Morning fog before hot, sunny Thursday; cold front drops temperatures to 60s on Friday

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Thursday forecast for Austin: The National Weather Service says patchy fog and drizzle should make Thursday’s morning commute challenging for drivers across the Austin metro area, but the cloudiness should give way to sunshine and a high temperature near 84, which is several degrees warmer than normal.

A 20 percent chance of showers before 1 p.m. remains in the forecast for Thursday as a weak cold front arrives in Central Texas bringing north winds. Overnight, rain chances continue but the low temperature sinks to around 56.

Rain chances increase to 30 percent on Friday as cooler conditions prevail: Temperatures should top out around 67, with north-northeast winds of 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph, the weather service says. At night, with humidity levels dropping, a chill will set in, lowering temperatures to around 46. North winds of 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph, will persist, forecasters say.

The weekend will be sunny and mild, with highs in the 70s and winds easing to around 5 to 10 mph.


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Austin makes neighborhood rainfall data from city’s gauges available online

City of Austin
City of Austin

From the City of Austin:

Austin residents can now see how much it’s rained in different parts of town on their computers, tablets or smartphones at www.ATXhydromet.com. The City of Austin, in partnership with LCRA, has launched this new web site to display data from the Watershed Protection Department’s network of 78 gauges.

Modeled after LCRA’s Hydromet, the site displays rainfall and creek “stage.” Creek stage indicates how high the water has risen in a creek at the gauge site.

“We’re in the heart of flash flood alley, here in Austin,” said Joe Pantalion, P.E., the director of the Watershed Protection Department. “With our propensity for flooding, I can’t stress how important it is for everyone to be aware of their surroundings. It is our hope that this web site can help the public monitor flooding conditions, so that they can take the appropriate steps to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors.”

The City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department has been using a combination of City, United States Geological Survey (USGS) and LCRA gauges to monitor rainfall and flood levels in order to protect the public from flooding and to close low water crossings since the 1980s. To make the City’s gauge data public, the department partnered with LCRA to host the data. LCRA already has reliable and stable technology in place to display their own gauge data.

Watershed Protection’s online tools to help prepare for and respond to flooding now include:

ATXhydromet.com – Real-time rainfall and creek stage data
ATXfloods.com – Real-time map of flooded roads
ATXfloods.com/alerts – A service to send text or email messages about flood hazards on roadways or along creeks
ATXfloodpro.com – Online floodplain information including maps and engineering models
Using these tools, the public can increase their awareness of the conditions around them during floods.

Contact:  Lynne Lightsey: 512-974-3538 (Office), 512-802-7423 (Pager)
Scott Prinsen: 512-974-2090 (Office), 512-802-7487 (Pager)
Watershed Protection Department

Fog, drizzle hampering morning commute; strong storms possible Wednesday afternoon

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Wednesday forecast for Austin: Patchy fog and drizzle throughout Central Texas, especially east of the Interstate 35 corridor, will plague morning commuters until about 10 a.m. But the main weather threat Wednesday will be a few strong thunderstorms that could pass through the Austin metro area this afternoon, the National Weather Service says.

Wednesday’s outlook calls for a 50 percent chance of rain under cloudy skies with temperatures peaking near 78 — it’s already 69 degrees at Camp Mabry as of 6 a.m. At night, rain chances drop to 30 percent after 1 a.m. Patchy fog and drizzle also returns after 1 a.m. to set up another challenging morning commute Thursday. Nighttime temperatures should slip no lower than 66 degrees, the weather service says.

Sunshine will return Thursday, forecasters say, as a cold front arrives in Central Texas, plunging high temperatures from the low 80s on Thursday to the upper 60s on Friday.


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Dense fog across parts of Austin metro area Tuesday morning; clouds, possible rain Wednesday

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Tuesday forecast for Austin: Beware of fog during your morning commute as much of the Austin metro area will be blanketed in thick mist that will reduce visibility to less than 2 miles in many areas — in some places the visibility may be down to a quarter-mile or less, the National Weather Service says.

Drivers should be on alert for the rapidly changing visibility on Central Texas roads, use low-beam headlights and slow down, the weather service says.

The outlook for Tuesday calls for a 20 percent chance of showers after 7 a.m. and for patchy fog to continue until 10 a.m. Temperatures are expected to reach near 76 under mostly cloudy skies. Rain chances creep up to 30 percent at night, but the increased humidity and cloud cover will trap the radiant heat from the day and keep the evening low temperature to around 66.

By Wednesday, rain chances bump up to 40 percent as temperatures reach their warmest point of the work week near 80 degrees. South winds of 10 to 15 mph will ease some of the mugginess. At night, a 30 percent chance of showers remains in the forecast but the south winds shift to become westerly breezes after midnight.

