Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 9.87 and slowly rising. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, the Brazos River is forecasted to reach Gage elevation 10.3; however, no flooding along the Brazos River is anticipated.

Friday’s Storms

Northern portions of Texas did receive 3 to 6 inches of rainfall that caused minor river flooding. Locally, Fort Bend County and much of the lower Brazos River watershed received between 0.5 to 1.5 inches. We are experiencing a small rise in the Brazos River; however, our current levels remain lower than our historical averages for this time of the year. The good news is that this system did provide some much needed drought relief across east and central Texas; however, the Brazos River watershed reservoirs continue to be on average 1 to 5 feet below their normal conservation pool elevations.

This Week

After a cool weekend, much of our week will include warm, muggy weather. Today highs will hit in the upper 60s with the remainder of the week hitting the mid to upper 70s before our next cold front arrives the weekend. With the warm, muggy weather, our rain chances throughout the week will remain between 20 to 40%. Rain accumulation amounts should remain less than 1.0 inches over the next 7 days for the majority of Fort Bend County and most of the lower Brazos River watershed.

Reservoir Status

2019 Tax Bill Questions

In 2019, the Fort Bend County LID 14 Board of Directors voted to use the Fort Bend County Tax Assessor-Collector to collect LID taxes, in an effort to save LID residents money and streamline the taxpaying process. Accordingly, your 2019 LID 14 taxes were included on your tax bill from Fort Bend County. You will not receive a separate tax bill from the LID for your LID taxes.

The Fort Bend County Tax Assessor-Collector may be contacted at 281-341-3710.

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 9.38. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River is anticipated.

This Week

Our warm, mild winter continues as we start the week with sunny to mostly sunny skies. We are expecting another cold front to push through the region late tonight. This will bring Tuesday’s high temperatures in the mid to upper 60s and lows in the upper 30s. After Tuesday/Wednesday morning, our temperatures will gradually work their way back to the mid to upper 70s as we approach the weekend until our next cold front. Ahead of our next cold front, the NWS is watching the potential for severe storms to develop across portions of southeast Texas, East Texas, Louisiana, and southern Arkansas. Based on the forecasts, the most severe weather is located north-northeast of Fort Bend County, but much of the watershed, including Fort Bend County, is within the 15% severe weather probability area. The current precipitation forecasts are showing between ½ to 1 inch of rainfall across the greater Houston area with Fort Bend County and portions of the lower Brazos River watershed receiving between ¼ and ¾ inches of rainfall. Please continue to follow your local forecast sources throughout the week for any updates in these forecasts.

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 9.41. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River is anticipated.

This Week

We will continue our trend of sunny, warm weather with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s and lows in the low 40s to low 50s. Starting Wednesday into Thursday, we should see increased cloudy weather. Our rain chances for the majority of the week remain below 10% with increased chances for rain starting on Friday. The forecasts are a little mixed on the exact rainfall potential, but the current NWS forecasts shows much of the lower Brazos River Watershed, including Fort Bend County, receiving less than 0.25 inches of rain over the next 7 days.

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 9.47. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River is anticipated.

This Week

After another warm weekend, we are awaiting our next cold front that should push through the Region over the next few hours. This cold front will drop our highs in the mid to upper 50s and our lows in the low to mid 30s. Wednesday morning will be the coldest with temperatures dropping near or below freezing, especially in areas north-northwest of Fort Bend County (north of I-10). Unlike last week’s cold front, our rain chances over the next 24 hours is around 50% with the possibility of less than 0.1 to 0.2 inches over the majority of the Lower Brazos River Watershed, including Fort Bend County. After today, we should see sunny skies through Thursday when a potentially fast moving disturbance pushes through the region bringing another round of showers Thursday night into Friday morning. Overall the NWS forecasts are showing the majority of the Lower Brazos River Watershed receiving 0.2 to 0.4 inches of rainfall over the next 7 days with Fort Bend County seeing 0.25 to 0.5 inches.

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 9.43. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River is anticipated.

