We hit 87° this afternoon; the latest date we've done so in the past two years. Both in 2008 and 2009, we reached that mark on April 21 of this respective years. Another sign that this isn't a typical Spring in Houston. Also missing this month - rain. We had a tease of the threat of storms last Friday which fizzled before erupting into the real deal in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama Saturday. Tonight, I was tracking a few storms that developed ahead of a cool front pushing through central Texas. It appeared that the bulk of any shower activity would die down closer to sunset and remain mostly north and east of town. Here's what HD Doppler looked like just after 9 pm tonight:
Several severe storms broke out in Burleson county and then drifted south into Washington county. A storm spotter saw a wall cloud, but no funnels have been sighted. The main threats with these storms have mainly been briefly heavy rain and gusty wind. The storms may hold together to impact Austin, Waller and possibly northwestern Harris county. After that, the storms should fall apart and doubt there will be anything more than light rain that makes it south of I-10 overnight.
The front will clear us out by morning, ushering in a shot of cooler and drier air that will lead to some very nice weather before the humidity returns. Highs Tuesday may not quite reach 80° and Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, you may need a jacket as temperatures bottom out close to 50°! That cool spell will be short-lived as southeast winds return Thursday into the weekend, gradually returning us to typical Houston warmth and, yes, a return of more humid weather too. Enjoy this change while it lasts.