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Hoping for Rain and Cooler Temps - 08/09/13

I wish I could definitively say we've got a break in this hot, dry weather coming.  Unfortunately, though it won't be as hot or as humid and though there will be small rain chances this weekend - I wouldn't be shocked if we stay in triple digits and rain-free despite the chances.  On a scale of 1 to 10.  My confidence in breaking the triple digit streak (which stands at 12 days) is about a 5.  If we do break the streak - Sunday looks like our best chance (I'm forecasting a high of 99).  As for the dry streak, I'll give it a 4.  I do think there will be showers both Saturday and Sunday which develop near the coast and propagate northwestward.  The best chances of rain continue to be our southeastern counties.  But the rain chances taper as you head north and west and many areas could miss the spotty rain which develops.  OK - that's my long and drawn-out explanation of the lack of any REAL relief in your Storm Tracker 7-Day. 

TRIPLE DIGITS
We stand at 25 for the year including 12 in a row.  If this streak breaks, Sunday is the most likely day to break it.

DRY STREAK
We've now had 13 straight days with no rain.  There are two waves of low pressure in the Gulf which will try to bring some rain to the Lone Star State - but the best chances are south and east of the Austin area.
Weekend Rain Chances:
Fayette County: 30%
Caldwell, Bastrop, Lee Counties: 20%
Hays, Travis, Williamson, Milam Counties: 10%
Hill Country: 5%
Rain totals for the Austin area look less than 1/10".

AFRICAN DUST
The Saharan dust which has created haze in our air the past few days is dissipating.  Our Air Quality for Saturday will be in the "good" range.  It has been "moderate" the last few days.

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER
The best meteor shower of the year peaks Sunday through Tuesday.  Look at the sky from around 10:30 PM to 4:30 AM and you could see meteors streaking across the sky.  NASA predicts more than 100/hour at peak are possible.
More from NASA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO83KP54YXs&feature=c4-overview&list=UUKt6dYzHqHfpcp1lgj4bl1A

Have a great weekend!
-Chikage

Chief Meteorologist Chikage Windler
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