Good morning and happy first day of Fall! The official Autumn Equinox was at 2:50 this morning, but unfortunately, Mother Nature wants us to hang on to summer a bit longer.
The good news is we've had some much needed rainfall the past few days, this morning included. Currently (4:30 AM), some light to moderate rain showers stretch from near Monahans all the way up to Colorado City along I-20. Just watch out for some puddles and slick spots out on the roads this morning, and keep that rain jacket handy this afternoon because we could see some more thunderstorms after lunchtime.
Temperature wise, we'll start off pretty mild in the upper 60s and lower 70s in the Permian Basin, with slightly cooler temperatures out west. By lunchtime we'll be into the mid 80s with partly to mostly sunny skies. We'll top off somewhere in the upper 80s, sort of dependent on when and where exactly thunderstorms do develop. Best rain chances will be from the Davis mountains stretching east through the south-central Permian Basin, basically just south of I-20. We're not expecting severe weather today, but a few storms could be a bit stronger than others with gusty winds and maybe some small hail.
The next four or five days will be very consistent, with scattered to isolated thunderstorms possible through at least Thursday and high temperatures hovering on either side of 90. This week, we'll be watching a low pressure system dig into California and Arizona and stall for more than a day. After it does so, it will weaken and lift towards our area as we go into the weekend. At this time, it appears more likely to be a wind maker not a rain maker, and we should see temperatures rise a few degrees as well. Thankfully, with the recent rain, fire danger shouldn't be too much of a concern, but we'll keep watching and update as the week goes on.