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Houston’s perpetual clouds continue

Posted by Matt Lanza at 6:45 AM

Statistically, I don’t know whether or not February has been Houston’s cloudiest month on record, but I think we all know it has to be close. Yes, we’ve had sunny periods at times, but they’ve been short-lived and fleeting. I’m not sure what the exact number is (we’ll probably tally it for you at the end of the month), but roughly 70% of the month appears to have had some level of overcast cloud cover. February averages somewhere around 45% cloud cover in Houston. Sunny weather will return eventually. That much we promise.

Today

Low clouds and fog are pretty prevalent this morning as this pesky front we’ve been dealing with begins to try and advance back north. Temperatures are all over the place, but it’s pretty easy to see the front.

Morning temperatures (6:30 AM) suggest grabbing a jacket north of Houston and perhaps putting on shorts southeast of Houston. (NWS)

The front has made it back to almost US-59. It’s in the 70s in southeast Houston, but 50s on the west and north sides. As the front pushes back north and west today, expect warmer, more humid air to win out just about everywhere. Low clouds and fog should gradually lift, but it may be a process in spots, meaning clouds and drizzle could mar a good chunk of the day. Folks well north and west of Houston may have the most trouble getting warm and clearing at all today.

Disturbances will continue to push through, but the heavy rain should stay oriented well to our north, where 1-3″ will be possible north of Waco and across the DFW Metroplex. Temps will top off in the mid or upper 70s southeast of Houston, perhaps near 80 with some sunny breaks. Northwest will probably see low-70s or so on average (warmer closer to Houston, cooler further away).

Weekend

Saturday will likely behave somewhat similar to Friday afternoon with an isolated shower, but mostly just AM clouds or fog, some sunny breaks, and humidity. Folks way north of Houston, such as up toward Huntsville, could see a little steadier rain Saturday morning. Again though, the bulk of the rain will stay well north.

With any sunshine, we’ll easily scoot above 80 Saturday, but otherwise it’ll be upper 70s. The front comes back at us tomorrow evening as a cold front. The good news is that while we should see some showers and perhaps a thunderstorm Saturday evening, it shouldn’t be anything too serious. Right now, I’d be on the lookout for that between 4 and 8 PM, maybe a little a later southeast. And any heavier rain you see will probably be brief.

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Houston should turn cooler today

Posted by Matt Lanza at 6:33 AM

Many of our complaints about lack of sunshine were lodged and received. We’ve had a couple nice, albeit steamy afternoons this week, officially hitting 80 and 81 degrees on back to back days for the first time since November 17-18 of last autumn. For some that may be too much, too fast, but alas, here we are.

Today through Tonight

We’ll attempt to make another run toward 80 today, but added cloud cover and a few shower chances should limit how warm we can get. But, after a mild start this morning, we should still easily make the upper 70s this afternoon. There’s not much happening in the atmosphere to favor any significant showers today, but some lighter showers will be possible later as our next cold front approaches.

The front should make it to the northwest suburbs of Houston around 3-6 PM or so. Behind it, temperatures will ease back into the 60s and humidity should lower some. As the front moves through Houston, it will begin to grind to a halt. As of now, it looks like forward progress stops somewhere around Clear Lake to Dickinson. You can see this clearly while looking at an animation of dewpoints today.

NAM model dewpoints show how the front slams on the brakes southeast of Houston tonight. (Weather Bell)

So most of us will cool down into the mid or upper 50s tonight, but it will stay mild and humid southeast of the front, including Galveston east to Beaumont, where you probably won’t drop below 60-65 degrees. We’ll have low clouds and light showers behind the front and low clouds, drizzle, and fog probably ahead of it tonight. Fog may continue to linger in Galveston through the night.

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At least some sunshine likely today in Houston

Posted by Matt Lanza at 6:34 AM

BREAKING: The clouds. Maybe. More on that below. If you’ve noticed that it’s been a lot drearier than normal this month, you have statistics available to back you up.

This image is off of a cool site from Iowa State that has all sorts of climate and weather nuggets.I admittedly cherry picked an hour here, but other hours show some variation on this also. The link should show 3PM, which has had overcast skies reported every day this month so far. It’s been grey and dismal, and as much as I want to tell you we have a nice, lengthy stretch of good weather upcoming, we don’t.

Today & Friday

All that said, clouds have broken up some and we’ll have a half-decent day today. Satellite shows cloud cover mainly in the southeastern half of our area this morning.

Satellite this morning shows southeastern areas are still pretty socked in with clouds. But clearing has moved into northern areas. We will see at least some sun in most spots today. (College of DuPage)

Based on the movement of the clouds, I suspect we’ll actually have more clearing today than I initially expected. We’ll call it partly cloudy to mostly sunny. Expect highs to top off in the upper 50s or so. Clouds will gradually thicken back up tonight and onshore flow will resume, allowing temperatures to not fall as much. We won’t get below the upper 40s this evening and may even rise a degree or two toward morning.

Onshore flow will continue to increase on Friday, pumping back in moisture and solidifying clouds overhead. It looks as though we’ll see showers also increase throughout the day, especially south of I-10. Expect temps to slowly, steadily warm on Friday into the mid-60s.

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A wintry feel to Wednesday

Posted by Matt Lanza at 6:31 AM

Welcome back to Houston winter. Today will be a rude awakening for anyone who enjoyed our 70s yesterday. Let’s jump in.

Today

First off, the cold front is through the entire area already this morning. Temperatures aren’t going very far today. We’ve sunk into the 40s, and we should stay there for the balance of the day, though we may go from mid-40s this morning to upper-40s this afternoon. Either way, have a coat available today.

The HRRR model shows scattered showers and a few embedded thunderstorms continuing throughout the day today before gradually winding down after sunset this evening. (Weather Bell)

Also, have an umbrella. Rain and and a few thunderstorms will be likely throughout the day. Coverage is sporadic this morning, and that should actually increase as the day goes on. I wouldn’t rule out some small hail in any thunderstorms today with cold temps in place. Rain totals will be variable, with some folks seeing as much as a half inch, while others may only see a tenth of an inch or two. It will also be a bit breezy today.

Tonight & Thursday

Rain should end this evening. Skies may clear out tonight in spots well north. But I think we’ll stay mostly cloudy in Houston. This will help us avoid a light freeze. Folks up near Conroe or Crockett may see temperatures get into the lower 30s, but that won’t happen in Houston. Expect lows in the city to bottom out in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees or so. Just a little wind around tonight will make it a bit colder.

On Thursday, we start the warm up process again, so expect clouds to stay mostly in place, though we hopefully see some sunny breaks. The better chance of sunshine tomorrow may be north of I-10. But overall, the day should be dry and quiet. Temperatures will make a respectable effort to get close to 60 degrees, but likely come up short.

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