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Orionid Meteor Shower Peaking

Monday, October 20th, 2014

If you like seasonably warm temps and partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies - this is your week!  On the other hand, if you're hoping for rain, you're probably out of luck. 

High pressure dominates most of the week - and it's will probably be strong enough to deflect any showers.  The slim hope for a stray shower comes Thursday mainly west in the Hill Country.  A weak area of low pressure crosses the Lone Star State and may trigger a couple showers.  I'm putting a 10% chance in your forecast.  As for good rain chances, it's likely we won't see anything for the rest of the month!   This month, we're .97" below average rain at Camp Mabry and for the year, we're holding on to a slim .79" surplus.

There is a positive to our storm-free stretch.  We'll likely have excellent viewing for two astronomical events this week.  The Orionid Meteor shower peaks Tuesday morning between midnight and dawn and up to 25 meteors per hour are possible.  Skies should be mainly clear until around 6 AM when some patchy fog or low clouds may briefly try to develop.  A Partial Solar Eclipse will be visible Thursday evening from around 5 to 7 PM and with partly cloudy skies, we should have a good view here in Austin.  Just remember not to look at the sun directly!  Make a pinhole camera or use eclipse glasses to see the eclipse.

Tropics Tracker:
In the Atlantic -  An area of low pressure in the Southern Gulf has a 50-60% chance of developing into our next Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm.  If it does develop, it's likely it will not push north into Texas.  More than likely, it will track eastward and could affect South Florida by the end of the week.


Monday Night: 62 Mainly clear early, partly cloudy late.  Winds: Light E
Tuesday: 83 Partly cloudy to mostly sunny.   Winds: E 5-10
Wednesday: 84 Partly cloudy.   Winds: E 5 *Morning Low: 60
Thursday: 82 Partly cloudy, 10% chance of a shower - mainly west.   *Morning Low: 61
Friday: 85 Mostly sunny.  *Morning Low: 61
Saturday: 87 Mostly sunny.  *Morning Low: 61
Sunday: 87 Mostly sunny.  *Morning Low: 62
Monday: 87 Mostly sunny.  *Morning Low: 62

Thanks for checking in and enjoy the rest of your week!

Chief Meteorologist Chikage Windler

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