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Daybreak Today - Weather, July 30

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Another round of storms is likely late today, with a second round possible tonight. While some areas may miss out on rain, some spots will be treated to downpours. Here's what's ahead.

Following this morning’s warm and humid conditions, this afternoon will be hot and go from mostly sunny to partly cloudy. Highs will range from the mid-90s in the far northwestern KCBD viewing area to above 100 in the far eastern viewing area.

Isolated storms will return late in the afternoon, resulting in a slight chance of rain at your location. Rain, however, may come in a downpour. Storms may also produce gusts greater than 50 mph along with lightning.

All lightning is dangerous. If you can hear thunder lightning is near enough to strike your location. When thunder roars, move inside.

After this afternoon's heat, cooler air will move into the South Plains area tonight. That may bring more widespread storms and showers to the region. Again, some of the rain will be heavy and may cause flooding.

Be on the lookout for water on the road, especially at night when it is harder to see.

Our best chance of rain Friday, tomorrow, is early in the day. Rain chances will gradually diminish. Mostly cloudy skies in the morning are expected to give way to mostly sunny skies in the afternoon.

Tomorrow will not be as hot. Following tonight’s cooler air arrival, highs Friday will range from the mid-80s to the low 90s.

Rain chances drop back to slight Saturday and Sunday.

Our weekend nights and mornings will be slightly cooler with lows generally in the 50s and 60s. Daytime temperatures will peak in the 80s and 90s Saturday, 90s Sunday.

Air Quality

With the heat and amount of sunshine expected this afternoon, air quality may register in the lower end of the “Moderate” range in the Lubbock area.

Light amounts of Saharan dust may make into the South Plains today and linger through Friday. It’s late in the “African Dust Season”, and a strong influx as seen earlier this year is not expected.

Climatology

99°F was the high at the Lubbock airport yesterday (Wednesday). That’s six degrees above the average high for the date. The July 29 record high is 102° (set in 1948).

73° was the low at the Lubbock airport this morning (as of this writing). That ties the July 30 record warmest low (max-min), set in 1951. Lubbock’s July 30 average low is 68° and the high 93°. The record low is 60° (set in 1965 and tied in 1971 and 2000) and the record high 104° (set in 1946).

Today’s sunset in Lubbock is at 8:48 PM CDT. Tomorrow’s sunrise is at 6:59 AM CDT.

Rain Totals

Heavy rain again fell on a few limited locations late yesterday. Some spots in Lubbock received more than half an inch. Some spots in Lubbock saw not even a drop. That was the case at the Lubbock airport.

Lubbock's total for the month so far (recorded at the airport) is 1.85". That's 0.05 of an inch above average. The total for the year so far is 9.03", which is 2.02" below the average to date. Last year the to-date total was 13.45".

Rain totals (in inches) in and near the KCBD viewing area for the 24 hours ending at 7:15 AM Thursday, courtesy of the TTU Mesonet:

0.52 O'Donnell 1N

0.17 Seagraves 1SW

0.14 Lamesa 2SE

0.09 Lubbock 3WNW TTU

0.05 Brownfield 2S

0.03 Knox City 3NW

0.03 Reese Center

0.03 Aspermont 3NE

0.01 Ralls 1SE

0.01 Northfield 1S

0.01 Memphis 1NE

0.01 Spur 1W

0.01 Anton 6SSW

0.01 Hart 3N

0.01 White River Lake 6NW

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. “O’Donnell 1N " is the station one mile north of the center of O’Donnell. Rainfall in O’Donnell may have been less or greater.

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