Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 25.5. Excessive rainfall upstream of Hempstead has caused the Lower Brazos River to enter Action Stage in Richmond; however, levels on the Brazos River from Hempstead to Richmond are falling. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.

This Week

Prior to the weekend, the hope was that our first cold front would push through the greater Houston region. It will push through portions of Texas; however, at this time the cold front could fade as it moves toward or through southeast Texas. We will start the week with mostly cloudy skies with slightly elevated rain chances. The weekend we could see sunny to mostly sunny skies with minimal rain chances. Our high temperatures will be in the upper 80s to low 90s with our low temperatures in the low to mid-70s. There is more heavy rain headed for the Upper Brazos River Watershed; however, this rainfall currently is not anticipated to have major impacts on the Lower Brazos River due to the distance and current reservoir capacity available. Based on the current 7-Day Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF), the Lower Brazos Watershed, including Fort Bend County, could see between ¼ and ¾ of an inch over the next 7 days. The majority of this rainfall could occur between Tuesday and Thursday.

Tropical Activity

We are currently in the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season and at this moment the National Hurricane Center is tracking 2 Tropical Storms (Paulette and Rene) and 2 Disturbances. Currently these systems are not expected to impact the Texas Coast, but since we are in the peak of Hurricane Seasons, we continue to encourage everyone to continue to monitor the Tropics.

Reservoir Status