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Excessive Heat Continues in the Southwest on Monday

A cold front will bring relief to the Pacific Northwest on Monday, but the Southwest will see above average temperatures again. Excessive Heat Warnings are in effect for many locations through Monday evening. The hottest temperatures will be in the desert as daytime high temperatures may exceed 115 degrees. Read More >

Increasing cloud cover tonight with a low chance for a few showers to the south. Low temperatures will generally be in the upper 60s and lower 70s.
Isolated thunderstorms will be possible near the I-20 corridor Monday and Tuesday, with better chances across Central Texas. The remainder of the the week will remain dry. Temperatures will continue to warm closer to normals for late June and early July as the week progresses.
Here's an early look at the forecast for the 4th of July Weekend (Saturday through Tuesday). There is a chance for isolated to scattered rain Friday night and Saturday, but then an upper level ridge will move across the region, potentially keeping Sunday through Tuesday dry. Temperatures will be warm/hot in the mid 90s to around 100 degrees.

 
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Severe Thunderstorms Swept Across North Texas
Tuesday - April 26th, 2011

 

A major severe weather outbreak occurred during the afternoon and evening hours on the 26th of April, 2011. Preliminary data suggests there were at least 8 tornadoes across the counties served by the NWS in Ft. Worth.

The damage survey team in southern Van Zandt County determined that EF-1 tornado damage occurred Tuesday evening...April 26. Over 100 structures were damaged and 3 structures were completely destroyed. The damage extended from south of ben wheeler to north of Edom. Estimated maximum winds were in the 90-100 mph range. Path length and path width have not yet been determined.

Additional data will be evaluated as it arrives.

The data provided is considered PRELIMINARY and it is subject to change.

Tornado track map
 

Image updated: April 28th, 2011


 

This radar imagery was taken from the WSR-88D network in Fort Worth TX (KFWS) at 546 pm CDT on April 26, 2011. The radar reflectivity shows the supercell thunderstorms centered southeast of Canton and south of Interstate 20. The white and darkest purple colors represent hail falling from the storm. The hook echo, which is often an indication of very strong low level rotation, appears to have wrapped counterclockwise back onto itself.


radar reflectivity data


 

The storm relative radial velocity image depicts the tornadic circulation as the bright red colors (motion away from radar) adjacent to bright green colors (motion toward the radar). The KFWS radar is about 90 miles west of the storm. The strong radar circulation at
546 pm CDT was 6.7 miles southwest of Van and was moving to the east northeast.

 

radar velocfity data showing circulation