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TODAY: Another hot, sunny and breezy day is ahead. It's a clear sky this morning, a little warmer than yesterday, in the 60s and low 70s. It's warmer because more humidity has returned and the south wind has stayed up. The dew point is in the 50s across our area, 60s down around San Antonio, 70s near the coast. The dew point will continue to rise into tomorrow...it'll get more humid. This is in response to a large storm system across Iowa and Montana this morning, bringing rain and snow up there.
Today we'll top out in the low to mid 90s, gusty S/SE wind 12-22mph. We can't rule out an isolated shower this afternoon, but mainly we expect a few more clouds late afternoon into the evening. Weather looks great for the Hub City Barbecue and the Thursday night game at Lowrey Field. 80s most of the evening, 70s by 9 p.m., unset 7:38 p.m.
TOMORROW: The upper-level storm system will continue eastward and will bring a chance for thunderstorms late in the day. Partly cloudy through the day, high near 85, wind SE 12-25mph.
The upper-level wind will be increasing through the day from the southwest, running on top of the increasingly gusty SE wind here at the surface. This is shear, which will help to organize storms that develop. Dew points in the 60s and the temp in the 80s will lead to enough instability for storms to form. A dry line...boundary between dry air west and humid east...may form somewhere west of Lubbock, to help storms go up late afternoon into the evening. The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted the Panhandle with the risk for severe storms tomorrow afternoon and evening, outlook area runs down about to Plainview:
The primary risks will be strong wind and hail, although an isolated tornado will be possible.
The risk for severe weather is roughly 3 p.m. Friday through Midnight. Though the severe weather risk drops off, the chance for rain and thunderstorms gets better early Saturday morning as a cold front moves across the region. The chance for rain will fade into Saturday afternoon from north to south.
FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: There is the potential for a thunderstorm near a few of the football games tomorrow night. It won't be at all of them, but keep in mind lightning will be possible.
NEXT WEEK: Cooler mornings Sunday and Monday with drier air in place, lots of sunshine through mid-week with a gradual warming trend.
Be sure to check back here for updates on the storm potential. Rudy will have the next update later today.