Weather Weekend: A Green Christmas for Houston

It's going to be a very green Christmas in Houston this year.
It's going to be a very green Christmas in Houston this year. Photo by XoMEoX via Flickr
Despite classic Christmas tales being told in snowy covered settings, most of the world is decidedly warmer than Charles Dickens imagined. In Houston, it's tough to know what weather will be this time of year. The average high on Christmas is 63. If you are a fan of cold holidays, we have some bad news for you this year.

Before we get to that, let's take a quick look back at the week thus far. The first half of the week was pretty gloomy but without any significant rainfall. It was a very Seattle-like start to the week before the holiday. Changes begin Thursday as a front pushes through and it will be immediately noticeable with winds shifting to the north and blustery conditions setting in.

Friday and Saturday should be beautiful days with highs from the upper 60s to low 70s, lows in the upper 40s to low 50s and ample sunshine. But the pattern begins to change on Sunday as another front, much weaker than the one coming through Thursday, slides into southeast Texas.

Cloudy and mild conditions both Sunday and Christmas Eve will make it feel pretty dreary. But, don't expect any rain, just lots of clouds. Temperatures probably won't fall much below 60 degrees on Christmas Eve and, looking ahead to Christmas Day on Tuesday, things may clear out a bit, but the temperatures will be in the low to mid 70s, about 10 degrees warmer than normal.

If your thoughts are more focused on football than Santa Claus at the moment, you might be wondering what weather will look like in Philly for the Texans game Sunday. Good news is that it looks like near perfect conditions at game time with sunny skies and temperatures around 40 degrees.
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Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
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