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WELCOME RAIN: You may have been woken up early this morning by a lot of thunder. That disruption came with great news...soaking rain across the area. The greatest rain total as of 6 a.m. is Post, over 3.6" of rain over the past 24 hours. Here are other top totals from the Texas Tech Mesonet:
Near Texas Tech 1.89"
Lake Alan Henry 1.64"
The airport is low on the numbers around Lubbock, at 0.41". Our friends at the Weather Service say it's 1.53" at their office next to the Science Spectrum off the South Loop.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue moving southeast across the area. Here is a live stream of the radar:Live streaming video by Ustream
LATER TODAY: With water on the ground and a mostly cloudy sky it won't be nearly as hot, topping out in the mid 80s across the area, wind NE 5-15mph. While it probably won't be like the storms we saw last night, we do expect some more showers and thunderstorms later this afternoon into this evening. Because there is so much water in the atmosphere, any storms that develop will be able to produce healthy rain totals.
Our in-house RPM model is suggesting we could see storms over NE New Mexico and the Texas Panahndle push into our area tonight. It could be another round of late-night storms bringing heavy rainfall.
NEXT FEW DAYS: It'll slowly warm up, but the high will still be below the average of 92. We're forecasting 87 for Lubbock tomorrow, 90 Friday. The northwesterly flow aloft will support at least isolated storm development each day, so we'll keep a chance for a few late-day storms both days.
WEEKEND: High pressure aloft will slowly build back east into the region, which will make it a little hotter. It'll reach the low 90s both Saturday and Sunday. There will be enough moisture in place, so an isolated storm still might develop.
Have a great day, check back here for updates. Rudy will have the next forecast update this afternoon.