What a change of pace in the Brazos Valley thanks to a big ol' pattern change across the US. We've gone from record breaking, triple digits to "cooler than normal" temperatures across the board. To appreciate where we are, it's always good to look back at where we've been. Here's the past 8 days laid out for you:
Heat Stays Down...Humidity Too!
High pressure was the monkey on our backs last week, aiding in the triple digit heat, has shoved a bit further to the west. That's causing searing heat and prompting fires to break out across parts of the Western US. High pressure sitting over the Atlantic Ocean is also locking up the jet stream. Shoved in between the two is a trough of low pressure that is benefiting our weather for the cooler. Mild / dry air is being pushed into Texas -- bringing temperatures down from the intense heat of last week and starting the month of July on that "cooler than normal" note.
The dry air is really the most notable help in the forecast -- especially since we are usually trapped in a moist, muggy air mass this time of the year. Below are a few images from our PinPoint Computer Forecast depicting what will happen with the atmospheric moisture over the next couple of days. (The green means a more muggy air mass) Looks like we'll be able to keep that "dry" feel in place through Wednesday before adding back a bit of humidity for your Independence Day Thursday.
Need Some Rain in Your Forecast?
June officially only brought 1.25" of rain to Bryan / College Station -- most of which was very early in the month. As of this morning, we are sitting BEHIND on rainfall by 3.27" for 2013. Per last Thursday's Drought Monitor, the Brazos Valley sits anywhere between a MODERATE to EXTREME drought.
With that said, a much needed rain chance is in the forecast for the weekend.
A good slug of tropical moisture was stretched over an area from Cuba to Florida and being pulled up the East Coast this morning. That tropical wave will slowly creep westward through the Gulf of Mexico and near our backyard by the weekend.
While we likely won't find rain all day everyday, we'll hold up a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms (some of which could push heavy downpours through) in the forecast. It'll be a time to not necessarily cancel weekend plans, but you'll want to keep an umbrella on hand for a change.
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