Nice to see the rain

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Showers and thunderstorms were most welcomed Saturday afternoon. Two reporting stations recorded .50″ or higher. Smithville measured .53″ and Lampasas picked up .50″. Yes, the rain did make it into the Hill Country.

How much in Austin? Sad to write that only a trace was measured at both Camp Mabry and the airport.

Some of the area’s rain totals

Saturday’s high at Camp Mabry was 99°. The streak of consecutive days of triple-digit highs ended at 21. Yesterday was the first day since June 28 when the high was at or below normal. Every day in July had a higher greater than the average.

The weather disturbance responsible for yesterday’s rain has moved into northeast Mexico. The upper-level high has moved further north in the Central Plains headed for upper half of the Mississippi Valley.

Low rain chances will remain in the early week outlook. They go up Wednesday and Thursday with the center of the upper high in southern Wyoming allowing for a more active sea breeze with showers and thunderstorms moving here from the coast.

There is a weather tropical wave located off the west coast of Africa that has a 40% chance of developing into a tropical storm in the next five days. Danielle would be the next named tropical storm.

Rooting for a tropical storm to develop

While Atlantic hurricane season is off to a slower start than recent years, a hurricane outbreak is possible in mid-August as a combination of factors is expected to lead to a quick uptick in tropical activity.

Summer heat

Following Austin’s first official day of triple-digit heat, back on May 21, the First Warning Weather team each came up with their own predictions for how many 100° days we’ll see this year. Follow along through the summer with the chart below.

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