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Friday, March 1, 2013

Happy Birthday Texas!


By Gene Norman
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That's right - tomorrow marks the 177th anniversary of Texas' Independence and its also the Dynamo season opener at BBVA and by the way, the rodeo is in full swing.  There's a LOT going on this weekend.  As for the weather - well, it looks like we're going to remain in this cool pattern so keep the warm weather gear handy, especially in the morning.  In fact Saturday night it could be downright COLD.  Soccer fans - wear a sweater or coat; BBVA is an open air venue.  Also, if you were headed to get an early start on buying those spring flowers this weekend, I'd hold off a bit.  

Late this afternoon, a batch of mid and high level clouds began pushing in from the north.  Here's the view from the Woodlands:  


The clouds are part of an upper-level disturbance that moves in overnight.  Aloft, temperatures are cold enough to support possible snow, but because the air near the ground will be very dry and just slightly above freezing, I doubt we'll see any flakes.  BUT, its not out of the question for a fortunate few late tonight north of town.  Once the clouds move out Saturday morning, we'll see a return of sunshine, but gusty northwest winds will have you grabbing for a jacket.  Temperatures moderate back to the 70s by Monday.

Whatever you're doing - enjoy the weekend!

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy skies early becoming mostly cloudy after midnight.  Cold with temperatures falling through the mid 40s in the evening.  By morning, lows drop below freezing north of Houston, in the mid 30s in Houston and low 40s along the coast.  Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

NORMAN NUMBER FOR SATURDAY IS: 7
SATURDAY: Sunny, but cold, windy and very dry.  Highs in the mid to upper 50s.  Steady north winds 10-15 mph.

NORMAN NUMBER FOR SUNDAY IS: 9
SUNDAY: Freezing cold start with morning temperatures in the upper 20s north of Houston, at or slightly above 32° in town and in the upper 30s along the coast.  Becoming milder by afternoon with abundant sunshine.  Highs in the low 60s.  Winds becoming east to southeast 5-10 mph.

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