By Gene Norman
Even though we've known about this for several days, now we just want it to end. As advertised, the heaviest of the rain indeed fell today across most of metro Houston creating a traffic mess for some and high water for others. Thankfully, we have so far been spared the tornado threat, although some of the storms did bring high winds n spots. A 39 mph gust was recorded on Jamaica Beach.
Still waiting for the official rainfall tally, so please continue to check my twitter feed and I might also be able to blog about that tomorrow. So, when DOES all this icky (new weather term) end? The worst of the rain moves out tonight. The water vapor image below highlights where the center of this rainmaker is - still out by the Big Bend where I've drawn a red "L". That system will pull up toward the Red River slowly. As it does so, our rain threat will continue to diminish.
TONIGHT: Periods of steady rain, gradually decreasing. However, runoff may cause additional rises to creeks and rivers. Even as the rain ends, skies remain cloudy and foggy with temperatures holding in the low 60s. Southerly winds 5-10 mph.
NORMAN NUMBER FOR THURSDAY: 5
THURSDAY: Mainly cloudy and foggy with light drizzle ending by mid-morning. Slowly clearing skies by late afternoon. Milder with temperatures rising from the upper 50s early on to low 70s by afternoon. Southerly winds becoming westerly 10-15 mph.
NORMAN NUMBER FOR FRIDAY: 6
FRIDAY: Fair and cool early on with increasing clouds by late afternoon. Temperatures in the morning start in the low 50s, but climb to about 70°. Southeast winds 5-10 mph.
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