Severe storms possible again late today

Published: May. 11, 2022 at 7:58 AM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 12:53 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Today’s weather has some similarities to yesterdays, but also some differences. Thunderstorms, however, are likely in the KCBD viewing area late this afternoon and evening. But with some differences compared to yesterday.

The similarities include a moist air-mass, a dryline, and a very warm to hot afternoon.

The differences include less of an eastward push of the dryline, less heat, and the lack of the upper-level support that was present late yesterday.

Still, thunderstorms are expected to develop near the state line along the dryline late this afternoon.

Update to Today’s Storm Outlook

A few storms may become severe. In it’s mid-morning update, the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) extended the Slight Risk eastward to include Lubbock and Plainview. Roughly the western half of the KCBD viewing area at a slight risk of severe storms.

The potential for severe thunderstorms, highlighted here in yellow, has been extended eastward...
The potential for severe thunderstorms, highlighted here in yellow, has been extended eastward in this mid-morning update. It now include the Lubbock area.(KCBD First Alert)

The Slight Risk (yellow) category indicates the ingredients are or will be present for scattered severe thunderstorms. The main threats are damaging wind gusts and hail. Typically, coverage is spotty and storms are short-lived. While not expected, an isolated tornado or two is possible.

There is a low potential for these storms in the west to hold together long enough to drift into the central KCBD viewing area. If they do, a storm may make it to the vicinity of Lubbock mid- to late evening. At that time storms may be marginally severe.

The Marginal Risk (dark green) category indicates isolated severe storms are possible. Storms in this area may produce wind gusts between 40 and 60 mph, hail up to about one inch in diameter. The tornado threat typically is low.

Today otherwise will be partly cloudy, overall, quite breezy, and very warm to hot. And humid. Highs will range from the upper 80s in the far northwestern viewing area to the mid-90s in the far east.

Tonight otherwise will be partly cloudy, breezy, and humid. Lows will range from near 60 degrees in the northwest to near 70 degrees in the southeast.

Storm chances will be slim Thursday and Friday. Late both days, however, there may be isolated storms over the eastern KCBD viewing area.

Dry weather returns for the weekend. Days will be sunny, breezy, and hot. Temperatures will peak in the 90s. Nights will be fair to mostly fair and warm to just slightly cool with lows in the 50s and 60s.

The 1970 Lubbock Tornado

This plot shows the track of the F5 tornado and smaller tornado, along with those of the...
This plot shows the track of the F5 tornado and smaller tornado, along with those of the associated vortices, on 11 May 1970. The plot was created by Dr. Ted Fujita (as in, the Fujita or "F" Tornado Scale).(KCBD First Alert)

Today is the 52 anniversary of the 11 May 1970 F5 Lubbock Tornado. A few facts from that day:

26 people were killed

1,500+ people were injured

430 homes were destroyed

600 apartment units were demolished

250 businesses were damaged or destroyed

8,400 (approx) homes/apartments were damaged

10,000 automobiles were damaged or destroyed

119 aircraft were demolished at the airport

15 sq mi of tornado damage in the city of Lubbock

80% of all plate glass windows in downtown Lubbock were broken (estimate)

The tornado resulted in Lubbock receiving one of the very first (new at the time) Doppler Weather Radars.

The extensive study of the tornado and damage contributed to the development of the Fujita Tornado Damage Scale (F-scale) by Dr. Tetsuya Theodore (Ted) Fujita.

The tornado prompted the establishment of the Wind Science and Engineering (WISE) Research Center at Texas Tech University.

The NWS Lubbock has much more about the tornado and events that day here:

Rainfall Totals

0.71″ of precipitation was recorded yesterday at the Lubbock Airport. The total for May to date is 0.91″. That’s 0.23″ above average for the first ten days of May. The year-to-date total is 1.29″, which is 3.12″ below average for the year-to-date.

Estimated rainfall totals via Doppler Radar. Amounts of 1 to 2 inches are indicated in the...
Estimated rainfall totals via Doppler Radar. Amounts of 1 to 2 inches are indicated in the green band from near Hobbs to near Childress. Rainfall reports in the accompanying post.(KCBD First Alert)

Rainfall totals for the 24 hours ending at 8 Wednesday 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:

1.93 Denver City

1.89 Lake McClellan 2NW

1.57 Estelline

1.48 South Plains 3ENE

1.38 McLean

1.38 Ralls

1.37 Miami

1.20 Goodnight

1.15 Truscott

1.14 Lipscomb

1.08 Turkey

1.06 Roaring Springs

1.04 Memphis

1.02 Levelland

1.00 Caprock Canyons

0.93 Childress

0.91 Northfield

0.92 Northwest Lubbock

0.91 Southeast Lubbock

0.88 Plains

0.82 Aiken

0.81 Clarendon

0.81 Hobbs

0.81 Lesley

0.74 McCamey

0.72 Goodlett

0.70 Odell

0.70 Wellington

0.67 Smyer

0.63 Plainview

0.64 Sundown

0.61 Floydada

0.58 McAdoo

0.59 Reese Center

0.56 Hereford

0.54 Comanche Springs

0.51 Earth

0.50 Panhandle

0.49 Silverton

0.46 Amherst

0.43 Hackberry

0.41 Abernathy

0.40 Post

0.38 Anton

0.39 Guthrie

0.38 Wolfforth

0.36 Vigo Park

0.30 Graham

0.24 White River Lake

0.23 Slaton

0.20 Dimmitt

0.19 Morton

0.17 Olton

0.17 Paducah

0.16 Knox City

0.15 Tulia

0.13 Gail

0.12 Hart

0.11 Happy

0.11 Muleshoe

0.07 Jayton

0.07 Snyder

0.04 New Home

0.05 Snyder SSW

0.01 Lake Alan Henry

Increasing Daylight

Sunset in Lubbock today is at 8:38 PM CDT. Sunrise tomorrow is at 6:49 AM CDT. Sunset tomorrow is at 8:39 PM CDT.

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