Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 18.09 feet and peaking from the widespread rainfall that occurred last week in the upper portions of the watershed. The forecast is showing that levels should begin to fall Monday afternoon. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.

This Week

After a warm, sunny weekend, we will start the week cloudy as we wait for our next cold front to arrive toward the middle of the week. High temperatures through Wednesday will hit in the upper 70s to low 80s, before the cold front drops our highs into the mid to upper 50s. Monday’s rain chances remain low; however, those rain chances increase Tuesday through Thursday. Based on the forecasts, portions of the lower Brazos River watershed, upstream of Hempstead, could see 1 to 1.5 in inches through Thursday. Further downstream through Austin, Waller, and Fort Bend Counties, we could see between 0.5 to 1.0 inches. Once the cold front pushes through the region, sunny to partly cloudy skies should return Friday and Saturday.

Reservoir Status

Tax Savings Opportunities

Fort Bend County Commissioner Ken R. DeMerchant on Tuesday announced that yet another entity has taken steps in the right direction to generate tax savings for its residents. Municipal Utility District (MUD) 46 became the newest member to join in an Interlocal Agreement with Fort Bend County Tax Assessor/Collector. In doing so they will receive a 97% savings.

Last year Commissioner DeMerchant worked closely with Levee Improvement District (LID) 14 to find ways to lower the tax burden on its residents. The result was a 22% tax cut and a tax savings of 4 cents for each of its residents. By working out an agreement with LID 14 to collect LID taxes using the Fort Bend County Tax Assessor/Collector, assisted in a LID tax savings of 98%.

As promised Commissioner DeMerchant continues to evaluate, analyze, and brainstorm on fresh and innovative ways to pass on tax savings to the residents of Precinct 4.

DeMerchant stated, “It’s working smarter to find alternative solutions such as reducing wasteful spending and using those savings where they matter most, is what is important for the wellbeing of our County.”

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 9.35 feet. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River is anticipated.

This Week

After a fairly calm and dry 4 or 5 days, we will start the week wet, as another cold front works its way through the region. Today’s highs will hit the mid-70s before the cold front drops our highs throughout the week to the upper 50s to low/mid- 60s. With the cold front, a decent amount of rain is in the forecast for much of southeast Texas. The majority of the significant rainfall should remain northeast of Fort Bend County and mostly out of the Brazos River Watershed. Based on the forecasts, portions of the lower Brazos River Watershed (upstream of Hempstead) could see between 1 to 2 inches over the next 24 to 48 hours. Downstream of Hempstead and through Fort Bend County, we could see between 0.5 to 1.0 inches over the next 24 to 48 hours. This rainfall could bring much needed drought relief to portions of the lower Brazos River Watershed; however, based on the forecasts, no flooding along the Brazos River is anticipated. The extended forecast is showing sunny weather returning Thursday and Friday with the possibility of a wet weekend; however, there is uncertainty in the forecasts through the weekend. Continue to monitor your favorite local weather source for changes in the forecasts.

Reservoir Status

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 9.88 feet. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River is anticipated.

This Week

We will start the week with highs in the upper to mid-70s before our next cold front arrives bringing highs in the 50s to low 60s and lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. Our rain chances will remain around 20% for most of the week, except for Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday when our rain chances increase to 70% to 80%. The Weather Prediction Center forecast shows the lower Brazos River Watershed, including Fort Bend County receiving 0.5 to 1.0 inches of rainfall over the next 5 to 7 days.

Reservoir Status

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 10.26. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River is anticipated.

This Week

This week should consist of the mixture of mostly sunny to cloudy weather. Tuesday’s temperatures will be highs in the mid-60s before our next cold front moves through Tuesday evening. That will bring our highs in the mid to upper 50s before warming up the weekend. Overall we are expecting to receive some showers on Tuesday and again toward the end of the week. Overall the lower Brazos River Watershed, including Fort Bend County, could see less than 1 inch of rain over the next 5 to 7 days.

Reservoir Status

 

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 10.19. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River is anticipated.

This Week

After a series of warm, muggy days, we will start the week dry, sunny, and on the cooler side with highs in the low 60s and lows in the upper 30s to mid-40s. Temperatures will gradually increase into the weekend with highs hitting the mid to upper 60s before a cool front works its way through the region toward the end of the week. Our rain chances increase on Wednesday with a 70% to 90% chance of rain. Our rain chances slowly decrease Thursday with the return of sunny to mostly sunny skies Thursday afternoon/evening through Saturday. Overall the NWS forecast shows much of the lower Brazos River watershed, including Fort Bend County, receiving 1 to 1.5 inches of rainfall over the next 7 days.

Reservoir Status

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

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.