I have yet to find a person who truly loves the unbridled heat and humidity the weather in Houston brings to bear on us between mid-July and late September every year. Unlike animals who develop a natural equilibrium with their environment, we struggle and simply build bigger air-conditioning units...or pay bigger bills.
With that in mind, my friends, you won't be a fan of this week unless you are one of those people (do they even exist?). It is going to be hot and, for the most part, dry, with high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s all week long. By the weekend, there is a better chance of a shower or two -- and, of course, there is always the possibility of a stray thunderstorm in the afternoons -- but don't hold out too much hope.
Mostly, it will be the kind of brutal heat that makes you want to buy a vacation home in the mountains designed specifically for July through September.
Eye on the Tropics
The best news for this week is that all appears to be quiet in the tropics. A fairly large Saharan dust storm blew out across the Atlantic and the dust inhibits storm formation. This should continue for the next couple weeks, meaning we likely won't see any storm formations until after the peak of the season starts on August 15. That's different for this time of year, but as Bill Murray said in Groundhog Day, "Anything different is good."
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.