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Dolly's gift: Thunderstorms in North Texas

You can thank Dolly.

That is, thank Hurricane Dolly for her belated gift of scattered thunderstorms Wednesday morning in North Texas.

Many residents awoke to the sound of thunder and rain falling across North Texas as a line of thunderstorms stretched from the Texas-Oklahoma border south to near the Waco area.

It was the remnants of Hurricane Dolly, which plowed ashore last week in deep South Texas, that sparked the showers, said Jennifer Dunn, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

"The energy associated with Dolly went up the Rio Grande (Valley) and on up into Colorado," Dunn explained. "Now it's creeping back down to Oklahoma and North Texas and it's sparking showers and thunderstorms."

The line of thunderstorms was slowly lumbered east.

It started raining at 6:50 a.m. in north Fort Worth as dark clouds rolled in from the west. It was still falling an hour and a half later in downtown Fort Worth.

Rain totals were trickling in at 8 a.m. to the weather service office in North Fort Worth. But Dunn said Meacham Airport reported .34 of an inch and .15 of an inch was recorded at Denton.

"It looks like it has been nothing more than a half inch, but most areas were getting a quarter or less," Dunn said. "It should hopefully help."

The showers may continue to bust a steady run of triple-digit heat days in North Texas.

Tuesday's official high for the DFW region was 99 and Wednesday's was expected to reach the high 90s. The region had just endured six consecutive days of mercury above the century mark, which made for 19 on the year, Dunn said.

A 20 percent chance of rain in North Texas stayed in the forecast for Wednesday afternoon and increases to 30 percent overnight.

"Maybe this afternoon, with some heating, we could see some pop-up showers," Dunn said.

Enjoy the rain if it does happen this afternoon, because a fierce return to summer will return by week's end.

Thursday is expected to be 100 again, and the rest of the week is expected to linger in the high 90s.

"So take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke," Dunn said, "especially during the peak afternoon hours."

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