18. Eighteen. 1.....8.
As of Wednesday, we've reached 100° or higher 18 times, thus far, in 2013. Like to be able to tell you that we'll put the brakes on that count in the next few days...but no can do. However, if you can hang out for a couple more days, we may hit pause for a few days this weekend.
While we may be ready to look a few months down to road towards the first real cold front for the Brazos Valley, we know the drill. We are firmly planted in some of the hottest weeks of the year -- and Mother Nature is playing along right on key.
Below is a look at our highs since we turned the calendar to August. Notice that we "normally" top off in the mid-to-upper 90s. Goes without saying, we've overshot that by a "few" degrees.
Hold tight -- we've got a few more triple digit days in store before we can bring temperatures down below 100°...kind of.
Vacationing Saharan Dust
You've probably noticed there's a bit more of a haze, than normal, overhead the Brazos Valley. If you were keeping up last week, we talked about a large area of Saharan Dust that blew off the coast of Africa and into the Atlantic. Part of that dust has now made its way into the Brazos Valley.
We'll look for the highest concentration (a bit more of a haze) to move into the area on Thursday, then start to scatter out by Friday and into Saturday. While it won't bring a huge change to day-to-day activities for most, those with respiratory problems will want to take it easy over the next 24-48 hours. Air quality will be at a moderate level.
Tropical Moisture Returns / Scattered Weekend Downpours
We trade out dry, dusty air for one more of a tropical nature by late Friday / Saturday.
For starters, moist air blowing in from the south will mean a partly cloudy sky returns to the Brazos Valley to help keep temperatures down a bit. Along with that, moist air takes longer to warm than a drier air mass would. Those combined should be the ticket to keeping highs just below 100° -- granted we are calling for afternoon temperatures to top off 97°-99°.
With those increased clouds, as afternoon highs reach the mid to upper 90s showers and thunderstorms will try to pop up and drift from the south towards the north. Don't get overly excited -- rain chance only holds in at a 20% chance.
We will likely see a bit of activity in the Brazos Valley -- just not for everyone. Those that do will find passing, moderate to heavy showers / isolated storms with thunder and possible gusty winds in excess of 30mph to 40mph.
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