Calm before the storms?

Little chance of storms through Thursday, but severe storms may mar the start of our weekend.

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Little chance of storms and rain highlight our forecast through Thursday, however, severe storms may mar the start of our weekend. The calm before the storms, perhaps. Today’s story includes the sunshine, the storms, the warmth, the lack of wind in the near term, and the high winds possible in the longer term.

Mostly sunny with a light wind today. Temperatures will warm into the 80s, ranging from near 80 west to the mid-80s northeast. There will be a slight chance of a stray thunderstorm or two over the far southeastern viewing area late today and over the far northwestern viewing area tonight.

More sunshine and a little more warmth return Wednesday, though there will be a slight breeze in the afternoon. Clear and cool with just a slight breeze Wednesday night.

Mostly sunny weather continues through Thursday, which will be warmer with a bit more wind - it becomes breezy, about 10 to 20 mph, in the afternoon. Then partly cloudy and breezy Thursday night.

Severe storms may return late Friday, though location in the viewing area and more specific timing are not yet clear. A number of elements are involved, including an upper level low, a Pacific cold front, a dryline, a jet streak, and daytime heating. As I've urged previously, watch for updates! Friday otherwise will become partly sunny and windy.

Storms may linger into early Saturday, with more wind to follow through the weekend, and likely into early next week.

Lubbock’s low yesterday was 57°, two degrees above the average for the date. The high was 80°, three degrees below the average for the date. The May 13 record low is 37° (1953 and 1971) and the record high 100° (2006). For today, May 14, Lubbock’s average low is 55° and the high 83°. The record low is 35° (1953) and the record high 100° (1960 and 1996).

Today’s sunset in Lubbock will be at 8:40 PM CDT and tomorrow’s sunrise at 6:47 AM CDT.

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