Chance for storms over the weekend

Reported by: Rudy Pearce
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Updated: 6/16/2012 2:11 am
2:00AM Update:

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has expired as storms continue to slowly weaken and diminish across the South Plains. We once again received some beneficial rainfall across most of the region. You can find the 24hour rainfall totals here and the 72hour rainfall totals here. The rest of your forecast is below in the original post.

8:45PM Update:

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 2AM for a line of storms that continues to push east capable of producing wind gusts in excess of 70mph. Counties under the watch are highlighted in green below.



You can watch the progress of the line of storms with our live streaming radar below.

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We again are watching storms quickly develop across southeastern New Mexico. This activity is all slowly moving to the east and could move into the South Plains tonight. You can track all the storms with our live streaming radar below.

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We currently are not under any kind of watch or risk but could still see some isolated strong to severe storms with any activity that moves across the South Plains. Just like yesterday the upper level wind flow which controls the speed and direction of the storms is fairly weak, so storms will be moving very slowly meaning that locations that see storms could see quite a bit of rain perhaps even leading to localized flooding like last night. We do expect storms to quickly weaken after sundown and eventually diminish overnight.

This weekend we will start off each day in the upper 60s and lower 70s and warm to the low to mid 90s each afternoon. We will again have just a slight chance for storms each afternoon and evening but any storms that do form could quickly become strong to severe. Unlike the past couple of days, storms this weekend will likely move from north to south with upper-level flow becoming northwesterly and a cold front stalling out across the Texas Panhandle serving as a focus mechanism for storm development.

There are signs that next week we will turn to the dreaded summer time weather pattern with a big blocking high pressure system keeping all the storm energy away from us. There are also some models that aren’t too aggressive with this just yet, but either way rain chances do not look good for next week as we stay under mostly sunny conditions with afternoon temperatures warming to the low to mid 90s.


I will keep you updated this evening if any storms make it into our area and of course I will have your full forecast tonight on the News at Nine. Chase will be here all weekend.

LITTLE BEAR FIRE: Newest information I have shows 45% containment of the blaze, now estimated at more than 37,900 acres. About 234 structures have been destroyed so far all outside of the Village of Ruidoso. There are 1,449 personnel responding to this blaze, according to the official site. There have been no deaths reported by 2 injuries attributed to “heat related illness”.

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