THIS AFTERNOON: The wind has backed off some from what is was earlier today. A front moved across the area, bringing that gusty wind and a slight drop in the temperature from yesterday. At 3 p.m. we've got 70s north of Lubbock, 80s from Lubbock and points south. While it's pretty quiet, with a sunny sky here, there is a severe thunderstorm watch for SE Oklahoma into far western Arkansas until 11 p.m. There is a risk for severe storms around the Arklatex region into tonight.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear, low near 46. Wind will will get lighter. In fact, around sunrise it'll be out of the north around 5 mph.
SATURDAY: Sunny with not much wind. High 76, wind N/E 5-12mph. A few computer models have shown a few sprinkles in the morning. But with the air so dry, it'll probably just a some clouds around sunrise. Late in the day a few isolated showers/weak storms are possible in the eastern TX Panhandle, well northeast of here.
SUNDAY: Warmer and breezy, high near 83. Wind S 12-22mph.
NEXT WEEK: Humidity will return through the day Sunday, likely setting the stage for a dry line to develop on Monday. It will mix east, probably east of Lubbock. But even though there will be humidity and surface instability, a cap aloft will probably hold strong. At this point we can't completely rule out a few storms for the Rolling Plains, but for the most part it just looks hot and partly cloudy.
Monday and Tuesday will both likely reach the 90s. Then a front will move across the area, dropping Wednesday to the mid 80s. A big upper-level ridge will move from the Rockies to the Plains mid to late week, bringing hot weather. 90s will return Thursday and Friday. And it's still a week out, but right now it looks like we may see some 100-degree readings in the area Friday.
Overall, no good sign of rain over the next week.
Have a great weekend. Robert will have an update posted here Saturday afternoon.