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Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Rain Intermission

By Gene Norman


Wasn't it great to see the SUN return today!  Frankly, it was more than I expected, faster than I expected, but who can complain about a 180° turn around from yesterday's dreary drenching.  The system that impacted us yesterday went on to soak our Cajun cousins to the east.  Not only did they see rain in Louisiana, but also severe weather.  The first tornado of the young year was recorded in Plaquemine and there was roof damage to homes near Franklinton.

Typically, you might expect to have a nice cool down in the wake of strong storms.  That usually is the case with cold fronts, but not always.  Thanks to the sun, today was a bit warmer than yesterday (we hit a high of 69°).  Tonight, clear skies will allow temperatures to cool across most of the state, including southeast Texas, but I don't see several nights like this:


In fact, the tail end of the cold front that deluged us yesterday will lift back up out of the Gulf as warm front, causing a quick return of clouds Friday and even, yes, some more rain.  The amounts will be tame compared to the last two days.  For a comprehensive look at the wet start to 2013, check this link: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/hgx/?n=pns_2013_01_10_wet_start_to_2013.
Heading into the weekend, we could see even more rain as another cold front arrives Saturday going into Sunday.  By the way, that front will cool us down.

TONIGHT: Clear skies leading to a cooler feel.  Temperatures by morning will fall to the upper 40s in Houston, mid 40s north of town and mid 50s along the coast.  There may be patchy ground fog developing around sunrise, especially near the coast.

NORMAN NUMBER FOR FRIDAY: 7
FRIDAY:  Early patchy morning fog clears and skies become partially sunny.  However, clouds stream back in from the south during the late afternoon.  Despite that southerly winds boost temperatures to the low to mid 70s.  

NORMAN NUMBER FOR SATURDAY: 5
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy and foggy with periods of light rain early becoming steadier, more widespread showers by afternoon.  Mild and more humid with temperatures in the low 70s.  Breezy southerly winds 10-15 mph.

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