I just saw my weather station register 106 degrees. We have clouds, and my weather alerts, that’s from area weather stations not my home weather station, has sent warnings about lightning strikes. So yes, we have hit hot here in the area.
The weather station is bouncing around the 104-106 mark.So we have hot, and I doubt we’ll get much cooler for a while.
UPDATE: it’s almost 4pm and it has begun sprinkling!
Okay, it rained for all of about 20 minutes. But that rain came in a variety of directions. The nice thing is the temperature dropped down to 74. In addition it was just rain (0.39 inches), some lightning and thunder, no hail. But now it is warming back up, we’re back up to mid 90’s in about an hour and a half.
Last night a storm blew through. The rain didn’t start until after nightfall, it began well after 9pm. It was accompanied by quite a lightning show. Here where I live we also had to deal with short power outages. By short, they lasted less than a minute. But they were long enough to turn all the lights off, reset the tv, reset the microwave clock, etc.
The first power outage happened around 10pm. I had checked the weather gauge just before the power went out, logged it, and we had already had 0.55 inches of rain. Within minutes we had another power outage. The outages were pretty close together. But they did cause the rain gauge to reset itself.
By morning the weather station had recorded 3.75 inches of additional rain. We didn’t seem to have any more power outages throughout the night, at least not here where I live.
So last night’s storm left us with about 4.3 inches of rain, give or take a bit (0.55 + 3.75). We might get some more today, but once this passes we should be free of the rain. But we will be getting a definite cool front. As that matter goes, we should make a high of 85 today, yet drop to a high of 79 tomorrow, then by Sunday be a high of 69 and a low of 43.
It shouldn’t be cold enough to harm plants growing, but it might stop a few of them from doing much. But typical Texas weather, by mid next week we will be back up to around 80 degrees.
I got up this morning to grey skies, 65 degrees, and a bit of thunder. I was able to get the dogs out for their potty break before the rain began. I also got to watch lightning strikes, not that faraway. In less than half an hour we got half an inch of rain.
Currently we have this large green mass of rain on the radar moving our way. There is a lot of yellow and red mixed into that green. As I sit here I can just hear the thunder rattling outside. My dogs are not happy.
UPDATE: Its now after 5pm, its 5:15pm by my clock, and we are just barely shy of 2 inches of rain. The weather station says 1.98 inches of rain at this time. This has been one slow moving rain system. Its been rain, rain, and more rain. Sometimes heavy, but much of it this light constant drizzle.
What scary is rain is in the forecast from now until next Wednesday, another week of rain. Yes, Texas pretty much always needs rain, and its nice that its been a light slow drizzle at least part of the time. But the fact is we’re getting to flooding in lots of places. The ground is saturated. There’s a lot of closed roads due to flooding. And I’m sure its going to get worse before it gets better.
UPDATE: its just about 5:45pm, and we’ve hit 2 inches of rain for the day. Is that the end of the rain for the day, I don’t know.
Well, we got rain, lightning, hail in some areas, and lots of thunder. We also got all of 1.23 inches of rain here at this location just today. The forecast still says we may get rain, actually thunderstorms, Friday and Saturday. Will we actually get much, well that still remains to be seen. Hopefully Sunday stays dry as they currently predict. But our temperatures are still warm, mid 70’s with Monday going for 90 degrees. Yes its humid out there.
But some areas have gotten big teacup size hail. Damage comes along with anything that size hail hits. Image someone throwing or dropping a softball from the sky onto your car. Well that gives you an idea of what to expect from that size hail hitting a windshield. Falling on a person isn’t going to be any better.
With any luck, we will get more rain, but a few less hail storms.
Yesterday was cold, hardly making 60 degrees. They did warn of warmer weather, with storms today.
Here at the house I’ve had all of 0.24 inches of rain so far, but even now, at almost 6:30pm its 72 with 93% humidity. That’s Texas weather. But some areas have had 5.5″ in two hours, and that’s south and east of where I am. One person in Blanco Co. say they got maybe a couple of drops. Maybe! So what I’ve had here is not indicative of what other areas received.
But some areas of Texas look like they have experienced, or are still getting much worse weather. The weather service had even warned of hail and tornadoes, possibly later this evening. And the storm is working its way east. Parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma are still in the path of the storm. And tomorrow it will be areas like Atlanta that are expecting thunderstorms.
So where we got rain, not all areas got much, yet some areas got a lot of rain. We did have hard rain for a while, and we heard thunder, and I got reports of lightning. And yet now its just warm and muggy outside.
Tomorrow we can look forward to warm sunny weather. Saturday should be 81 and sunny, Sunday 88 and sunny. But by Tuesday we will be 86 with strong afternoon/evening thunderstorms. Such is weather in Central Texas.