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It’s slightly less hot, and there’s been some rain. It’s progress, right?

We discuss the slow turn towards fall weather with Houston Chronicle meteorologist Justin Ballard.


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It’s still hot in Greater Houston, but slightly lower temperatures — and even some rain — have been a welcome respite for the region lately.


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You must be feeling it in the air, seeing it with your own eyes: actual rain falling across the area in recent days! And temperatures, while still unseasonably warm, are closer to the norm, and little by little, becoming less oppressive.

The calendar has turned to fall, and the weather is beginning to reflect the change — if not as much or as fast as we'd like.

Still, we'll take what we can get.

In the audio above, we discuss the Houston area’s slow turn towards (our version of) fall weather with Justin Ballard, newsroom meteorologist for the Houston Chronicle.

He lets us know what chances exist for more rain the rest of this week (a little bit through Thursday), how long we may have to wait before the Houston area is out of extreme or exceptional drought (it depends on how much it rains — we could use six to 12 inches), and how soon we’ll finally leave behind high temperatures in the 90s for good (not this week, though, and probably not the next).

We also discuss what may still head our way this Atlantic hurricane season. We’ve had 16 named storms so far, and NOAA upgraded it to an “above normal” season last month. But, mercifully, no major storms have reached us here yet. (Thanks, heat dome!)

Houston Chronicle meteorologist Justin Ballard
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Houston Chronicle meteorologist Justin Ballard.
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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Craig Cohen

Executive Producer & Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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