(KCBD) - Fire Weather Warning for the entire KCBD area from 11 AM until midnight. This afternoon will be windier and hotter than yesterday, and the air and fuels just as dry if not drier. Every day of wildfire weather the soil and vegetation dry a bit more. Once again, in these conditions it takes very little to ignite a fire, any fire will grow quickly and will be difficult if not impossible to bring under control.
Winds may reach sustained speeds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts greater than 50 mph possible. These speeds may be exceeded at times over the northwestern KCBD viewing area. Straight-line winds like this may damage all-ready weakened fences, signs, roofs, and trees.
With the wind (and dry soils) we can expect blowing dust this afternoon and evening. Areas of low and/or rapidly changing visibility are possible, especially in open areas and near fields being worked.
The dust may raise the Air Quality Index (AQI) to "Moderate" here in the Lubbock area: Air quality is considered acceptable. People especially susceptible to airborne irritants, however, may be uncomfortable, some may be quite uncomfortable. Moderate is the second of six levels: Good, Moderate, Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, Unhealthy, Very Unhealthy, and Hazardous.
Yesterday I mentioned here (and in our newscasts then and since) the possibility severe thunderstorms might return to the West Texas area late this week. As of this morning, there is a slight chance of storms late Thursday, generally near and west of our western state-line counties.
There will be a slight chance of storms and showers Thursday night moving east into the central KCBD viewing area (near the I27-HWY87 corridor). Rain chances pick up Friday morning, with a chance of storms at that time but more likely late Friday and Friday night. It appears there is a slight risk of severe weather with these storms. It appears, also, there may be some locally heavy rainfall, mainly Friday and Friday night. Rain may linger well into Saturday.