Unseasonably Cool, Wet Weather Staves Off Drought for Now
SAN ANGELO, TX -- Cool and wet weather in early July is delaying drought conditions across the Concho Valley. Historically, July is the warmest and driest month of the year. But the below average temperatures and above average rainfall won’t last long.
According to the National Weather Service office, satellite imagery is showing thunderstorms dissipating over northern Mexico and few storms developing over south Texas. Most of this activity is remaining well south of the Concho Valley. Also, low clouds are spreading west across West Central Texas Thursday.
Today will be cooler across West Central Texas, thanks to an influx of tropical moisture and low clouds this morning. Highs will range from the mid to upper 80s along the I-10 corridor to the mid 90s across the northern Big Country.
The best chance of rain will be across the southwest part of the area with scattered showers and a few thunderstorms due to abundant tropical moisture and weak instability. Forecasters are expecting tonight to be dry with lows in the lower to mid 70s.
There is an upper level ridge of high pressure across the middle of the country causing abundant moisture and below average temperatures across West Central Texas resulting in scattered showers and thunderstorms Friday through Tuesday, with the best chances across the southern half of the area. Forecasters predict 1.5 to 2 inches Friday through Wednesday, so locally heavy rainfall will be possible. High temperatures will be close to seasonal normals, in the low to mid 90s, with overnight lows in the 70s.
The forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms through Friday morning and then a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms through Saturday morning. Rain chances linger through midweek next week and then hot and dry conditions return.