- By Mary Wasson
- 12/12/2013 09:18 PM
Wet Weather on the Way...
Another storm system is on the way but thankfully this one is coming from the Pacific versus Canada. This means precipitation in just the wet form and not the messy frozen precip we've had the past few weekends. More on the storm below.
Thursday started a little cold but warmed quickly under the sunshine for the first half of the day and then clouds started to blow in from the west and south west. Austin started at freezing and warmed to 54 degrees which is about 10 degrees below our normal mid December high of 63 degrees.
(Click for Thursday morning lows and current temperatures.)
An upper-level low has made it to Southern California and Arizona. It will continue on it's eastward progression into Central Texas on Friday. Our area could see some rain beginning around 2 or 3 a.m. Friday in the Hill Country moving eastward to the interstate by sunrise. Rain fall totals could range anywhere between 0.10" - 0.75". The high rain totals will be near Waco and northeast Texas. The most rain should fall between 6 am Friday - 2 pm and then exit the region by the late afternoon to early evening. Friday morning lows will be in the upper 30s and low 40s with highs ranging from 50 - 55 degrees.
Saturday will be clear with sunshine in the afternoon and breezy north winds up to 20 mph and gusts topping 25 - 30 mph! Temperatures will drop to the lower 40s Saturday morning, warming to the low to middle 50s by the afternoon. Gorgeous weather is expected Sunday. Lows will be in upper 20s to low 30s. Highs will be back in the low to middle 50s with a north wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunshine and warmer weather will be the story for next week. Check out the extended forecast for all the details.
Record Chill... Records kept at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport show a record coldest December 5th through the 12th EVER, with an average temperature of 37.6 degrees. The previous record in this period was from 1978. During this same time, Camp Mabry's average of 37.9 is cold enough for 3rd place all time.
Snow Streak... When skies finally started to clear out back on Tuesday, the view from space showed a swath of snow from Texas all the way up past Ohio. Check out this cool photo, which flips from high-resolution visible satellite (in the white) then to false color infrared (snow shows up in red.) Here's a closer view of Texas.
Geminid Meteors... What happens when you wish for luck on Friday the 13th? We'll soon find out! The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks between Friday & Saturday, and may include 120+ shooting stars per hour according to astronomers. Best viewing will likely take place after midnight Friday night into the early hours prior to sunrise Saturday morning. Click here for more from NASA. Get away from the city lights and look up!
Weather on the... Change is coming to our weather department. The people will be the same but the time you will see us will not. Starting next Monday, weather transitions from the 8s to the 1s. There will be new weather maps and other exciting changes. What doesn't change is our commitment to keep you ahead of the next storm.
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