Updated 915am CT – Wednesday / 07 February 2018
… Precipitation Tapers Off Today …
… Breaks in Clouds Later Tonight into Thursday Night …
… Rain Chances Return Late Week Through the Weekend and Into Next Week …
On the Weather Map…
On the surface map… surface high pressure, in the wake of a cold front that has turned stationary along a line from central Mississippi.. central Louisiana and southeastern Texas and then southwestward into northeastern Mexico, is located over the Dakotas. As a result of this surface weather pattern, our surface winds are northerly.
On the upper air map… a broad trough, or line, of low pressure extends from Hudson Bay over much of the USA. Within the counterclockwise flow around the low, a eastward moving upper air disturbance is located southwestward from the central US plains into southwest Texas and northern Mexico. As a result of the upper air weather pattern, the 30,000 foot winds over our local area are west southwesterly at 85 to 90 mph.
What I am Seeing As I Look Ahead…
An overrunning pattern, where gulf moisture is flowing from the south on top of the colder surface based air, continues over the area in advance of the upper level low pressure disturbance to our west. Light rain and drizzle will continue with rain showers possible as the system moves overhead by tonight. Current short range high resolution model data and NWS guidance suggests that rainfall through tonight will average 1/10th inch or less.
As the initial disturbance moves east of the area, clouds and rain chances will decrease by later tonight into tomorrow.
Another series of upper level disturbances and a surface cold front will approach the area by late tomorrow night into Friday with clouds and increasing/thickening clouds and higher rain chances appearing as early as late Friday. Precipitation amounts, during this period, will average 1/4 inch or less.
In the wake of the front on Saturday afternoon, clouds and rain chances will persist Saturday night into Sunday and through the first half of next week as another overrunning pattern develops. After a bit of a warm up on Saturday, much cooler temperatures will be apparent for Sunday into the new week before a warming trend kicks in again late Tuesday into Wednesday.
Have a good Wednesday..
Meteorologist Troy Kimmel
Updated 845am CT… Wednesday / 07 February 2018
TODAY…. Cloudy and unseasonably cool with scattered light rain and a few rain showers into early and mid afternoon. A 50% chance of rain; where it occurs, rainfall will average 1/4 inch or less. Decreasing clouds by late in the afternoon. High 42. Northerly wind 8 to 15 mph with a few higher gusts.
TONIGHT…. Becoming partly cloudy. Low 33. Northerly wind 5 to 10 mph.
THURSDAY…. Partly cloudy. High 58. Northerly wind 5 to 10 mph becoming more easterly in the afternoon.
THURSDAY NIGHT…. Increasing and thickening clouds becoming mostly cloudy. Low 45. Light easterly wind early becoming more southeasterly after midnight.
FRIDAY…. Mostly cloudy and a bit warmer. A few sprinkles. A 20% chance of rain; where rainfall occurs, it will average trace amounts. High 64. South southeasterly wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph.
FRIDAY NIGHT…. Cloudy with scattered rain showers. Some patchy fog developing. A 30% chance of rain; where it occurs, rainfall will average only a few hundredths of an inch. Low 52. South southeasterly wind 4 to 8 mph.
SATURDAY…. Patchy morning fog. Cloudy with widely scattered rain showers as a cold front moves through the area in mid to late afternoon. A 30% chance of rain; where it occurs, rainfall will average 1/10th inch or less. High 69. South southeasterly wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northwesterly by late afternoon.
SATURDAY NIGHT…. Cloudy and a little cooler with scattered rain showers. A 30% chance of rain; where it occurs, rainfall will average a few hundredths of an inch. Low 41. North northeasterly wind 5 to 12 mph.
SUNDAY…. Cloudy and unseasonably cool with a few rain showers. A 20% chance of rain; where it occurs, rainfall will average a few hundredths of an inch or less. High 48. Northerly wind 10 to 18 mph with some higher gusts.
SUNDAY NIGHT…. Cloudy with a few rain showers. A 20% chance of rain; where it occurs, rainfall will average a few hundredths of an inch or less. Low 36. Light northeasterly wind.
MONDAY…. Cloudy with a few rain showers early. Decreasing clouds by afternoon. A 20% chance of rain; where it occurs, rainfall will average a few hundredths of an inch. High 55. Easterly wind 4 to 8 mph becoming southeasterly in the afternoon.
MONDAY NIGHT…. Partly cloudy. Low 41. Southeasterly wind 4 to 8 mph.
TUESDAY…. Partly to mostly cloudy with a few sprinkles. A 20% chance of rain; where rainfall occurs, it will average trace amounts. High 65. Southeasterly wind 5 to 12 mph.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE / 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK
Valid Wednesday / 14 February 2018 through Tuesday / 20 February 2018…
Temperature… Above Average
Precipitation… Slightly Above Average
AUSTIN SUNSET/SUNRISE TIMES…..
Sunrise this morning (07 February)………………………………….. 7:17 am
Sunset this evening (07 February)……………………………………. 6:13 pm
Sunrise tomorrow (08 February)………………………………………. 7:17 am
Sunset tomorrow (08 February)……………………………………….. 6:14 pm