First Alert: Severe storms possible

KCBD News at Noon Weather - 05/03/2021

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - UPDATED AT 12:34 PM CDT - Severe weather is likely to accompany some of the expected thunderstorms in the KCBD viewing area this afternoon and evening. The main threat is large hail, but high wind is possible. In addition, most areas will be much cooler.

Isolated thunderstorms may develop by mid-afternoon, though more likely late afternoon. Initiation is anticipated over the southwestern viewing area. Widely scattered storms (that is, somewhat more numerous) are possible as the work day ends through early evening. The storm potential should decrease rapidly in the hours after sunset.

While afternoon storms may at first track easterly, toward evening a more northeasterly heading is expected.

The main threat with today and tonight’s storms is large hail. Some stones up to about two inches may fall with the stronger storms. Wind gusts greater than 60 mph are possible. The tornado threat, while not zero, is low.

Coverage will be spotty, so not everyone will get rain or severe weather.

Some storms, however, may produce flooding rains. Do not drive into flood water or any water of unknown depth. The water may hide hazardous. TURN AROUND: DON’T DROWN.

Keep an eye on today’s weather with our free KCBD Weather App. Download it from your app/play store. Watch for watches and warnings which may be issued.

Track any storms with the Interactive Radar in the app and here on our Weather Page.

Otherwise...

Today otherwise will be mostly cloudy, breezy, and much cooler. We’ve already reached our high temperatures for the day. Expect temperatures to remain steady or possible drop slightly through the afternoon.

The chance of measurable precipitation around Lubbock will peak around 40%.

Tonight, after any storms have died down, light rain showers may linger into the early morning. Otherwise it will be cloudy, breezy, and cooler. Lows will range from near 40 degrees in the far northwest to the low 50s in the southeast.

Tomorrow will begin cloudy - there may even be early morning drizzle - and cool. The sky will gradually clear giving way to sunshine in the afternoon. High temperatures will range from the upper 60s to low 70s.

Wednesday, Cinco de Mayo, will be partly cloudy and quite breezy and a warm afternoon. I expect highs near average for the date. For Lubbock, that’s 81°.

Thursday will be mostly sunny with little change in temperatures.

Friday will be warmer, with a slight chance of rain, or storms.

Keep an eye on this week’s weather changes in our forecast here on our Weather Page and (of course) in our free KCBD Weather App.

18th Driest April

The month just ended was Lubbock’s 18th driest April on record (which dates from January 1911). With a total of just 0.19 inch of precipitation, it tied 1955. It was well short of the average for April of 1.41″.

By the way, Lubbock’s driest April was in 2011. Not even a trace was recorded that month, the only April on record where not even a drop was noted (at the airport).

Lubbock Climatology

95°F was the high at the Lubbock airport yesterday. It was the warmest (hottest) day of the year so far, and 15 degrees above the average for the date. The May 2 record high is 100° (set in 2020).

58° was the low reported at the Lubbock airport this morning (unofficial as of this writing). Lubbock’s May 3 average low is 52° and the high 80°. The record low for the date is 27° (set in 2013) and the record high 98° (set in 1940 and tied in 1996 and again in 2012).

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