Sunny weather continues on South Plains; Irma heads to Florida

Sunny weather continues on South Plains; Irma heads to Florida

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

THIS AFTERNOON: It's quiet across much of the United States as we all await Irma moving inland around Florida this weekend. There are a few showers out west from Nevada and Arizona up to Idaho. They sure could use a lot of rain over the massive wildfires. If there weren't other natural disasters the fires would probably be all you'd hear about. It is terrible across much of the west, with air quality alerts in gray over most of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

watch-warning map

Around our area it's in the 80s this afternoon. Nice weather is in store for Friday night football games, dropping into the 70s by 8 p.m., upper 60s by 10 p.m., mostly clear with the SE wind diminishing.

WEEKEND: Both Saturday and Sunday will feature a lot of sun. Mornings in the upper 50s, afternoons in the mid 80s. 

NEXT WEEK: It'll gradually warm some, though today's data has cooled the next few days off a degree or two. We should get closer to 90 by Tuesday, with it getting a little warmer by late next week. The average high tomorrow in Lubbock is 87, dropping to 85 by Wednesday. So next week's warmth will be slightly above average, which is welcome news for ag producers. The air will get more humid late next week. That's when maybe we could see at least a little rain in the region, but there's nothing significant at this point.

7-day forecast

TROPICS: There are still hurricanes across the Gulf and Atlantic this afternoon.

NHC wide view

Katia has strengthened to a category 2. It'll move SW into Mexico.

Katia forecast

Jose is up to category 4.

Jose forecast

Of course the focus is on Irma. This remains a dangerous hurricane. The early afternoon advisory has max sustained wind at 155mph, minimum pressure at 925mb. As of 1 p.m. CDT it was 380 miles SE of Miami, moving W at 14mph. 

Irma forecast

Hurricane warnings are up across the Bahamas, northern Cuba and south Florida. Tropical storm-force wind is expected in south Florida early Saturday morning.

tropical storm-force wind

Landfall itself, with the incredible wind, will be early Sunday. Unlike Harvey, this will not sit somewhere for days. It'll continue moving north into the Southeastern United States. While we have the quiet weather it is going to be a bad weekend, and for some, bad for a long time, for some in the Southeast.

Look for more updates here and on my Facebook and twitter pages through the weekend. Bobby will have your next forecast update Saturday.
-Matt

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