Today’s wind and the weather it brings

Daybreak Today - Weather, Jan. 14

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Today’s strong winds followed a strong cold front which moved north to south across the KCBD viewing area this morning. While no precipitation accompanies this front, our next Potential Precipitation Producer is in sight in our 7-Day Forecast. UPDATED AT 11:22 AM CST

Sustained wind speeds from 25 to 35 mph with gusts from 35 to 45 mph are likely through early afternoon. However, over the northeastern viewing area winds will be stronger. There, sustained winds will range from 30 to 40 mph with gusts near 50 mph possible.

If it’s a windy day in West Texas, it’s a NO BURN DAY in West Texas.

Peak winds Thursday recorded by the TTU West Texas Mesonet and at the airport as of 11:15 AM.
Peak winds Thursday recorded by the TTU West Texas Mesonet and at the airport as of 11:15 AM. (Source: TTU NWS KCBD)

The wind will, little by little, diminish through the afternoon. By late afternoon speeds are expected to drop off to about 10 to 20 mph except in the northeast viewing area. There, winds may still be sustained around 15 to 25 mph with gusts near 35 mph. Winds will become light near of just after sunset.

Today otherwise will be mostly sunny with areas of blowing dust likely. Highs will range from the upper 40s to low 50s on the Caprock, including Lubbock, with low to mid-50s east of the Caprock (the Low Rolling Plains).

Tonight will be mostly clear and cold. Temperatures will dip into the 20s across the viewing area with teens in the northwest.

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny with a chilly breeze. Temperatures will peak from the mid-40s to mid-50s. Lubbock area winds will range from 10 to 20 mph. Over the northeastern viewing area winds of 20 to 30 mph are anticipated.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy (or, if you prefer, partly sunny) and a bit breezy. Lubbock area lows will be in the low 20s and highs in the mid-50s.

The dry weather continues Sunday and Monday. Temperatures Sunday will be similar to the day before. Monday, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, will be mostly sunny, warmer, and at least somewhat windy.

Our next of precipitation window is Tuesday through Thursday. Based on today’s data, there is a slim chance Tuesday with a slight chance Wednesday into Thursday. Forecast temperatures support mostly liquid precipitation. Watch for updates!

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Lubbock Climatology

53°F was the high at the Lubbock airport yesterday, one degree below the average for the date. The January 13 record high is 79° (set in 1957).

36° was the low reported at the Lubbock airport this morning (unofficial as of this writing). I expect, however, it will be colder before midnight (which will become the low for the date).

Lubbock’s January 14 average low is 26° and the high 54°. The record low for the date is 3° (set in 1963). The January 14 record high is 82° (set in 1928).

Lubbock’s precipitation total (recorded at the airport) for January-to-date is 0.68″, 0.44″ above average.

Lubbock’s snowfall total (recorded at the airport) for the season-to-date is 8.2″, which is 4.0″ above the average-to-date.

Today’s sunset in Lubbock is at 6:01 PM CST. Tomorrow’s sunrise is at 7:52 AM CST.

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