Author: David Reimer

Abnormally Dry Conditions Expand in Weekly Drought Update

The National Drought Mitigation Center released their weekly update yesterday. A relatively dry pattern over the last two weeks has resulted in a resurgence of abnormally dry conditions across various parts of Texas. While nearly 25 percent of Texas has entered abnormally dry conditions. However, only 4 percent of the state is in a defined drought. Our worst drought conditions are apparent in the Rio Grande Valley, South Texas, and in portions of Northeast Texas. 1 percent of our vast real estate in Texas is within a severe drought designation. For reference, that number was nearly one-hundred percent earlier...

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High Rain Chances This Weekend in Southeast Half of Texas

A fairly weak upper level storm system will bring a good chance of rain to southern sections of Texas this weekend. This morning’s upper air analysis had this upper level system over northern Mexico. Southerly/southeasterly flow will help pump increasing moisture values inland today. Isolated light showers will be possible across the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas, but not much in the way of accumulating precipitation is expected. Rain chances will increase on Saturday as widespread rain develops across the Rio Grande Valley, South Texas, Southwest Texas, Central Texas, extending east into the Coastal Plains, Brazos Valley, and...

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Weekend Soaker for Southeastern Half of Texas

A day without a high in the 80s this year seems to be rare, so let’s rejoice in the fact our warmest temperatures this afternoon should be around 71 to 72 degrees down in the Rio Grande Valley. The Texas Panhandle and western sections of the South Plains, plus higher elevations around Alpine, will top out in the upper 50s to right around 60 degrees this afternoon. The remainder of Texas won’t be too much warmer with highs in the middle 60s. A great day that isn’t too cold or too hot. We will be dealing with low humidity...

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Cooler through Friday with Rain Chances This Weekend

Surface analysis from 12Z indicated a cold front was near a line extending from Texarkana to College Station to the San Antonio Metro west/southwest to near Del Rio. This cold front will continue to push south through the day. The first indication of the cold front’s arrival will be a drastic drop in humidity values as dew points drop from the 70s into the 30s and 40s. The cooler air lags back behind the front, but temperatures are chilly in the Texas Panhandle and West Texas this morning. Cooler/Drier through Friday: Temperatures will be cooler across the state, although...

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Damaging Winds & Extreme Fire Risk Western Parts of Texas Today

A strong upper level storm system will bring a variety of significant weather impacts to the western half of Texas today. The foremost of which will be very strong winds. Surface wind gusts over 55 MPH are expected in the Texas Panhandle, West Texas, Permian Basin, Trans-Pecos, and the Borderland. Some of these wind gusts will be strong enough to produce wind damage, such as downed power lines. Widespread blowing is a good bet with the possibility of visibility reductions. All of the Texas Panhandle, South Plains, Rolling Plains, Trans-Pecos, and Borderland are included in a High Wind Warning....

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