The playground at Birdwell Park sits empty and rainwater accumulates Tuesday afternoon (HERALD photo/Steve Reagan).
An â€śunusualâ€ť weather system that brought welcome relief from baking temperatures and parched conditions may stick around a day or two longer, officials say.
Crossroads residents have been sighing in relief the past few days because of the system, which has slashed temperatures and brought some much-needed precipitation to the area.
National Weather Service Meteorologist David Henrig said the cause of all this welcome weather is an upper-level low pressure system that's slowly making its way through this area.
â€śâ€ťit's unusual in that it formed well off to the east and is moving west through the West Texas area,â€ť he said. â€śUsually, systems move west to east in this region.â€ť
Because of its unusual movement, the system is drawing significant amounts of Gulf moisture into this area, he added.
â€śNot only is it raining, but we're getting good amounts of rain,â€ť he said. â€śThere's the possibility of 2 to 3 inches of precipitation in some areas â€¦ it pretty much rained all day from Big Lake up to Gail (Tuesday).â€ť
NWS reports between 1 and 2 inches or rain fell in various spots in Howard County Tuesday, with even more expected today.
All that moisture also has brought a welcome break from typical scorching July heat.
â€śWe'll continue to have rain and clouds (Wednesday) and that will reinforce the cooler temperatures,â€ť Henrig said. â€śThis will continue until Thursday, when we'll see clouds breaking up and things heating up again.â€ť
Because of all the residual moisture in the area, however, the warming trend will be gradual â€” Henrig doesn't anticipate the return of typical mid-summer temperatures until the middle of next week.
The forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of rainfall through today, dropping to 50 percent tonight and 20 percent Thursday.