Chances for rain continue

Reported by: Rudy Pearce
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Updated: 8/23/2012 5:17 pm
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Scattered light showers continue across the South Plains and have been on going for most of the day. The key words in the previous sentence are “scattered” and “light” as many have missed out on the rain and for those who have seen some it hasn’t amounted to much. As of this writing nobody has seen more than .05” but the good news is that our chances for rain continue this evening and through the weekend. Click here to check out the 24 hour rainfall totals from the West Texas Mesonet sites and click here to check out the 72 hour rainfall totals. Below is our live streaming radar showing where all the rain is currently.


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We could see some storms embedded in this activity but for the most part this will just be a light rain event for the rest of today and tomorrow. A surface boundary (weak front) will move into the Texas Panhandle and maybe even our northern counties this weekend. This will provide the focus for more rain and storms to develop. While the best chances will be around this boundary, so in our northern counties, all of us still have at least slight chances for rain on both Saturday and Sunday. We might see a little heavier rainfall with the activity this weekend but for the most part rainfall amounts do not look like they will be all that impressive with the one exception being perhaps our northeastern counties. Below is a rainfall amount forecast graphic for tonight through Sunday night put together by the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center showing around a .25” for most of us with maybe up to an inch in our northeastern most counties.

 
 
 


Even with the chances for rain and the added cloud coverage temperatures will warm to around the average high of 91° each day. High pressure looks to build across the region which will help clear out the sky and return us to mostly sunny conditions.

 
 
 


Tropical Storm Joyce has formed out in the Atlantic but this does not look like it will affect anybody. All eyes are still on Tropical Storm Isaac which looks like it will hit Haiti tomorrow and Cuba on Saturday. After that there is still lots of uncertainty with the path as it could make landfall anywhere from Florida to Louisiana. Below is the official National Hurricane Center forecast for Isaac.

 
 
 


I will see you tonight on the News at Nine and Matt will have a full forecast update for you tomorrow morning.
-Rudy

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