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THIS MORNING: A cold front is moving into the area. Behind the front we'll have a gusty north wind and a slightly cooler day. Ahead of the front it's actually in the upper 40s. It's not so much this morning that'll be cooler as much as the afternoon, high temp today near 60, NE wind gusty through the morning gradually backing off this afternoon...up to around 25mph. Here are the projected high temps for today:
TONIGHT: Sunset is 7:53 p.m., it'll stay mainly clear, low in the mid 30s...a light freeze for areas north and west of Lubbock.
THIS WEEK: A lack of storm systems over the western half of the nation means our weather is on spring break, not much happening. It'll be sunny each afternoon, close to 70 tomorrow, mid 70s Thursday, 80 Friday. The wind will get a little stronger through the weekend.
There is a passing disturbance to our north. For now most models don't show anything significant. A new trend in the GFS model is for that to be a stronger disturbance and cool it off some Sunday. The European model isn't showing this, the GFS didn't have this yesterday, so for now we expect it drop just to the mid 70s Sunday.
Longer-range guidance shows it staying pretty quiet here into early next week, maybe some changes later next week...too far out for specifics.
DUAL-POL RADAR: The Lubbock office of the National Weather Service hosted a great training session yesterday on dual-polarization radar. They had weather staffs from all the TV stations there. Yes, we're able to sit at a table and not battle it out "Anchorman" style. We have a great NWS office that provides this helpful training.
The simple explanation of dual-pol is this upgrade lets us better tell the type of precipitation falling by having the radar send out and listen for beams on a horizontal and vertical plane, previously it's been just one plane. It'll take years to really see the benefits, through case studies and education. But if we can tell you with increased confidence the difference between snow or rain in the winter..or if we can better identify a hail core or a signature suggesting a tornado, it's a benefit to you.
The Lubbock radar will be upgraded in April to this dual-polarization technology.
Have a great day, Rudy will have the next forecast update later today.