What to Do This Weekend: Easter Edition

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Photo by Jeff Balke
The wrong weekend to go to the beach for people and Peeps.
It's weekend eve again everybody and time to put on your party shoes...for this weekend, they should be dress shoes with a hint of pastel because it's Easter. For those religious sorts, this means prayer and contemplation of the death and resurrection of Jesus -- pretty much like every Sunday. For the rest of the heathens, it's a time to eat deviled eggs and hope the mayonnaise hasn't turned.

For many of you, this will be a three-day weekend. Good Friday, as it were, can be great if you get to laze about on a work day. So, you'll probably want to know what the weather is like and what kind of Easter activities that might afford you. You're in luck, Peter Cottontail, because I've got some answers.

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This Little Spring Storm That Hit Us Knocked Out Power for More Than 5,000

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Photo by Camilo Smith
This isn't what it looks like. But if it looks like a repairman getting some tree parts off a power line, then yeah...that's what it is.
If your power went out this afternoon, you weren't alone. CenterPoint Energy's outage map was reporting 6,542 customers out by late afternoon, with folks getting restored sometime around 5 p.m., according to a spokesperson.

There's no telling why this cold weather couldn't keep its ass in winter like it's supposed to. We've been pretty patient with this weather. What's worse is that it's expected to drop to "keep your wool socks on" weather tonight.

One meteorologist told Hair Balls that a "pretty potent cold front" is passing through our area, sprinkling all this rain and bringing heavy winds that are dragging branches onto power lines so we have a hard time firing up the DVR when we get home from work.


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Weekend Weather: Get Out and Enjoy the Spring

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Spring Break may be over, but you can still enjoy the weekend.
One of the wonderful benefits of spring in Houston is how green everything gets and how quickly it got that way. Within weeks, trees devoid of leaves are covered again, flowers bloom and everything seems to be growing at breakneck speed. The down side of course: the pollen. For the past few weeks, yellow rings left on neighborhood streets marked where water had left thick deposits of the stuff that makes us all feel like we have a perpetual sinus infection.

Fortunately, most of that is behind us as we push into the heart of spring time in Houston and this weekend will bring a wealth of beautiful weather to enjoy.

Both Friday and Saturday will start in the mid 60s and warm up to near 80 degrees under partly cloudy skies. If you were bummed you lost last weekend to Seattle-like weather, you won't have to fret about it this weekend. Though a bit on the humid side, conditions should be absolutely ideal for getting outside.

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Weather Week: Un-freeze My Heart, Say You'll Spring Me Again

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Toni, Toni, TONI
Nothing like a one-hit wonder love ballad with an awkward phrase to put a little bounce in your step. When it comes to Houston weather, this week you won't need the heart-wrenching tones of Toni Braxton to make you want to leap up from your seat (and turn off the radio) because the weather should be wonderful.

A little breezy even windy conditions will mark this afternoon, but with temperatures in the mid 70s, no one should mind. Once winds die down, lovely springlike conditions will set in for the remainder of the work week with lows in the 50s and 60s and highs in the mid 70s -- smooth as a 90s R&B power ballad.

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Terrible Weather Makes for Good Instagram Pictures

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Photo by Bennyweekend19 on Instagram
Yes, today's weather produced "ASSicles" in Houston.
Glad this wasn't a Monday. The winter is giving us a sign that it's not ready to go yet, causing highway grief as well as power outages, close to 30,000 people were without power early this morning according to various reports. Freezing rain pelted roofs throughout Houston and we even got a little thunder last night. This morning we all woke up to slick roads and wonderfully depressing weather to kick off your March.

And in these modern times, what's the misery of a freezing cold rainy day without social media to help relive the moment.

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Weather Week: Snowpocalypse IV - The Iceman Cometh Again?

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Round IV?
I am a native Houstonian and, as such, have lived here almost my entire life. I have weathered hurricanes and droughts and even an entire week where the temperature didn't get above 20 and Galveston Bay froze over. But, I've never quite seen a winter like this one.

