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It'll be warmer today as mostly sunny skies (except across East Texas) with highs in the upper 60s and 70s. Winds will be light and northerly, except across the Big Country where winds may become southerly late in the day.
Low rain chances return to the forecast late tonight into Friday morning. Most areas will likely remain dry, but there could be a few showers or sprinkles across parts of the area. Overnight low temperatures will fall into the 40s and 50s.
3 years ago today, on April 26th, 2015, 15 tornadoes occurred across parts of the region, from Comanche to Johnson to Hillsboro Counties. One supercell produced 8 tornadoes near Rio Vista over the span of 2-3 hours, in addition to large hail and significant flash flooding. Very large hail also fell near the town of Dublin in southwestern Erath county.

 
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Lightning...the underrated killer

Lightning Intro
Did you Know
Lightning Safety
Myths vs. Facts

MYTHS VS. FACTS

 
MYTH:

If it is not raining, then there is no danger from lightning.

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It's Not Raining - No Way I'll Get Struck

FACT:

Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall.

   
MYTH:

The rubber soles of shoes or rubber tires on a car will protect your from being struck by lightning.

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My Shoes Will Protect Me From Lightning

FACT:

Rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.

   
MYTH:

People struck by lightning carry an electrical charge and should not be touched.

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Don't Touch Them Or You'll Get Shocked

FACT:

Lightning-strike victims carry NO electrical charge and should be attended to immediately.

   
MYTH:

"Heat Lightning" occurs after very hot summer days and poses no threat.

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Heat Lightning Strikes When It's Hot

FACT:

What is referred to as "heat lightning" is actually lightning from a thunderstorm too far away for thunder to be heard. However, the storm may be moving in your direction!