Northwest Houston, TX, during the early morning, before sunrise.
Northwest Houston, TX, during the early morning.
Northwest Houston, TX, during the early evening.
Summary: The day was warm, mostly cloudy, and mostly dry. Scattered light to heavy showers and thunderstorms passed through most of the Houston, TX area, during the early morning. There looked to be some isolated short lived light showers in and around the Houston, TX area, during the rest of the day. A thunderstorm with lots of lightning and loud thunder passed over my house, during the early morning, before sunrise. That was the only rain that I saw. The sky stayed mostly covered in alto stratus and stratocumulus clouds, except for during the early morning after sunrise and maybe the rest of the morning, where the sky looked to be mostly clear. The wind speeds looked to be calm with moderate to moderately strong gusts with some really strong gusts. It felt warm during the morning, evening, and night. It felt hot during the afternoon. There was a hazardous weather statement and a hurricane local statement issued by NOAA and a tropical storm watch that turned into a tropical storm warning, for the Houston, TX area. There were no other watches, warnings, alerts, advisories, or weather statements issued for the Houston, TX area, that I know of. The low temps looked to be in the 70's and the high temps looked to be in the 90's with maybe some 80's, for the Houston, TX area.
Locations: Northwest Houston, TX.
Thoughts: I wasn't expecting to see a tropical storm warning issued today for the Houston, TX area, nor was I expecting to see any thunderstorms this morning. I am interested to see what happens next with tropical storm Cindy and Houston, TX. It looks like it will most likely be a wind/rain event.
Hazardous Weather Outlook
Hazardous Weather Outlook National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX 858 PM CDT Tue Jun 20 2017 TXZ200-213-214-238-220200- Chambers-Galveston-Harris-Liberty- 858 PM CDT Tue Jun 20 2017 This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of Southeast Texas.. .DAY ONE...Tonight Tropical Storm Cindy has formed in the north central Gulf of Mexico. The storm will move toward the upper Texas coast on later tonight. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Wednesday through Monday A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Chambers, Galveston, Harris and Chambers counties. Tropical Storm Cindy will move toward the Texas/Louisiana state line early Thursday. The storm will bring a multitude of hazards to the region including sustained winds between 25 and 35 mph with higher gusts, heavy rain and elevated tides. Elevated tides could produce coastal flooding. Rainfall amounts will average about 2 to 4 inches with higher amounts between 4 and 6 inches possible. Rainfall rates will ultimately determine the flood threat. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... Emergency managers and storm spotters should prepare for possible activation Wednesday night into Thursday morning. $$
Hurricane Local Statement
TROPICAL STORM CINDY LOCAL STATEMENT ADVISORY NUMBER 6
TROPICAL STORM CINDY LOCAL STATEMENT ADVISORY NUMBER 6
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX AL032017
1016 PM CDT TUE JUN 20 2017
THIS PRODUCT COVERS SOUTHEAST TEXAS
CINDY STRENGTHENS OVER THE CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO
* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
- A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR CHAMBERS, GALVESTON,
HARRIS, AND LIBERTY
* STORM INFORMATION:
- ABOUT 310 MILES SOUTHEAST OF GALVESTON TX
- 26.4N 91.0W
- STORM INTENSITY 60 MPH
- MOVEMENT NORTHWEST OR 310 DEGREES AT 7 MPH
TROPICAL STORM CINDY IS IN THE CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO MOVING SLOWLY
TOWARDS THE SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA AND SOUTHEAST TEXAS COAST. TROPICAL
STORM CONDITIONS CAN BE EXPECTED NEAR AND TO THE RIGHT OF THE TRACK.
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO DEGRADE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, WITH TROPICAL
STORM FORCE WINDS REACHING THE COAST WEDNESDAY EVENING. HEAVY RAINS
ARE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THREAT WITH 2 TO 4 INCHES EXPECTED WITH
LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. RAIN TOTALS WILL BE HIGHEST NEAR AND EAST OF
THE TRACK, AND IS EXPECTED TO BE LARGELY NEAR AND EAST OF A GALVESTON
TO HOUSTON TO LIVINGSTON LINE. MINOR WIND AND COASTAL FLOODING IMPACTS
MAY BE SEEN AROUND THE BOLIVAR PENINSULA. THERE, UNSECURED LIGHT
OBJECTS MAY BE BLOWN ABOUT, AND AREAS VULNERABLE TO FLOODING - SUCH AS
NEAR HIGHWAY 87 - MAY SEE UP TO A FOOT OF INUNDATION AROUND TIMES OF
* FLOODING RAIN:
PROTECT AGAINST LOCALLY HAZARDOUS RAINFALL FLOODING HAVING POSSIBLE
LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS. POTENTIAL IMPACTS INCLUDE:
- LOCALIZED RAINFALL FLOODING MAY PROMPT A FEW EVACUATIONS.
