Isolated storms possible this afternoon

Reported by: Matt Ernst
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Updated: 8/01/2013 4:47 am
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THIS MORNING: We've had a complex of showers and thunderstorms near the state line slowly edging east, but also fading with time. Checking the 24-hour rain totals, best report is Muleshoe at 1.23", followed by:
Friona 0.71"
Dimmitt 0.34"
Amherst 0.30"
Morton 0.28"
Olton 0.12"

The rain that is out there will continue to diminish, leading to a partly cloudy, mild and humid start to the day in the upper 60s to mid 70s.

THIS AFTERNOON: Clouds will thin out a bit, helping to warm it to the mid 90s most of the area, SE wind 5-15mph. Although high pressure is building closer into the area, it looks like we'll have enough heat and moisture to warrant a slim chance for a few showers and thunderstorms. The chance is low, but storms could produce some isolated heavy downpours.


EXTENDED OUTLOOK: This weekend into the first part of next week high pressure is going to be parked across the region, meaning sunny and hot weather will be the rule. There should still be enough moisture under the ridge for a few clouds tomorrow but the rain chance looks much lower. Both the GFS and European models keep the high pressure ridge close by until the middle of next week, before it builds east and weakens some by late next week. Translation is mid to upper 90s every afternoon for at least the next week.


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