This Week

We will start the week with another round of warm temperatures, possible seasonal record highs, before our next cold front moves through the Region tonight. Overall we could see today’s high temperatures reaching 80° with highs falling to the mid-50s on Tuesday. Temperatures will gradually rise throughout the week with highs back in the low to mid 70s by the weekend. Another cold front is expected to move through the Region next Monday or Tuesday.

Ahead of tonight’s cold front, our rain chances increase to about 80 to 90% this evening running through tomorrow morning. After the passage of the cold front, our rain chances drop to below 20% through Saturday. Overall, the lower Brazos River watershed could see less than ¼ inch over the next 7 days with the majority of this rainfall occurring over the next 24 hours. Portions of Fort Bend County could see slightly more rain with as much as ¾ inch over the next 24 hours.

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 9.55. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River is anticipated.

This Week

This week much of the Region should experience sunny to mostly sunny weather. Besides today, temperatures throughout the week we should experience highs in the low to mid 70s and lows from the upper 40s to low 60s with another cold front moving through the region on Friday. Based on the forecasts, our rain chances for the majority of the week should remain low with our highest chance for rain (20% to 30%) on Thursday. Overall, the lower Brazos River watershed, including Fort Bend County, could see less than ¼ inch of rain over the next 7 days.

Winter Outlook

The Climate Prediction Center has released their winter temperature and precipitation outlook for December through February. Based on their modeling, the southern United States, including Texas, could see warmer than normal temperatures and drier than normal conditions through the climatological winter. Please note that this forecast only includes the probabilities of experiencing these conditions over the entire 3 month period. Even during warmer and/or drier than normal winters, it is possible for the region to experience periods of colder and wetter weather.

2019 Hurricane Season

The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ended on Saturday, November 30. In summary, the season included 18 named Storms, 6 Hurricanes, and 3 Major Hurricanes (Cat. 3 and Higher). The most impactful to the State of Texas was Tropical Strom Imelda, which was the 7th wettest tropical cyclone for the United States.

Even though Hurricane Season has ended, please remember that severe weather and flooding does not just occur June through November (ex. May 7, 2019, Tax Day 2016, Memorial Day 2015 and 2016). We encourage everyone to remain prepared, stay informed, and purchase flood insurance. For more information, please visit Ready.gov and FloodSmart.gov.

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 9.75. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River is anticipated.

This Week

This week will be a another mix of warm and cool weather. High temperatures to start the week will hit in the upper 70’s to possibly the low 80’s until our next cold front arrives on Tuesday/Wednesday. This will bring highs down to the upper 60’s for Wednesday with a return of highs in the upper 70’s to possibly the low 80’s for Thanksgiving into the Weekend. The NWS anticipates another cold front pushing through the region over the weekend. Based on the forecasts, our rain changes for the majority of the week could remain between 20 to 50%, with our highest chance for rain on Tuesday. The forecasts vary slightly, but the majority of the lower Brazos River watershed could see less than ½ inch of rain over the next 7 days with Fort Bend County seeing less than ¼ inch.

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 9.73 and forecasted to rise to 10.4. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River is anticipated.

This Week

After a cold week, this week will start with warmer temperatures and lower rain chances. Through Wednesday we should see highs in the low to upper-70s with sunny to partly cloudy skies with low chances for rain. The exact timing varies, but the NWS is anticipating our next cold front to move through the region sometime between Friday and Saturday morning. Ahead of the front, our rain chances increase to 20 to 50% starting late Wednesday evening through Saturday morning. Overall the majority of the lower Brazos River watershed, including Fort Bend County, could see less than ½ inch of rainfall over the next 7 days.

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 10.35 and continuing to fall. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River is anticipated.

This Week

Based on the forecast, today, Monday, will be our highest chance for rain as a Artic Cold Front moves through the Region. Monday’s high temperatures will reach the upper 70s before the cold front moves through dropping the temperatures into the low 30s by tonight into Tuesday morning. Temperatures will remain in the low 30s to mid-50s through Thursday before warming up back into the 60s into the weekend. Over the next 7 days, the NWS has forecasted much of the lower Brazos River Watershed receiving less than ½ inch of rain. The majority of this precipitation could occur over the next 12 to 18 hours with another potential round of showers on Thursday.