Thursday’s forecast includes sunshine and a high near 79 as north-northwest winds sweep away the clouds and the humidity. As a result, the evening should see mostly clear skies but the dry air means the nighttime low sinks to a chillier 52 degrees.

This year’s wildflower season should either be good, or really good

 

Wildflowers along the Round Rock West greenbelt. Henry Huey for Round Rock Leader.
Wildflowers along the Round Rock West greenbelt. Henry Huey for Round Rock Leader.

The plentiful rainfall of last year should mean a spectacular wildflower season in Central Texas.

Um — probably?

That is the basic assessment of the University of Texas’ Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The soil in Central Texas is still moist from the fall rains, which is good for wildflowers. Some of which have popped up early this year to and are waiting for a little more warmth and moisture to bloom, according to the Wildflower CenteButterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) provides food and habitat for monarchs. Credit: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Centerr.

But when the great spigot in the sky turned off late last year, the lack of rain — ahem — dampened the otherwise optimistic outlook about wildflowers. That February of dry, often spectacular weather spurred by the Godzilla El Niño’s siesta might have come with a downside, after all. The rain that finally fell in late February and early March should help. But it did not fall evenly across the region, so wildflowers in places that got significant rainfall should do better than those in places that didn’t.

“The trick is always the weather,” said Andrea DeLong-Amaya, director of horticulture at the Wildflower Center.

The spring weather to come could help. Winter is over — both in the physical sense, and according to one official definition — but most forecasters say Texas is probably headed for one more damper-and-colder-than-normal spell before the Godzilla El Niño is spent and returns to the ocean from whence it came. The best thing for spring wildflowers is intermittent rains as they’re growing and prepping to bloom, according to Wildflower Center horticulturists.

And don’t worry about a cold snap. If one does blow in before El Niño bows out, DeLong-Amaya said, it probably would not damage native wildflowers already putting out buds.

Mild Monday offers last bit of sunshine before 2 days of clouds, fog, light rain

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Monday forecast for Austin: A chilly morning — it’s 53 at Camp Mabry as of 5 a.m. — sets the stage for a mild sunny day with temperatures climbing to near 74. Enjoy the sunshine while you can because storms are expected midweek with cloudy skies lingering into the weekend.

Monday night should see clouds increase and patchy drizzle and fog after 4 a.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service says. The humidity acts like a blanket that traps the day’s radiant heat, likely keeping the nighttime low to a balmy 57.

The drizzle and fog should linger Tuesday morning, the weather service says, as a 20 percent chance of rain enters the forecast. Winds of 5 to 15 mph from the south-southeast should ease some of the mugginess as temperatures rise to near 74. At night, rain chances increase to 40 percent, forecasters say. The warm Gulf air and increased humidity will keep the nighttime low around 67.

The 40 percent chance of thunderstorms continues Wednesday, with drizzle likely in the morning and storms mainly after 10 a.m., the weather service says. It’s no coincidence that warm temperatures, which provide energy to storms, are expected to reach near 79. The skies should stay cloudy Wednesday night as the evening low slips to around 62.

A 20 percent chance of rain remains in the forecast for Thursday, but mainly before 8 a.m. The outlook for rest of the day calls for sunshine and a high near 77 as north winds of 5 to 15 mph blow into Central Texas. The north winds sweeping away the clouds and the humidity will clear the skies but also produce cooler nighttime temperatures as low as 51 in Austin, the weather service says.


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Chilly start to sunny, mild Friday for top golfers; rain-free Easter weekend

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Friday forecast for Austin: On this Good Friday, sunshine and mild temperatures await Austin-area students who get the day off as well as for all those headed out to the Austin Country Club to watch the best golfers compete at Dell Match Play this weekend.

Friday begins chilly, with temperatures as low as 43 degrees at Camp Mabry as of 5 a.m., before warming up to a high near 73, the National Weather Service says. Clear skies will continue into the evening, when the nighttime low slips to around 51.

Easter weekend appears to be rain-free, as both Saturday and Sunday should be mostly sunny with temperatures climbing to the mid- to upper 70s, the weather service says.

South winds will continue to bring in moisture and humidity from the Gulf that will act as a blanket at night, keeping the evening low temperature to about 61 degrees on Saturday night. But the humidity will also lead to patchy fog in the morning on Saturday and Sunday.

The winds are expected to shift on Sunday, as warm southerly breezes of 5 to 15 mph become much cooler north winds with gusts as high as 20 mph. The north winds will blow away the humidity at night, sending nighttime temperatures to a low around 47.

By Monday, Austin will warm up to near 75 under sunny skies. North-northeast winds of 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon, the weather service says. At night, skies stay mostly clear, with a low around 52.


