Rain Starts Today with Stormy Pattern Continuing This Week
- Wednesday, 17 December 2014 06:54
Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday edition of the Texas Weather Roundup! An upper level storm system has begun influencing our weather and rain chances are going up this morning. Skies will be cloudy across nearly all of Texas today with a wide variety in temperatures. Severe weather is not anticipated today with some garden-variety storms possible. We could see the chance for stronger storms on Thursday and Friday in South and Southeast Texas.
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Cloudy skies will prevail today with rain expected in some areas (see below). It’s going to be a cool day across the Panhandle into North Texas. Amarillo is expected to top out at 46F while the same can be expected across North Texas. Austin will top out at 52F with Houston up in the 60s. It’ll be warm in the RGV with low 70s and comparatively lower rain chances than up north.
Rain chances will be high today across North and Central Texas with rain increasing in coverage by the time you read this blog (Wednesday Morning). The highest rain chances through the morning hours will be along the I-35 corridor from Oklahoma south into South-Central Texas including Austin and SAT. By this afternoon the chance for rain will increase across Northeast Texas with scatterded showers and thunderstorms moving east today. By tonight rain chances will increase across East and Southeast Texas. Overall the heaviest rain amounts today are expected across the D/FW Metroplex and North Texas with the highest amounts approaching 1″. Amounts otherwise will average a quarter to half an inch as shown in the rain forecast below from the Weather Prediction Center.
Cloudy and Cool Tonight; Rain Likely on Wednesday
- Tuesday, 16 December 2014 20:52
Sorry for missing this morning’s daily forecast post but that’s bound to happen once in a while. Our weather today was quiet anyhow but that will change on Wednesday as our next storm system moves in and brings rain to Texas. Tonight will be cloudy across all but a small part of East Texas as upper level lift begins to saturate the atmosphere. Even with cloud cover tonight it will still be decently cool. Temperatures will fall into the 30s in the Panhandle and South Plains. We’ll see 40s from the Permian Basin east into the Hill Country, North and Central Texas. We’ll likely see temperatures fall into the upper 30s in East Texas as cooler air wedges in from Arkansas. South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley will see temperatures in the 50s to lower 60s. Very light rain or mist is possible before sunrise on Wednesday.
Rain chances will go up around sunrise from Northwest Texas southeast into North and Central Texas. We’re not expecting severe weather but there could be locally heavy rain from more impressive showers and thunderstorms.
Here’s the forecast rain totals through Thursday morning. Keep in mind these are averages and there will be lower/higher amounts locally.
Clearing Skies Today; Cool in the North & Very Warm in the South
- Monday, 15 December 2014 11:02
Good morning and welcome to the week before Christmas! Its hard to believe that Christmas is next Thursday and that parts of Texas will see temperatures in the lower 80s by this afternoon. I guess thats one reason why so many folks like living in our wonderful state. Since I’ve gotten a late start today I might as well pull up a visible satellite image.
Skies have cleared nicely this morning from the Panhandle southeast into Central Texas where a beautiful day is in store! Clouds will be on the way out across most of Southeast Texas by the late afternoon hours. Skies will remain mostly cloudy in the Rio Grande Valley with a chance for a passing shower or two.
We’re going to see a fairly wide variety in temperatures today as cooler air filters into Northwest Texas and the Red River Valley where highs will be in the 50s today. Go south about two hundred miles and temperatures will be near 80 degrees which is annoyingly warm for the week before Christmas.
Cooler air will filter in tonight with the coldest temperatures we’ve seen in about two weeks across the Panhandle and South Plains. Temperatures across the Concho Valley into North Texas will fall into the 30s with 40s in the Hill Country and Central Texas. Houston will fall to around 50 degrees tonight while Corpus Christi will fall to around 58. Brownsville will remain a warm 68 degrees tonight as the Rio Grande Valley holds onto the warmer temperatures.
Showers and Storms Continue to Move East
- Sunday, 14 December 2014 22:28
Shortly before 10:30 PM CST there are no severe weather warnings. We do not anticipate severe thunderstorms tonight.
A broken line of weakening thundershowers extends from Clarksville to Sulphur Springs to Mineola and Athens. This line has shown signs of weakening over the past hour but could regenerate as it continues to progress eastward. Individual cells are tracking northeast but the line itself is moving more easterly.
We’ve seen additional showers develop southwest of the D/FW Metroplex from Lipan southwest to Morgan Hill and De Leon. This convection is not severe and no lightning strikes have been detected. This redevelopment is likely due to continued upper level lift across the region from the impressive storm system across western Kansas. We’re also seeing showers from Gainesville to Decatur and another batch on Highway 380 between McKinney and Gainesville. This activity is moving east/northeast and is not expected to be severe.
7 PM Weather Roundup and Thunderstorm Update
- Sunday, 14 December 2014 19:01
A fairly solid line of thunderstorms continues to push east/northeast early this evening. This line extends from east of Sherman south to Mesquite to just east of Waco. Individual thunderstorms in the line are capable of producing wind gusts up to 45 MPH, small hail, and extremely heavy rain. No severe weather is on-going nor is widespread severe weather expected this evening. We may see one or two brief severe storms this evening but otherwise the main concern will be heavy rain and brief gusty winds.
In East Texas there are several individual showers that are developing in the warm air ahead of the squall line. These showers are not severe and are quickly moving north/northeast at a rapid pace. They’ll produce brief heavy rain before quickly moving on.
West of the squall line the threat for rain and storms has ended. Skies west of I-35 have cleared out nicely this evening across West Texas which will make for excellent viewing conditions for the meteor shower.