Saturday, February 25th, 2017
RARE UNSEASONABLY COOL DAY!
Our average low is 47 and average high is 67, so this will be a rare below normal day in what is going into the books as the warmest February on record for Camp Mabry! This morning it fell to 44 in Austin, but was as cold as 33 in Mason and one LCRA gauge in NW Mason County dropped to 29! We'll have a seasonably cool but pleasant day with sunny skies and highs in the low to mid 60s today. Tomorrow, we'll warm up and watch clouds and showers roll in by afternoon.
FOR THE RECORD
Not only is this month the warmest February when you look at average temps, it’s also the record-holder for the February with the most 80+ highs. Friday’s low 80s were our 10th day this month of 80-degree+ heat, giving us sole possession of the record. This winter, we’ve now had 17 of 80+ heat, ranking 2nd most. ABIA meanwhile has had a whopping 24 days of 80+ heat, shattering the record of 16 this winter. By the way, we’re not done with 80s. I’m forecasting highs in the low 80s for both Monday and Tuesday as we wrap up this record-setting month.
Rain is on the way this weekend – but we won’t see much! Plan on sunshine all day Saturday and to start your Sunday morning. As the morning wears on, clouds will take over and we’ll see some light showers move in during the afternoon. For now, I’m putting a 20% rain chance Sunday PM through Monday AM with rain totals for most areas around 1/10”. Though t-storms aren’t all that likely, there might be a rumble or two of thunder here or there, but nothing severe. We’ll dry out for the rest of Monday into Tuesday morning before another disturbance brings a chance for a few showers Tuesday through early Wednesday morning. Between the 2 rain chances, rain totals look like they’ll stay around ¼” or less.
Mold, oak and elm were moderate with low levels of cedar, cottonwood and ash with a trace of willow, birch, hackberry and pine. Get the latest allergy report from Allergy & Asthma Associates here: https://twitter.com/atxpollen
Lake Travis is at 103% with Lake Buchanan at 95%. Friday’s combined lake level was 99%. Check the levels here: http://hydromet.lcra.org/riverreport/report.aspx
The UV Index for Saturday will be 8 of 11 – very high for the first time this year! Grab the sunscreen! Check the UV Index here: https://www.epa.gov/sunsafety/uv-index-1
AIR QUALITY FORECAST
The air quality Saturday will be Good. Check the Air Quality anytime here: https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=229
STORM TRACKER FORECAST
SAT: 65 | Sunny and cooler | Winds: NE 5-10
SUN: 73 | Increasing clouds, showers develop PM | Rain Chance: 20% | Winds: SE/S 10-15 | Morning Low: 44
MON: 79 | Partly cloudy, drizzle/spot shower early | Rain Chance: 20% early | Winds: S/SE 5 | Morning Low: 60
TUE: 81 | Partly cloudy, showers/drizzle possible | Rain Chance: 20% | Winds: S 5-10 | Morning Low: 60
WED: 78 | Early shower, then partly cloudy | Rain Chance: 10% early | Winds: S/N 10-20 | Morning Low: 59
THU: 66 | Partly cloudy | Winds: N/NE 5 | Morning Low: 45
FRI: 82 | Partly cloudy | Winds: NE/E 5 | Morning Low: 45
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Today's Record Temperatures