Welp...I'd like to say that yesterday's rain was expected -- but to be completely honest, it wasn't. Computer models picked up on the upper-level disturbance that moved across the state and right into the Brazos Valley, but it kept the bulk of rain over the Valley and Hill Country (off about 150 to 200 miles to the west). We expected some shower activity, but certainly nothing like what came on Tuesday.
That being said, if you are going to blow a forecast, it might as well be for the better with some slow, soaking, much needed rainfall. Here's a look at some of the totals that were reported in by our Weather Watchers:
Mother Nature's Mid-Life Crisis
After a soggy and cool Tuesday -- where afternoon highs only reached the upper 60s to extreme low 70s -- daytime temperatures are slated to be back to late Summertime standards in the low 90s. How do we warm up that much? By throwing in a taste of Spring as winds blow in strong at 10-20mph from the South to Southwest, alongside wind gusts between 25 and 30mph. Our record high for today: 92° set way back in 1915. Our forecast high: 90°. We'll be watching the mercury close today.
Right about the time we are reaching our peak heating for today -- a cold front will start to knock on the door of Robertson, Milam and Leon Counties. That front will slide in overnight -- bringing a slight chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm along it -- and ultimately bring in cooler and drier air once again. By Thursday morning, we are expected to wake up to the low 50s in our northern counties, mid 50s for the Central Brazos Valley and lower 60s for the southern reaches of the area. Factor in a breezy to gusty north to northeast wind and some folks may be a little too chilly Thursday morning. Even with full sunshine returning on Thursday, afternoon highs are likely to only reach the upper 70s to low 80s.
Fall is scheduled to return -- but be aware. Should an isolated thunderstorm form along that front this evening / overnight ,(especially in our Eastern Counties -- I-45 and points east) it could become strong to possibly even severe. Overall chance, however, is only a 20% shot.