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Big Moon Before Spring Officially Arrives

By Jeff Jamison, TXA 21 Weather
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The sun sets over Interstate-30. (credit: Chip Oney)

The sun sets over Interstate-30. (credit: Chip Oney)

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TINY CHANCE OF A STORM LATER TONIGHT
It would appear that the chance of getting any rain tonight in most of North Texas is zero.  However, a cold front has made it down to near Gainesville to Breckenridge to San Angelo…and may touch off a stray storm in our far western and northwestern counties.  The chance of storms in this area is not great, but if a storm does pop up, it could briefly produce gusty wind, and maybe a little hail.

SAME SONG DIFFERENT VERSE
Otherwise, that front will move back to the north into Oklahoma tomorrow, leaving us with the same weather pattern we’ve had the past few days.  South winds keep things relatively humid…and very warm.  Look for morning clouds, then quickly becoming sunny by midday…pretty much every day into the middle of next week.  Lows in the 60s..highs in the lower to mid 80s.  Gusty south winds 15-30mph during the afternoons.  Little or no rain in the next five to six days.

SLIGHTLY COOLER THIS TIME NEXT WEEK
A stronger cold front will actually make it through all of North Texas by Thursday..this will drop temperatures into the 50s at night and then 70s during the afternoon…so not really all that cold really.  As the front begins to back up over the area on Friday and an upper level disturbance tracks overhead, we will have a chance of thunderstorms in North Texas.  This appears to be our best hope for appreciable rainfall in the next week or since the month began for that matter.

BIG MOON RISING
A full moon occurs tomorrow…moon rising around 8p Saturday evening.  The path the moon takes around Earth takes it closer at times and farther away at times.  Tomorrow the moon will be at its closest point to Earth in nearly 20 years, plus it will be a full moon.  It will appear about 14% larger than a “normal” full moon.  The closest full moon next year will occur in May.

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