FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Severe Thunderstorm Warnings have expired, Watch continues Friday night
UPDATE: All Severe Thunderstorm Warnings have expired at this time, thunderstorm watch continues across the South Plains Friday night.
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The potential for thunderstorms and rain at your location is high this Memorial Day weekend. I expect some storms to become severe and some to produce flooding downpours. Though not every day with every storm.
Today brings changes in the timing of storms.
Isolated strong storms dot the northern KCBD viewing area this morning. While just below severe criteria, there is the potential for flooding rains, hail from about a half to three-quarter inch, and wind gusts greater than 50 mph.
It is likely that storm activity will gradually increase through the morning, with scattered storms by about midday. This may mean during your lunch hour and this afternoon.
Some storms may produce hail up to about an inch across, wind gusts near 60 mph, frequent lightning, and downpours. Localized flooding is possible.
Today’s risk level, determined by the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), includes a Slight risk of severe weather over the southwestern half of the viewing area, including Lubbock (and points west and south), and a Marginal risk for the remainder of the KCBD viewing area, including Plainview (and points east and north).
The SPC uses five levels to indicate the risk of severe weather: Marginal, Slight, Enhanced, Moderate, and High (from least to greatest).
Our outlook for the Memorial Day Weekend continues to include a severe storm threat into Tuesday.
I have concern heavy rain may cause additional localized flooding. Guidance across the board this morning indicates the POTENTIAL for widespread rainfall totaling one to five inches by Tuesday. Amounts will vary across the viewing area and may vary considerably across short distances. It is likely some spots will end up with less than an inch, some spots perhaps more than five.
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Otherwise expect mostly cloudy to cloudy skies, overnight lows in the 50s and 60s, and daytime highs in the 60s and 70s. That’s 15 to 20 degrees below average for Memorial Day.
92° was the high at the Lubbock airport yesterday. Only the sixth 90-degree-day of the year so far, it’s four degrees above the average for the date. The May 27 record high is 103° (set in 1984).
65° was the low reported at the Lubbock airport this morning (unofficial as of this writing). Lubbock’s May 28 average low is 61° and the high 88°. The record low for the date is 43° (set in 1917) and the record high 104° (set in 2011).
A trace of of precipitation was recorded yesterday at the Lubbock Airport. The total for May so far is 3.99″. That’s 1.70″ above average through May 27. The year-to-date total is 7.74″, which is 1.72″ above average through May 27.
Lubbock’s weather record dates from January 1911.
Today’s sunset in Lubbock is at 8:50 PM CDT. Tomorrow’s sunrise is at 6:39 AM CDT.
Rainfall totals for the 24 hours ending at 9 Friday morning, in inches, in and near the KCBD viewing area courtesy of viewers like you, the TTU West Texas Mesonet and the Lubbock National Weather Service office:
0.55 Caprock Canyons
0.18 South Plains 3ENE
0.18 Vigo Park
0.01 Reese Center
0.01 White River Lake
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