Friday, February 12th, 2016
What a week. Talk about spring-like conditions! We have another day warm, sunny & dry. Highs will approach 80 degrees again. Were you able to enjoy yesterday's record-tying weather yesterday? I hope so. We hit 83 which ties a record. Today we'll get close. Record is 83 and we'll be right about 79 or so. I do see a little relief this weekend. Tomorrow we cool into the upper 60s with increasing cloud cover. The only chance of rain I have this weekend will be Sunday. It's about 20% and only light rain or drizzle is possible. Those of you heading out to the Austin Marathon have that to look forward to.
It's no surprise that we've been dry. If you've been keeping track, we've only had 0.34" of rain at Camp Mabry since the start of the year. We're now in the top 10 (number 10) for the direst start to a season and this remains the driest start to a year since 1988! Unfortunately, this dry spell is taking a toll. The Drought Monitor released yesterday now shows 12% of Texas in "Abnormally Dry" conditions - including the Austin area. If conditions continue, we could be put back into drought status in the near future. Check the map here: http://bit.ly/TXDroughtMonitor
If you're planning on spending the day with your loved one, conditions are looking good overall. We have some drizzle that may pop up with overcast skies but temperatures look great. We'll top out in the lower 70s. I'm only keeping a 20% chance of light showers in the forecast as some gulf moisture moves in. Happy early Valentine's Day!
Cedar dropped again Thursday, down to 20 (low). It's only a matter of time before spring allergies flare up, since trees are already budding! Elm was a trace on Thursday. Get the pollen report from Allergy & Asthma Associates here: https://twitter.com/atxpollen
5 PLANETS ALIGN IN THE NIGHT SKY
If you like stargazing, this is a great time to look to the heavens! That's because for the first time in 10 years, 5 planets will align, appearing simultaneously in the sky. Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will grace the southeast to southwest sky pre-dawn through February 20th! More here: http://earthsky.org/science-wire/when-will-all-five-visible-planets-appear-simultaneously
Happy Early Valentine's Day
Meteorologist Jordan Steele
Today's Record Temperatures