Reporting Jeff Jamison
Filed underStorm Team Blog
An active weather day is expected over most of the middle of the country today, including North Texas. It was already active overnight last night with gusty winds producing some damage in parts of North Texas. Rain that was falling from 25,000 to 35,000 feet aloft evaporated before reaching the ground but that rain-cooled air rushed toward the surface. DFW saw a peak wind gust around midnight of 51 mph.
It will be a mostly cloudy, windy and humid day. A chance of thunderstorms will start up this afternoon. Those will mainly be isolated storms with just a small chance of severe weather.
Storms that fire up along the dryline in West Texas will approach the western parts of North Texas after 7pm this evening.
There is a strong risk for severe and tornadic thunderstorms across northwest Texas, western Oklahoma and western Kansas. The set-up in these areas is for possible long-track tornadoes and baseball size hail.
The DFW area is included in a SLIGHT RISK for severe weather, mainly later this evening and tonight. The storms in West Texas will approach the Metroplex and still could be producing large hail and damaging wind, but should generally be in the weakening process as they push east. Storms should die away altogether close to midnight tonight.
Severe storms on Thursday should stay north of the Red River. Same story on Friday. A weak cold front will approach Saturday and give us another chance for storms then. Otherwise, temperatures will stay seasonably warm thru early next week.