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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bracing For The Worst

By Gene Norman

Our soggy Tuesday is just the beginning of more stormy weather. We're under a flash flood watch through early Thursday morning and so far, with the rain coming in waves, the impact has been minimal. Rainfall totals today: Pearland 1.32", Bush .29", Hobby .75", Galveston .15", but College Station recorded 1.06", a record for this date. Get ready for more rain and the brunt of a severe weather threat. Initially, computer models were taking a low pressure system that was in California and moving it across Texas. That system was supposed to clear out by Wednesday. However, the depiction below shows the low "wrapping up" and moving more slowly out of west Texas. This means a more prolonged period of rain and, because of the orientation of the low pressure, a better chance for severe weather in the form of isolated tornadoes.

The swatch of orange/yellow in the depiction below near Houston is a sign to me that storms will line up and "train", or repeatedly move across the same areas. Even though today's rain has been light, don't let your guard down because we're on the verge of the worst of this storm episode.

TONIGHT: Periods of steady rain, increasing overnight. Some of the rain could lead to flash flooding and high water on roadways. Use caution and NEVER drive over roads covered with water. Temperatures holding in the low 60s. East to southeast winds 5-10 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Thunderstorms producing periods of heavy rain that could lead to flash flooding. Some storms may contain brief, isolated tornadoes. Temperatures in the mid 60s. Southeast winds 10-15 mph and higher in thunderstorm gusts.

THURSDAY: Rain coming to an end by mid-morning with slowly clearing skies by late afternoon. Highs in the mid 60s falling through the 50s by afternoon. Southerly winds becoming west 10-15 mph.

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