Rain Chances Remain In The Forecast 9/18/13
Wednesday Weather Update
Greg Morgan – Chief Meteorologist
Expect a smaller chance of rain today across the Permian Basin, but still not out of the question. An upper ridge of high pressure is keeping a small grip on the area and as of late, has been enough to keep the heavier rain to our south and west. As such, today’s best rain chances will be confined to the western half of the area. I favor locations along and southwest of the Pecos River for the best chances of rain 30-50%. In the Permian Basin, I will include a 20% chance of rain to account for stronger disturbances that can make it through. Highs will top out in the mid to upper 80’s today for the Permian Basin. A few spots in the Trans Pecos could hit the lower 90’s and a few locations in the mountains may only see the 70’s. Skies will be mostly cloudy to begin the day. However, a few breaks in the clouds may occur a little later this afternoon.
Rain chances will improve over the area on Thursday and Friday. The upper ridge mentioned above will flatten out and allow disturbances to move further into the area, allowing rain to cover a larger portion of the region. Expect a 30-50% chance of rain over much of the area on Thursday and Friday. Temperatures will be a little cooler as a result of the rain-cooled air and the clouds. Look for highs in the lower to mid 80’s late in the week.
The weekend looks warmer and drier for most. However, attention will turn to the Gulf of Mexico this weekend as another tropical storm is expected to form.