Weather Week: What Did That Groundhog Say Again?

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It's still cold outside? BING!
When old Punxsutawney Phil called for an early spring this year, many across the northern part of the country were thrilled. Then the reality set in that taking advice on, well, anything from a groundhog might not be the best approach. As it turns out, it has been pretty damn chilly around the country the last few weeks and that has reached all the way down to Houston.

In fact, Monday morning it dipped all the way down into the upper 30s, close to the record low temperature of 36 degrees for March 25. Last night was more of the same with lows in the upper 30s. Highs today probably won't make it to 70, and this is the last week of March!

It also remains extremely dry out there with very little chance of significant rain in the near term. It may be beautiful and cool outside, but the lack of rain has put us back into drought conditions and with the ground already very dry, it exacerbates an already bad situation.

For those unfamiliar with the situation -- and most in Houston are -- it's like when the ground is saturated from rain. More rain means flooding is likely because the ground can't absorb any more moisture. With the drought, the persistent conditions over the last year and a half mean it takes even more rain than normal to satisfy our needs.

It appears we will see increasing cloudiness late in the week and the weekend could have a shower or two, but for now chances are less than 40 percent. Until then, expect some really nice weather with highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s and lows in the mid 50s to low 60s. It may be a little confusing trying to figure out if flipflops are okay to wear, but we say wear them anyway. Your feet won't get that cold. And while you're at it, have a frozen margarita. It's spring on the calendar anyway!

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