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Storms This Weekend and when the Humidity Goes Down

By Chief Meteorologist Larry Mowry
(credit: KTVT/KTXA) Larry Mowry
Larry joined the CBS 11 Storm Team in January 2008 from CBS affil...
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HOT AND MUGGY

Today (Friday) has been the muggiest day we have seen this year so far.  Dewpoints, which are a good measure of how much moisture is in the atmosphere, are in the upper 60s and low 70s.  This is really muggy air.  Strong south winds have been blowing this tropical moisture from the Gulf up thru Texas into Oklahoma.  This moisture is fueling storms in Oklahoma this afternoon.

HIGH TORNADO THREAT FOR OKLAHOMA

Much of central Oklahoma is under a Tornado Watch until Midnight tonight.

KTVT Street Level

This is a Particularly Dangerous Situation with violent tornadoes, 4″ hail and 80 mph winds possible with thunderstorms in Oklahoma.

These storms are developing along the dryline.  Here’s a look at temperatures and the high threat area at 5pm.

N TX wide Temp Plot

STORMS STAY NORTH TONIGHT

Storms will stay along and north of the Red River this evening.  So there is NO threat of storms in DFW tonight.  The only area of concern in North Texas is from Wichita Falls to Gainesville.  An isolated storm could affect this area this evening.

STORM CHANCES INCREASE SATURDAY

A cold front will slide into North Texas tomorrow.  Showers and thunderstorms will be possible in the morning for areas north of Dallas/Fort Worth.  The front will approach DFW around 1pm.  I do expect showers and thunderstorms from late morning into the mid afternoon here in the Metroplex.  Some of these could be severe with large hail and damaging winds.

STORM CHANCES

THIS EVENING – Small chance of an isolated storms along the Red River this evening

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SATURDAY 6am to 11am – Showers and a few thunderstorms will be possible for areas mainly north of DFW.

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SATURDAY 11am to 5pm – This is the timeframe where we have the best chance of showers and thunderstorms in DFW.  Some of these storms could be severe with large hail and gusty winds.

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SATURDAY 5pm to Midnight – Rain chances shift south of DFW, but a few lingering showers will be possible.

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SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY

Drier air will arrive behind this cold front!  Temperatures Sunday morning will start in the 60s!  And highs on Sunday will be in the mid 80s, but the humidity will be much lower compared to today.

7-DAY FORECAST

Larry Mowry