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Well this certainly turned out to be a busted forecast to say the least. All signs pointed to decent chances for rain over the past couple of days but we saw nothing more than some light mist and drizzle. This all added up to a few hundredths of an inch of rain across the area and that is about it. If you want to see the complete list of rainfall totals from the West Texas Mesonet Sites click here
Temperatures were cold once again today as we started off the day some 8-10 degrees below average and our afternoon highs were over 20 degrees below average! Below is a look at some of our morning lows and afternoon highs from today.
Clouds will clear tonight which will allow our temperatures to quickly cool back down to just above freezing tomorrow morning. We could also see some patchy fog in the morning but don’t expect anything too serious. A sunny sky will help us warm back to around the average high of 72 tomorrow afternoon with the wind remaining fairly light, only about 5-15mph from the northwest.
The wind will shift back to the south on Friday and will become breezy. This will help pump in warmer air and we will see above average temperatures both in the mornings and afternoons over the weekend into the beginning of next week.
The next storm system that will affect us will swing by at the beginning of next week. Unfortunately models are doing the same thing with this system as they did with the one from the past couple of days, flip flopping and not agreeing with each other. This gives us little confidence if any with determining how we will be affected. That being said, it currently looks like a cold front will get pushed through sometime between Monday and Wednesday and we couple possibly see some rain. Just how cold we will get and what our chances for rain are remains to be seen. Stay tuned!
** The Tornado that touched down Monday afternoon has been rated an EF-1 Tornado by the National Weather Service. The tornado was on the ground for approximately five minutes, from 4:43 to 4:48 just a few miles southeast of Silverton. It covered about 2.5 miles over open farmland but did damage several power poles, a center pivot irrigation system, and destroyed the roof of a barn. For the full report by the National Weather Service click here
. A picture of the track of the tornado and some of the damage done is below. **
I will step you through this tricky forecast tonight on the News at Nine. Matt will have an updated forecast for you tomorrow morning.