Written by PinPoint Weather Intern Cameron Batiste
The past few days have been a bit rough with strong storms and heavy downpours being the major topics. Over the course of Wednesday and Thursday's rain event, we received just about 2 inches of rain here in College Station. However, those in Huntsville and Conroe received nearly 4 inches of the wet stuff! Our recent rain pushed the final October rain total to 9.10 inches, making this the 8th wettest October on record for Bryan / College Station. That said, this month's rainfall was anything but average!
Let's take a more in-depth look into last night's strong storms:
Wednesday Evening, storms began to trigger off of a Dry Line boundary (separates moist air in the atmosphere from drier air). These storms quickly intensified and some even developed rotation within them. A couple of friends and I went after a particular storm near Cameron, TX and we observed a wall cloud through flashes of lightning. Although this did not put down a tornado, the storms were still strong enough to cause wind damage.
Storm reports came in last night about tornado damage in Southern Robertson County, but that damage was more likely caused by a microburst. A micrburst is a column of sinking air within a thunderstorm (associated with a thunderstorm's downdraft) and when it hits the ground, the winds spread out at the surface in a divergent pattern. Microbursts are usually associated with heavy rain and strong winds. The damage that it causes is similar to tornadoes, but the distinct difference is the pattern of damage that it causes. Tornado damage is in a convergent pattern (coming together) and microburst damage is in a divergent pattern (going away from each other).
After the storms formed into a line, the main threat for the Brazos Valley was flooding which is why the National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch for the majority of the viewing area early Tuesday and Wednesday. There were even a few Flash Flood Warnings issued in the overnight hours due to training (rain moving over the same area for a long period of time). We aren't exactly done with rain just yet as another chance of the wet stuff comes up early next week, but I'll get back to that a little later.
Trick-or-Treaters rejoice! The weather is absolutely perfect tonight for the zombies and ghosts to come out to indulge on some sweets. Skies will be mostly clear and temperatures will be in lower 70s as you head out the door around 6:30pm to begin trick-or-treating.
This weekend is setting up to be gorgeous with a reinforcing cold front coming through Friday night that will bring the temperatures down into the 40s for your Saturday night / Sunday morning. If you're attending the Texas A&M vs. UTEP game you may want to bring along a light jacket as temperatures will be chilly at Kyle Field. Sunday looks to be the coolest day of the week with the high temperature not even making it out of the 60s!
Were you singing "Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day" the past few days? Well, it looks like that day will be late Monday as a disturbance makes its way into the Brazos Valley. The rain chance will last through Wednesday evening as another strong cold front is expected to come through and sweep the rain out of the area. This front looks to usher in cooler temperatures that will drop us back into the 40s (again) for next Thursday morning.
I know, I know -- that was a lot to take in -- but what should you take away from it? The rain has moved out of the area (for now), and cooler temperatures will return to the Brazos valley this weekend. Rain chances come back into the forecast for Monday through Wednesday evening ahead of another cold front so keep an umbrella handy! This front will bring temperatures back to Fall-like conditions here in the Brazos valley.