RADAR CHECK - Rain continues to fall this afternoon over much of Northwest Texas into West-Central Oklahoma... the rest of the region is dry with a field of clouds. Temperatures are in the upper 70s where some breaks in the clouds have been observed; the northern counties are still in the 60s because of clouds. Scattered rain will increase over North Texas during the midnight hours, and there will be periods of rain through Friday as multiple disturbances past through the region. A few heavier storms with hail up to the size of quarters are likely tomorrow during the day over areas to the south and west of the metroplex, where the SPC has a low end, "marginal risk" (1/5) of severe storms. However, I do not foresee any severe weather issues for most of the region.
Expect mostly cloudy skies tomorrow through Friday evening with highs staying in the 60s for much of the metroplex.
THE WEEKEND - Most communities will be mostly cloudy on Saturday, though lingering showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon is not out of the question. Then, a punch of dry air pushes into the region on Sunday, where we should see most communities enjoying a good supply of sunshine by the afternoon with highs in the mid 60s... about ten degrees below average for mid-April in North Texas.
NEXT WEEK - A quiet weather pattern ensues. The weather looks dry Monday through Thursday... some rain could return toward the end of the week on Friday. Temperatures will be near, or, a little below average. See the Texas Weather Discussion Video for more details.
ON THIS DAY IN 1935 - Black Sunday refers to a particularly severe dust storm that occurred on April 14, 1935, as part of the Dust Bowl. During the afternoon, the residents of the Plains States were forced to take cover as a dust storm, or "black blizzard," blew through the region. The storm hit the Oklahoma Panhandle and Northwestern Oklahoma first and moved south for the remainder of the day. It hit Beaver around 4:00 p.m., Boise City around 5:15 p.m., and Amarillo, Texas, at 7:20 p.m. The conditions were the most severe in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, but the storm's effects were felt in other surrounding areas.