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TODAY: Another extra hot day is on the way for the South Plains and pretty much all of the region. Yesterday Lubbock hit 107...high temp in the state was 110 at Wink. The upper-level ridge is spread across the region, from West Texas to the Four Corners. Not much is changing from yesterday to today, although the wind will have more of a SE component today, around 10-15mph. It looks like Lubbock will top out around 105, though it isn't out of the question hitting 107 again. We won't get to today's record, which is the all-time Lubbock record, 114 from 1994. Thank goodness.
NEXT FEW DAYS: The upper-level ridge will build farther nothwest, moving across the Four Corners this weekend and eventually closer to the Pacific Northwest by early next week. This is good news for us, it means it'll be getting less hot next week.
The overall pattern will be ridge west and a big trough over the eastern half of the nation. This will lead to cooler air building down, even to our area next week. In fact, the guidance has been trending toward highs in the 80s much of next week for our area.
The more uncertain part of the outlook is the rain potential. There could be an isolated shower or storm tomorrow. By Saturday night and Sunday night we've got a slight chance for thunderstorms. We'll have some upper-level energy moving from that Midwest trough, which could trigger a few storms here...or a few could develop to the northwest and move this way. Next week models have been showing a better setup for rain, but the specifics on just which day aren't great. We can't say which day has a better chance for rain. But a good sign is the GFS, European and Canadian models are all trending toward some rain. Stay tuned for the specifics on which day. It could even be some rain on the Fourth.
Thanks to the staff and volunteers at the Texas Tech Museum. They invited Caitlin and me out for their weather camp. I stressed to the students how lucky they are to have a camp like that, I would've definitely attended one as a kid. They were getting hands-on lessons on how various things like hurricanes, tornadoes and floods work. Really cool stuff!
Have a great day, Rudy will have the next check of your forecast later today.