Friday, May 22, 2015

Time For An Ark?

The #NormanNumber™ in Houston for Friday May 22 is 5. Scattered showers drift across town under mostly cloudy skies with a muggy feel. High: 81°

Heading into the unofficial start of summer this Memorial Day weekend, don't expect to see much sun. It's rained 13 out of the 21 days so far this month, many of them drenching downpours. Wish there was better news, but more soggy days are in the forecast.

Historically, May is one of the wetter months in Houston averaging 5.09" - this year's total is nearly 6". As much as that is, we'd have to have almost twice as much to come anywhere near record territory.  A familiar pattern sets up this weekend as southeast winds sweep Gulf moisture inland. Here are the expected totals over the next three days:

While parts of Southeast Texas could see anywhere from 2" - 4", up to 8" is possible form north-central Texas into central Oklahoma. 

Looking beyond the weekend, there could yet be more soggy days during the last full week of May. As we hope to dry out, remember that when this month ends, hurricane season starts. Hopefully, we can avoid more excessive rain that usually accompanies "those" tropical threats, especially early in the season.

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