As the CBS11 Storm Team has indicated during the past few days….our forecast has taken a corner into very hot & dry territory. A big dome of high pressure over the middle of the country will continue to hang on for the next week or longer. Air underneath a high pressure system like this is sinking, which makes it very difficult for clouds to build up tall enough to produce rain…and sinking air also heats up rapidly.
Check out the 6 to 10 day outlook, which takes up deep into next week. The same parts of the country dealing with the extreme heat and drought will continue to see well above normal temperatures and at the same time well below normal precipitation. Not good news for corn prices, as we’ve talked about the past few days.
The weekly Drought Monitor was released today and still shows the worst drought conditions in parts of the Rockies and Central Plains and also Arkansas. Moderate to Severe Drought is also found in the Corn Belt across the Plains into the Midwest.
Closer to home, drought conditions have improved statewide because of the heavy rainfall in Southeast Texas last week. Drought conditions have been eliminated altogether to our southeast. Abnormally dry conditions are still found over practically all of our region. Moderate to severe drought is found in our western counties. The weather over the next week or so will not help the situation.
Today…Mostly sunny & hot. High 100°. SW wind 10-15 mph.
Tonight…Fair & warm. Low 80°. SW wind 5-15 mph.
Friday…Mostly sunny & still hot. High 101°. SW wind 5-15 mph.
Weekend…Mostly sunny & sizzling! Lows 78-82° Highs 99-104°
Next week…Still pretty hot.. Highs 97-100°