It's hot. The heat was unbearable on Saturday when we arrived from our trek away from Rita. You know how hot it was?

So hot that my cat Mango was panting like a labrador retriever the Saturday evening we arrived home.

When we got home I let her out of the carrier and she roamed around outside while we unloaded the car. When I walked outside and found her she was panting heavily. She had her tongue hanging out and was breathing hard, her little heart was beating fast. I thought for sure she was a goner. I soaked her in water, maybe that's a bad thing to do, but she didn't complain one bit. For a cat not to care about being soaking wet, you know something is wrong there. She was like that for about an hour, then slowly got better and now is back to normal, wreaking havoc. I can only imagine what effect the heat had on humans that day.

Ok, going back to the title of this post, looks like a little relief is coming our way:

From the SciGuy, Eric Berger(Houston Chronicle blogger)

Wednesday morning's Rita roundup

For those of you without electricity, take heart. After some concern the front might weaken, The National Weather Service is now increasingly confident that Thursday's cold front will be robust:



And finally, here's a bit of good news. Steve Gregory at Weather Underground believes it's put-up or shut-up time for that tropical disturbance in the Caribbean we've been watching here:

I'm now of the belief that unless the system develops into a Tropical Depression SOON — and a Tropical storm by Thursday — it may not do either at all!

The reasoning for this is that tropical storms/hurricanes tend to develop a self-sustaining environment — which will only then, IMHO, be sufficient to fend off the overall weather pattern now being predicted by the global models. So if the system doesn't manage to develop into a storm within 48 hours, the predicted synoptic scale pattern may very well prevent it from doing so.

This kind of reminds me of the 'system' back in mid-August that looked so promising to develop into a hurricane just northeast of Puerto Rico, and then just failed completely as shear from nearby upper level cyclones inhibited any further development. Although, a week later it suddenly started to develop — and ended up becoming a storm named Katrina. (DO NOT misinterpret what I just said — this is NO Katrina — I'm really just referring to how so many systems' that 'look' on the verge of intensifying — suddenly end up falling apart.)

To read his blog click here.