Good morning. The Deer Park industrial fire has finally burned itself out this morning. Light winds have confined the remaining smoke near the site, and with mixing heights lower due to overnight temperatures, residual smoke is near the surface in the vicinity of Deer Park, northern Pasadena, Galena Park, and Channelview. The smoke should lift later this morning, and disperse, as temperatures warm relatively quickly.
In happier news, spring officially begins later today, and along with it our amazing weather will continue through Friday. Unfortunately, for the weekend, the forecast is less sublime.
Wednesday and Thursday
Our weather will be nearly perfect, with highs in the mid 70s, lows down around 50 in the city of Houston (cooler inland, warmer along the coast), and dry air. Enjoy!
This should be another fine day, but later we should notice a subtle shift in the winds, signalling the return of an offshore flow. Highs in the mid-70s, with a warmer night due to the wind shift, likely only in the upper 50s.
Saturday and Sunday
So what does the weekend hold for us? Saturday should be mostly cloudy, but Sunday will probably have a little more sunshine. Both days will carry rain chances in the 30 to 40 percent range, as small atmospheric disturbances sail up the Texas coast. Any accumulations look slight, from light and misty rain up to a few tenths of an inch of rain for a few areas. Highs should be in the 70s, with lows in the 60s, as more humid air spreads over the region.
Monday and beyond
The region’s next cold front looks set to arrive sometime on Monday, perhaps with a line of showers and thunderstorms, or perhaps the any activity will be less organized. Right now accumulations with the front appear to be less than 0.5 inch of rain, but as the front remains about five days away, it is hard to have too much confidence in accumulation forecasts.
Most of next week, in the wake of this front, again looks to be pretty nice for spring in Houston. We should see a few days of partly to mostly sunny skies, with highs in the 60s and 70s.