- By Burton Fitzsimmons
- 12/13/2013 06:40 AM
Showers Today, Sunshine This Weekend
Radar shows light to moderate rain spreading east across our region this morning -- grab your umbrella! It's a 40% rain chance overall with high temperatures into the mid 50s. We think the showers will end by late afternoon or early evening at the latest.
And, yes, it's still chilly! We're all above freezing, however, which is good news for travel. Right now:
(Click for yesterday's highs.)
Since Monday, we've been watching a disturbance in the Pacific Ocean. It got a kick yesterday and is now moving from Arizona to Texas, where it will cross the northernmost part of our state during the next 24 hours. Futurecast shows the showers ending by around 5 p.m. in our stretch of I-35, with skies clearing out later into the night...perfect news for the meteor shower (read more about it below.)
Then a dry Pacific cold front will follow, likely arriving around or slightly before daybreak, with a notably cooler breeze to feel tomorrow. The saving grace? Lots of sunshine. Look for highs to range in the 50s. Winds will calm down Saturday night and, under clear skies, we expect a light freeze in the Hill Country and some suburbs through Sunday sunrise. Abundant sunshine and daytime temps near 60 will make the second half of the weekend a pure delight.
A warming trend continues early next week, with our temps rising back above our normal 63 and getting even closer to 70 for a couple of days. Medium range computer models show a weak/dry cold front coming early next Wednesday, then a stronger cold front potentially swinging Polar air back into Texas for next weekend. Check out the extended forecast for details, and stay tuned for updates.
Record Chill... Records kept at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport since WW II show a we've just experienced the coldest December 5th-11th in the city's history with an average temperature of 37.6 degrees. The previous record in this period was from 1978 (average 41.3 degrees.) During this same time, Camp Mabry's average of 37.9 is cold enough for 3rd place....the coldest early December snap in 115 years!
Shooting Stars Tonight... The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks between early tomorrow/Saturday morning, and may include 120+ shooting stars per hour according to astronomers. Best viewing will likely take place two hours prior to sunrise Saturday morning (so around 5-7 a.m.). Click here for more from NASA. For the best view, get away from the city lights and look up!
Weather on the... Change is coming to our weather department. The people will be the same but the time you will see us will not. Starting next Monday, weather transitions from the 8s to the 1s. There will be new weather maps and other exciting changes. What doesn't change is our commitment to keep you ahead of the next storm.
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Enjoy your Friday & have a fantastic weekend.