Weather Week: Hot and Muggy with a Chance of a Cape Verde Storm on the Horizon
Muggy is a word that often describes Houston and not just in the summer. But when it does happen to be in the summer, it's damn unpleasant. As we enter the final two weeks of July (can you believe it?), we should expect typical Houston summer weather, meaning it will be hot and muggy all week long.
With that humidity comes the chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoons as the warm Gulf air filters into the atmosphere. But these will be of the isolated variety, not the kind of widespread wet weather we saw over the weekend.
Expect temperatures in the mid 90s for highs all week with lows in the 70s, and high humidity. As we near the weekend, the chances of rain increase, but only slightly. In other words, don't wait for rain this week when it comes to watering your plants.
Eye on the Tropics
Looking out into the Atlantic, it appears we could have our first Cape Verde storm of the year. Storms that spin off the coast of Africa near the Cape Verde islands are often the most powerful of the season due to the fact they have a lot of time to spend over the water before interacting with any land mass. Right now, Invest 98, as it has been designated by the National Hurricane Center, has a decent chance of developing into the fourth tropical storm of the season, which would be named Dorian.
A peek into the extended forecast of the storm reveals it will more than likely gain strength but then struggle as it encounters dry air in the path ahead of it. Still, it will have plenty of time over water, and has a decent chance to be the season's first hurricane.
As for Houston, it is unlikely we would be a target for a storm forming in that area, but as anyone who knows storms can attest, they are unpredictable. And now that we are about to enter the busy season, better to be prepared even if our odds are low for this particular disturbance.
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