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Sunday Evening: Isolated showers and thunderstorms possible. Low temps in the mid 70's. Winds: S 5-15 mph.
Monday: Back to hot and dry. Winds S 5-15 mph. High: 98
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Blue Moon & Friday Rain Chances
Thursday, July 30th, 2015
THE HEAT IS ON!
It was the hottest day of the year Thursday with a high of 101 at Camp Mabry and 100 at ABIA. Here are the comparisons for Camp Mabry.
2015: 4 (and counting!)
2011: 90 (All-time record)
Annual Average: 13
Stay safe in the heat! Heat safety tips right here: http://bit.ly/NWSHeatSafety
ENDING THE MONTH WITH SOME RAIN?
Officially at Camp Mabry, we've only had a trace of rain so far this month. For ABIA, we've only had 0.01". Both rank as the 3rd driest...but that could change. All we need is a little rain, and we might get some Friday. I'm staying with a 30% chance. Rain chances drop to 20% (best bet in the Hill Country) on Saturday, then we go back to hot and dry. If we get rain, most areas will probably see less than 1/4" with some areas missing out altogether. I can't rule out an isolated storm - but that will be the exception rather than the rule. One thing that is likely: any spots that get rain will probably fall from near 100 down into the 80s/90s thanks to rain-cooled air...giving you a brief break in the heat!
Last week, the state finally pulled out of drought conditions according to the Drought Monitor. Unfortunately, our dry weather has sent a small part of East Texas back into Moderate Drought. Check the map here: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?TX
Friday morning we'll have the 2nd full moon of the month...which is called a "Blue Moon!" It will be 100% full at 5:43AM - about an hour before sunrise. The next time we'll see 2 full moons in the same month won't happen 'til January of 2018! By the way, it won't actually look blue...a blue-colored moon is extremely rare!
Ozone will keep our air quality in the "Moderate Air Quality" the rest of the week.
Combined storage at Lakes Travis & Buchanan dropped a percent Thursday - from 78% to 77% full. Fingers crossed for rain! Track lake levels: http://bit.ly/lcra_lakelevels
TRACKING THE TROPICS
Tropical Storm Guillermo could strengthen into a hurricane. out in the Pacific and there are two other disturbances - one in the Atlantic, another in the Eastern Pacific that have some potential for development. Tropics Tracker: http://bit.ly/keyeTropics
STORM TRACKER FORECAST
Friday: 101 Partly cloudy with a chance of scattered showers/isolated storms - best bet PM. Rain Chance: 30%. (Record: 106 in 1923). Winds: N/E 5. *Morning Low: 77
Saturday: 102 Partly cloudy with a chance of isolated PM showers/storms. Rain chance: 20%. (Record: 107 in 2011). Winds: N/E 5. *Morning Low: 75
Sunday: 102 Mostly sunny. (Record 107 in 2011). Winds: S 5/SE 5-10. *Morning Low: 75
Monday: 102 Sunny. (Record 107 in 1923). Winds: S/SE 5-10. *Morning Low: 76
Tuesday: 100 Sunny. (Record 106 in 2011). Winds: S 5-15. *Morning Low: 77
Wednesday: 101 Sunny. (Record 106 in 2011). Winds: S 5-15. *Morning Low: 77
Thursday: 101 Mostly sunny. (Record: 105 in 2013). Winds: S 5-15. *Morning Low: 77
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