Friday, May 29, 2015

Just Can't Get A Break

The Norman Number in Houston for Friday, May 29 is 6. Morning downpours head into the Gulf. A few more spotty showers may develop in the muggy air, otherwise partly cloudy and warm. High: 85.

Still reeling and recovering from the extensive flooding earlier in the week, Southeast Texas braces for yet more rain. Thanks to swollen rivers and bayous, additional rains will cause new rises and new flood fears.

A steady-moving line of storms emerged from North Texas late Thursday night, prompting a renewed Flash Flood Watch. Fortunately, that threat diminished around daybreak as the storms weakened considerably despite ominous skies.

That short-lived respite from another threat of heavy downpours won't last, however. A muggy airmass over the region will allow for a few isolated showers, mainly along the coast Friday. 

By Saturday, a cold front will begin moving southward from the Red River valley. It has the potential for widespread rain. Here's a model depiction for Saturday afternoon:

Not out of the question - more training storms that could lead to flash flooding. Rainfall amounts could fall in the 1" to 2" range. 

There is a glimmer of hope toward the beginning of next week. as a weak ridge of high pressure forms in the Northern Gulf. This could potentially suppress heavy rainfall, but even a few spotty showers could linger.

Looks like this month will go down as one of the wettest Mays ever in Houston. As of today, the 13.59" is the fifth highest total. With two days left in the month, only 2.28" would have to fall to best the 15.87"mark set in 1907. Given how things have been going, that wouldn't be too surprising.

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