There’s a flurry (forgive the pun) of activity in the ImpactWeather Operations Center this morning. First, there’s the discussion of a wintry mix of precipitation in Southeast Texas tonight. Granted, it’s the northern parts of Southeast Texas, but wintry precip is a big deal down here. Not only does it make travel conditions a nightmare (if it sticks) but it throws the general population into excitement-slash-panic mode. Not fun. Plus, it’s a real bear to forecast. And by that I mean that the conditions that bring about freezing precip are well-known, but actually getting those conditions is very tricky this close to the Gulf Coast and its moderating influence on the local air mass. It’s like the difference between a cupcake and a scone — substitute yeast instead of baking powder and the outcome may surprise you.
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We had a cold front move through Houston yesterday — no snow, no ice, no school closures. It’s December, after all, and I want some cold. In fact, Monday’s official Houston high was 82F, yesterday’s high was a record 83 and today — once these clouds break — should once again be quite warm, though […]
The good news is that although this storm is still expected to develop into a significant storm, development and nearly all of the effects will be well offshore.
Today’s post is not to bring you up-to-speed on these meteorological events from the beginning, but rather to continue the warning about the potentially deadly weather situation beginning to form across the infamous Tornado Alley over the coming 72 hours.
In Tuesday’s YourWeatherBlog, I wrote that a significant severe weather threat is beginning to take shape for the southern and central Plains this coming weekend and early next week. With this update, I’m confirming that the severe weather is still on track and still on target. Every weather event comes more into focus as the […]
Now once again, severe weather indicators are pointing to a major severe weather outbreak early next week.
What do you overhear at your office water cooler? Seinfeld’s George Costanza prefers to get his gossip at the office coffee machine (“Nobody drinks from a water cooler any more – they use bottles”), but trading gossip in the office — whether at the water cooler or the coffee machine — is as old as the office itself. Location aside, you’ll probably agree there’s more going on most times than mere gossip. That’s why my ears perked up yesterday when I heard one of our StormWatch forecasters mention an upcoming rain event with a possible 15 inches of rainfall. You don’t need a weatherman to tell you 15 inches of rainfall is a significant event, however how and why 15 inches came to be definitely requires a weatherman to deconstruct and understand.
Although the cold front in the central U.S. will bring snow to the western Great Lakes today and though we still have more than two weeks of winter (vernal equinox: March 20), we’re dealing with a major springtime — rather than wintertime — storm system. Actually, you won’t find the definition “Springtime Storm System” in […]
As the magical pattern change takes shape, the forecast is more in focus yet the rain is by no means guaranteed. Wait — let me rephrase that: the rain for most is by no means guaranteed. It will rain in Texas — how much, when and exactly where remains in question.
Historic flooding is expected to continue across the Middle and Lower Mississippi River Valley throughout the week and, in many cases, through the end of the month of May. River levels have crested in many areas along the Ohio River, but this surge of water will continue to spread southward with damaging floods expected to continue to impact many areas of western Tennessee, Arkansas, western Mississippi, and eastern Louisiana.