Saturday, February 2, 2013

Ground Hog Day!

By Gene Norman
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We're at the half-way point of winter, a time to let nature's forecasters take center stage. Most of the nation may rely on Punxsuntawney Phil, a Pennsylvania ground hog to say whether winter will continue, but not so in Texas.  Instead, at Houston's Weather museum Alamo the Longhorn steers (yeah, I know - real corny) the way.  According to lore, if the animal sees his shadow, then winter will continue, but if not, then spring is around the corner.  Museum director Jill Hasling explains why she depends on Alamo: 

Not sure what qualifies as "winter" in Houston.  We've only seen a handful of really cold days and the second half of January has been fairly mild.  There's still a good chance we'll see a cloudy, cool and wet period the week of February 11, but that might be our last chance for a change.  Meanwhile, the rest of this weekend looks good, even as a cool front pushes in overnight.  The main impact will be some brief fog, but Sunday looks good.  A second front quickly returns thicker clouds by late Monday with a better chance of some brief rain.

TONIGHT: Partly to mostly cloudy with periods of fog before sunrise.  Lows in the upper 40s to low 50s.  Winds shift from south to north, light at 5-10 mph.

SUNDAY: Pre-dawn fog quickly dissipates, rest of the day is mostly sunny and mild with a fresh breeze.  Highs around 70°.  Northeast winds 5-10 mph.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy and cool in the morning, then increasing clouds by afternoon with a chance for spotty, passing showers by evening.  Lows in the morning in the low 50s, rising to 70° by afternoon.  Southeast winds 5-10 mph.

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