Pattern Changes This Week
As if the soaking weekend rains were not a big enough headline, three earthquakes in Irving stole the spotlight for residents in much of the Midcities Saturday night and again Sunday night. The first and biggest quake had a 3.4 magnitude when it struck at 11:05 PM Saturday evening. It’s epicenter was located between Macarthur Boulevard and O’Connor Road just north of Rochelle Road. Another 3.1 magnitude occurred four minutes later about 6 miles to the southwest at the intersection of Loop 12 and I-30. Sunday night’s 2.1 occurred near Carl Road and W. Airport Freeway. All three earthquakes had shallow hypocenters approximately 3 miles deep.
As Meteorologist Jeff Ray reported over the weekend, many parts of North Texas received upwards of two inches of rain from Friday into Sunday morning with parts of Dallas, Navarro, Henderson and Anderson Counties tallying up over four inches. The upper level low that took its good ole time moving through North Texas will continue to slowly trod along the Southeastern US and dump heavy rainfall across parts of Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky. We will be stuck on the back side of the upper low with a breezy, north flow keeping conditions mild and dry the next two days.
Expect a quick turn around with our pattern Wednesday and Thursday as an area of low pressure develops in the lee of the Rockies and a high pressure system takes over to our east. The result of these two surface features will be a breezy, south wind for both days and an opportunity to tap into warmer air for North Texas. Highs will push into the upper 80s and possibly low 90s.
By Thursday night, we’ll be watching a cold front approach North Texas then stall across Oklahoma. The front should hang up to our north Friday to bring limited rain chances to the Red River areas, but will come through on Saturday to bring chances across all of North Texas. Right now, calling for 20-30 percent range Saturday with the front coming through during the late afternoon.
We are talking about a weather scenario still quite a bit out in our extended forecast, but our longer term models are in agreement with temperatures potentially topping out in the upper 60s next Sunday.