Weather mild in Houston for now. But it’s not too early to be prepared for severe weather season, meteorologist says

Houston weather is calm now, but triple digit temperatures could be on the way this summer.


A view of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston skyline.


To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:

<iframe src="" style="height: 115px; width: 100%;"></iframe>

As the northeastern U.S. weathers a winter storm, and an atmospheric river has California bracing for flooding, here in Houston, it’s mostly quiet with mildly cooler this week.

While things are calm, this may be a good time to discuss plans for severe weather, Jeffry Evans said. Evans is meteorologist in charge with the National Weather Service Houston/Galveston.

“This is just a good time of year to evaluate things and figure out where you would go if a tornado warning was issued for your area,” he said. He also said it’s a good time to look at potential damage around the house. “Take a look at the trees around the house. Is this a good time to limb up some trees that could come down?”

Evans said as Houston’s inevitable heat wave makes its way to the area, there are some things to remember. Most importantly: there are health risks to being in the climate.

“It’s really people being honest with themselves and understanding that there are health risks with heat,” he said. “We live in a hot, humid climate, we’re used to that, but you still have folks who might push it too far, working in the yard.”

He said it’s also good to check on people during the weather, especially elder people, or people who may not have air conditioning that they can run frequently. Infant deaths due to heat are still an issue in Texas, too, he said.

“Check the backseat,” Evans said. “Leaving children in cars occasionally in Texas, we still deal with some of those deaths that are very, very preventable.”

Last summer, triple digit temperature days were common, and Evans said it’s possible that it could be the same situation this year.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see some above-normal projections come out for the June/July/August time-frame.”

As all eyes are on other parts of country as they deal with severe weather, Evans said there is a lot of terminology that might have those who aren’t familiar with it scratching their heads. Like, “Nor’easter”.

“A nor’easter … they’re basically wintertime storms in the northeast. They’re called northeasters because these lows really balm out, really deepen, really strengthen, as they get over the Atlantic Ocean and it brings a lot of northeast winds into New England and those areas, a lot of heavy snow and rain.”

In California they are dealing with an “atmospheric river”. That, Evans said, is a steady stream of moisture coming in with the weather system.

“Traditionally the term is used for the Pacific systems,” Evans said. “So these lows that come into California and tap into a long, deep stretch of moisture and really slams them hard.”

Today in Houston Newsletter Signup
We're in the process of transitioning services for our Today in Houston newsletter. If you'd like to sign up now, fill out the form below and we will add you as soon as we finish the transition. **Please note** If you are already signed up for the newsletter, you do not need to sign up again. Your subscription will be migrated over.