Rain on Me: Less Rain This Week, but Still...You Know...Rain

Remember when we had all that rain last week and some over the weekend and it flooded and all that? Remember when it was a horrible drought last year and like a billion trees died and we had record temperatures and all that? My point is that we've had some crazy weather in Houston the last couple of years, but you should basically expect that to continue.

While the rain this week shouldn't be nearly as bad as it was last week, we should all expect to see rain showers throughout the week and some periodic downpours that cause us to walk into our place of work with soaking wet clothing, and we don't even mean places with wet T-shirt contests.

The fact is that we are going to be in this sort of rainy season -- like the Amazon Basin but with fewer monkeys. With El Niño setting up shop in the Pacific, there's a very good chance this wet, mild weather will continue right on through winter.

But, for now, we can expect typical Houston weather: highs in the high 80s to low 90s with about a 30 to 40 percent chance of rain every day, mostly in the afternoons when the warm, moist air off the Gulf hits the unstable air south of that high pressure system that is making the central part of the country beg for mercy.

We should really count our blessings considering how miserable it was in Houston last year. We should also carry an umbrella like every day.

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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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