The Texas Panhandle was a chilly place to be at the end of January and beginning of February. Well, it was cold in Amarillo relative to most of the forecasts available, but Tuesday was actually quite chilly. Monday was in the mid-60s, but was still a few degrees shy of the forecast. Accuweather was on the low end of the forecast range, and had a very good total, winning the day. Monday – High 66, Low 29 Tuesday – High 46, Low 32
Amarillo is Spanish for “yellow” and was likely named as such because the yellow wildflowers of the region. Now you have learned something.
At 1253PM, CT, Amarillo was reporting a temperature of 57 degrees with clear skies. Dry air was present in west Texas, with dew points lingering in the low 10’s, and at Amarillo, it was 11. This sun and dry air will lead to some relatively balmy high temperatures this afternoon. Radar noted some precipitation coming out of New Mexico, but given the low dew points in the region and a lack of observations reflecting the precipitation, it was unlikely any was reaching the ground. A deep digging upper level trough is generating the clouds and false radar returns in the region, and while low pressure will organize as the trough presses towards the Gulf of Mexico, precipitation will not really blossom until the system can access Gulf moisture, well beyond the ability to influence Amarillo. Monday will be chilly, but with a few morning clouds. A stronger, advancing feature from the Rockies will start to move into the region late on Tuesday. Precipitation will hold off until after midnight, but clouds and a promise of winter weather will encroach on Tuesday night. Tomorrow – Sunny, High 68, Low 32 Tuesday – Increasing clouds. Cooler, High 50, Low 35
TWC: Tomorrow – Plentiful Sunshine, High 67, Low 29 Tuesday – Windy with increasing cloudy, High 49, Low 33
AW: Tomorrow – Sunshine, High 66, Low 29 Tuesday – Considerable cloudiness and cooler High 44, Low 33
NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 66, Low 31 Tuesday – Mostly sunny High 49, Low 35
WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 67, Low 32 Tuesday – Mostly cloudy. Cooler, High 46, Low 34
WN: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 66, Low 31 Tuesday – Partly cloudy, High 49, Lo 34
FIO: Tomorrow – Clear throughout the day. High 66, Low 29 Tuesday – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 48, Low 35
That is a pretty dramatic cool down, but take heart. It’s pretty warm there now, though.