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There will be little change in our weather today or tomorrow. Which means mild mornings, very warm to somewhat hot afternoons, and little chance of rain. Our next potential rain-maker, however, is in our sights.
While the best chance of of widespread storms and rain across the viewing area is now past, a chance of storms and rain continues through this evening. Drier and warmer weather resumes this weekend and continue through at least mid-week.
A cold front late today will bring us our best chance of storms and rain this week or into early next week. These storms may be accompanied by heavy rain, large hail, and damaging wind gusts. Use our free KCBD Weather App to keep up with any watches or warnings which may be issued.
Yesterday saw little storm activity in the KCBD viewing area, but a chance of storms - including a better chance - continues. The moderate temperatures, too, will continue. For a couple more days at least.
More storms are in our forecast for West Texas and eastern New Mexico. The current and forecast weather pattern remains favorable for occasional rain showers and thunderstorms through the end of the work week.
More sun than clouds with a light breeze and comfortable temperatures early this morning followed by a slight breeze and more heat this afternoon. The hint of a change, which I mentioned yesterday, is looking more likely. Including our best chance of rain in weeks.
Signs of the start of Fall are behind us: The start of Friday Night Football, Tech's first football game, the start of Meteorological Fall, and Labor Day. However, there's almost no change in our weather in the near-term. But there are a couple of features which may bring changes by early next week.
In the days ahead our rain chances will slip back to slim to none and temperatures will return to above average for the season. We're looking for signs of Autumn. The Labor Day holiday weekend is one of those signs, the first TTU football game is another, and September is knocking.
Storms and showers were scattered across nearly the entire KCBD viewing area this morning. Some of the storms were strong with heavy rain, small hail and strong wind gusts. Today's post covers rain chances and temperatures through the Labor Day Holiday Weekend.
Rarely seen, a nearly stationary thunderstorm over the Lubbock airport dumped 1.59" in the rain gauge in just over an hour while all but the far northeastern corner of the city remained bone-dry. Here are some other rain totals, the outlook for more rain, and the looming triple-digit heat.
Rain didn't make it to Lubbock overnight, but some rain-cooled air did. This morning was just a little cooler and this afternoon won't be as hot. The slight drop, however, won't last long. If you're a heat-lover, boy do I have a forecast for you. If you're not, I still may have something for you.
Temperatures will drop another degree or two, almost imperceptibly, this afternoon and then a bit more tomorrow. Unfortunately, the shift from very hot to just-hot doesn't last long. Triple-digit highs return in my Extended Forecast, which you can view right here on our Weather Page.
Triple-digit highs return to parts of the viewing this afternoon, and so do a few of those isolated thunderstorms. However, today won't be as hot as recent days and the chance of rain for any given spot is slim.
As hot as it's been, it's going to get hotter. Rain chances will remain low, but some spotty storms are possible. In this post, however, one of the major computer forecast models is teasing some significant change in the extended period.
Some years, and this is one, high pressure sets up over the southern US and just vacations here the entire summer. This pattern lends itself to hot and dry weather, with the occasional exception. Vacation has ended for school children and teachers, but not yet for the persistent high pressure.
Following last night's cold front, the South Plains area will not be as hot. At least for a while. Our storm and rain outlooks are like recent days and weeks. My temperature and rain outlooks, and an El Niño update, are in this post. Watch for the accompanying video later this morning.
Additional isolated storms and showers are likely from about mid-afternoon into early evening. Some may become quite strong, perhaps marginally severe, producing pockets of heavy rain, very strong winds, and - of course - lightning.
Lows (and the often accompanying cold fronts) tend to bring unsettled weather while highs settled weather. Even if I don't again mention it, high pressure, it is still the dominant element in my forecast.
What to expect in our weather this week? Our recent persistent hot and mostly dry weather (see below) was courtesy of a strong high-pressure area. It may have weakened a little, but it hasn't gone away. And, as I mentioned Friday here, it will be strengthening over our area this week.