(KCBD) - Thunderstorms, spotty in coverage and mainly over the eastern half of the KCBD viewing area as forecast, developed yesterday afternoon, evening, and very early this morning. Downburst winds from a nearby thunderstorm were clocked at 74 mph - hurricane strength - near Seagraves during the evening, with damage to roofs and overhead utility lines reported.
Just past 1 a.m., a line of strong to marginally severe storms rapidly developed, stretching from near Lamesa, to Slaton, to near Floydada. As the line sped east, a gust of 60 mph (severe threshold is 58 mph) and 0.36" of rain was recorded by the TT Mesonet automated weather station near Slaton.
It's clear sailing from here through the weekend, except for today's wind. A westerly wind of 20 to 30 mph and some stronger gusts are expected from late morning through early evening. There will be a little less wind tomorrow, more in the breezy category of 10 to 20 mph with some stronger gusts.
If you are looking or hoping for a break from the wind, that too is in our forecast. I expect a light breeze both Saturday and Sunday. With the sunny and dry weather, it will be near perfect for early May outdoor activities. For hour-by-hour forecast details just visit our Weather Page at kcbd.com/weather or fire up our free KCBD First Alert Weather app.
Even though a section of the early morning line of storms developed right over the southeastern corner of the City of Lubbock, the rain missed the airport. The total for May so far is zero and Lubbock's precipitation total for the year so far is 1.10". The average year-to-date is 4.02".