The weather has been somewhat unsettled this week, with several systems moving across the region, producing periods of mostly light rain.  Totals since Monday have been the highest across the Hill Country, where amounts have generally been between 0.5 and 1 inch.  Totals have been lower across Central Texas and the coastal plains regions, where most amounts averaged between a tenth and a third of an inch.  Dry weather is forecast this afternoon and tonight, but a chance for rain will return to the forecast as early as Saturday afternoon.

Friday’s weather maps showed the trough of low pressure responsible for widespread light rain Thursday and Thursday night is exiting to the northeast.  This system may cause a few spotty light rain showers across the coastal plains region through early afternoon.  Otherwise, a partly cloudy sky and dry weather is forecast this afternoon as a stable atmosphere develops in the wake of the departing trough.  With scattered sunshine, today’s temperature is expected to be noticeably warmer, with readings peaking around 70 degrees across the Hill Country and in the mid-70s at most other locations. The sky is predicted to become cloudy late this evening and overnight.  Areas of fog look to develop.  Lows Saturday morning will range from the upper 40s across the Hill Country to the upper 50s near the coast.

Areas of fog look to persist across the region Saturday morning.  The fog should lift by midday but a mostly cloudy sky is expected Saturday afternoon as moisture streams north from the Gulf of Mexico.  A few spotty light showers will be possible for areas along and east of Interstate 35 by mid-afternoon, followed by more scattered light rain showers Saturday night.  Totals through early Sunday morning should average less than a tenth of an inch.  Saturday’s high temperature will be in the mid and upper 60s.  Lows Sunday morning will range from the mid-50s out west to the low 60s near the coast.

Sunday’s weather is shaping up to be cloudy and wet.  Forecasts call for a large trough of low pressure currently located off the West Coast to sink southeast to the Desert Southwest Saturday, then track northeast across northwestern and northern Texas on Sunday.  Atmospheric conditions appear favorable for the development of light rain showers across the region Sunday morning, followed by scattered rain showers and thunderstorms Sunday afternoon into Sunday night.  The threat for severe storms is low, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple of strong storms producing small hail and gusty winds.   The rain is forecast to taper off from west to east late Sunday night into early Monday morning as drier air spreads in behind a Pacific cold front.  While the probability for rain will be high on Sunday, rain amounts through Monday morning are forecast to only average between a quarter and a half inch.  High temperatures Sunday will be in the low and mid-70s.  Lows Monday morning will range from the mid and upper 40s across the Hill Country to the low 50s across Central Texas to the low 60s near the coast.

Sunny and mild weather is forecast Monday and Tuesday as a weak ridge of high pressure spreads over the region.  High temperatures both days will be between 68 and 72 degrees.  Lows Tuesday morning will range from around 38-42 degrees across the Hill Country to the upper 40s near the coast.  Lows Wednesday morning will range from the low 40s out west to the low 50s near the coast.

There will be a very slight chance for a few rain showers Wednesday when a weak cold front sinks south through our area.  Rain amounts, if any, should total less than a tenth of an inch.  Wednesday’s sky will be partly cloudy with a high temperature in the upper 60s.  Lows Thursday morning will range from the mid-30s across the Hill Country to the mid-40s near the coast.

Sunny and mild weather will return for Thursday and Friday in the wake of the cold front.  Expect high temperatures in the low and mid-60s with lows in the 40s.

A trough of low pressure tracking east out of northern Mexico next weekend is predicted to cause the development of scattered rain showers and some isolated thunderstorms.  As of now, rain amounts are forecast to average between 0.25 and 0.5 inches.  Weekend high temperatures will be around 70-72 degrees with low temperatures in the 50s.

Looking out into the week of February 1st, long-range forecast solutions call for generally dry and mild conditions throughout the week.  We may see an increasing chance for rain developing late in the week.  High temperatures look to be around 68-70 degrees while low temperatures will be in the 40s to low 50s.  No arctic air is appearing on the next 2-week horizon.

More Opportunities to the International Space Station

Evening views of the International Space Station will continue tonight through next Thursday.  Check NASA’s “Spot the Station” website for times and locations to view in your area.

Have a good weekend.