
Heavy — but not extreme — rain is likely on Friday night and Saturday in this map of accumulated rainfall. (Weather Bell)
Posted by Eric Berger at 6:48 AM
It’s a cool, gusty morning but the rains have finally ended.
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. 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. Read More…
Posted by Eric Berger at 10:03 AM
It was a wet, soggy night in Houston. Several bayous briefly topped their banks, including White Oak near downtown. Several dozen streets flooded. But all in all, for a rain storm that generally dumped 5 to 10 inches across the Houston metro area, most people managed to come through really well.
Only light to moderate rain is falling on Houston this morning as of 10 a.m., and this should come to an end from west to east between noon and about 6 p.m.
As the rains have ebbed this morning the number of road closures has fallen to seven, so it should generally be safe to be out and about later today if necessary.
Although rains during the last two days have been a major inconvenience for map people, that have sapped a severe drought that had been developing over much of Texas. (NOAA)
For the Houston metro area the most significant issues are along the coast, where the remnants of Patricia are kicking up high strong rip tides and pushing water over low-lying areas such as Bolivar Peninsula. Winds are strong too, gusting to over 45 mph along the coast in places like Galveston. Read More…