Saturday, July 13, 2013
Forecast in Dallas calls for hot Saturday, cooler Sunday with some rain
The best shot at rain is Sunday night into early Monday morning.
The forecast for today: 100-plus degrees topped with an Ozone Action Alert, just another run-of-the-mill dose of mid-July unpleasantness.
But fret not: Tomorrow it may not make out of the 80s. No, seriously. And beginning late Sunday and into Monday morning, there’s a good chance North Texas could see upwards of half an inch of rain thanks to an approaching upper-level storm system from the northeast running into Gulf moisture. And rain remains in the forecast for the entirety of next week, with highs slowly ascending from the upper 80s on Monday into the upper 90s by Friday.
“It’ll be a nice break,” deadpans Jamie Gudmestad, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office.
The National Weather Service says this won’t be a “drought-buster.” We still need nine to 12 inches of rain to get out of drought, given the fact that this year alone we’re close to six inches below normal annual rainfall, having received just 15.3 inches of precipitation when the normal is 21.09. Gudmestad says by week’s end, we should have picked up around an inch of rain — just enough to make it feel like relief, even if it’s not really.
“As far as drought goes,” she says, “it won’t do much.”
The best shot at rain is Sunday night into early Monday morning, when Gudmestad says North Texas is looking at a 60 percent shot at the wet stuff. Chances of rain start dropping, slowly, after that through the week. But they’re still there nonetheless.
“We’re confident it will rain,” says Gudmestad. And this time of the year, that’s good enough.