Strange Weather Day

December 12, 2007 at 3:46 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I was headed to work Tuesday afternoon and had a very interesting experience. I was driving west on Interstate 20, through a warm and humid air mass, and noticed that as I crossed the Collins Street exit in east Arlington, the thermometer on my car’s dashboard read 75 degrees. But a few seconds later, I noticed that the flags at a car dealership werte blowing from the northwest, indicating that I had passed through the front. And sure enough, by the time I reached the Matlock Street exit, just a mile or two down the road, the temperature had already dropped to 63. It kept falling, and by the time I reached east Fort Worth, the temperature was down to 54.

A warm front had moved through Dallas County earlier in the day, but had stalled over Tarrant County, and then began drifting back to the southeast as a cold front during the afternoon. That resulted in some amazing temperature contrasts across our area. Corsicana had a high of 80 on Tuesday! And Dallas reached 73. But Fort Worth’s high was 60. And in Mineral Wells, the high was only 49!

We also had some good rains. DFW picked up 0.57″ of rain. And there was a band of 1″ or more from parts of Arlington up through Farmers Branch, and Plano to Allen.

It will be cold on Wednesday, with some patchy light rain, but nothing nearly as heavy as we saw on Tuesday.

David Finfrock

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