Rain fell across nearly all of the viewing area today as storms drifted in from the Gulf and exploded in several waves. The graphic above shows the estimate of rain from HD Doppler through the day. First, a batch of storms erupted in the mid-morning through lunch time, then a second line rolled in around 3 pm. There was a lot of lightning at the height of the afternoon storm and lightning is blamed for a fire at a chemical plant south of Highway 225.
Here's a look at some of the totals from our exclusive WeatherBug rain gauge network close to Houston:
And how much rain fell in some of the other gauges around Southeast Texas.:
Thanks to the rain, for the second day in a row, temperatures stayed below 90°, a nice way to end Spring. Enjoy it while it lasts because summer's heat will be back by the end of the week. Tomorrow, astronomical summer begins as the sun climbs to its highest point in the sky and we have the most amount of daylight. The summer solstice arrives at 6:09 pm with sunset at 6:21 am and sunset at 8:25 pm. After that, it's all downhill and the days get slowly shorter. Ironically, the Earth is far from the sun, but tilted towards it so we'll continue to heat up. You know our hottest days are yet to come...