John Dawson is the Weekend Meteorologist for FOX 26 News. He is a native of the FOX 26 viewing area; after graduating from Friendswood High School, he received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Radio/TV/Film from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. He is also a graduate of the Broadcast Meteorology program at Mississippi State University. The Houston Press Club honored John with the 2011 Lone Star Award in Online Collaborative News Reporting for the FOXRAD Hurricane Briefing.
John produces this multimedia hurricane preparedness resource throughout hurricane season. Himself the father of two boys, JD searches the Houston area and beyond for outdoor activities that are family- and budget-friendly. Prior to joining the FOX 26 Weather Team in 2001, JD worked behind-the-scenes for FOX 26 News and as a producer for Family 45 television. He also returned to his alma mater, Friendswood High School, as the Video Technology Director from 1998 until 2002. JD has been honored by the Associated Press, nominated for an Emmy and been named "Weatherman of the Year" for his work at Cable 7 in Huntsville. JD, his wife and their sons are active in their church and enjoy being outside together whenever possible.
An Arctic Blast is set to reach southeast Texas at the end of this weekend. A very strong cold front is set to arrive late Sunday into early Monday.
With the possibility of severe weather on Monday, the FOX 26 Weather Team has issued a FOX 26 Storm Alert Day.
The Storm Prediction Center has moved their severe weather outlook further to the East and now no longer includes Texas. However, showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected late in the day as a front moves through Southeast Texas.
Following the hottest day on record for Houston (tied with last Thursday), today will be hot, but not as crazy hot. Look for highs in the upper 90s to low 100s with scattered afternoon rain. The rest of the week does look hot with upper 90s tomorrow and around 101 the rest of the week. In the tropics, Idalia is threatening Florida with high winds and rain on Wednesday and Franklin is a category 4 in the Atlantic and only threatens Bermuda.
Get ready for our first triple digits of the season. This is dangerous heat coming early in the season, so take all precautions to stay safe.
Houston will see some rounds of showers and storms this Mother's Day weekend, but most will be manageable with only isolated problems.
The free event aims to raise awareness of tropical cyclone impacts and the danger of getting caught without a preparedness plan, which is why this year's tour will kick off in Houston just in time for Hurricane Season.
We have an interesting and somewhat difficult forecast ahead this week.
Look for temperatures in Houston to soar to near 90 on Monday and Tuesday but the weather story this week will be the rain that is coming at the end of the week.
Today is the Vernal Equinox which marks the first day of astronomical spring. While meteorological spring began on March 1, many folks along the Gulf Coast were surprised by the very cold temperatures Monday morning.