Dark skies like this were a common sight across Houston today. The morning rush hour began with some drenching downpours. Then there was a brief break before another round rippled north of downtown causing high water in the usual spots on the North Freeway feeders. A new round of storms began forming in Fort Bend county around 3 pm. Those quickly blew up and dropped hefty amounts of rain in Katy and Jersey Village. Fortunately, there were no reports of flooding, but again, there were high water spots on roads. As that batch moved north into Montgomery County, a lightning strike found its mark on a home in Magnolia. By the end of the evening rush hour, the rain began dwindling down.
Here are some of the totals from our WeatherBug network:
Deep Gulf moisture created the right environment for storms to fire today. An approaching cool front colliding into the warm, humid air should set the stage for another round of storms Friday. The front will stall out Saturday, so while we will see the winds shift to the northeast, clouds remain and there could still be a few showers. Computer models are hinting that an area of low pressure could form in the Gulf early Sunday and that could raise the rain chances again. However, there is some uncertainty as to whether or not that will happen.
By the way, today is the fourth anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Ike. Sometimes, I can't believe that we endured that storm. More time is taking away some of the sting - thankfully, we've not seen a repeat since then and won't this year.