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Spring is in Texas

I’m not talking about the town of Spring, Texas, which is a real place. No, I’m talking about the weather in Houston at the beginning of the week. Temperatures were in the 80s  for highs on Monday and Tuesday… 82 both days, to be exact. Houston did have to contend with some high humidity, and onshore flow resulted sprinkles on Tuesday afternoon, but by golly, the northern part of the country is going to dip all the way down to single digits this weekend, so to me, 82 and humid sounds fine, with or with a bit of rain. Weatherbug snuck in and picked off the top forecasts by just a hair.

Actuals: Monday – High 82, Low 69
Tuesday – .04 inches of rain, High 82, Low 73

Grade A – C

Houston, Texas

We’re headed to a part of the world that was very much in the news for its weather this summer. The good news is, Houston is on a path towards recovery, and part of it will be this week. How is it going to look?

At 1153,PM, CT, Houston was reporting mostly cloudy skies and a soupy 71 degrees with a dew point in the upper 60s. Low pressure was developing over west Texas, while a jet ridge was strengthening, pressing northeast towards the middle of the country.  On shore flow across Houston will keep things humid and mostly cloudy, even as high pressure settled in over the Gulf.
Behind the ridge in the middle of the country is a negatively tilted trough, with the west Texas low sitting in the deepest point. A surface feature will move to the northeast, towards the Great Lakes, and help drive some cold air southeastward and advance the trough. As a cold front approaches Texas, the onshore flow will kick into high gear. While the strong thunderstorms will stay inland on Tuesday, expect a near constant threat of low clouds and rain, with an isolated stroke of lightning.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 84, Low 70
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy with isolated showers and an even more isolated thunderstorm, High 82, Low 71

TWC: Tomorrow – Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 84, Low 70
Tuesday – Scattered thunderstorms developing during the afternoon. High 84, Low 71

AW: Tomorrow – Times of sun and clouds High 84, Low 70
Tuesday – Periods of clouds and sun High 82, Low 71

NWS: Tomorrow – Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, High 83, Low 68
Tuesday – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, High 82, Low 69

WB: Tomorrow – Parrtly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms n the afternoon. High 72, Low 69
Tuesday – Partly cloudy early in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then a 30 percent chance in the afternoon, High 82, Low 71

WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy with isolated storms, High 83, Low 68
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy with scattered storms, High 82, Low 69

FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 84, Low 71
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 84, Low 74

Here is a look at the satellite. the brighter blues represent about the point that the onshore flow is reaching this evening.

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Wonderful Gulf Weekend

Not very often do we have a predomanetly dry forecast for Houston, being so close to the Gulf and all. However, that’s exactly the kind of weekend we had with temperatures coming in right around at what almost everybody would enjoy. WeatherNation edged out the Weather Channel for the win.

Saturday: High 78, Low 54.
Sunday: High 80, Low 60.
Forecast Grade: B

Houston, Texas

Hello, and good evening. We’re going to head to the largest city in Texas and the 4th largest in the US for today’s forecast. What do we have in Houston?

At 1053PM, CT, Houston Hobby Airport was reporting a temperature of 65 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Much of the Houston area was reporting clear skies, but the two city airports around Houston were the only two with clouds.  There is weak high pressure over the Gulf, and it will shift to the east overnight through tomorrow morning.
The primary features across North America area trio of broad troughs: The large, stagnant trough in the Great Lakes, a weaker trough in the Canadian Prairie and a nearly cut off trough off the coast of California. The trough over the Pacific will be pressing east into Noth America over the next few days, eventually linking with the Canadian Prairie feature. Initially, Gulf moisture will stream across the Houston area, rushing towards the feature on the other side of the mountains. By Sunday, expect the southern feature to merge with the system to the north, meaning flow through the southern Plains will become southwesterly, and Houston will finish the weekend dry.
Tomorrow – Isolated showers and thunderstorms, High 77, Low 59
Sunday – Partly cloudy, High 80, Low 62

TWC: Tomorrow – Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day, High 79, Low 58
Sunday – Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies in the afternoon, High 79, Lo 61

AW: Tomorrow – Some sun High 76, Low 56
Sunday – Breezy with considerable cloudiness High 78, Low 63

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 79, Low 63
Sunday – Mostly cloudy, HIgh 78, Low 63

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy until late afternoon then becoming partly cloudy, High 79, Low 54
Sunday – Partly cloudy with isolated showers in the morning, then mostly cloudy in the afternoon, High 78, Low 63

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Cloudy High 79, Low 55
Sunday – Mostly Cloudy High 79, Low 63

FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 80, Low 58
Sunday – Partly cloudy throughout the day. High 81, Low 62

Interesting that I am the only one with rain tomorrow. I’m a little surprised by that, to be totally honest. HEre is satellite, showing a lot of noise across the region, but the real show is to the west.

Houston, Texas to Rochester, New York

Houston is the 4t largest city in the country, but Dallas seems to get all the attention. Rochester can relate, as they are probably about 4th fiddle in the Empire State. The drive will take 3 days and cover 1555 miles, equating to a pace of 63.9mph. The days will be fairly even, at about 511 miles a day, though the home stretch will take a little longer.

