Weather conditions are quiet across the Hill Country and Central Texas on this Monday. This is in sharp contrast to the very stormy conditions which developed Sunday afternoon when a complex of severe thunderstorms tracked southwest out of North Texas ahead of a cold front. These storms produced very strong winds, intense rain, large hail and even a couple of tornadoes. The highest totals of rain generally occurred from south of Junction, to north of Fredericksburg to Llano and Burnet. Within this zone, rain amounts were generally between 2.5 and 3.25 inches. The storms dissipated before reaching the coastal plains.
Sunday was the hottest day so far this year across the region . According to LCRA's Hydromet, the temperature reached or exceeded 100 degrees across much of the Hill Country between Junction, Marble Falls and San Saba. LCRA's highest gauged temperature was 105 degrees, recorded at 3 separate locations. The temperature topped out in the upper 90s at most locations across Central Texas and the middle Texas coast. In Austin, Camp Mabry recorded a high temperature of 98 degrees while Austin-Bergstrom Airport recorded a high of 97. Hill Country High Temperatures Sunday:
The intense ridge of high pressure responsible for Sunday's miserably hot temperatures has shifted west from Texas into north and Central Mexico. This shift has taken place as an unusually strong trough of low pressure is sinking south out of southern Canada. An unusual June cold front associated with the trough pressed south into Texas Sunday night. As of midday Monday, the front had cleared the Hill Country and most of Central Texas, and was slowly sinking south into South Texas. Drier, cooler and breezy conditions were being observed behind the front. Forecasts call for the front to reach the middle Texas coast sometime this evening.
There will be a slight (20 percent) chance for a few isolated rain showers and thunderstorms across the region this afternoon, Tuesday and again on Wednesday as a series of weak atmospheric disturbances ride the eastern edge of the upper ridge and track southeast from New Mexico into Texas. Rain amounts from any potential rain showers and storms through Wednesday will average well below a quarter inch. Expect a mostly cloudy to partly cloudy sky this afternoon through Wednesday. High temperatures today and Tuesday will include the upper 70s across the Hill Country, the low 80s across Central Texas and be near 90 degrees across the coastal plains. High temperatures Wednesday will be in the mid and upper 80s, with reading close to 90 degrees expected towards the coast. Low temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday mornings will include the low 60s across the Hill Country, the mid-60s across Central Texas and be around 68-70 degrees towards the coast.
A mostly sunny and dry weather pattern is forecast to develop Thursday and continue through the upcoming weekend. The "slightly cooler" air mass in place for the first half of the week is forecast to shift to the east, allowing for the return of warmer and more humid air. High temperatures Thursday will be around 88-90 degrees, warming to the lower 90s Friday and Saturday and to the middle 90s Sunday. Low temperatures will be mostly in the middle 70s.
Some changes in the pattern are forecast to occur during the first half of next week as a large ridge of high pressure begins to set up over the southwestern US, allowing for a series of low pressure troughs to track southeast into Texas. Forecasts call for a 30-40 percent chance for chance for scattered rain showers and thunderstorms across the region next Monday and Tuesday. The most favorable period for rain looks to occur sometime Tuesday night into Wednesday when a stronger trough of low pressure moves southeast across the state. This morning's data suggests rain amounts through the first half of next week will average close to a half inch. Generally dry weather is forecast next Thursday, followed by another chance for showers next Friday.
Temperatures next week are shaping up to be warm, with daily highs generally in the middle 90s. Low temperatures will be in the middle 70s.Tropical Weather Outlook:
Weather conditions are currently quiet across the tropical Atlantic and tropical cyclone development is not expected for at least the next 5 days.Backyard Astronomy Alert
Today, June 10th,our planet Earth flies directly between the sun and the outer planet Jupiter. This will place Jupiter opposite the sun as seen from Earth. As a result, Jupiter will rise in the eastern sky as the sun is setting below the western horizon. Astronomers call this event an opposition of Jupiter. At opposition, Jupiter will appear at its brightest and is closest to the Earth for the year. In observational astronomy, bigger and brighter almost always means better; a good reason the next few months are the best time of year to swing your telescope the giant planet's way. Though it rises around sunset, it still takes time to climb high enough for a good view. For now, that's around 11:30 p.m. local time but come the end of the month, Jupiter will stand 20° high before twilight ends.
In steadily-held 10× binoculars, you can easily see Jupiter's four brightest moons — Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. They look like tiny stars "sticking" to either side of the planet. If you don't have a way to mount binoculars on a tripod, use the roof of your car or pivot them against a corner of a building to keep your glass steady.