Beethoven’s “A Song Of Joy” – Miguel Rios, 1970
You might wonder why, at the close of the hottest and driest summer in the history of the city of Houston (and for much of Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma for that matter), I would post something so extraordinarily joyful as that Beethoven piece done by Miguel Rios 41 years ago? Simply because the forecast has changed. Yes, your Monday will still be sickeningly hot, and just as arid as the weekend past. August 26 – 28 featured three days of record highs and the hottest temperature ever recorded in the history of this city (109 on Saturday, which tied September 4 2000 for the “honor”).
But let us step away from that overheated negativity, and look at the evolving weather pattern across the U.S. The dominant Sonoran heat ridge to our West will be booted into the Midwest as a strong storm charges southeastward from the Gulf of Alaska at midweek. As the high moves into the Great Lakes region, a returning fetch off of the Gulf of Mexico will allow both moisture and mesoscale upper level disturbances to move northwestward into the Lone Star State. After a very humid Tuesday and Wednesday, thunderstorms will return to SE TX on Thursday afternoon. With both diurnal and nocturnal cycles expected to be active, Houston may find itself mired in a repetitive environment of heavy rainfall and intense lightning with strong winds, and lower temperatures! Yes, it will be extremely muggy, but you won’t hear me complain.
Most of the computer models show what appears to be either a strong tropical wave or a depression forming on Saturday in the western Gulf of Mexico, just to the right of the mouth of the Rio Grande River. This feature may hang around through September 7 before breaking up over the Edwards Plateau. Another such system, however, may develop further south and east after that date. If the impulse does not provide chances for rainfall, perhaps a strong cold front dropping through the Great Plains could be the trigger for more thunderstorms in the week after Labor Day.
I don’t know about you, but it almost feels like we have won the lottery or something!
Monday: Mostly sunny, very hot and humid. Highs 99 Galveston to 103 North Houston
Monday Night: Mostly fair, warm, and humid. Lows 79 Jersey Village to 83 Bayou Vista
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, very hot and humid. Highs 98 Texas City to 102 Fairbanks
Tuesday Night: Mostly fair, warm and very humid. Lows 80 Klein to 84 Dickinson
Wednesday: Partly sunny, hot and very humid. A thunderstorm is possible along the Gulf Coast later day. Highs 96 Webster to 100 Cypress
Thursday: Variable cloudiness, warm and very humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms likely. Some thunderstorms may be heavy. High 93, Low 80
Friday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms, heavy at times. High 89, Low 78
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms, heavy at times. High 88, Low 77