Damp and cool Memorial Day on the South Plains

Daybreak Today 5 a.m. - Weather, May 25

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - This is Memorial Day. It is a holiday. But it is not a celebration. It is a commemoration. Take time to pause and to remember the men and women who have died in military service for the United States. (UPDATED with rain totals at 8:52 AM CDT)

This morning a few showers and thunderstorms are possible. Otherwise it will be mostly cloudy, breezy and cool.

This afternoon scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely. Some of the storms will be strong, a few may become severe. Once again, the main threats will be large hail, strong wind gusts, and flooding downpours.

A change in the overall pattern should allow rain to fall on SOME of the western viewing area. There are some rain gauges there that have not recorded measurable rainfall in more than two months. Those that have reported very low totals.

Showers and storms are likely through the evening, though gradually sifting southeast. Most of the activity will end around midnight.

Storm and rain chances will be slight Tuesday through Thursday. Spotty storms, however, may pop up during the afternoon hours and linger into the evenings.

Storm and rain chances will be quite slim heading into and through the weekend. It's the last weekend of May.

Today will be quite cool for the time of year. Temperatures will be mostly in the 50s early, then 60s late morning. Highs will only range from the low 60s in the northwestern viewing area to the low 70s in the southeast.

My forecast high for Lubbock is 17 degrees below the average high. The coolest high temperature (aka min-max record) for all May 25 in Lubbock's record is 59° (in 1995).

It will be a chilly start for some tomorrow. Tuesday morning lows are expected to range from the mid-40s in the northwest to the mid-50s in the southeastern viewing area.

Temperatures will moderate Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Highs tomorrow will be mostly in the 70s and Wednesday mostly in the upper 70s to low 80s.

Rain Event Totals

1.13 inches of rain was measured at the Lubbock Airport from May 19 through 24. Of that, 0.65″ fell Saturday and Sunday. The rain total at the Lubbock Airport for May is now 2.06″, which is 0.41″ above the average for the month-to-date. The total for the year so far is 5.33″, which is 0.23″ below the average to date (5.56)". Last year the to-date total was 6.83″.

Just this weekend one spot in the KCBD viewing area measured more than 7 inches of rain! Here are rain totals (in inches) in and near the KCBD viewing area, courtesy of the TTU Mesonet, for the previous four days:

7.18 GRAHAM 5SSW

5.27 ASPERMONT 3NE

4.31 POST 1NE

3.08 ESTELLINE 3SSE

2.64 SPUR 1W

2.45 NEW HOME

2.32 GUTHRIE 10WSW

2.24 SLATON 2NE

1.85 WHITE RIVER LAKE 6NW

1.74 JAYTON 1SSE

1.73 KNOX CITY 3NW

1.57 CHILDRESS 2NNE

1.50 LAKE ALAN HENRY 1NW

1.39 HACKBERRY 2 SSE

1.34 LUBBOCK 3WNW TTU

1.26 WOLFFORTH 6SSW

1.10 PADUCAH 10SW

1.06 SILVERTON 7ESE

0.92 TAHOKA 3NNE

0.85 NORTHFIELD 1S

0.81 CAPROCK CANYONS STATE PARK

0.80 FLUVANNA 3WNW

0.79 MEMPHIS 1NE

0.76 O'DONNELL 1N

0.69 PLAINVIEW 1S

0.38 ABERNATHY 5ENE

0.35 LAMESA 2SE

0.35 SNYDER 3SSW

0.34 TURKEY 2WSW

0.33 REESE CENTER

0.31 AIKEN 3WSW

0.31 SNYDER 3E

0.30 3NNW MCADOO

0.30 FLOYDADA 2NNE

0.26 SMYER

0.24 RALLS 1SE

0.24 TULIA 2ENE

0.21 SOUTH PLAINS 3ENE

0.15 DIMMITT 2NE

0.14 GAIL 2ESE

0.14 OLTON 6S

0.14 VIGO PARK

0.09 HART 3N

0.06 ANTON 6SSW

0.04 AMHERST 1NE

0.04 HAPPY 1E

0.04 LEVELLAND 4S

0.02 WELCH

0.00 BROWNFIELD 2S

0.00 DENVER CITY 7WNW

0.00 EARTH 9WSW

0.00 FRIONA 2NE

0.00 HOBBS NM 5NW

0.00 MORTON 1ENE

0.00 MULESHOE 2SSW

0.00 PLAINS 3N

0.00 SEAGRAVES 1SW

0.00 SEMINOLE 2NNE

0.00 SUNDOWN 8WSW

0.00 TATUM NM 2SW

Most Mesonet stations are not located in the community they are named for but are nearby. The characters following each community above refer to the automated weather station location in miles and the direction from the community’s center. Typically, that’s the Courthouse or City Hall, sometimes the downtown or business district. "3NNW McAdoo " is the station three miles north-northwest of the center of McAdoo. Rainfall in McAdoo may have been less or greater.

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