Storms today, sunshine ahead

First thunderstorms, then sunshine, then severe (possible). Details in this video (and story here).

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Spotty rain showers and a few thundershowers were underway this morning over the southwestern third (or so) of the KCBD viewing area. Widely scattered thundershowers and isolated strong storms are expected this afternoon, favoring the southwestern and central (including Lubbock) viewing area. The entire area will trend drier and warmer the next few days. However, based on this morning's data, a greater risk of severe storms will return late this week. Details follow.

The morning showers are expected to weaken and die out by late morning. The scattered thundershowers and isolated thunderstorms mentioned above are expected to pop up by mid-afternoon and continue through about mid-evening. Some will be strong, and a few may be marginally severe. The strong storms may bring hail up to a quarter-inch in diameter, wind gusts near 40 mph, and localized rain amounts up to a half-inch. Any storm bordering on severe may produce hail up to about a half-inch in diameter, wind gusts near 50 mph, and localized rain amounts up to one inch.

Outside of storm activity, today will be partly sunny, winds will be light, and temperatures will warm into the 70s and 80s. The coolest readings, low to mid-70s, will be in the southwestern viewing area and the warmest, near 80 to mid-80s will be in the northeast.

Lingering showers and a few thunderstorms are likely to linger into early evening, with activity expected to diminish to just a few showers by late evening.

Little chance of storms and rain highlight Tuesday's weather, which overall will be mostly sunny with a light wind and a warmer afternoon. There is a slight chance a few thundershowers may impact the area late tomorrow, but mainly over the northwest viewing area.

For those wanting less rain, more sunshine, and more warmth, Wednesday is your day. Right on its heels will be Thursday (weather-wise, anyway). Check out the details in our 24-7 forecast here on our Weather Page. When you’re on the go you can quickly and easily get the same forecast in our free KCBD Weather App. If you don’t already have the app, download it for free for iOS at https://apple.co/2sevJ4N or for Android at https://bit.ly/2IQrALz. By the way, the latest update includes some cool new features.

There are indications now that severe storms will return to our area late this week. Specifically, Friday afternoon through Friday night. Watch for updates, of course. Fresh data in the days ahead may prompt the outlook to turn darker or sunnier.

In case you missed it, last Friday Lubbock did record a min-max record. That is, the high of 47° was the chilliest high for any May 10 in Lubbock's record (which dates from 1 Jan 1911). Previously the coolest May 10 high (min-max) was 54° (in 1954).

Lubbock's chilliest May high temperatures on record:

43° May 04, 1935

44° May 13, 1953

45° May 06, 1917

46° May 03, 2005

46° May 02, 2005

47° May 10, 2019

49° May 14, 1920

51° May 18, 1952

51° May 15, 1914

52° May 17, 1952

Lubbock’s low yesterday (Mother's Day) was 47°, eight degrees below the average for the date. The high was 76°), seven degrees below the average for the date. The May 12 record low is 34° (1960) and the record high 100° (2018). For today, May 13, Lubbock’s average low is 55° and the high 83°. The record low is 37° (1953 and 1971) and the record high 100° (2006).

Today's sunset in Lubbock will be at 8:39 PM CDT and tomorrow's sunrise at 6:47 AM CDT.

Rainfall at the Lubbock airport for May so far (as of 9 AM Monday) is 0.69", which is the average for the month-to-date (MTD). The total for the year to date is 3.61", which is 0.99" below the average (4.60").

Rainfall in and near the KCBD viewing area for the 98 hours (three days) ending at 9 AM CDT Monday, courtesy of the TTU West Texas Mesonet (reported in inches measured):

2.65 LAKE ALAN HENRY 1NW

1.87 PADUCAH 10SW

1.75 GUTHRIE 10WSW

1.63 HACKBERRY 2 SSE

1.43 POST 1NE

1.34 GRAHAM 5SSW

1.31 VIGO PARK

1.29 TULIA 2ENE

1.16 LAMESA 2SE

1.16 SPUR 1W

1.07 GAIL 2ESE

1.07 OLTON 6S

1.05 ROARING SPRINGS 3N

0.97 CHILDRESS 2NNE

0.97 JAYTON 1SSE

0.93 AMHERST 1NE

0.93 FLOYDADA 2NNE

0.93 KNOX CITY 3NW

0.92 REESE CENTER

0.92 SMYER

0.91 CAPROCK CANYONS STATE PARK

0.90 O'DONNELL 1N

0.89 DIMMITT 2NE

0.86 SOUTH PLAINS 3ENE

0.85 ESTELLINE 3SSE

0.82 LUBBOCK 3WNW TTU

0.82 MULESHOE 2SSW

0.81 TURKEY 2WSW

0.79 FLUVANNA 3WNW

0.79 FRIONA 2NE

0.79 SILVERTON 7ESE

0.77 DENVER CITY 7WNW

0.76 EARTH 9WSW

0.76 MEMPHIS 1NE

0.75 ANTON 6SSW

0.74 BROWNFIELD 2S

0.72 SLATON 2NE

0.70 HART 3N

0.70 SEAGRAVES 1SW

0.70 SUNDOWN 8WSW

0.62 NORTHFIELD 1S

0.61 RALLS 1SE

0.60 HAPPY 1E

0.55 PLAINVIEW 1S

0.54 TAHOKA 3NNE

0.51 DORA NM 2SW

0.51 SEMINOLE 2NNE

0.51 SNYDER 3SSW

0.44 PLAINS 3N

0.36 LEVELLAND 4S

0.36 NEW HOME

0.33 ASPERMONT 3NE

0.32 SNYDER 3E

0.28 HOBBS NM 5NW

0.28 MORTON 1ENE

0.18 ROTAN 5W

0.06 TATUM NM 2SW

The characters following each community above refer to the rain gauge location in miles and the direction from the community’s center - typically the Courthouse or City Hall, sometimes the downtown or business district. “Plainview 1S” is the rain gauge one mile south of the center of Plainview. Rainfall in Plainview may have been less or greater.

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