While the bulk of the weekend is likely to be breezy and warm, the chances for another spell of rain will be creeping up from late Sunday into Monday. A cool front is expected to drift southward across the state over the weekend, stalling somewhere between the northern part of Southeast Texas to near the coast. If it stalls near the coast, heavy rains will be possible here. If it stalls further north, then the bulk of the rain will be inland. As it currently appears, the rains may be a particular problem for those planning travel between the Houston area and points to the west and north.
For those heading to or from San Antonio, Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth on Monday, I suggest paying close attention to weather and road conditions along your route.
As for weather tidbits: first, I’ve had a number of people asking about the rather spectacular display of lightning Tuesday night. I am providing a link.
While a little technical, it does provide a summary of the basic ingredients needed to produce such lightning displays.
Second: on a side note, the 63 degree low in Galveston (59 degrees in League City) on Wednesday morning was the coolest temperature for May 24 since a 62 degree low in 1940 and was the coolest temperature for so late in the season since a 57 degree low on May 27, 1961. We are unlikely to see a temperature this low again until September or October!
Finally, speaking of Hurricane Season, this morning’s newspaper noted that the National Hurricane Center is calling for a more active than usual Hurricane Season this year. This is in contrast to the April 6, 2017 outlook from the Tropical Meteorology Project’s which called for a lighter than normal season. It will be interesting to see if the impending June 1 update from the Tropical Meteorology Project will be closer to the NHC’s outlook. In any case, look for a blog next week where I explain why the number of storms overall may not be so significant for our area.