The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 25.71 feet (Action Stage). Based on the rainfall received last week, the Brazos River peaked around Gage Elevation 26.75 on the afternoon of Sunday, April 21.
Our pattern of sunny/cloudy skies with a chance for severe weather continues this week. Through mid-day Wednesday, we should be dry with a mixture of cloudy to partly cloudy skies with highs hitting 80°. Starting Wednesday evening, our chances for severe weather increases through Thursday morning. The confidence is on the lower side, but based on this morning’s forecast, the most severe weather is shown to our west with the possibility for hail and damaging winds. Similar to storms across the State in previous weeks, isolated tornadoes and localized heavy rainfall is a potential threat in areas with the highest chance for severe weather.
24 hours ago, the heaviest rains were shown to be over the upper portions of the Brazos River watershed, but the forecast as shifted the heaviest rains further up the watershed. The current forecast is showing between 0.5 to 2 inches over our region with the areas to our east and northwest seeing up to 3.5 inches. Everyone is encouraged to pay close attention to the forecasts as we approach Wednesday afternoon as additional shifts in location and intensities could happen.
The USGS has rolled out more of their next generation water-data station pages. Here is the link to check out the updated page for the USGS Gauge for the Brazos River at Richmond.