Weather Week: Remember Rain? Best Pack an Umbrella This Week

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In case you had forgotten, that wet stuff falling from the sky on Sunday is rain. Yes, that's right, Houston, it rained this weekend. And, more important, it isn't over yet.

Sunday was the first substantial rain we've had in over a month. The exceptionally dry month of March would have exacerbated our already tough drought conditions if not for the fact that it was also unseasonably cool. Whatever the case, on the last day of the month, we got a nice downpour. Still, it was only a quarter- to a half-inch in most places.

Fortunately, April appears poised to start out much differently than March. In fact, there's a pretty good chance we'll get more rain in the first ten days of April than we got in the entire month of March.

Today and Wednesday, forecasts are calling for as much as a 90 percent chance of rain with perhaps as much as two inches of rain over the next two days, maybe more. That is a big deal when it comes to the drought, because this is the time of year when temperatures are still cool enough that afternoon showers aren't just burned off by the heat. Any good, soaking rain at this point is a blessing.

It doesn't appear at the moment that the rain showers will be severe for much of Houston. Forecasters are suggesting the worst storms will be closer to the coast, but some severe weather is always possible.

Expect the rain to linger into Thursday and clear out with slightly cooler temperatures and nice weather for the weekend.

Long-range forecasts are suggesting another rain event later next week. That's still too far off to predict with any accuracy, but the more rain we get in April and May, the better our chances of avoiding severe drought conditions this summer. So while it may suck to slosh around in the rain, it's better than the alternative at this point.

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