DAY ONE (Monday)
The largest system headed into net week will only be in the northern Rockies as we depart Houston, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be issues on our drive to start day one. A jet stream moving through the Ohio Valley provides a good convergence point and an elongated warm front. Of equal impact is a low level wave moving along that boundary. All of this will result in a turbid southerly flow off the Gulf, transporting moisture through the Lower Mississippi Valley towards the features well to the north. This will certainly turn into clouds and low fog, but from Lufkin northeast through Texarkana and Little Rock, it will lead to the threat for some light rain. We won’t be out of the rain by the time we hit Wheatley, Arkansas, either, but we will never really catch up to the heaviest action, which will be well to our east.

DAY TWO (Tuesday)
The system will take considerable time to get organized, which means there won’t be much change in the weather as we get going in eastern Arkansas. The scattered showers will be with us throughout Tennessee, but by about Bowling Green, Kentucky, we will hit some heavier rains, and perhaps even a thunderstorm as we encounter the embedded wave. The heavy rain will begin to pulse down as we turn east from Louisville, but moderate rains will follow us to Glencoe, Kentucky, on the banks of the Ohio River, closer to Cincinnati that Louisville. Bear in mind, Kentucky has seen a lot of rain recently, and there is a very high chance for flash flooding through the state, particularly the corridors we are travelling along.

DAY THREE (Wedneday)
Showers are just going to keep on keeping on as we head east. By Wednesday, though, there will be a change in teh upper atmosphere, and the threat for severe storms will be on the increase. That said, those storms will be to our southwest. Instead, we get more rain, with an increase in intensity as we cross into Pennsylvania around Erie. That heavy rain stands to continue all the way to Rochester though, if I’m being honest, there is a chance some of that rain will actually be snow.

Hot and stormy

With a boundary set up along the Texas coast emanating from what would become Tropical Depression 8, there was plenty of energy feeding into Houston. Some of that energy materialized into showers and thunderstorms on both Thursday and Friday. There was enough clearing on Thursday for temperatures to climb all the way to 98, which is nigh on unbearable. Accuweather aced the forecast on Friday and ended up getting the top spot in the nation’s 4th largest city.
Actuals: Thursday – .40 inches of rain, High 98, Low 75
Friday – Rain reported but not measured, High 93, Low 76

Grade: B

Houston, Texas

We get to forecast for one of the largest cities in the country today, as we head off to Houston. I’m sure the heat is barely noticeable.

At 453PM, CT, Houston was reporting a temperature of 93 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Some afternoon thunderstorms had developed from Lumberton to Conroe and were generally moving east to west. The primary forcing is a weak seabreeze, though it is slightly amplified by a tropical wave moving through the Bay of Campeche.
The wave will wait to make it’s landfall on the Mexican coast until tomorrow, and with the destabilized atmosphere offshore from Mexico, there is a chance that Houston will be a little bit stormier than they have been recently. While tomorrow will be stormier, as the low shifts into Mexico, it will then pull energy away from Houston and act as a stabilizing force on Friday.
Tomorrow – Scattered showers and storm, High 94, Low 75
Friday – Hot and sunnier, High 96, Low 75

TWC: Tomorrow – Isolated T-Storms High 94, Low 75
Friday – Isolated T-Storms High 94, Low 74

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny with a shower or thunderstorm around, mainly later High 94, Low 76
Friday – Partly sunny with a shower or thunderstorm in the area in the afternoon High 93, Low 76

NWS: Tomorrow – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny High 97, Low 77
Friday – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, High 96, Low 76

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 97, Low 67
Friday – Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 96, Low 76

Nice and warm in Houston. How will the storms react? Right now, they are off to the north of Houston.

Hot and Steamy in Houston

It’s early August and you’re a short drive from the Texas Gulf Coast. That pretty much means hot and humid conditions every single day with scattered thunderstorms. These last couple of days have been no different for the Houston area, which saw temps push into the upper 90s both days. Ryan’s stellar forecast takes home the top spot for Vic-Wx, meanwhile Weatherbug… yikes. Can we assign a G for a grade? Or did they mean to forecast for Houston, Missouri?

Thursday: High 97, Low 77.
Friday: Trace of precip in a thunderstorm. High 98, Low 80.
Forecast Grade: B

Houston, Texas to Muncie, Indiana

We’re headed north! Word on the street is that the temperatures are much cooler in Muncie than Houston, so the trip makes sense, right? The distance between the two is 1085 miles, and will take us two days, with the second day taking a little bit longer. Average speed is expected to be about 61mph, and our trip will stop after day 1 494 miles from Houston.


The low developing in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley is going to be our best friend (present company excluded). Typically turbulent weather through the south will be capped. In fact, it will be seasonably cool behind this developing front, and the poor gas mileage we get in rural Texas won’t be so bad, because it won’t be oppressive when we fill the tank. The day will end in Biscoe, Arkansas, which is about an hour east of Little Rock.

The dry slot we find ourselves in Friday will slice further north on Saturday. The good fortune we saw through Texas into Arkansas will continue as we head through Memphis, St. Louis, and Indianapolis on our way to Muncie. Temperatures will be in the mid 70s by the time we hit Muncie, which is down right enjoyable. Exactly what we were looking for when we left Houston.