Reporting Jeff Ray
Filed underStorm Team Blog
Today: Morning Rain, Mostly Cloudy Afternoon, High: 75, Winds N 15-20
Tonight: Partly Cloudy, Patchy Fog, Low: 58, Winds NW-5
Monday: Mostly Sunny, High: 82, Winds NW 15-20
The headline this morning was not the rain but of all things an earthquake. A 3.4 quake struck two miles north of downtown Irving just after 11pm last night. It was followed about four minutes later by a 3.1 aftershock that was centered about four miles from the original epicenter. Not since 2008 has the DFW been rattled like this. No damage or injuries were reported. Don’t be surprised a few more tremors hit the same area over the next couple of days.
Otherwise it is all about the rain. It arrived Friday late afternoon, just as we started the last weekend of what had been up to then a dry September. The rain was slow and steady, there were a few periods of heavy rain but for the most part it stretched over the 36-hour period enough to avoid flooding issues.
Rainfall amounts are very impressive. DFW ended up with 1.45″ of rain, the biggest one-day rainfall event since the middle of August. Corsicana had 3.69″, Waco 3.21″, Palestine 3.16″. Just SW of Palestine in the town Long Lake they recorded 6.19″.
We awake this morning to find light rain, cloudy skies, brisk north winds and temperatures in the 60′s. Remember that the first day of September it almost hit 100 degrees. It ends with a very raw, dreary Sunday morning.
I am expecting the main rain band to drift east as we get into the afternoon. The rain is actually moving in from the north. I expect a band over Bowie down to Parker county to linger well into the afternoon there and up on the Edwards Plateau. It should stay to the west of Fort Worth however.
There is a good chance in fact that the clouds break apart a little as the we get to the very end of the day. Highs today will struggle to reach the mid-70′s.
Tonight the skies will attempt to clear out but recent rains will only replace it with fog where the stars do try to show. Lows tonight should reach down into the 50′s at almost all locations.
Sunshine returns tomorrow, we’ll have highs on Monday get to the low 80′s with a brisk northwest wind. More sunshine on Tuesday with highs again in the low 80′s and again, a brisk north wind. Dewpoints will stay low from Monday afternoon thru Thursday.
Highs on Wednesday will get up into the upper 80′s thanks to a south wind. Rain is back in the forecast on Saturday behind a cold front. I expect next weekend to have highs only in the 70′s with only about a 20% rain chance.