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Temperatures will be above normal tonight as abundant Gulf moisture surges north across the region. Overnight lows will be mainly in the 65 to 70 degree range. There is a 30% chance of showers along the Red River and also across the southeast counties. The rest of the region will see a 20% chance of rain.
We'll have mostly cloudy skies Saturday. Some showers are possible in the morning southeast of a Lampasas to Paris line. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible during the afternoon. IF the cap breaks, a few storms could become severe producing hail larger than 1 inch in diameter and wind gusts over 60 mph. Otherwise, cloud to ground lightning will accompany any storms that develop.
Rich Gulf moisture will continue pouring into North and Central Texas into the weekend. Saturday will begin with cloudy skies, but the sun will emerge as the day progresses, particularly west of the I-35 corridor. A capping inversion may prevent thunderstorm development, but with considerable instability, any storm that develops may quickly become severe. More widespread storms are expected Saturday night as a cold front moves through the region. Damaging winds will be the primary hazard with the line of storms that accompanies the front, but large hail and tornadoes will be possible with any discrete cells. A brief tornado could also occur within the line, but since these nocturnal spin-ups are often obscured by rain, they would be difficult for spotters to observe. The severe weather threat will diminish early Sunday morning as the storms move into Central and East Texas. Skies will clear on Sunday, and temperatures will reach the 70s Sunday afternoon with lower humidity. However, the gusty north winds behind the front will make it feel cooler.

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Lightning Intro
Did you Know
Lightning Safety
Myths vs. Facts

Lightning, on average, causes 93 deaths and 300 injuries each year. In Texas alone, 34 people have been killed by lightning during the last nineCounty Area Map Showing Lightning Injuries and Deaths years. 184 injuries and nearly 23 million dollars (est.) in damages can also be attributed to Texas lightning since the beginning of 1995.  

So if lightning causes so much death and destruction, why is it called the underrated killer? 
Because often we fail to follow safety precautions, especially when we are caught outdoors, where most lightning deaths and injuries occur. Did you know that if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning? 

Protect yourself and others from the underrated killer by reading more of our did-you-knows, myths versus facts, and lightning safety tips.

Texas Lightning Stats from Jan 1, 1999 through Mar 31, 2000


Texas Lightning Stats


Killed Injured Damage
2004 3 58 .74M
2003 4 5 3.6M
2002 2 5 .97M
2001 1 6 1.4M
2000 5 19 .20M
1999 3 11 2.5M
1998 2 11 .88M
1997 3 34 6.4M
1996 6 7 4.4M
1995 5 28 1.7M


How To Estimate Lightning Distance
(miles from strike)

5 Second Rule PictureCount the seconds between the lightning and the thunder, then divide by 5.