While we need some rainfall (only 1.36" has fallen this month), we sure wish it wouldn't fall on the weekend. However, that looks to be the case as a surge of energy in west Texas swings across the state. The wettest part of our weekend looks to be Saturday afternoon through early Sunday morning. So if you have something to do outside, try to do it before mid-day Saturday when the steadier and heavier rain is expected to move in. Area-wide, I expect between 1" to 2" amounts, but there could be some places that 2" to 4" or more. Much of that could fall in a short period of time, which could lead to street flooding. Be careful when driving during the rain, especially at night, when it is harder to see.
Here are some specific forecasts for many of the events going on this weekend.
First, the Aggies take on Arkansas at Kyle Field, which could likely be a washout:
At the Johnson Space Center for the Ballunar Liftoff, it will likely be cloudy Saturday morning with intermittent rain, so it may be challenging for hot air balloons to take off. Even tougher Saturday night when the heaviest rain is expected. While the rain may quit Sunday morning, it may be too windy for a launch. Organizers say they're going to try, so if you're headed there, pack the rain gear.
Then there's football at Reliant. Saturday afternoon, Rice takes on U of H in the annual Bayou Bucket. The game kicks off at 2:30 pm and tailgaters should prepare for wet weather:
Most of the rain moves out in time for Sunday's Texans game against their division rival, the Titans. Exchange the rain gear for jackets as cloudy and cooler weather moves in on brisk northwest winds. As the game progresses, the sun may peek out from those clouds, but the windy conditions may still keep the Reliant roof closed. It will likely be a game time decision:
Make the most of your weekend, regardless of the weather and be sure you get the free KHOU Weather App for your iPad or smart phone so you can know where the rain is. Be sure to follow me on twitter (@gnormanKHOU) and Facebook - I'll post updates as well.