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Weather Blog: Welcome December Rain On The Way

Weather Blog: Welcome December Rain On The Way

by Mario Gomez

khou.com

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 15 at 10:27 AM

Only a few days left this year to help end the rainfall deficit. However this storm system will likely only put a small dent in the severe drought over our area. 

If your plans on Sunday don't include a roof over your head, you may be out of luck. The latest microcast quantitative precipitation forecast (QPF) has really upped the ante. Rainfall amounts now range from .50" - 1.00". This is probably based on a stalled cold front and a rich supply of tropical moisture. An upper level disturbance will trigger a few heavier storms North of Houston that could drop over an 1" of rain Sunday.

Last Sunday the Hobby area picked up .82", while Bush airport saw as much as .19". The heaviest rain fell in Huntsville at 1.89". This time out  the models have almost as much rain in store. The long range 6 - 10 day outlook is meager in producing any measurable rainfall. The bulk of the rain heads back across the Rockies, the intermountain west to the Pacific coast. So chances are, Houston will join 65% of the rest of the state and finish out 2012 in a severe drought.

Stay with KHOU as we track the rain clouds heading towards Houston. Regional radars will be available as always here at KHOU.com. The latest weather apps for your smart phone and ipad are just a few key strokes away:

Doppler radar --> http://bit.ly/ACQMJ5
Watch the forecast --> http://bit.ly/8EDAdy
HOU Weather app --> http://bit.ly/T5qf1M

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