Storms this evening, hot and dry this weekend

Reported by: Rudy Pearce
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Updated: 8/01/2013 4:34 pm
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Scattered showers and thunderstorms formed early this afternoon and will continue into the evening. Even with the center of high pressure overhead storms have been able to form due to the ample amount of moisture in place and the hot temperatures this afternoon. These storms are not moving all that much and the strongest storms are capable of producing brief heavy rainfall and strong wind gusts. You can watch all the storms with our live streaming radar below.
Since the storms aren’t moving that much rainfall amounts in areas where the storms form can be pretty impressive but unfortunately the rain won’t be spread out much. Click here for a look at the 24 hour rainfall totals from the West Texas Mesonet sites. The storms out there this evening will quickly weaken as the sun sets and eventually dissipate overnight.

The wind will shift to more of a southwesterly direction tomorrow which will help bring in drier air. This will push out a lot of the moisture in place and when you combine that with the center of high pressure overhead our rain chances become slim to none. We will see a return to sunny conditions by the weekend with afternoon temperatures approaching 100° each day.

The center of high pressure will shift off to the east by the middle of next week and a cold front will move down towards the region. It still remains to be seen if and how this will affect our weather but at the least with the high pressure system no longer directly overhead our temperatures shouldn’t be quite as hot.

I hope you had a great day! I will have an update on where all the storms are located and where they are moving tonight on the News at Nine. Matt will have a full updated forecast for you tomorrow morning.
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