Our Weekend Winds, Our Next Storms

Updated 10:22 PM Friday March 15

Our Weekend Winds, Our Next Storms
GF Default - Steve's Friday Evening First Alert Forecast

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - How about the wind today? For most of the KCBD area for most of the day speeds have been less than 10 mph! Still enough to put quite a chill in the air if you were exposed to the breeze. On the other hand, the sunshine helped make it toasty inside closed-up vehicles. Tomorrow's weather will be similar, with one significant difference.

Saturday will begin nearly as cold as Friday morning, then warm to nearly the same afternoon high. Saturday’s winds will be nearly identical to today’s. The difference will be the cloud cover. Saturday looks like a mostly cloudy day, which will cut down on the warming power of the sunshine we benefited from today. The clouds may produce a few sprinkles, mainly late in the day and evening and mainly over the southern viewing area.

Sunday again begins nearly as cold as Saturday, but the afternoon will be warmer. Still cool, but warmer than both today and tomorrow. Winds may pick up slightly but will still be light. Cloud cover is expected to give way to a mostly sunny sky.

In case you're not keeping track, Sunday is March 17, St. Patrick's Day. Just throwing it out there.

In case you're not keeping track, Wednesday is the Vernal Equinox, the first official day of Spring. Just throwing it out there.

Thunderstorms make their next appearance in our forecast on the first full day of Spring. My updated forecasts (including our Hourly, Weekend, and 10-Day) with many more details are available now here on our Weather Page and in our KCBD First Alert Weather App. Both are free to you. Download our app here:

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Temperature extremes today in Lubbock were 26°, eleven degrees below the average for the date, and 52°, fourteen degrees below the average for the date. The March 15 record low is 17° (1947) and the record high 88° (2013). For tomorrow, March 16, Lubbock’s average extremes are 37° and 67° and the record extremes are 16° (1923) and 87° (1966 and 2017).

Sunrise Saturday in Lubbock is at 7:57 AM CDT and sunset at 7:56 PM CDT.

♦ NWS Damage Survey for 03/12/19 severe weather event. The following information concerns severe weather in and near the southwestern KCBD viewing area earlier this week and is provided by the National Weather Service office in Midland.

On the evening of Tuesday, March 12, a line of severe thunderstorms quickly moved east across the area, producing damaging straight-line winds, large hail, and tornadoes. The NWS in Midland sent two teams out to survey the damage in Malaga NM and Andrews TX, where a tornado was confirmed at both locations. A team also visited Snyder TX, where damage evidence suggests straight-line winds as the cause.

♦ Andrews TX Tornado

Rating: EF-1

Estimated peak wind: 80-100 mph

Path length (statute): approximately 1 mile

Path width (maximum): roughly 350 yards

Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 0

Start date: 03/12/2019

Start time: 9:55 PM CDT

End date: 03/12/2019

End time: 10:00 PM CDT

Specifics on damage and damage locations will be included in the final storm damage write-up that will be completed shortly.

♦ Malaga NM Tornado

Rating: EF-2

Estimated peak wind: 112 mph

Path length (statute): 15 miles

Path width (maximum): roughly 350 yards

Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 0

Start date: 03/12/2019

Start time: 6:08 PM MDT

End date: 03/12/2019

End time: 6:30 PM MDT

This tornado touched down southwest of Malaga and moved northeast for 15 miles, crossing US HWY 285 south of Malaga. The tornado generally remained in open fields, however there was some damage to power poles. Specifics on damage locations will be included in the final storm damage write-up that will be completed shortly.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories.

EF0... weak...... 65 to 85 mph

EF1... weak...... 86 to 110 mph

EF2... strong.... 111 to 135 mph

EF3... strong.... 136 to 165 mph

EF4... violent... 166 to 200 mph

EF5... violent... >200 mph

♦ Snyder TX Thunderstorm Wind

Peak wind (estimated): 85-100 mph

Path length (statute): approximately 4 miles

Path width (maximum): roughly 450 yards

Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 0

Date: 03/13/2019

Time (radar estimated): 12:05-12:10 AM CDT

Specifics on damage and damage locations will be included in the final storm damage write-up that will be completed shortly.

Note: The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS Storm Data.

Steve's Friday Evening First Alert Forecast

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