MOSTLY SUNNY MORNING: We have a decent supply of sunshine over most of the region this late morning, and we have rain falling for a decent area in the southeast. Occasional showers and storms will be possible this afternoon and evening, and should not be a washout.
Highs will be in the upper 80s and low 90s today through Friday in wake of a very weak front stationary over Southern Texas, but it will sure be very moist. The average high for DFW at around this time of the year is 93°. A retreating warm front on Friday should pull enough moisture back into the region to mention the chance of isolated, mostly afternoon and evening showers and storms. The sky will be partly cloudy with highs in the low 90s.
THE WEEKEND: As a classic, summertime ridge starts to build over us, we will forecast classic late June weather for the weekend; mostly sunny with highs in the low 90s. Showers will continue thin out Saturday, and should completely thin out on Sunday as thee air becomes drier.
NEXT WEEK: Classic late June/early July weather continues. That being said, the increasing concern will be heat index values, starting over Central and East Texas Monday afternoon. Highs will be in the low to mid 90s, but, heat indices will be in the 100-105° range for those areas as a result of dewpoints in the mid to upper 70s. This oppressive heat will make its way to the rest of the North Texas region by Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon. This is the classic summertime weather here in Texas, so get ready for the annual oppressive heat as we head into Independence Day weekend and the middle of summer.
HI DOLLY, BYE DOLLY: Tropical Storm Dolly formed yesterday, several hundred miles to the east of the US Coast. It has already been downgraded to a remnant low, and should completely dissipate tomorrow with no threat to land. The rest of the Atlantic Basin is quiet.
SAL LAYER: The dry, dusty Saharan Air Layer (SAL) coming off the African continent is moving up into the Gulf Coast region, it will be place across Southern US for a few days giving us potential for some vivid sunrise/sunset views due to the scattering of sunlight. The dry air also means no risk of tropical storms or hurricanes over the Gulf for the next week or so. There could be some reduction in air quality, but most of the dust is several thousand feet aloft and most folks won’t even notice it. It happens just about every summer… nothing unusual.
ON THIS DAY IN 1975: An Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 crashed at JFK airport in New York City. 113 of the 124 people on board the aircraft died. Researcher Theodore Fujita studied the incident and discovered that a microburst caused the crash. His research led to improved air safety. The tower never experienced the microburst, which was held back by a sea-breeze front. The plane crashed 2,400 feet short of the runway.
Look for the next Texas Weather Blog Update at around noon tomorrow... Enjoy the day!
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