Weather Week: And Then, High Pressure Set In
Early in the Bill Murray comedy Stripes, Murray's character is dumped by his girlfriend, an act that would lead him to ultimately join the army. After she slams the door, leaving him on his knees in the entry hall of his apartment, he turns around and, in a moment of narration, says, "And then, depression set in." Over the weekend, with the sun blazing, the humidity weighing the air down and temperatures pushing into the 90s, a modified version of that line wormed its way into my weather-nerdy brain: And then, high pressure set in.
That may seem like a circuitous route to get to the fact that high pressure is beginning to dominate our area much the way it does during our brutal summer months, but I felt the need to ease the blow with some humor, not so much for you, dear reader, but for myself. You see, if October 1, with its promise of cooler weather, fading tropical weather, holidays on the horizon and NBA hoops around the corner, is my favorite day of the year, June 1 is my least favorite for the opposite reasons, and it's coming.
Anyone who has lived in Houston the past few years and pays attention to the intricacies of our weather may flinch a bit at the forecast of increased high pressure for the region. It was, after all, the persistence of the same kind of weather phenomena that drove the entire region to the worst drought in a hundred years in 2011 -- a drought that persists for many parts of the state. Fortunately, this is not the same thing and is more akin to the type of high pressure we've gotten during the normal summer months in our past.
In fact, this weather pattern includes the much more frequent waxing and waning of high pressure as disturbances move through with (we hope) regularity, bringing us the tropical rainforest heat we all have come to know and sweat through. This week should be similar.
Expect highs to creep into the lower 90s throughout the week, with only a moderate chance of rain on Thursday. It should also be breezy through midweek, making the evenings somewhat bearable if you choose to spend them on the front porch. By Sunday, we could begin to see some rain, with forecasters calling for a 70 percent chance of the wet stuff into early next week.
So, saddle up, Houstonians. Your summer has begun in earnest. We can do this if we all stick together, but not too close, 'cause, dude, you're sweaty.