The summer of 2021 is not shaping up to be a drought-inducing, record-nasty heat for Texas. That kind of summer is one where this weather blog would be dormant for four months—anyway, enough of the nonsense. Let’s dive into the weather forecast!
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected again today across the Coastal Plains, Brazos Valley, Southeast Texas, and East Texas. These precipitation chances are the typical summer-time ‘popcorn’ convection. The updrafts go up in a hurry, make a bunch of noise and drop a quick inch or two of rain, and dissipate within an hour. Those dissipating storms produce outflow boundaries, which go on to spark new storms nearby. That process will repeat several times until we get toward dinner and we lose peak heating.
While storms in southeastern Texas will diminish in coverage after sunset, the opposite will be true across the Texas Panhandle. A ‘cool front’ – which is being generous, will fire up scattered storms late this afternoon in the Panhandles east into Oklahoma. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are likely after 4-5 PM. Those thunderstorms will generally move east. Stronger thunderstorms are possible with a threat for localized damaging wind gusts and localized heavy rain. Thunderstorms may continue well into the night, perhaps progressing toward Northwest Texas late this evening.
Another day, another chance for daytime tropical downpours in Southeast Texas and East Texas. Like today, we expect the highest coverage to be across Southeast Texas and East Texas. Anyone ending up under one of these popcorn storms could get a quick inch or two of rain. Isolated storms are also possible on Friday in the Borderland, Trans-Pecos, along with Texoma. Widespread severe weather is not expected at this time.
Saturday will feature the same rain chances, but with slightly higher coverage expected in the Texas Panhandle. You can keep an eye on the sky with our Interactive Weather Radar here. Y’all can also use it within our free mobile app here.