Sunny weather continues on South Plains, Irma edges closer to Fl

Sunny weather continues on South Plains, Irma edges closer to Florida

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It was another cool start this morning. Lubbock dropped to 54, and that was actually not at the usual time near sunrise, but a few hours before. Here are other lows, from the Texas Tech Mesonet:

Aiken 50
Ralls 50
Sundown 50
Tatum 50
Tulia 50
Anton 51
Denver City 51
Floydada 51
Silverton 51
Wolfforth 51

REST OF TODAY: There are a few showers and storms in Eastern/Northeastern New Mexico. These are moving east. We can’t rule out an isolated shower or storm for the western South Plains, but most likely we’ll stay dry. The south wind will stay somewhat gusty.

It’ll be a nice evening at Lowery Field for the Dumas-Estacado game. Kickoff in the lower 80s, dropping into the 70s. South wind a little gusty in the first half. Sunset 8:04. You can watch the game on FOX34 News Now.

NEXT FEW DAYS: Warm and sunny weather is the general pattern, with only subtle changes from day to day. Tomorrow’s high near 86, wind S 10-16mph. The Friday night games will kick in the lower 80s, dropping into the 70s for much of the games.

Both Saturday and Sunday will be sunny, low in the upper 50s, high near 86.

NEXT WEEK: The dry, sunny weather will continue. This is exactly what our region’s crops need. There is a strong sign of which day will be the warmest; we’ll probably make it into the 90s at least one day next week. 

Longer-range guidance does show more humidity in the air by late next week into the weekend, along with the upper-level high pressure over the western United States breaking down. This may lead to some rain in West Texas, but nothing promising. We’ll also need to watch the Eastern Pacific, for possibly tropical development to send moisture up this way. All in all, quiet weather here.

7-day forecast

TROPICS: It’s anything but quiet with Katia, Irma and Jose.

Wide tropics view

First, Katia is still not a threat to Texas. The National Hurricane Center forecast track moves it westward into Mexico.

Katia forecast

Irma remains a monster, still at category 5 of 5. Hurricane watches have been posted for southern Florida.

1p Irma advisory

Irma forecast

While some models do keep Irma offshore, just east of Florida, it’s too close to not take action in Florida. The National Hurricane Center projection still has it as a major hurricane, probably cat 3 or cat 4, as it nears southern Florida. It's also a significant risk up to Georgia and South Carolina early next week.

Jose is forecast to start curving north. Although, with steering currents weak, it could linger for a while over the open waters and move any direction in about a week, though it would likely be weaker by then.

Jose forecast

There's another disturbance in the eastern Atlantic that could form into something in a week.

Have a great rest of your day. Whitney will have the next forecast update here early tomorrow. Join us for the latest on Irma on Lubbock News Now at 6 and FOX34 News at Nine.

-Matt
 

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