Good morning! TGIF!!! A little bit hotter today than yesterday for some areas with highs expected to range from the low 90’s to low 100’s depending upon your location. Rain chances are a bit lower today than yesterday unfortunately; however, it looks like we can finally begin really yakking about a big pattern change expected to arrive by late this weekend!
First…the rain chances for today. Minimal at best, but mainly focused in the following areas: Panhandle region, far southeast Texas along the coast, and far western Texas in the Davis Mountains/Van Horn area. Below is a peek at what one of the short term forecast models thinks the radar will look like at about 4pm this afternoon. It was pretty accurate for yesterday, so we’ll see if it can nail it today.
Here’s a look at the expected highs for today….
Now for the “Good Stuff”….next week’s expected weather pattern change! As we mentioned a few days ago, a very unusual pattern shift was starting to show up in the forecast models. An area of low pressure was expected to develop over the eastern US and track westward (backwards) and into Texas. A few days ago, the forecast models had this Low tracking further south across the US and into southern Texas and possibly northern Mexico. That changed early yesterday with most of the forecast models shifting the Low’s track more to the north. This more northerly track continues to show up in pretty much all of the models, and our local forecasters are becoming much more confident that we will not only have the chance for a return of cooler weather beginning this Sunday, but also a decent chance of RAIN for early next week!!!!
The graphic below was put together by our friends at the NWS office in Ft. Worth this morning with their take on the track of this Low. This is a very rare weather pattern and forecasters are not confident that the computer models really know what to do with it, so please keep in mind that this could change!!
I also wanted to share with you an additional graphic…a computer estimate of how much rain we could potentially receive between now and next Thursday evening. Again, don’t get your hopes up too high just yet. The track of this Low could change significantly…like shifting further north which would tend to leave us on the dry side. But between now and Sunday, get the rain dances going and hopefully we can see an abundance of this lovely vertically descending transparent H2O next week! I’m sure we’ll have more details for you over the weekend, so stay tuned!!