Hot and Cold: The Seesaw Autumn Continues, but Little Rain in Sight

If you want to find a constant climate, be it warm or cold, you probably should look somewhere other than Houston, Texas -- unless it is August. From October through the early summer months, the Bayou City is nothing if not mercurial (literally and metaphorically). As the temperatures and humidity wax and wane, those of us who have lived here a long time just try to appreciate the sauna for how it clears the pores and love the mild weather for as long as it lasts.

This week is typical for Houston fall week: temperatures have been and will be all over the map. A fairly muggy Monday gave way to a lovely, cool Tuesday and that weather will continue towards the end of the week, when it will warm up perhaps even into the 80s with overnight lows in the 60s. The warm Gulf breeze should also shoot the humidity higher as well. But, even with more damp air, don't get your hopes up for rain.

Texas is, once again, sliding into drought territory. We haven't had any substantial rain in weeks save a shower or two last Friday. The U.S. Drought Monitoring Service has us listed as having moderate drought conditions, and that will worsen should we go without rain for much longer.

Now that the National Weather Service has called off the chances for an El Niño event this winter, it is likely we see rather normal temperatures and fairly dry weather -- the opposite is true during El Niño-influenced winters.

After the warm weekend, another front will move through the area and could provide the chance at a shower or two, but it's unlikely. It is also unlikely that we'll see a freeze anytime soon. Normally, we get our first freezing temperatures around the end of November, but that will have to wait, for better or worse. The first week of December this year looks mild, with highs in the lower 70s.

It's mostly great news because the weather is so pleasant, but this is one of those rare times when rain would be a welcome sight.

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