Now, in the pictures above, we do see some good news. This is the 8-14 day precipitation and temperature outlook valid from April 25-May 1. La Nina is beginning to weaken, so we will begin to see shots of rain and storms returning to the forecast. The picture on the left is the precipitation outlook. It's showing that we have a slightly above average shot at seeing some measurable rain to end April and for the early part of May. The temperature outlook is on the right. Even though we're going to see below average highs from today through early next week, we'll get warmer air towards the end of the month. We're looking at between 30-40% above the average. That means high temperatures will likely be in the 85°-90° range for highs several days.
The picture below is the American forecast for Friday, from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. It's showing some showers and thunderstorms coming in from the west. This is part of our next cold front and dry line that will move in on Friday. Even though the air will be cooler, we will see moisture, lift and instability in our area. Those are ingredients for showers and thunderstorms. There will be a few hail produces Friday afternoon/evening southwest of Lubbock. The higher probability for severe storms is in the Permian Basin. So, if you remember what an umbrella is, you'll need it Friday and early on Saturday!