Houstonians have serious issues when it comes to weather, deeply seated neurological problems with meteorological events. For one, we can’t ever seem to stop talking about it. This concerns me greatly because reminds me of this popular Oscar Wilde quote,
“Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”
If this rings true, then Houston is filled with a bunch of unimaginative dullards. Lately, I have taken to poking fun at all the hysterics surround the annual turn from summer to fall.
However, we’re now in the midst of the second major cool dip in two weeks. The problem? Well, both of the cold dips have been met with celebration and awe. Yet, both have been closely followed by swift returns to warmer temperatures.
All this silliness surrounding the weather has made me realize most people in this city have little to no understanding of the crazy beast that is Houston weather. The good news is it’s a pretty simple concept to wrap your head around.
Weather Changes Fast in Houston
It happens every year. After four to five months of unbearable heat yields an irrational giddiness when the first breath of cooler weather flies in from the North. However, it’s generally followed by a quick warm up, clearly illustrated by the image above.
This really applies to all times of the year. Weather here is fickle friend. As the saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in Houston, wait a minute, it’ll change.” Fortunately, the solution to this problem is simple.
Look at the Forecast – DAILY
There is a reason Channel 13 turns to their weather team every 7 minutes, because that is vital information for any Houstonian to know on any given day. We have weather that starts out in the 80′s when you wake up in the morning, only to drop to the low 40′s that afternoon. If you don’t know this before you leave the house, your morning outfit of summery bliss is going to turn you into a popsicle of misery by the afternoon.
You’ve got a smart phone, use its weather app or download something with more bells and whistles like the Weather Channel’s app.
I get a lot of use out the Hourly and 10 day forecasts. And I LOVE the Map. It’s the perfect tool for a Houstonian needing to keep up with the crazy Houston weather.