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July Fourth saw rain early, followed by fireworks

The National Weather Service said there were 5,200 lightning strikes across North Texas between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m.
The National Weather Service said there were 5,200 lightning strikes across North Texas between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

The fireworks started early as storms rumbled across the area, bringing numerous lightning strikes and heavy downpours.

The storms set a new rainfall record at DFW Airport where, 1.87 inches fell overnight breaking the old record for Independence Day of 1.31 inches set in 2006.

Many residents were awakened early by the storms that produced more than 5,200 lightning strikes between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m.

“It looks the heaviest stuff was on either side of the Dallas/Tarrant County line,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cain.. “If you were little further to the east or west of the county line, you saw a little less rain.”

The storms also were causing departure delays of 52 minutes at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, according to FlightAware. Flights appeared to be departing on time at Dallas Love Field.

1.87New rainfall record set at DFW Airport

The storms set a new rainfall record at DFW Airport where, 1.87 inches fell overnight breaking the old record for Independence Day of 1.31 inches set in 2006.

Many residents were awakened early by the storms that produced more than 5,200 lightning strikes between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m.

“It looks the heaviest stuff was on either side of the Dallas/Tarrant County line,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cain.. “If you were little further to the east or west of the county line, you saw a little less rain.”

Morning rains didn't delay the annual Berkeley Place neighborhood 4th of July parade in Fort Worth, TX, Monday, July 4, 2016. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner)

The storms, which were moving out of the area, pushed back the delay of downtown Arlington’s July 4th parade until 10 a.m. The City of Coppell canceled its Independence Day parade.

The storms won’t delay any events at Fort Worth’s Fourth, where tubing, music, fireworks and other events are scheduled. Tubing was canceled for last Thursday’s “Rockin’ the River” after high levels of E. coli were found in the river, though people were allowed to wade in the river.

“Everything is good to go,” said Matt Oliver, a Tarrant Regional Water District spokesman.. “We are just fixing some tents that blew down but for the most part everything held up well.”

The storms also caused minor street flooding and was enough to cause minor flooding along the Trinity River in Dallas but it was expected to drop back below flood stage on Tuesday.

The storms will do little to break the heat across DFW on Monday. A heat advisory remains in effect for all of North Texas until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Monday’s high was expected to reach 97 degrees at DFW Airport but heat indexes on were expected to climb between 105 and 108.

“This rain will make it more humid today,” Cain said.

There’s a 30 percent chance of storms tonight that could impact some fireworks displays.

“The chance of storms will probably be between 6 p.m. to 10 or 11 p.m.,” Cain said. “Right now, we don’t it will be quite as widespread because of the storms this morning but we’ll have to wait and see.”

The heaviest rainfall amount reported was 3.27 inches in Pantego. There were a number of 2-inch rainfalls, including 2.41 in Ponder, 2.3 inches in Jack County and 2.14 inches in southwest Irving.

“Anytime we get a rainfall like this in the middle of summer is good thing,” Cain said. “This is a very beneficial rainfall.”

The rain also might delay the first 100-degree day of the year. Earlier, forecaster expected DFW to reach 100 later this week; now they’re not so sure.

“It might delay it a few days,” Cain said. “But we’ll be humid.”

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