On average, Houston sees freezing precipitation about once every two to three years, at least in a sizable enough amount to actually count. We could see our fourth such occurrence this winter on Tuesday night.

This all began Sunday when temperatures went from the 70s in the afternoon to the 30s by early evening. A freeze settled in on much of the city with colder than predicted Arctic air moving into Houston and dropping temperatures into the 20s. Try to remember, this is March in Houston. While last night was dry and tonight should remain the same, there will be another reinforcement of cold air moving into the area Tuesday night along with enough moisture in the atmosphere to give us genuine chances of freezing rain or sleet.

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Weekend Weather: Sunny Start Turns Gloomy Quickly

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By Sunday, this might be accurate.
Anyone heading to Mardis Gras this weekend is in luck when it comes to the Friday night parade down the Strand. Weather should be just about ideal Friday evening. Unfortunately, that is not the case for the rest of the weekend for Galveston and Houston. If you were hoping for a sunny day to get outside and maybe soak up some rays, think again.

After a lovely Friday with highs around 70, a warm Gulf flow pushes back into the area by the early morning hours on Saturday bringing with it clouds, fog, drizzle and generally very Seattle-like conditions. The entire weekend beyond Friday is expected to be muggy with highs in the mid to upper 80s with light rain and overcast conditions.

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Weather Week: Good Chance of Rain and Some Cooler Weather

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Much of Texas is still suffering moderate to severe drought conditions.
If there is one thing our area needs, it's rain. We are still suffering the impact of drought that has lingered since 2011, so any water falling from the sky is a good thing. Thankfully, for the first time in what feels like a couple of months, there is a good amount of rainfall in our immediate future (and some in our not-so-immediate future). Our first best chances come today ahead of a fairly stout cold front that will push through overnight. Showers and thunderstorms will likely linger into Wednesday as it begins to cool down significantly. Highs today will reach the mid 70s, but don't expect it to get out of the lower 50s on Wednesday.

After a clear-out and gradual warm-up, another decent chance of rain pushes through Friday in anticipation of another milder cool front. Rain chances are less later in the week, but if you are heading to Mardi Gras in Galveston Friday, might want to take an umbrella, at least for earlier in the day. By the weekend, it should be beautiful and cool.

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Weekend Weather: Rain Moves Out, Cooler Weather Moves In

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Photo by Gary Denham
Mild to cool this weekend.
I've been having a problem recently. My wife and I sometimes disagree about the temperature of the house. I prefer it quite a bit cooler than she does. During the winter, it's not a big deal because neither of us are particular fans of the heater blasting.

So, it remains mild to cool.

As the summer approaches, we routinely debate over where the thermostat should remain. Obviously, the size of the electric bill also weighs on our decision and, fortunately, we've mostly avoided any domestic incidents as a result of our minor disagreement. But Houston, for the past few days, has been mired in limbo weather.

It's warm enough that the heater certainly isn't needed, but not so hot that the a/c should get turned on, certainly not with regularity. My aunt would probably have a heart attack if she even heard me discussing turning on the air conditioning as she leaves her thermostat at a balmy 78 degrees during the summer.

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Weather Week: Springpocalypse is Here

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...and dry.
It would appear that winter is definitely in the rearview mirror for the city of Houston. This doesn't mean we won't see some cool to cold weather before the long, hot expanse of summer sprawls out before us, but it is unlikely we will have any weather like we cataloged the last few weeks. The groundhog may have seen his shadow, but it would appear it didn't cover southeast Texas.

Between now and the end of the week, expect temperatures in the mid and even upper 70s. It could even reach 80 over the next day or two before a front pushes through on Thursday. Even then, temperatures won't drop significantly with highs around 70 degrees on Friday.

Unfortunately, we won't see much rain with the front, something we need as Eric Berger from the Chron pointed out in his weekly weather blog post on Monday. Harris and surrounding counties are back to moderate drought conditions and there isn't much hope of rain for the next 10 days.

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