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Sunday Evening: Isolated showers and thunderstorms possible. Low temps in the mid 70's. Winds: S 5-15 mph.
Monday: Back to hot and dry. Winds S 5-15 mph. High: 98
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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
RECORD RAIN VS. NO RAIN
A stalled front in West Texas brought Abilene more than 7" of rain Tuesday. Not only was that a record for the day, it was an all-time record for any day! The previous record: 6.54" May 11th, 1928. On the other hand, Austin officially recorded no rain just 180 miles southeast of Abilene. We did have a few spotty showers that moved through during the afternoon, but most areas stayed dry. While our Northwest Hill Country counties might see some showers from that system to our northwest Tuesday night, the rest of our area will be mainly dry for the next week! I do have a 10% rain chance (mainly for sea-breeze showers in our southeastern counties) on Saturday afternoon.
We're now at 15 consecutive days and 27 for the year of 90-degree heat after Tuesday's high of 91. Heat will be building through this upcoming week and I've got no end to this streak in sight. But let's face it. Though it has been consistently hot in the 90s, we've really been lucky to have every single day so far this month so far below normal. Thank El Nino and the soil moisture from our wet May and June. But as soil moisture dries out, temps will gradually creep up.
TRIPLE DIGITS IN OUR FUTURE?
I'm not quite jumping on the 100-degree bandwagon just yet, but it's worth noting that computer models are suggesting some 99-degree highs possible Tuesday and Wednesday of next week with 100+ temps in the Northwest Hill Country. For now - I'm forecasting 96 Tuesday and 97 Wednesday. Both those numbers would be the hottest this year. Our current hottest temp of 2015? 95 - set twice in June. FYI: We average 4 days of 100-degree heat in July and the average first triple digit day is July 10th.
The air quality will be taking a hit for the next few days with our normally "Good" air quality dropping to "Moderate." The reason? African dust that's tracking westward along the trade winds from the Sahara Desert all the way to Texas! This means hazy skies for us.
TRACKING THE TROPICS
Future "Dolores" is tracking northwestward through the Pacific with a 90% chance of development in the next day. Computer models now appear to track that storm just north of Hawaii by this weekend. This bears watching and once Dolores forms, you can track the storm with our KEYE-TV Tropics Tracker. http://bit.ly/keyeTropics
STORM TRACKER FORECAST
Wednesday: 93 Partly cloudy. Winds: SSE 10-15. *Morning Low: 77
Thursday: 94 Mostly sunny. Winds: SSE 10-15. *Morning Low: 75
Friday: 94 Mostly sunny. Winds: SSE 10-15. *Morning Low: 74
Saturday: 93 Mostly sunny with very isolated PM showers/storms - mainly sea breeze and best chance south/east of I-35. Rain chance: 10%. Winds: S 5-10. *Morning Low: 73
Sunday: 95 Mostly sunny. Ties hottest this year so far. Winds: S 5-10. *Morning Low: 73
Monday: 96 Mostly sunny. Hottest this year so far! Winds: S 5-10. *Morning Low: 73
Tuesday: 97 Mostly sunny. Even hotter! Winds: S 5-10. *Morning Low: 73
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