August 19, 2022


Thunderstorms, rainfall return to Houston after scorching run of dry days

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Its been a dry, dry, dry run in Houston and the nation at large this...

Its been a dry, dry, dry run in Houston and the nation at large this summer, with half of the U.S. experiencing some level of drought during the past four weeks, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor report published Thursday.

The heat has been felt keenly in Texas, where energy prices have soared and wildfires continue to light up across the state. Houston saw a grass fire ignite in Cypress on Thursday that claimed the life of one man and threatened to trigger evacuations. The good news, however, is that Houston and the surrounding area could be in store for a week of intermittent showers and thunderstorms that will bring lower temperatures as we near the tail end of the worst dog days of the season. forecasts show daily chances of thunderstorms between 30 and 60 percent in the Houston metro during the next two weeks—far from guaranteed rain but a stark change from July’s stretch of rain-free days and 100-plus degree heat.

Friday’s high is expected to top out around 90 degrees midday, and highs on Saturday and Sunday are likely to remain similarly in the low 90s with a 58 percent chance of rain on Saturday. This pattern is expected to persist for the next week and perhaps longer, with scattered showers and partial cloud cover keeping the ceiling for daily highs in the low-to-mid 90s until Friday, August 19.

Overnight temperatures are expected to hover in the high-70s and low-80s for the next week, but overall chances for grid-crippling heat seem less prevalent than in weeks past. It should be noted that local precipitation will amount to a lottery of sorts when it does sweep through, and that scattered showers will likely mean rainfall will not be evenly distributed across Greater Houston.

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This spate of sporadic showers follows a mild pivot in previously issued guidance from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Previous forecasts predicting a more active than usual hurricane season in the Atlantic were revised Thursday to reflect a slight decrease in the number of expected disturbances and systems for the 2022 hurricane season. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center still expects more tropical activity than usual this year, but the administration lowered its previous assessment of a 65 percent more active hurricane season to 60 percent.

“I urge everyone to remain vigilant as we enter the peak months of hurricane season,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo in a Thursday statement. “The experts at NOAA will continue to provide the science, data and services needed to help communities become hurricane resilient and climate-ready for the remainder of hurricane season and beyond.” 

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