Better setup for rain arrives mid-week

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Updated: 8/12/2013 8:22 am
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MORE RAIN: Not all of us picked up rain yesterday, but there were scattered showers and storms. And we start today with a few isolated showers north of Lubbock, roughly along U.S. 86 in the southern Panhandle. These showers and storms are moving east.

Lubbock's airport picked up 0.26" of rain, but it was 1.27" on the western edge of the city at Reese Center. Here are other top totals from the TTU Mesonet, running through this morning:

Northfield 1.98"
Turkey 0.92"
Roaring Springs 0.61"
Dora 0.47"
Sundown 0.43"
Hobbs 0.41"
NW Lubbock 0.37"
Wolfforth 0.35"

TODAY: The showers to the north will move out of the area next few hours. We'll see a mix of sun and clouds, topping out in the mid 90s. With good moisture in place there will be a slight chance for thunderstorms after 3 p.m. In typical summertime fashion, the placement of storms will be random. If thunderstorms do develop they'll move slowly, leading to some isolated heavy downpours.

TOMORROW: It'll be similar to today, high in the mid 90s with a slight chance for slow-moving showers and thunderstorms.

LATER THIS WEEK: More ingredients should be in place for a better setup for rain on Wednesday. We'll have some upper-level support, in the form of a disturbance moving through in the northwesterly flow. Combined with ample moisture, this should lead to some decent rain. We'll have to see how Wednesday plays out to determine the outlook for Thursday and Friday. We'll keep a slight chance for rain both those days, though we may also boost the rain chance those days. The temperature will top out in the mid 80s Wednesday, slowly warming back to the 90s by the weekend.

Things are looking good for 1/2" to 1" rain totals by week's end, with isolated heavier totals. Yesterday was a good example...Reese Center picked up an inch in less than an hour.


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

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