- By Mary Wasson
- 12/10/2013 08:08 PM
Getting a Little Warmer
The temperatures will begin to rise over the next few days with temperatures getting closer to 60 and near our "normal" December highs by this weekend and early next week. More on this below but first...
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Tuesday morning started brutally cold with lows ranging from 20 degrees in the Hill Country to 28 in downtown Austin. The afternoon was nice with plenty of sunshine and temperatures nearing the 50 degree mark in a few locations.
Click here for Tuesday morning lows and afternoon highs.
Overnight, skies will remain clear with temperatures dropping into the 20s. Winds will be light so there shouldn't be much of a wind chill, thankfully! The tail of a weak, dry cold front will sweep across Texas on Wednesday, likely arriving here during the afternoon hours with little fanfare. Although we do see scattered clouds on Futurecast, there's no mention of rain. The only change with this front is a slight cool down (1-2 degrees) for Thursday. Highs on Wednesday will be in the low to mid 50s while Thursday's highs will range from 49 to 53 degrees.
Meanwhile, a large Pacific disturbance is cut-off from the main jet stream and is simply swirling out west of Baja California. The upper-level winds will push the low westward, bringing it into North Texas by Friday with a 30% rain chance. The system is currently timed to move east early Saturday, so showers should end by that time. A breezy front will follow this system but it won't be polar. We expect more mild air with temps closer to normal from the weekend into early next week, as seen on our detailed extended forecast.
Record Early December Freeze... Not only were Saturday's high temps the lowest we'd seen in December in 13 years, we also experienced a notable period of hours with temps below 32. At Austin-Mabry, the thermometer showed 36 consecutive freezing hours (7pm Friday-7:39am Sunday). At Austin-Bergstrom, we froze for 38 hours in a row (8pm Fri-10am Sun). The coldest? Fredericksburg at 64.25 hours (7pm Thur-11:15am Sun.) It was the coldest December 5th through 8th period in our weather history with an average of 37.8 degrees at the Airport and 37.9 at Mabry, blowing away a 49 year old record. For comparison sake, the coldest WINTER SEASON (Dec. - Feb) for Austin-Bergstrom was 2009-10 with an average temp of 46.2. The coldest winter at Austin-Mabry was 1978-79 with an average of 46.1 degrees.
Aurora Streak... Aurora borealis shimmered over Norway a few nights ago, and it was captured in this beautiful picture. See the latest in the spaceweather.com aurora gallery.
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