Friday, May 26th, 2017
HEAT AND HUMIDITY
Temps will continue to run above normal for Saturday and Sunday until a cold front arrives Sunday night. Plan on highs in the mid 90s with heat indices between 100-105 Saturday afternoon and highs in the low 90s with heat indices near 100 Sunday afternoon. Heat Safety tips: http://bit.ly/NWSHeatSafety
We’ve now had 17 days of 90+ heat so far. Our average for a year at Camp Mabry is 111.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND STORM CHANCES AND WEATHER ALERT
Best bet for rain: Sunday night into Monday morning. That’s when I’ve hoisted a WEATHER ALERT for the possibility of some strong to severe storms and heavy rain. Hail and High Winds are the main threats and rain totals could reach up to 1.5” with isolated higher totals.
Could we see a storm Saturday? Yes, BUT it looks like the cap on the atmosphere will be strong enough to keep storms from firing. IF a rogue storm does manage to fire, THEN is could be strong. I’m only forecasting a 10% chance late Saturday night.
Could we see more storms after the cold front rolls through Sunday night into Monday? Yes, but those storms would be more isolated to widely scattered – with the chance Monday afternoon to evening.
MORE RAIN NEXT WEEK
We’ll have a daily chance of scattered showers and storms next Tuesday through Friday with chances running 30-50%. Additional rain totals next week could reach 1-3” which could mean grand totals included the Memorial Day holiday weekend could reach 2-4”. At this point, as long as the rain falls over the course of multiple days as opposed to all at once, we should be able to handle it without significant flood threat.
You can always download our free CBS Austin WX Radar App and search hashtag #cbsaustinwx for updates. Plus you can track any showers on our interactive radar here: http://bit.ly/cbsaustinwxradar
Friday’s count went up to high for mold and stayed low for grass. We also had a trace of privet and sycamore. Get the latest allergy report from Allergy & Asthma Associates here: https://twitter.com/atxpollen
Lake Travis was at 97% with Lake Buchanan at 94%. Friday’s combined lake level was 95%. Check the levels here: http://hydromet.lcra.org/riverreport/report.aspx
The UV Index for Saturday will be 9 of 11 – very high. Burn time for unprotected skin is around 15-25 minutes. Check the UV Index here: https://www.epa.gov/sunsafety/uv-index-1 Sun safety tips: http://theshadeproject.org/sun-safety-education/
AIR QUALITY FORECAST
Air quality will be moderate on Friday. Check the Air Quality anytime here: https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=229
STORM TRACKER FORECAST
SAT: 95 | Clouds to sun, hotter and humid | Rain Chance: Less than 10% late | Winds: S 10-15 | Morning Low: 77
SUN: 92 | Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms late PM through the overnight | Rain Chance: 30% | Winds: S 5-10 | Morning Low: 76
MON: 83 | Mostly cloudy with showers and storms likely early and possible again in the afternoon/evening | Rain Chance: 80% | Winds: N/NE 5-10 | Morning Low: 69
TUE: 84 | Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms | Rain Chance: 40% | Winds: E 5 | Morning Low: 69
WED: 85 | Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms | Rain Chance: 40% | Winds: E/SE 5 | Morning Low: 69
THU: 88 | Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms | Rain Chance: 40% | Winds: S/SE 5-10 | Morning Low: 69
FRI: 89 | Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms | Rain Chance: 30% | Winds: S 10-15 | Morning Low: 70
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Take Care and I’ll see you weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30 & 10pm!
CBS Austin Chief Meteorologist Chikage Windler
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