THIS AFTERNOON: It's not too hot, thanks to the front that moved through yesterday. Most of our area is in the upper 80s. It's been cooler to the northwest, where a few showers lingered through mid-day. It dropped to 65 in Lubbock this morning, 59 to the northwest at Dimmitt. Up in the Panhandle the Texas Tech Mesonet shows a low of 55 both at Amarillo and Stratford. That sounds pretty nice.
Looking at rainfall, the Lubbock airport picked up just a trace yesterday. Through yesterday we've picked up 1.85" on the month, which is right on pace with the average amount. YTD is 9.03", which is about two inches below average.
Here are some of the top 24-hour rain totals on the Texas Tech Mesonet, running through 3:30 p.m.:
Denver city 0.87"
New Home 0.23"
Farther to the west, some storms have developed in SE New mexico. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Eastern New Mexico until 10 p.m. MDT. Large hail and damaging wind will be possible with storms there. Here is current FOX34 VIPIR:
TONIGHT: Storms in New Mexico moving north to south, just a slim chance east of the state line. Low near 65, wind N/NE 5-10.
TOMORROW: Warmer and mostly sunny, high near 92. Wind N/W 5-10mph. Some storms are again expected in Eastern New Mexico Saturday. Lower chance around the South Plains.
SUNDAY: A little bit hotter and mostly sunny, high near 95. Better chance for thunderstorms Sunday night. Some of the storms may produce strong wind.
NEXT WEEK: The past few days guidance showing a big drop in the temperature Monday seemed unlikely. Well, guess what...the various computer models have backed off on that drop significantly. (Sidenote: if you use an app that shows wild swings in the temperature, there's a good chance it's direct model output, which will often have these wild swings). So it still looks like it'll be a little cooler Monday, but probably only a couple degrees below the seasonal average.
There is a slight chance for storms Monday. We may even see a few nighttime storms through next week, but the signal is pretty weak right now. It is going to get hotter, up around 100 Wednesday through Friday.
Have a great rest of your day. Robert will have a full update to the forecast here Saturday afternoon.