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Survive overnight storms? Thursday to be milder with sunshine in full force Friday

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Thursday forecast for Austin: Before we get into what’s ahead in Central Texas weather, can we talk about last night?

A cold front arrived in the Austin metro area sometime around 1 a.m. Thursday as part of a larger wall of storms that stretched from San Antonio to Minnesota. The line of severe storms that marched across Central Texas delivered high winds, hail and a significant dose of rain.

  • Recorded wind gusts ranged from 30 mph at Camp Mabry to 46 mph in San Marcos to about 67 mph at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
  • Austin Energy reported around 2:30 a.m. that as many as 2,200 customers were without power. According to the utility’s outage map, more than 900 people were without power as of 5:30 a.m.
  • Meanwhile, firefighters responded to at least two homes in Southwest Austin that caught fire after lightning strikes.
  • According to rain gauges monitored by the Lower Colorado River Authority, the Austin metro area saw rainfall totals as high as 1.63 inches near Rockne in Bastrop County and at least a half-inch across most of Travis and Hays counties since midnight.

In the meantime, the National Weather Service expects a few isolated showers to continue until around 7 a.m.

As for the rest of Thursday, the outlook calls for partly sunny skies that will gradually have more sunshine later in the day as the daily high temperature tops out around 70. North-northwest winds around 15 mph will persist into the night, sweeping away the blanket of humidity that kept recent evenings warm. The nighttime low temperature is expected to drop to a chilly 44 degrees.

 

Sunshine returns in full force by Friday as temperatures climb to near 73. The dry air and clear skies mean another chilly night as the evening a low sinks to around 49.

South winds return this weekend, boosting the daily high temperature to near 78 with sunny skies. The return of Gulf moisture means increased cloudiness at night, but also a warmer evening low temperature
of 60 degrees.

Sunday’s outlook calls for partly sunny skies, a high near 75 but with another shift in winds, as breezes return from the north. The winds pushing out the warm southern air means the nighttime low is expected to plunge to around 47.


 

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Warm Wednesday could see strong storms overnight; more rain possible this weekend

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Wednesday’s forecast for Austin: It’s actually quite warm on this blustery morning: Camp Mabry in Central Austin is already reporting 65 degrees as of 5 a.m. and it’s only going to get hotter — and possibly wetter, according to the National Weather Service.

The outlook for Wednesday calls for partly sunny skies with temperatures climbing to near 81 and the breezes this morning will continue as south winds of 15 mph could include gusts of up to 25 mph. At night, skies turn mostly cloudy as a cold front moves into the area around midnight, generating a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, forecasters say. Isolated strong to severe storms could produce gusty winds and possibly hail in parts of eastern Hill Country and the Austin metro area overnight, the weather service says.

By Thursday morning, the forecast calls for sunshine and a high near 72. Strong winds of 15 to 20 mph will persist, but the northerly gusts will sweep away the humidity and the dryness will bring an added chill to the nighttime temperatures as the evening low drops to around 44.

Friday is expected to look a lot like Thursday, with sunny skies and a high near 74, but a shift to southeast winds and increased cloudiness at night will bring the low temperature up a little higher to 54, forecasters say.

The weekend will start out mostly sunny on Saturday with a high near 78 but a 20 percent chance of rain creeps back into the forecast at night. The upshot to the increased cloudiness and humidity from the south-southeast winds is a balmy evening with a low temperature only around 62.

Meanwhile, Sunday could see a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and a high near 74 as another cold front arrives, shifting winds and dropping the low temperature at night to around 48.


 

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Gorgeous Tuesday with sunshine, high near 77; chance of rain Wednesday night

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Tuesday forecast for Austin: Hang on to your hats, folks — it’s going to be a gorgeous spring day, but it’s also going to be very windy, which is why you should be more conscientious of your headgear.

Tuesday’s outlook from the National Weather Service calls for mostly sunny skies with a high temperature near 77. But the south winds of 5 to 10 mph that are making the days warmer in Central Texas are expected to increase in speed to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon, with gusts as high as 30 mph, the weather service says. At night, the additional cloud cover and boost in humidity will keep the nighttime low temperature to a balmy 63 degrees.

Cloudy skies early Wednesday should give way to sunshine later in the day, with the high temperature reaching near 82, forecasters say. Gusty southerly breezes persist around 15 mph with some wind speeds as high as 20 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms enters the forecast at night, under mostly cloudy skies and a low temperature around 53.

A cold front is expected to arrive late Wednesday night, most noticeably in the shifting of southerly winds of 10 to 15 mph to become north northwest after midnight.

Thursday will see a drop in temperatures, as the high will only reach near 68, but the day will also be dominated by sunshine and clear skies. The cold front will sweep away the humidity, leaving behind dry air that will make the nights particularly chilly again as the low temperature sinks to around 44.


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