Rain for RGV?

*I apologize in advance if the next few blog posts are brief and to the point, if I post one at all.  I will be out of town for a week and a half and may not have time to write a blog some nights.*

Rio Grande Valley:

The Rio Grande Valley is need of rain! The big question is, when will this occur?  Some parts of the Valley have gone more than 2 full months without seeing a drop of rain.  As I said in a previous blog, the RGV is under a moderate drought.  It’s only a matter of time before a severe drought is issued for South Texas if  there is not a significant amount precipitation in order to clear the drought.  There is a slight chance of rain Monday night into Tuesday afternoon for deep South Texas, but won’t be enough to clear the drought.

Current Drought Monitor for the U.S

For today, clouds moved in a little earlier than I had expected.  Brownsville had an afternoon high of 72, Harlingen had a high of 70, and McAllen hit 71 today.  Winds maintained out of the southeast and will continue out of the southeast tonight, as lows will be in the upper 50s, under cloudy skies.  Here is the forecast for the next 3 days:

(12/28): Tuesday will start off with cloudy skies and a chance of a light shower or two.  Upper-level moisture, along with onshore flow from the Gulf is allowing for overcast conditions for the next day or so.  Highs will be in the mid 70s with southeast winds at 15-20 mph, gusting to 30 mph at times.  Tuesday night, slight chance of a shower, under cloudy skies and lows in the lower 60s.

(12/29): Clouds will begin clear on Wednesday, allowing sunshine to warm temperatures into the upper 70s and lower 80s.  Winds will be out of the south southeast at 10-15 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph.  Wednesday night looks to be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s.

(12/30): Thursday, look forward to mostly sunny skies with warm temperatures reaching the mid 80s!  Winds will be out of the south southeast at 10-15 mph, with higher gusts.  Thursday night will be partly cloudy with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.

Rest of the Nation:

As expected, an area of low pressure will move across the Pacific Northwest tonight and into tomorrow, creating showers and mountain snow showers for much of the northwest U.S.  Numerous Winter Storm Watches and Warnings have been issued for much of the western CONUS.

Maine is continuing to get hammered, at this hour, by snow from the nor’easter that is currently just south of Newfoundland.  Tremendous amounts of snow has fallen over the entire east coast since Thursday (23rd) of last week.  Luckily for the people living in the northeast, most of the precipitation from this storm is expected to move out by early tomorrow morning and high pressure will settle into the area.  Here are just some amazing snow amounts (in inches) some places have seen since Thursday, December 23rd, as of 6 pm EST today:

...MASSACHUSETTS...
SAVOY                                24.8
CANTON                               19.0
SOUTH BOSTON                         19.0
LYNN                                 18.5
TAUNTON                              17.3
WINCHESTER                           17.3
NORTH OTIS                           17.0
SALEM                                17.0
SAUGUS                               17.0
EAST BOSTON                          16.5
BROCKTON                             16.0
BECKET 6 SSW                         15.5
PLAINFIELD                           12.5
WORCESTER                            12.5
WHITMAN                              12.3
RANDOLPH                             11.8
SOUTH ATTLEBORO                      10.0
FRAMINGHAM                            9.6
BLANDFORD                             9.5
HEATH                                 8.0
CHESTERFIELD                          7.5
VINEYARD HAVEN                        4.0
WEST SPRINGFIELD                      3.5
EAST FALMOUTH                         2.8                     

...MAINE...
AUGUSTA 1 SE                         15.0
HARRINGTON                           15.0
BETHEL                               14.0
ORONO                                13.8
STOCKHOLM                            12.3
COLUMBIA                             12.0
LEWISTON                             12.0
CORNISH                              11.5
ELLSWORTH-EAST                       11.2
TOPSHAM                              11.0
JAY                                  10.0
SOUTH WINDHAM                         9.5
CAMDEN 1 SSW                          9.0
AURORA                                8.0
KENNEBUNK 2 NE                        8.0
MACHIAS                               7.5
BLUE HILL                             7.0
DOVER-FOXCROFT                        7.0
KNOX                                  7.0
CARIBOU WFO                           6.1
BAR HARBOR                            6.0
NORRIDGEWOCK                          6.0
BANGOR                                3.0                     

...NEW HAMPSHIRE...
PIERMONT                             25.0
RANDOLPH                             25.0
GRAFTON                              24.0
UNITY                                18.0
NEW LONDON                           13.0
WEBSTER 3 SSW                        12.0
GOFFSTOWN                            11.3
WALPOLE                              11.0
WOLFEBORO                            10.7
BRISTOL 1 NNW                        10.5
KEENE                                10.0
ALTON                                 9.5
NEWBURY 4 SE                          9.5
EATON 3 SSW                           8.0
GILFORD                               8.0                     

...VERMONT...
LANDGROVE                            21.0
NORTH BENNINGTON                     20.0
WOODFORD                             20.0
ANDOVER                              18.0
BALL MOUNTAIN LAKE                   18.0
WELLS RIVER                          18.0
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION                 16.0
DANBY                                15.0
SPRINGFIELD                          15.0
UNION VILLAGE DAM                    11.8
POMFRET                              11.5
N HARTLAND RES                       11.0
LUDLOW                               10.0
WESTMINSTER WEST                     10.0
WOODSTOCK                            10.0
CORNWALL                              9.5
CRAFTSBURY                            7.5
CORINTH                               7.2
NEWPORT                               7.2
BROOKFIELD 2 WSW                      6.5
SHEFFIELD                             6.0
NORTH UNDERHILL                       5.5
BAKERSFIELD                           5.0
LYNDONVILLE                           5.0
WEST RUTLAND                          5.0
HUNTINGTON                            4.5
NORTHFIELD                            3.3                     

...WEST VIRGINIA...
TERRA ALTA                           10.0
BLUEFIELD                             2.0
*Courtesy of NWS HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL PREDICTION CENTER (HPC)*
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About Brian

University of Oklahoma graduate with a degree in Meteorology. Follow me on Twitter: @WeatherInformer
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