- RIVERS AND TRIBUTARIES MAY QUICKLY RISE WITH SWIFTER CURRENTS.
SMALL STREAMS, CREEKS, CANALS, AND DITCHES MAY BECOME
SWOLLEN AND OVERFLOW IN SPOTS.
- A FEW PLACES WHERE RAPID PONDING OF WATER OCCURS AT UNDERPASSES,
LOW-LYING SPOTS, AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS.
PROTECT AGAINST HAZARDOUS WIND HAVING POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS
SOUTHEAST TEXAS. POTENTIAL IMPACTS INCLUDE:
- UNSECURED LIGHTWEIGHT OBJECTS BLOWN ABOUT.
- SOME SMALL TREE LIMBS BROKEN OFF.
- ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES.
LITTLE TO NO IMPACTS ARE ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME
ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS. UP TO 1 FOOT OF INUNDATION IS POSSIBLE ALONG THE BOLIVAR
PENINSULA AT TIME OF HIGH TIDE.
LITTLE TO NO IMPACTS ARE ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS.
THERE IS A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION IN PLACE FOR THOSE WITH MEDICAL AND OTHER SPECIAL
NEEDS FOR THE BOLIVAR PENINSULA. THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF LIMITED SERVICES
AVAILABLE FOR THOSE ALONG THE BOLIVAR PENINSULA AROUND TIMES OF HIGH TIDE FROM
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING DUE TO POTENTIAL FLOODING ALONG
* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- FOR INFORMATION ON APPROPRIATE PREPARATIONS SEE READY.GOV
- FOR INFORMATION ON CREATING AN EMERGENCY PLAN SEE GETAGAMEPLAN.ORG
- FOR ADDITIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION SEE REDCROSS.ORG
THE NEXT LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE IN HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX AROUND 5 AM CDT, OR SOONER IF
Tropical Storm Warning
CINDY LOCAL WATCH/WARNING STATEMENT/ADVISORY NUMBER 6 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX AL032017 1013 PM CDT TUE JUN 20 2017 TXZ213-211115- /O.CON.KHGX.TR.W.1003.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/ HARRIS- 1013 PM CDT TUE JUN 20 2017 ...TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN EFFECT... A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS TROPICAL STORM WIND CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THIS AREA AND WITHIN THE NEXT 36 HOURS * WIND - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS REMAIN POSSIBLE - PEAK WIND FORECAST: 20-30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: ELEVATED - THE WIND THREAT HAS REMAINED NEARLY STEADY FROM THE PREVIOUS ASSESSMENT. - EMERGENCY PLANNING SHOULD INCLUDE A REASONABLE THREAT FOR TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND OF 39 TO 57 MPH. - TO BE SAFE, PREPARE FOR THE POTENTIAL OF LIMITED WIND IMPACTS. EFFORTS SHOULD NOW BE UNDERWAY TO SECURE ALL PROPERTIES. - HAZARDOUS WIND IS POSSIBLE. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: LIMITED - UNSECURED LIGHTWEIGHT OBJECTS BLOWN ABOUT. - ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES ACROSS EXTREME SOUTHEAST AREAS. * STORM SURGE - NO STORM SURGE INUNDATION FORECAST - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: NONE - THE STORM SURGE THREAT HAS REMAINED NEARLY STEADY FROM THE PREVIOUS ASSESSMENT. - EMERGENCY PLANNING FOR THIS EVENT NEED NOT INCLUDE A THREAT FOR STORM SURGE FLOODING. THE GROUND WILL REMAIN LARGELY UNFLOODED FROM SURGE WATER OR ONLY HAVE SPOTS MINIMALLY AFFECTED BY SURGE WATER ENCROACHMENT. SURF CONDITIONS MAY STILL BE ROUGH WITH SOME BEACH EROSION. STRONGER THAN NORMAL RIP CURRENTS MAY ALSO BE PRESENT. - LITTLE TO NO PREPARATIONS NEEDED TO GUARD AGAINST STORM SURGE FLOODING AT THIS TIME. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: LITTLE TO NONE - LITTLE TO NO POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM STORM SURGE FLOODING. * FLOODING RAIN - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - PEAK RAINFALL AMOUNTS: 2-4 INCHES, WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: ELEVATED - THE FLOODING RAIN THREAT HAS REMAINED NEARLY STEADY FROM THE PREVIOUS ASSESSMENT. - EMERGENCY PLANNING SHOULD INCLUDE A REASONABLE THREAT FOR MINOR FLOODING WHERE PEAK RAINFALL TOTALS ARE NEAR AMOUNTS CONDUCIVE FOR LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING AND RAPID INUNDATION. - TO BE SAFE, PREPARE FOR THE POTENTIAL OF LIMITED FLOODING RAIN IMPACTS. - LOCALIZED FLOODING IS POSSIBLE. IF FLOOD RELATED WATCHES AND WARNINGS ARE ISSUED, HEED RECOMMENDED ACTIONS. