By Jeff Ray

We’ve had wonderful (August) weather this weekend with temperatures below normal teamed with cool mornings. We actually have FOUR more weekends this month to enjoy and they’ll likely be a little hotter than this one. Reports from our Weather Watcher Network showed a range of highs today from 97° in Azle to 88° (and more clouds) in Commerce:


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Five weekends in August? Any month with 31 days has a 5th set of three days. When August starts on a Friday we get five sets of F, Sa, Su. Because of our Leap Year we don’t get this every seven years but instead in the 6-5-6-11 pattern ( years apart from this occurring again in August). We are at the end of that cycle so the next August with five weekends will be 2025 (11 years from now).

Anyway, back to the weather. The pesky surface low down along the Tx/La coastline will slowly drift to the southwest down the coastline over the next 48 hours.

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We’ve had some showers moving across our southeast counties today around Athens and Canton. Tomorrow the rain chance will be along our southern tier, well removed from the Metroplex:

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Otherwise after some morning clouds it’ll be partly sunny with an east wind with highs in the mid-90’s in most places:

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Rain chances look rather bleak in the week ahead. A dome of high pressure is growing to our southwest and will infringe into our airspace by the end of the work week. This means a warm-up in store for us. As the upper-level high sets up we’ll get into a northwest flow aloft for a couple of days at the end of the work week. While these are notorious to forecast, there are chances a cluster of storms could move in that flow toward north Texas from the Tx/Ok panhandle:

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We’ll only include a 10% – 20% storm chance for now and hope for the best. Will August be yet another dry month for the metro area? The last time we had the first eight months log below-normal rainfall at the official weather reporting site was back in 1901. Here is your extended forecast:
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