The bright blue skies from the weekend are now largely hidden behind a veil of clouds this Monday.
Scattered rain showers are in the picture for most of southeast Texas as a fickle weather pattern takes over for the next couple of days.
Expect a 40 percent chance of scattered showers, with a few isolated pockets of heavy downpours, as the afternoon progresses. The most rain will be along coastal areas south of Houston, where rainfall totals will be in the neighborhood of one inch. Heading inland, rainfall will be lighter. Expect near a half inch of rain in the city of Houston, with closer to a quarter inch well north of the city.
A persistent southeast wind off the Gulf of Mexico has loaded up the atmosphere with ample moisture to fuel the rain. A series of upper level disturbances expected to swing through the area as the day progresses will serve as the spark necessary to cause the showers and isolated storms to move in.
A cold front will sweep in from the northwest overnight Monday night. The front will push the rain out and usher in another round of dry air that will promise cool mornings and bright, sunny afternoons to take us through the rest of the work week.
While rain may be a slight nuisance to some, it keeps us on the winning side of the drought battle. For the last several weeks the drought in Texas has been getting steadily less severe. Currently over half of the state is still in some form of drought, but only 3 percent is suffering from extreme or exceptional drought. In late spring and early summer, when the drought was at its peak, over 35 percent of the state was in an extreme drought. Given the current pace of drought improvement, southeast Texas could be removed from drought status by the end of the year.