Several viewers saw this ominous sight this afternoon, a funnel cloud dipping down from a line of storms that developed west of Houston. For the second Tuesday in a row, tornado warnings were issued across Southeast Texas. As of this writing, there are thankfully no confirmed reports of damage. The funnel in the picture above was taken in the Galleria area looking northwest as a storm moved from Katy to Tomball. A tornado was seen skipping across State Highway 105 in extreme northeast Montgomery county prompting a warning from the National Weather Service and that tornado moved through San Jacinto County. KHOU 11 News HD Doppler clearly saw the rotation in the storm:
The green blocks are lined up next to red blocks, that's the radar's way of depicting the winds within a storm. The green areas are places where the wind is moving toward the radar and the red where winds move away from the radar. When they are adjacent, that's a sign of rotation where I've drawn arrows for emphasis.
While the thought of a tornado is dramatic, what's more encouraging are the drenching downpours that many received today. Amounts ranged from 1/4" to over an 1" and for only the second time this year, Bush airport recorded two days in month which each had over an 1" of rain. A far cry from eliminating our deficit, but a step in the right direction. Here are some totals from our exclusive WeatherBug network:
The upper-level disturbance that sparked today's rain has since moved into Louisiana and we're still waiting for a cool front that will drop temperatures a bit by late Wednesday night. Due to all the rain, Wednesday morning should be quite foggy and it'll still be pretty warm until the front arrives late in the evening. Looking down the road, we could see a return of more regular, non-severe rain move in by early next week.