Scattered showers speckled parts of the Brazos Valley -- especially for folks in our Western Counties. Other than in a few pockets, most of the rain popped up and then fell apart just as quickly. Reports in from a persistent shower between 5pm & 6pm over Snook produced between 0.30" and 0.40" of rainfall.
If you think back (or look back) at last week's blog about possible tropical development in the Southern Gulf of Mexico -- that's the reason we were able to pick up the rain we found today. That area of weak low pressure drifted into Mexico, which helped to bring a east / northeast flow out of the Gulf. Granted the bulk of that moisture was shoveled just west of the Brazos Valley -- we still were able to pick up a few drops of rain here and there.
Don't Store Those Umbrellas Away Just Yet
We're able to keep rain chances in the forecast over the next several days. Now they aren't the highest of chances...but at least they are there and it looks like a few of us will have a chance to get wet.
Here's how it's going to work.
Tropical moisture is sitting in the Gulf of Mexico and slowly continuing to crawl past us. Our best rain chances will come as "waves" of energy roll out of the Gulf and through Southeast Texas. The next "wave" looks to come between mid-morning to mid-afternoon on Thursday.
Due to the tropical nature of our air mass, a few showers and the occasional isolated thunderstorm could come along with a good downpour. Rain totals will be confined to a couple tenths of an inch for most -- however, there may be one or two storms that sit overhead with the capability of raging on to bring up to an inch of (localized) rain.
Miss out on Thursday? Stand by -- another "wave" should be headed our way on Friday as well. Both days we'll hold a 30% chance at finding the needed rainfall in our forecast.
A Look at the PinPoint Computer Forecast Model
Here's our hi-res afternoon run on the outcome of tomorrow's rain chance. Remember, this is showing us where rain is possible -- the yellows and reds give the outlook that a few heavy downpours will be present as well.
Just because the best window of rain is mid-morning to mid-afternoon, don't be surprised to see a bit of activity through sunset as well.
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