Tuesday, December 18, 2012

From Gorgeous To...Not So Much

I hope you had a chance to enjoy today's spectacular weather - gorgeous sunshine and a cloudless blue sky.  I took a walk this afternoon - after being cooped up in the house with a cold, it was nice to just get out!  The view above is from the University of Houston looking toward the downtown skyline of the Nation's fourth largest city.  It's hard to believe how dramatically tomorrow will be, but change is on the horizon. 

The delightful weather we had today came courtesy of high pressure parked over us since the departure of Sunday's rain.  Now that high pressure cell is moving away and very quickly, southerly winds are returning.  Today's high at Bush was 80°, 2 degrees off the record, but Hobby airport set a new record at 81°.

As you might expect, with the return southerly flow, the air will become increasingly moist overnight.  That will mean clouds by morning and areas of fog are likely to develop.  Additionally, a cold front is cutting across Texas now and will move through Houston late Wednesday into Thursday morning.  It will produce showers and thunderstorms and then it will get much colder, like it was last week for the end of this week.

Sorry, there's no change to the outlook for next week - wet for Christmas.

TONIGHT: Fair and mild early, then becoming cloudy with areas of fog by morning. Lows in the mid 60s with light southerly winds 2-5 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Cloudy and breezy with chance of showers by afternoon continuing into the evening. Highs in the mid 70s with southerly winds 10-15.

THURSDAY: Morning rain exits, followed by rapidly clearing skies, gusty winds and much cooler temperatures. Highs in the upper 50s to low 60s.  Northwest winds 20-25 mph.

Gene Norman

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