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Last Map Update: Mon, Jan. 25, 2021 at 4:32:27 am CST

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Today will be sunny, windy, and drier following an early morning Pacific Cold Front. High temperatures today will be near normal, while wind speeds will range from 15 to 30 mph. Locally elevated Fire Danger is possible along the New Mexico border.
Drier conditions are expected on Monday as westerly winds pick up late morning. Wind speeds of 20-30 mph will be possible .
Most of the area saw at least some rain however some locations were big winners yesterday. Two distinct streaks of 1+" rainfall totals occurred from near Sundown to Vigo Park and from near Roaring Springs to White River Lake.

 

 

 

 Current Weather Observations...
Location Time
(CST)
Weather Vsby.
(SM)
Temp.
(ºF)
Dewpt.
(ºF)
Hum.
(%)
Wind
(mph)
Wind Chill / Heat Index
(ºF)
Pres.
(in)
Lubbock TX03:53Clear10373695SW 830 [WC]29.70
Childress TX03:53Overcast10403892NW 3-29.68
Plainview TX03:55Fog1/23232100CALM-29.68
Hereford TX03:55Clear103737100SW 1427 [WC]29.66
Clovis NM03:56Clear10343085WSW 1424 [WC]29.67
Tucumcari NM03:53Clear10353081SW 1027 [WC]29.62
Amarillo TX03:53Fog1/43232100S 1222 [WC]29.62
Dalhart TX03:53Fog1/4333295SSW 826 [WC]29.60
Pampa TX03:55Mostly Cloudy10343396SE 926 [WC]29.63
Altus OK03:55Light Drizzle10444292WNW 18G2335 [WC]29.72
Vernon TX03:55Mostly Cloudy104444100NW 1037 [WC]29.68
Abilene TX03:52Partly Cloudy10424195WNW 936 [WC]29.73
Sweetwater TX03:55Clear104444100WSW 839 [WC]29.76
Big Spring TX03:55Clear10453669WSW 1039 [WC]29.76
Midland TX03:53Clear10433162W 738 [WC]29.77
Hobbs NM03:55Clear10412656WSW 24G3230 [WC]29.75
Carlsbad NM03:53Clear10402657E 635 [WC]29.77
Albuquerque NM03:52Partly Cloudy10281968SSE 1316 [WC]29.77
Dallas/Fort Worth TX03:53Cumulonimbus Clouds, Lightning Observed8676593S 17-29.58
Houston TX03:53Overcast7726784SSE 15-29.73
Austin TX04:11Overcast9736781S 13G25-29.64

Local Weather History For January 25th...
1965: What was likely one of the last truly significant and long-lasting dust storms in West Texas engulfed much of the
region late this morning and afternoon. Before this day, the last comparable dust storm of such ferocity struck in April
of 1956 (Note: Storm Data incorrectly lists the last occurrence as February 1956). A textbook Panhandle Hook (deep low
pressure moving southward across eastern Colorado and intensifying over the TX and OK Panhandles before hooking northeast)
generated a large area of high winds with gusts measured as high as 75 mph at Lubbock. The winds whipped up sand and dirt
from the drought-laden regions of eastern NM and West TX to heights billowing as high as <i>31,000 feet</i> as
reported by pilots! This massive cloud of dust reduced surface visibilities to zero at the Lubbock Airport for at least
three hours, although 100 yards was more common in the city. The dust was so thick that street lights in Lubbock turned on
at noon! The dust extended as far east as Fort Worth where visibilities dropped to 3/4 of a mile. The next day, airborne
dust dropped the visibility in Beaumont to two miles! Incredibly, this dust was carried with the parent cyclone as it
moved northeast into Indiana and Pennsylvania in the following days. The areas on the South Plains hardest hit included
Muleshoe, Seminole, Plains and Morton where widespread damage occurred to small outbuildings, plate glass windows, roofs
and expensive advertising signs. Several utility poles in the area snapped under the intense winds and the Lubbock
Avalanche Journal reported several wind-swept wildfires across the South Plains. The ferocious winds caused severe soil
erosion, particularly in the sandy areas on the west side of the southern High Plains and southern Low Plains. In many
areas of the South Plains, tumbleweed were observed passing motorists traveling at highway speeds of 65 mph! To underscore
the rarity and intensity of this dust storm, the rain gauge at Reese Air Force Base was filled with 3.5 inches of fine
sand when checked on the evening of the 25th! Since this storm, improved farming and soil conservation practices greatly
limited the severity and duration of such dust storms.