THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8 2015
PARTLY CLOUDY AND WARM THROUGH TOMORROW WITH A CHANCE OF THUNDERSHOWERS TONIGHT AND ON FRIDAY
Partly cloudy and warm today. High temperatures will be in the upper-80's. Expect easterly winds at 5-10 mph. We should see partly cloudy skies and mild conditions tonight with a 20% chance of showers. Overnight lows will range from the mid-70's on the Island to near 70 inland. Look for southeast winds at 5-10 mph.
Friday will bring partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures with a 20% chance of thundershowers. High temperatures will be in the upper-80's. Expect easterly winds at 5-10 mph. On Saturday we should see partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures. Highs will range from the mid-80's in Galveston to the upper-80's on the mainland. Look for variable winds at 5-10 mph.
SYNOPSIS AND OUTLOOK
Warmer than normal conditions will be on tap for the next couple of days. We may see a chance of some rain tonight into early Saturday as weak disturbances move in from the southwest in conjunction with the upper-level low to our west and increasing moisture levels.
This morning, a semi-active cold front extends from near the eastern Gulf of Mexico eastward across south-central Florida and into the Atlantic. To the north, an elongated frontal boundary stretches all the way from western Canada to the central Plains and a low in Minnesota. The front then continues on to the east across the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic states into the Atlantic. Far to the west, high pressure sits over Nevada.
At the upper-levels we have a complex pattern with a low pressure trough over Florida and along the East Coast, a high pressure ridges over Louisiana, an upper-level low and associated trough over Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas and another high pressure ridge edging northeastward into northern California and the Pacific Northwest.
Partly cloudy skies are likely with a gradual warm-up. Winds will slowly swing back around to the as an upper-level low pressure continues to our west and a high pressure ridge builds over Texas. A slight chance of rain will appear by late tonight into Friday. A weak cold front should drift into our area late Saturday into Sunday, bringing an end to any rain chances and allowing slightly cooler overnight temperatures.
No further advisories are being issued on former Hurricane Joaquin. Otherwise, storm development is not expected in the Tropical Atlantic Basin at this time.