More rains expected in DFW this afternoon, forecasters say

08/17/2014 6:22 PM

08/18/2014 9:34 AM

More summer rain is likely headed to North Texas later today — part of a weather pattern that isn’t expected to be as dramatic as Sunday’s rains.

“We are expecting some scattered rains and thunderstorms by this afternoon,” said Meteorologist Jason Dunn of the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

Dunn said rains should be developing about 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and could continue into the early evening hours.

“It’s hit or miss,” Dunn said. “Most people won’t see anything. This is just your typical summertime pattern.”

The high today is expected to reach 97 degrees with a low of 77 degrees tonight.

The chance of rain will be less likely on Tuesday, Dunn said.

A summer storm system unleashed heavy rain Sunday in parts of North Texas, caused headaches for air travelers and damaged homes with lightning strikes in Tarrant County.

The clouds and rain also kept temperatures down. At 4 p.m. Sunday, it was just 83 degrees at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, and the high was only 90.

Rainfall totals in Fort Worth and some areas to the west were light, but some neighborhoods in Tarrant County got a soaking. Star-Telegram rain gauge reporter Charles Bartos in Arlington collected 1.40 inches of rain, and Gary Monigold of Southlake got 1.10 inches.

Other totals in Tarrant County included Sonny Norrell in Forest Hill, with 0.54 inch, and Steven Cooper of North Richland Hills with 1.02 inches.

DFW Airport received 2.83 inches Sunday, and Dallas Love Field got 3.13. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth reported that Avalon in Ellis County had 4.38 inches from the storms Sunday.

The storms caused 356 delays and/or cancellations of American Airlines, American Eagle, US Airways and US Airways Express flights at the airport, Casey Norton of American Airlines said Sunday.

Officials reported that homes in Crowley and Mansfield were hit by lightning Sunday morning, but no injuries were reported.

“The lightning and heavy rains caused most of our problems on Sunday,” Oncor spokesman Justin Ozuna said. At the peak of the storms Sunday morning, an estimated 18,000 customers lacked power in Tarrant and Dallas counties. By 3 p.m. Sunday, that total was down to 9,000.

Meteorologist Lamont Bain said the storms did not have the strong winds that came through North Texas on Saturday.

“We had heavy rains and lightning,” Bain said.

The rain and clouds contributed to cooler weather in DFW but not elsewhere: Wichita Falls was sweltering in 101 degrees Sunday afternoon.

Temperatures should be in the upper-90s and around 100 for the rest of the week.

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