South Plains sunshine and showers

Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 7:46 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2022 at 12:39 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Spotty, mostly light, rain showers will continue over parts of the KCBD viewing area this afternoon. A shower is possible at your location.

This evening the activity, which may include a thundershower or two, will favor the northwestern and northern viewing area.

This afternoon otherwise will be partly sunny, breezy, and hot. Highs will continue above average, though will fall short of records for the date.

The southerly breeze will range from about 10 to 20 mph with occasional gusts near 30 mph.

Hot and dry weather is expected through mid-week. A change is possible Thursday and Friday. Rain chances may increase, at least slightly, and temperatures drop, at least slightly, late in the work week.

Overall, not a lot of change in our West Texas weather as August gets underway.

Hottest July

July just ended was Lubbock’s hottest on record. The average high temperature was 100.2°F. The previous record was 99.5°F in 2016. The average temperature for the month was 86.8°F. The previous record was 86.0°F in 2011.

Fifth Driest July

Lubbock’s total July precipitation was just 0.10″. It’s the fifth lowest rain total for any July in Lubbock’s record, which dates from 1911.

The four Julys that were drier than 2022:

2011 with 0.05″

2003 with a trace

1940 with a trace

1970 with no rainfall, not even a trace

Lubbock ended July 1.86 inches below average precipitation for the month. The total for the year so far is 4.89″, which is 6.07″ below the average for the year-to-date.

Today’s Rain Totals

Morning showers produced some recorded rainfall. Totals for the 24 hours ending at 1 PM, in inches, via the TTU Mesonet:

0.06 Anton

0.06 Muleshoe

0.05 Vigo Park

0.03 Plainview

0.02 Estelline

0.01 Earth

0.01 Smyer

0.01 South Plains 3ENE

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Lubbock Climatology

Lubbock’s high temperature yesterday (recorded at the airport) was 101°. That’s seven degrees above the average for the date. Lubbock’ s July 31 record high is 104° (set in 1934).

This morning’s low, reported as of this post, was 80°. That is 11 degrees above the average for the date. If the temperature does not drop below 78° by midnight -- unlikely -- this morning’s 80° low will become the record max-min (warmest low temperature) for any August 1 in Lubbock’s record (dating from 1911).

The record high for today is 106° (set in 1966).

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