More severe storms likely through the weekend

More severe storms likely through the weekend

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Heavy rainfall occurred with the severe storms yesterday and the showers and storms overnight. Here are the rainfall totals from the Tech Mesonet:
Anton 2.82”
Abernathy 2.53”
Aiken 2.38”
Reese Center 1.97”
Smyer 1.44”
Morton 1.39”
Turkey 1.17"
Wolfforth 1.12”
Lubbock Airport 1.01"
Silverton 0.89”
Floydada 0.87”
Plainview 0.73”
Near Tech 0.69”

There was a lot of storms reports of large hail with some locations receiving over 2" in size. Also, these storms had rotating wall clouds with one report of a brief tornado near Brownfield.

Nothing severe this morning but we do have some light showers around the area.

TODAY: High near 79 with a breezy southerly wind 12-22mph. We will continue a chance for some showers and storms this afternoon and evening. Some might be strong and severe, but I think the risk will be lower than yesterday. Models are showing a better chance for this activity from Lubbock to areas south and east. Main threat will be large hail 1-2" and strong wind gusts. Here is the outlook from the Storm Prediction Center:

STORMY WEEKEND: We have a ridge of high pressure to the east and a dip in the jet stream to the west. This setup is leaving us with a good amount of moisture to the east of the dry line. The risk for severe storms and flooding will continue through this Memorial Day Weekend. If you are planning on camping or being outdoor, make sure you keep severe weather on your mind. We all know how quickly these can increase in intensity and become severe, so have a place of safety near by. Again, the main risk will be larger hail sizes but will also include a possible risk for tornadoes.

NEXT WEEK: Early Monday morning everything looks to dry out as a ridge of high pressure starts to build in our region. This won't last long as we will have another chance for storms later in the week. Temperatures will warm to the mid 80s with a stronger wind on Memorial Day, then cooling some through the rest of the week.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend and be safe! I will be out of town, so Matt and Robert will keep you updated through the weekend with severe weather.
-Bobby

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