Dangerous fire-weather conditions
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Dry, warm, and breezy to windy weather will keep the grassland fire danger high to dangerous this week across the KCBD viewing area as well as West Texas and eastern New Mexico.
In this on-going drought, with the wind, dry air, and relatively warm temperatures, fires may ignite easily, spread extremely quickly, and be very difficult to contain. Refrain from outdoor burning and other activities that may involve sparks or open flames. Be watchful for potential spark points, such as tow chains which might drag on pavement. Don’t drive vehicles over dry grass - the hot exhaust system may ignite the grass.
Breezy and cool this morning under a mostly sunny sky. Breezy and warm this afternoon under a mostly sunny sky. It won’t be as warm as yesterday, but highs will still be about six or seven degrees above the average for the date.
Tonight will be fair, breezy, and chilly. Low temperatures will be similar to this morning’s, ranging from the upper 40s to upper 50s.
One of our windiest days in a while will be tomorrow, Tuesday. I expect sustained wind speeds to increase to 30 to 40 mph, with gusts near 60 mph. It will be a mostly sunny day, but I do anticipate a dusty sky. The blowing dust may result in areas of very low visibility. Drive to conditions.
Tuesday’s high temperatures will range from the low 80s in the northwestern viewing area to the low 90s in the southeast.
88°F was the high temperature yesterday at the Lubbock airport. That is 12 degrees above the average high for the date, April 10. The record high for the date is 94° (set in 1939).
49° was the low reported this morning at the Lubbock airport (unofficial at this time). Lubbock’s April 11 average low is 45° and the high 75°. The record low for the date is 22° (set in 2013) and the record high 93° (set in 1934 and tied in 1972).
No precipitation was recorded yesterday or this morning at the Lubbock Airport. The total for April to date is 0.00″. That’s 0.34″ below average. The year-to-date total is 0.38″, which is 2.36″ below average for the year-to-date.
Total snowfall this month at the Lubbock Airport is 0.0″. The total for the season to date is 2.7″, which is 4.3″ below average.
Lubbock’s weather record dates from January 1911.
Sunset in Lubbock today is at 8:15 PM CDT. Sunrise tomorrow is at 7:22 AM CDT. Sunset tomorrow is at 8:15 PM CDT.
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