Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
ANOTHER COLD NIGHT
High pressure remains anchored over our area, which means another clear, calm, cold (for October) night ahead. Temps will likely fall to around 50 in Austin, tying the morning low on Tuesday. We’ll see 40s through most of the ‘burbs and a smattering of mid to upper 30s again possible in the Hill Country on Wednesday morning.
WARMER FIRST, MORE HUMID LATER
We’ll enjoy low humidity for another day Wednesday, but with winds turning out of the south, we’ll see highs nudge back into the 80s. Humidity creeps up but remains tolerable on Thursday before turning just plain humid Friday. The humidity peaks on Saturday with dew points back in the sticky 70s, making it feel oppressive. Heat will also peak on Saturday with a high of 87 and heat index values in the low to mid 90s.
THE NEXT COLD FRONT
Our next cold front is likely overnight Saturday night into Sunday morning. If the front clears our area pre-dawn, we’ll likely see rain move out in time for most outdoor activities. It’s a close call, though. If you’re heading to the LIVESTRONG Challenge Sunday morning, be prepared for wet roads and a few lingering showers. Any showers or storms should be well south by the time the F1 Grand Prix is scheduled to start Sunday afternoon. With the front, we could see ½” to 1” of rain. Non-severe storms are possible. Behind the front, winds out of the north will pick up. We’ll also watch the humidity drop and bring a renewed feel of fall.
Track any rain with our interactive radar: http://bit.ly/cbsaustinwxradar
For a change, all is quiet in the tropics!
The Atlantic Hurricane Season peaked September 10th and continues until November 30th. NOAA is predicting a slightly above average hurricane season with 14-19 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes and 2-5 major hurricanes. More info: http://bit.ly/cbsaustinwxhurricane http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Tuesday’s mold count dropped to moderate (2562) with ragweed moderate (88), and red berry juniper at a trace. Get the latest allergy report from Allergy & Asthma & Associates here: https://twitter.com/atxpollen
Lake Travis was 84% full with Lake Buchanan at 90%. Tuesday’s combined lake level was 87%. Check the levels here: http://hydromet.lcra.org/riverreport
The UV Index for Wednesday will be 6 – high. Sunburn time for unprotected skin 30 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
Our air quality is expected to be moderate for Wednesday. Check the Air Quality anytime here: https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=229
STORM TRACKER FORECAST
WED: 84 | Sunny | Winds: SW/S 5 | Morning Low: 50
THU: 83 | Partly cloudy | Winds: S/SE 5-10 | Morning Low: 59
FRI: 84 | Mostly cloudy, isolated showers/stray storm possible | Rain Chance: 20% | Winds: SE 5-15 | Morning Low: 65
SAT: 87 | Mostly cloudy, warm and humid, isolated showers/storms possible | Rain Chance: 20% | Winds: SE 5-15 | Morning low: 69
SUN: 79 | Scattered showers/storms likely early morning. Morning clouds give way to afternoon sunshine. Breezy and cooler | Rain Chance: 60% AM | Winds: NW/N 10-20 | Morning Low: 67
MON: 81 | Sunny | Winds: NW 5-10 | Morning Low: 56
TUE: 82 | Sunny | Winds: N 5-15 | Morning Low: 56
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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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