Congratulations on making it to the end of the work week! We’re going to have isolated shower and thunderstorm chances today across West Texas east into Northwest Texas. Nothing major expected in terms of thunderstorm intensity today. Isolated to scattered storms are possible tonight across Far West Texas, West Texas, Northwest Texas, and the Red River valley along US-82 towards Paris. Again severe weather is not expected with this activity and a vast majority of folks will stay dry.
Temperatures will climb into the upper 80s across the Texas Panhandle, low to middle 90s across West Texas, Northeast Texas, East Texas, and Southeast Texas. Folks across the Concho Valley, Big Country, Northwest Texas, North Texas, Central Texas, Deep South Texas, and the Rio Grande Valley will make it through the upper 90s with a few 100 to 102 degree peaks today.
For tonight we’ll see temperatures fall back into the 60s across the Texas Panhandle, West Texas, far Southeast Texas, and even parts of South Texas around Corpus Christi. The remainder of the state will have low to mid 70s for low temperatures by Saturday morning.
Tropical Storm Erika is very disorganized this morning. The hurricane hunter crews out in the storm are having difficulty finding a defined low-level circulation – meaning Erika may already have degenerated into an open wave. Regardless its still producing flooding rains and gusty winds in Puerto Rico. The latest forecast takes it over Hispaniola and into Florida by this upcoming weekend. Due to the poor organization of Erika and a continued interaction with land it is no longer expected to become a hurricane. If it is able to make it to Florida it will likely be a weakish tropical storm with flooding rains the big threat. South Florida is in severe drought and this would be what the doctor ordered. We’ll keep an eye on it over the next few days – assuming it doesn’t flat out dissipate later today.