August 23: Beautiful Weather Ahead, Daily Links


The next few days are looking fantastic!  Partly cloudy skies, low humidity and below-average temperatures will prevail through the weekend, with highs only reaching the low to mid 80s.  In case you’re tired of using the same old words to describe such a great weather pattern, I put together a little list of synonyms for you:

The humidity has been falling all day, and that trend will continue overnight. The drier air will allow temperatures to fall to the low 60s by Thursday morning:

We’ll only hit the low 80s for highs in the afternoon, with a nice northerly breeze as well:

Dew points will only be in the 50s — right where we want to be on the “Muggy Meter”:

More of the same Friday and Saturday, then just a very slight storm chance on Sunday.  A better chance of scattered storms heads our way Monday, with spotty showers also possible Tuesday and Wednesday:

We’re also carefully watching Tropical Depression Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico — that storm re-formed today, and the National Hurricane Center’s forecast call for it to make landfall as a strong tropical storm late Friday, between Corpus Christi and Brownsville:

The computer model data is all over the place, which is why the “cone of uncertainty” becomes the “giant circle of utter befuddlement.”  Some models keep it offshore entirely, some bring it inland where it falls apart…and the European model has it make landfall, reverse course into the Gulf of Mexico and strengthen again, then make landfall again early next week farther up the coast.  That’s a particularly ominous possibility, but even the best-case scenarios call for over a foot of rain in parts of Texas and Louisiana through early next week:

The remnants of Harvey could head our way late next week.  It’s a long way off, but something we’ll keep a close eye on.



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