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: LIMITED - RIVERS AND TRIBUTARIES MAY QUICKLY RISE WITH SWIFTER CURRENTS. SMALL STREAMS, CREEKS, CANALS, AND DITCHES MAY BECOME SWOLLEN AND OVERFLOW IN SPOTS. - A FEW PLACES WHERE RAPID PONDING OF WATER OCCURS AT UNDERPASSES, LOW-LYING SPOTS, AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. * TORNADO - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - SITUATION IS UNFAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: NONE - THE TORNADO THREAT HAS REMAINED NEARLY STEADY FROM THE PREVIOUS ASSESSMENT. - EMERGENCY PLANNING NEED NOT INCLUDE A THREAT FOR TORNADOES. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH STRONG GUSTY WINDS MAY STILL OCCUR. - LITTLE TO NO PREPARATIONS NEEDED TO GUARD AGAINST TROPICAL TORNADOES. - ENSURE READINESS FOR THE NEXT TROPICAL TORNADO EVENT. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: LITTLE TO NONE - LITTLE TO NO POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM TORNADOES. $$
Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS64 KHGX 210230 AFDHGX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX 930 PM CDT Tue Jun 20 2017 .UPDATE... No changes to previous watch/warning configurations. At 00z, the LCH sounding showed PW values near 1.90 inches while the CRP sounding is a bit drier at 1.70 inches. 850 mb moisture was increasing from the east and the edge of the deeper moisture extended from about Tyler to Port Bolivar. At 500 mb, an expansive upper ridge extended east into western MS but last night, the GFS was a bit stronger with the ridge so perhaps the influence of this feature will be less than anticipated. With a weaker ridge, perhaps TS Cindy could be tugged a bit further north before reaching the TX coast. At 300 mb, a pocket of 25-30 knots will still provide some shear and could hinder intensification. Tropical Storm Cindy remains nearly stationary over the north central Gulf. The storm is expected to begin moving NW overnight. Showers and thunderstorms will begin to move into the coastal waters and could encroach on the coast prior to sunrise. Rain chances will likely increase through the day with higher rain chances Wednesday night into Thursday. A Flash Flood Watch may be required for parts of the area for Wednesday night. Previous forecast has a good handle on things so no significant changes planned. 43 && .PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 644 PM CDT Tue Jun 20 2017/ AVIATION... Impacts from TS Cindy should begin to affect KGLS this evening as wind gusts will be likely during showers from rain bands. One band was shown by radar to be moving into the Upper Texas coastal waters at 2330Z and may affect KGLS by 03Z. Winds should increase during the day on Wednesday after about 14Z for the inland sites. Gusts will range from just over 20 knots well inland at KCLL and KUTS to near 30 knots at KGLS at the coast. Ceilings will possibly lower to near MVFR by the late afternoon on Wednesday. 40 PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 349 PM CDT Tue Jun 20 2017/ DISCUSSION... Newly upgraded Tropical Storm Cindy continues to dominate the forecast as it meanders over the Central Gulf. The new advisory drifts the track a bit more to the west, necessitating the upgrade of the tropical storm watch area to a tropical storm warning. The expectation for primary threat to the area continues to be for heavy rainfall along and east of the track`s expected center, which may cause some limited flooding threat. Some minor impacts from wind gusts and elevated tidal levels may be seen in parts of the Bolivar Peninsula as well. More details can be found in issued tropical products. NEAR TERM [Through Tonight]... Weather continues to be hot and largely dry across Southeast Texas today while Tropical Storm Cindy continues to try to organize well offshore. Radar has shown some showers trying to develop along a coastal boundary from Liberty County southwest through Brazoria County towards Matagorda Bay. For the most part, these showers have been isolated, light, and short-lived. However, near Matagorda Bay, these showers have been a bit more successful. These showers should come to an end this evening, but overnight look for rain chances