Rain, cooler temperatures arrive in North Texas

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A trifecta of moisture sources is bringing welcome rain to a parched North Texas.

Indeed, the entire state is getting a long-awaited drink because it was sandwiched Thursday between two tropical storms sliding north from both sides of Mexico. Plus there is a normal supply of moisture from the Gulf.

The moisture was expected to get a lift from a northern cold front that was expected to arrive Friday, said Dennis Cavanaugh, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Fort Worth.

A band of showers rolled into Tarrant County about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

That’s the good news. The bad: The showers and thunderstorms will be gone by Saturday.

But, meteorologist Eric Martello said, “I don’t think anyone is going to be complaining.”

One of the tropical storms, Manuel, was out of the eastern Pacific, while Tropical Storm Ingrid rolled into Texas from the Caribbean, Martello said.

In North Texas, forecasters said that the area would experience periods of “moderate-to-heavy rainfall,” possible “cloud-to-ground lightning” and “minor flooding of low-lying areas” Thursday night and Friday.

Forecasters are predicting that counties to the northwest of Fort Worth will get up to an inch of rain on Friday. Fort Worth and Tarrant County should get more than an inch. And areas to the south of Fort Worth could receive almost 2 inches.

Whatever rain does arrive will help ease some significant deficits.

In September so far, Fort Worth has recorded only 0.26 of an inch of rain. The normal amount through Sept. 19 is 1.70, according to weather service data. That’s a shortfall of 1.44.

On the year so far, Fort Worth received 18.93 inches through Thursday, down 6.88 inches from the normal of 25.81 as of Sept. 19, records show.

Rainfall amounts Friday will depend on how fast the cold front arrives and the size of the storms, forecasters said.

The high temperature for Friday is expected to top out at 83.

“If we get widespread rain, we may not even make it to 83,” Cavanaugh said.

Most of the rain in Tarrant County should be gone by Friday night, giving high school football fans a break, but thunderstorms will still be around in areas south of Fort Worth for some games.

North Texans will wake up to temperatures in the upper 60s on Saturday morning and then they’ll have temperatures in the mid-80s during the day. For Sunday, morning temperatures will be in the lower 60s and residents should have afternoon highs in the mid-80s.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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