Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Houston/Galveston, TX

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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX
934 AM CST Sat Dec 9 2017

.DISCUSSION...

Under sunny skies today we will see temps rise into the upper 50s
and lower 60s today. Winds will become NW and increase to 10 to 15
mph this afternoon behind a sfc trough. Current forecast is on
track, so no significant changes are needed. 33

&&

.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 500 AM CST Sat Dec 9 2017/

DISCUSSION...
Under clear skies and light/calm winds, area temperatures at 3 AM
range from mainly the upper 20s north to around 40 at the coast.
Where the coldest temperatures are found up north, a Hard Freeze
Warning remains in effect until 8 AM. With full sunshine today,
look for afternoon temperatures to warm up to the upper 50s to
around 60. A general warming trend (both highs and lows) can be
expected through Monday, with highs actually becoming above normal
ahead of our next cold front. Moisture levels will remain too dry
for any rain with this front as it moves through the area Monday
night through Tuesday morning. Cooler temperatures can be expected
behind this front with near normal readings anticipated through
the end of the week (another dry front moves through late Thursday
or early Friday). The area`s next best shot of rain (sorry, too
warm for snow with this one) looks like it might be setting up for
some time next weekend.  42

MARINE...
While the general trend is for weaker northerlies and lowering seas
a weak surface trough passage today will maintain pick up
northwesterlies to near caution levels. As high pressure settles in
across the local waters early next week...Sunday`s winds will veer
and weaken to under 10 knots with seas falling to under an average 2
feet. A weak cold frontal passage Tuesday will swing weak westerlies
around to northerly and strengthen them to near caution levels
through early Wednesday. Mid week high pressure moving through will
veer light winds around to the east and back onshore by late
Wednesday. A late Thursday or early Friday frontal passage may
introduce maritime showers and storms will briefly strengthening
Friday`s offshore flow to caution levels once again. 31

CLIMATE...
Yesterday`s snow event helped to keep high temperatures on the
cold side. For December 8th, Galveston`s high of 41 degrees set
a record for the lowest maximum temperature (old record was 42
degrees set in 1927), and Houston Hobby`s high of 42 degrees tied
for the lowest maximum temperature (old record was 42 degrees set
in 2005). Average temperatures for the day were 13 degrees below
normal for College Station, 19 degrees below normal for Houston
Intercontinental and 20 degrees below normal for both Houston
Hobby and Galveston.  42

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
College Station (CLL)      60  34  64  40  70 /   0   0   0   0   0
Houston (IAH)              60  36  63  39  70 /   0   0   0   0   0
Galveston (GLS)            58  45  60  48  66 /   0   0   0   0   0

&&

.HGX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
TX...NONE.
GM...NONE.
&&

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