- By Burton Fitzsimmons
- 12/10/2013 07:41 AM
Sunshine Returns, Chill Lingers
Our week started dreary, cold and wet but, thanks to last night's cold front, skies cleared out overnight so we're back in the sun again today. It's our brightest weather in about a week! We go from freezing cold to a range of low to mid 40s this
(Click for yesterday's highs.)
It feels even colder thanks to a north breeze around 5 - 15 with gusts near 20 mph:
The winds will gradually taper today, becoming calm tonight. Temps fall into another area-wide freeze by daybreak tomorrow with metro lows in the upper 20s, and rural lows in the mid 20s.
The tail of a weak, dry cold front will sweep across Texas tomorrow, likely arriving here during the afternoon hours with little fanfare. Although we do see scattered clouds on Futurecast, there's no mention of rain. Northerly winds will become a bit breezy, and temps my drop a degree or two for Thursday as a result. We're calling for low 50s.
Meanwhile, a large Pacific disturbance is cut-off from the main jet stream and is simply swirling out west of Baja California. We believe upper-level winds will start to accelerate it westward, bringing it up into North Texas by Friday with our best rain chance of the week: 40%. The system is currently timed to move east early Saturday, so showers should end at that point. A breezy front will follow this system but it won't be polar. We expect more mild air with temps closer to normal from the weekend into early next week, as seen on our detailed extended forecast.
Monday Rain Totals...
0.08" Oak Hill
0.07" Downtown Austin
0.07" Lake Bastrop
0.05" Dripping Springs
Weather on the... After presenting our forecast 'on the 8s' for 14 years now, a big move is coming! Starting next Monday, weather transitions from the 8s to the 1s. You'll notice new weather maps & other exciting changes, too, though we'll still be here, as committed as always, to keep you ahead of the next storm. Stay tuned!
Aurora Streak... Aurora borealis shimmered over Norway a few nights ago, and it was captured in this beautiful picture. See the latest in the spaceweather.com aurora gallery.
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Enjoy your Tuesday.