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Saturday: Cloudy AM, partly cloudy PM, isolated shower/storm late. Winds: S 5-15. High 97. (Hottest this year)
Saturday Night: Scattered showers & storms (40% chance). Winds: SE/N 5-10. Low: 73
Sunday: AM showers possible. Not as hot & not as humid. Winds NE 5-10 mph. High: 91.
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Possible Escape from Triple Digits
Thursday July 24th, 2014
The rain that brought an estimated 2" to areas west of Georgetown and more than 1" at Lake Bastrop officially gave Camp Mabry 0.09". But in addition to bringing us some welcome rain, it kept our temps down too! The high was 94 - below our normal high of 97! With temps not reaching the danger zone, the HEAT ADVISORY that was supposed to extend through Friday for Milam County points north was cancelled early.
Better news: I've now tweaked highs through the weekend to stay just below 100 - meaning we could be looking at another week or more without reaching triple digits (officially, at least). I have a hunch a couple LCRA gauges may creep there - especially in the Hill Country though.
And while we're talking about good news - the cold front I've been tracking for mid to late week next week still looks like it has potential to bring us widespread rain (best chance Thursday - Friday of next week) and below normal temps (I've got your high at 83 nextThursday and if the rain materializes, we could be in the 80s next Friday!)
And did I mention the Drought yet? The latest Drought Monitor shows that as a result of last week's heavy rain, the Austin area has improved from "Moderate" drought to "Abnormally Dry!"
Of course - it can't all be good news. The lakes didn't get a bump from today's rain, for instance. And some Air Quality issues will be with us the next few days. If you notice haze in the air, it's likely caused by smoke from Canadian wildfires (I know, crazy to have it travel so far) the next day or so...then the African dust we've talked about several times this summer could make a reappearance by Sunday. Air Quality levels are expected to be elevated in the Moderate range as a result. Bottom line - it may be a little more difficult for you to breathe if you have asthma or any other respiratory conditions.
STORM TRACKER FORECAST
Thursday Night: 98. Partly cloudy with heat index between 100-105. 10% chance showers south/east. Winds: SE 5
Friday: 98. Mostly sunny. Winds: SE 5-10
Saturday: 98 Mostly sunny. Winds: S 5-10 *Morning Low: 76
Sunday: 99 Mostly sunny. *Morning Low: 75
Monday: 99 Mostly sunny. *Morning Low: 75
Tuesday: 99 Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms best chance north/east. *Morning Low: 75
Wednesday: 97 Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms best chance north/east. *Morning Low: 75
Thursday: 93 Partly to mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers/storms best chance north/east. *Morning Low: 75
Chief Meteorologist Chikage Windler
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