June 1 is the official opening of hurricane season. But, it doesn’t need a hurricane to flood the Gulf Coast. A week earlier, parts of southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana received up to 20 inches of rain over the course of a week, causing flash floods and pushing the region’s rivers, creeks and creeks to the limit, in some cases. off their edge.
This week, another round of similar heavy rains is in the forecast for the entire region which was drenched just a few days back.
According to the National Weather Service, widespread rain and thundershowers are expected for Houston and the entire upper Texas coast throughout the week and weekend. The entire region should expect 3 to 6 inches of rain, with some areas receiving 10 inches or more.
The worst appears to be Thursday during the weekend when a weak disturbance pulled moisture from the Gulf of Mexico across the region and inundated the area with rain. Like last week, some places will receive only moderate rainfall while others will receive very heavy rainfall. It’s essentially impossible to pinpoint those spots, so it’s best to plan for the worst.
The good news is that we can handle even 10 inches of rain in seven days. Most forecasters are calling for rain to subside by Monday or Tuesday of next week, followed by normal warm, humid Houston weather with the occasional afternoon shower.
However, if you’re really looking ahead, some hurricane forecasters are suggesting that we may have material for a tropical disturbance in the Gulf by the weekend of June 11. Wind shear in the Gulf will begin to subside, leaving behind a moist, volatile area. Could be ripe for hurricane development.
We’re still too far to have any real skill in determining what will happen in 10 to 12 days, but most disturbances develop at bay during the early part of hurricane season. So, it bears watching. And, of course, keep in mind that this is the start of the season that lasts until November. happy summer!
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