It is not a cool morning across Texas. Surface observations just before 6:15 AM indicate temperatures in the 70s statewide. The warmer urban areas have not made it below 80 degrees overnight. While not atypical for the dog days of summer these warm mornings have gotten old. Since sunrise is only moments away we won’t see temperatures drop much more before the daily climb begins once again.
The forecast usually sounds like a broken record in the summer months in Texas. Hot, sunny, and little chance of precipitation. The repetitiveness of the forecast gets old after a while, but there is always some discussion points of interest. With a monsoonal flow in place we’ll see isolated to scattered thunderstorm chances in Far West Texas and in the northwest Texas Panhandle this afternoon and tonight. High temperatures will range from the middle 90s up into the middle 100s. Heat index values will be five to eight degrees above the actual air temperature this afternoon. We’re in the dog days of summer so keep it cool and stay hydrated.
Hurricane Earl made landfall overnight in Belize. It’ll continue to move west over the next few days bringing very heavy rains to the region. The remnants of Earl will emerge over the eastern Pacific and could actually develop into a new cyclone next week. Earl will have no impact on our weather in Texas.
Temperatures will remain at or above average for the foreseeable future. Weather models are not optimistic when it comes to breaking down our heat dome. Expected continued hot and dry weather into mid-August. Fire danger will continue to increase over the next couple of weeks as grasses continue to dry. We are quickly entering another flash drought – similiar to that from last summer.