Happy Thursday everyone! Lots of folks north of the DFW metro area were awakened at about 3:30am this morning with a barrage of lightning, thunder and brief heavy downpours. That area of rain has now moved off to the east and south of the metro, but it looks like some additional rain and thunder may be on its way from the northwest. We’ll see if that holds together long enough to affect the metro in a few hours. Further west, more storms developed overnight across parts of the southern panhandle east of Lubbock and on over into northwest Texas. This whole line of storm development is right along the frontal boundary that’s been sloshing around the past few days, and it will continue to be the focus for additional storms today in and around the southern panhandle, west central Texas, northwest Texas and the southern portions of north Texas. We are expecting somewhat of a lull in activity right around noon today before things pick back up again this afternoon. Overall severe threat is low, but we could have a few strong to severe storms around with gusty winds, small hail, frequent lightning and heavy rain as the main threats. Here’s a look at what we’ve got going on right now on radar, and a graphical look at what you might expect later this morning and during the afternoon hours. Whatever storms do pop up this afternoon should quickly die out after the sun sets.
Highs today…not too bad overall, mainly due to cloud cover and the effects of area storms. However, high humidity and highs in the mid 90′s will keep Heat Index values hight once again for southeast Texas, coastal bend and upper coast. Victoria, Houston, Beaumont, Conroe and Huntsville…all have a chance at seeing Heat Index values at or slightly above 100 degrees by peak daytime heating. Try to avoid outdoor work during the hottest part of the day, and stay hydrated! That’s it for this morning. Continue to stick with us for additional updates on Hurricane Arthur throughout the day and evening!