Storms, wind, and warmth

Storms, wind, and warmth
Some thunderstorms and rain showers are likely in our area late Wednesday, mainly late evening and overnight. At this time severe weather is not expected, but some of the storms may be strong. Please watch for updates.

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - How do you feel about yesterday's weather? Because today's a near repeat. Tomorrow not so much, with a slightly cooler afternoon and a slight chance of storms late. Also ahead, more windy days than not. There's more on the storm outlook and wind in this post and today's video (posting here around 9 this morning). By the way, today is the anniversary of Lubbock's earliest triple-digit temperature on record (read on).

Dry, warm, and windy summarizes today's forecast. The high clouds are back and likely will become more transparent as we go through the day. Temperatures will peak from near 80 to the mid-80s. Winds will be breezy, generally 10 to 20 mph (with some higher gusts) through early afternoon, then will increase. Sustained speeds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts near 40 mph are expected late this afternoon and early this evening.

Some thunderstorms and rain showers are likely in our area late Wednesday, mainly late evening and overnight. At this time severe weather is not expected, but some of the storms may be strong. Please watch for updates. As noted yesterday, storms and rain are most likely in the northern KCBD viewing area and least likely in the southwestern viewing area. Lubbock's chance of measurable rainfall is about 20 to 25 percent, peaking near or just past midnight (Wednesday night).

More wind, a chance of storms, more wind, more warmth, and more wind

An elevated fire weather danger will be present each day the winds kick up. Which is nearly every day for the next seven. Critical fire weather conditions are likely at times, especially afternoons and early evenings. Use the Alert Layer (highlight the "Other" icon) in our Interactive Radar inside our Weather Apps to check on Fire Weather Watches and Fire Weather Warnings (aka Red Flag Warnings). When outside avoid open flames, keep vehicles and equipment with hot exhaust systems away from dry grasses, avoid activity that may generate sparks (such as dragging chains), and if you are a smoker use extreme care with your ashes and butts.

We will have some relief from the wind Friday, though still breezy (10 to 20 mph, in general). Our Easter weekend will be at least somewhat windy.

Saturday and Easter both will be warm, in addition to somewhat windy. While our forecast doesn't go quite as warm, some guidance this morning indicates possible peak temperatures in the Lubbock area both days near 90 degrees. Our forecast, and guidance, also point to dry weather through the holiday weekend.

Lubbock’s low yesterday was 51°, six degrees above the average for the date and nearly 20 degrees warmer than the day before. The high was 85°, ten degrees above the average for the date. The April 15 record low is 25° (1928 and 2014) and the record high 92° (1925 and 2006). For today, April 16, Lubbock’s average low is 46° and the high 76°. The record low is 31° (1947) and the record high 100° (1925) - the earliest occurrence of a triple-digit (100-Degree-Day) temperatures in Lubbock. It's one of only three April days to every reach at least 100°. Lubbock's temperature record dates from 1 January 1911.

Today's sunset in Lubbock will be at 8:19 PM CDT and tomorrow's sunrise at 7:15 AM CDT.

On This Date

1970: A hook-shaped radar echo was observed at the Lubbock Weather Bureau Office at 7:07 AM. The hook was attached to the south part of a large echo located near Shallowater that was moving east-northeast at about 40 mph. At 7:10 AM, a pilot reported seeing a funnel cloud in practically the same spot as the hook echo.

2009: A severe weather outbreak occurred over West Texas from mid-afternoon through late evening. Despite a reported thirteen tornadoes across the South Plains area, damage mostly was the result of destructive hail and heavy rain. Storms "training" (multiple storms passing over the same area) over the Interstate 27 corridor in Swisher County caused significant hail accumulation and flooding. About 50 vehicles stalled and the road was closed through the night. A supercell thunderstorm produced a destructive hail swath through the city of Lubbock, damaging about 3,000 homes and more than 1,100 vehicles. Three injuries were reported and damage was estimated at 40 million dollars. Another supercell produced a couple of weak tornadoes in eastern Lubbock County along U.S. Highway 82 east of Idalou. Other storms produced damaging hail and brief tornadoes in Garza and Kent Counties. Later storms produced an EF1 tornado which damaged five structures and downed power poles as it tracked nearly eight miles across northwestern Lubbock County and southwestern Hale County. Two additional EF1 tornadoes affected the Abernathy and Roosevelt areas. Other tornadic circulations developed in Dickens, Kent, and King Counties and multiple reports of tornadoes were received from around Spur, Girard, and Guthrie but no damages resulted.

On This Date is compiled from the records of the National Weather Service and Caprock Weather as well as data from KCBD.

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