A very mid-summer like pattern remains in place across the state this week. For today, best chances for a few strong to severe storms will be across the panhandle and south rolling plains region where the Storm Prediction Center has outlined a Slight Risk (Level 1). Widespread severe storm coverage is not expected, but a few of the cells that pop up this afternoon could become strong with damaging winds as the main threats. Isolated heavy downpours and blowing dust from thunderstorm outflow winds will also be a concern. Further south along the coastal plains and southeast Texas, we’ll once again see pop-up showers and storms along the seabreeze front by late morning to early afternoon. Most of these storms tend to remain below severe limits, but one or two have the potential to become strong with downburst winds, lightning and brief periods of heavy rainfall possible. Parts of north Texas also have the possibility of seeing a few showers today and overnight. Confidence in that is lower than the other two aforementioned regions but enough to warrant keeping an eye out for anything that might develop later this afternoon. Forecast highs each day this week across the state will remain above normal…but not as extreme as we saw last week as our upper level ridge backs off just a bit. In the Tropics, various long-range weather forecasting models have continued to develop a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico by later this week. Whether or not this actually pans out is yet to be seen, but we’ll continue to monitor any developments and provide updates as we get into the week ahead!