over the offshore waters to increase as the circulation of Cindy continues to draw nearer. Over land, expect scattered clouds to become a bit more dominant overnight, but don`t expect temperatures to fall below the middle to upper 70s thanks to high dewpoints. SHORT TERM [Wednesday Through Thursday Night]... The caveat right up front: This portion of the forecast is going to be very dependent on the precise track of Cindy. A deviation in track to the left or right will move impact areas accordingly. Now, much of the morning should continue as past days have. The key harbinger of change will be increasing clouds from the southeast as Cindy moves closer to the area. Most should stay dry Wednesday morning with most outer rains still offshore - however, immediate coastal areas may start to see increased showers begin to pop up. Rainfall potential will increase through the afternoon, with the prime time for rain occurring Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Some heavy rains will obviously be possible, with the highest threat along and east of the storm`s center. As of the current forecast track for the storm, this will put the heaviest rain east of the Houston metro, from the coast up towards Livingston. It`s worth noting that Cindy`s lopsided appearance means that the rainfall gradient on the west side of the center is likely to be very sharp, with the difference between solid rain totals and very little rain not likely to be separated by a great distance. Because of this, will hold off on any flash flood watches for now to gain some more confidence on where the heaviest rain is likely to fall. Cindy`s center will continue to move north through Thursday and Thursday night, before a northern stream trough passing through the Great Lakes will draw what`s left of the storm to the northeast through Louisiana. As it does so, rain chances will draw down, but continue to linger into Thursday night. It probably goes without saying, but high temperatures will be noticeably cooler with cloudy skies and rain keeping temperatures down. Overnight, though, these factors will also keep low temperatures elevated, suppressing the diurnal curve in temperatures. LONG TERM [Friday Through Tuesday]... Friday and Friday night look a bit drier as Cindy accelerates away from the region. But this trend does not look to be terribly long lived as the upper trough that takes the storm away will dig into the Eastern US, and help a cold front slide into the area. There is considerable uncertainty in exactly how this front will behave, but for now models suggest it may stall out in the general vicinity of the coast, and could provide a focus for continued rainy activity into early next week. Previous guidance had also brought in a surge of very high moisture - about 2.3 inches of precipitable water - as well, which alerted to potential that Cindy may be a predecessor event for later high rainfall. The GFS has since backed off of that, but still keeps precipitable water around or above 1.75 inches with weak to non-existent capping, which could allow for some very rainy showers and storms. With strong focus put on Cindy, simply want to highlight the fact that continued showers and storms may be possible. && .PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS... College Station (CLL) 74 91 75 87 76 / 10 20 40 60 40 Houston (IAH) 78 88 77 86 78 / 10 50 80 70 60 Galveston (GLS) 81 85 80 86 83 / 20 70 80 70 50 && .HGX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... TX...Tropical Storm Warning for the following zones: Chambers... Galveston...Harris...Liberty. GM...Small Craft Advisory from 7 AM Wednesday to 6 PM CDT Thursday for the following zones: Coastal waters from Freeport to the Matagorda Ship Channel out 20 NM...Matagorda Bay. SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION until 7 AM CDT Wednesday for the following zones: Coastal waters from Freeport to the Matagorda Ship Channel out 20 NM...Matagorda Bay. Tropical Storm Warning for the following zones: Coastal waters from High Island to Freeport out 20 NM...Galveston Bay... Waters from High Island to Freeport from 20 to 60 NM. Small Craft Advisory until 6 PM CDT Thursday for the following zones: Waters from Freeport to the Matagorda Ship Channel from 20 to 60 NM. && $$ Discussion...43