Isolated thunderstorms possible next few days

Reported by: Matt Ernst
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Updated: 8/07/2013 5:59 am
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THUNDERSTORMS: We had a few thunderstorms develop yesterday afternoon and evening around the area, and we start the day with a couple isolated storms around Lubbock County. Unfortunately, these showers aren't producing much rain. It was 0.01" of rain yesterday at the airport and 0.01" has fallen through 4:30 a.m. today. It takes a little luck to catch a rain gauge beneath one of these small showers, best 24-hour rain total in the area is Tahoka at 0.30".

Here is a live stream of the radar:

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RECORD HEAT: Lubbock reached 105 degrees yesterday, breaking the previous daily record of 102. Hottest day of the summer still stands at 107 degrees on June 26. Here are some other high temps from the area on the TTU Mesonet yesterday:

Northfield 107
Paducah 107
Tahoka 106
Caprock Canyons 105
Gail 105
Jayton 105
Lake Alan Henry 105
Post 105
Roaring Springs 105
Turkey 105
White River Lake 105

TODAY: The showers and storms we have around the area this morning are isolated and moving north slowly. They should fade in the next few hours. A mix of sun and clouds is expected this afternoon, with a better flow of mid- and upper-level moisture than what we had yesterday. This is thanks to the big high pressure dome aloft moving farther east into East Texas, and a weak disturbance out to the west. Although we'll have this moisture to work with, it's still only a slight chance for thunderstorms late this afternoon into the evening. Like yesterday, dew points will be in the low 50s, so any storms that develop won't produce too much rain.

High temp in the upper 90s to lower 100s across the area, wind S/SW 10-15mph.


NEXT FEW DAYS: A front that will be stalling out, making small north-south movements over the Panhandle, should finally move across the area late tomorrow, leading to a slighly less hot Friday. The moisture near the front not being great means we'll keep just a slight chance for thunderstorms next few days. At least compared to 105 yesterday, the lower 90s won't be too bad on Friday.

With the high pressure ridge moving east and weakening some it won't be quite so hot this weekend, close to the average high of 92. The ridge should move back west next week, edging it hotter by a few degrees. The ridge does not look as strong next week, so it may not completely cut off the rain potential.


Have a great day. Rudy will have a full update to the forecast later today.
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