Surprisingly strong finish in light of the weather forecast for much of cotton country. Here’s the latest: Mostly dry weather will continue in West Texas and resume in southwestern Oklahoma Friday into early Saturday with showers and a few isolated thunderstorms late Saturday into Monday of next week. Moisture totals will range from 0.20 to 0.60 inch with a couple of greater amounts to 1.00 inch in some isolated areas. A restricted rainfall pattern is being advertised over much of the region for the rest of next week and first couple days of the following week ending Apr. 29. However, World Weather Inc. believes the latest model run is far too dry and precipitation should be increased in future model runs.
Mostly dry weather will prevail from the Blacklands into the Coastal Bend and much of the southern tip of Texas today into much of Saturday. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms will move back over the region Saturday into Monday of next week with totals ranging from 0.25 to 0.75 inch and amounts up to 1.25 inches in parts of the Blacklands. The Coastal Bend may not see much significant precipitation during the period. Drier weather will resume Apr. 22-24 with rain possible again Apr. 25-26. Rain totals from the Apr. 25-26 system will range from 0.10 to 0.50 inch in most cases. A restricted rainfall pattern will occur Apr. 26-30.
FOR THE FAR WEST:
Mostly dry weather will continue for most southern areas through much of the two week forecast period ending Apr. 30. The San Joaquin Valley will experience a similar forecast, although there will be a chance for showers and a few thunderstorms late Monday into Tuesday of next week. Rain amounts will range from 0.30 to 0.80 inch in many locations. Drier weather will resume through the rest of the week and into the first half of the following week.
Highs will reach into the 80s and lower 90s in the San Joaquin Valley for most of the coming week while varying in the 90s to near 100 in the southwestern desert region. Irrigation demand will rise greatly to that of recent weeks.