AUSTIN (KXAN) — Nothing more than a few widely scattered late-day showers are expected today and tomorrow, continuing a summertime dry streak for many parts of Central Texas.
0.35 inches of rain on August 20th was the only measurable rainfall at the Austin Camp Mabry rain gauge since the end of June. August rainfall ended two inches below normal, but thanks to historic rainfall in May and June, year-to-date rainfall remains more than 17 inches above normal.
The recent dry weather pattern is likely to continue through at least the first week of September. There is only a 20 percent chance of a shower today and Wednesday, followed by a dry forecast Thursday through Labor Day.
Afternoon high temperatures will near-normal in the middle 90s today and tomorrow, then warm to the upper 90s in some areas Thursday through Labor Day.
Early September is traditionally the peak of hurricane season, and we are following several hurricanes in the Pacific and a tropical storm in the Atlantic. None of these are expected to be of concern to the U.S., but the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika continue to cause flooding concerns in Florida.
The Climate Prediction Center’s monthly outlooks continue to forecast wetter and cooler than normal weather in Texas from October, 2015 through May, 2016. The outlook is based primarily on warmer than normal water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, or El Niño.
Hot temperatures usually continue well into September here in Central Texas, keeping the demand high for fans. We ask that you continue to support our Summer Fan Drive partners at Family Eldercare. You may find out more information about making a fan donation, or even make an online contribution (allowing them to buy fans at a discounted rate) by clicking here. We thank you–and so do area residents without air conditioning!
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