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Weather Week: Some Like It Hot

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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."

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