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RAIN YESTERDAY: Where showers and thunderstorms developed there were some pretty good downpours, even around parts of Lubbock. The airport received just 0.09" of rain, while near the Texas Tech campus it was 0.61" and the TTU Mesonet site near Abernathy at 0.77". Here are other 24-hour totals ending this morning:
Reese Center 0.19"
There were also a couple landspout tornadoes that developed just west of the Lubbock airport. These are not in the same realm as torandoes we see in the spring, those are connected to thunderstorms 40,000 to 50,000 feet tall with a violently rotating updraft. These landspouts formed with a few surface boundaires in place, stretched upward by developing thunderstorms. It's rare they produce even minor damage. The photo below is from the National Weather Service Lubbock office.Click here
- for more on these landspouts from the NWS.
HOT PATTERN: Upper-level ridging is going to expand across the region this weekend and stay parked here through at least the middle of next week. It's not going to change much today through next Wednesday. Models do show the ridge may weaken late next week. This should drop the temperature by a few degrees, and there may even be a weak front that gets down here. But for now the outlook is hot and mainly sunny each day.
Today it'll top out near 99 in Lubbock wind SW/S 10-20mph. First Friday Art Trail weather will be warm but clear, mid 80s by 9 p.m.
Have a great weekend. Rudy will have a full update to your forecast later this afternoon.