The first two tornado watches of 2010 were issued today across North Texas and Louisiana and there were quite a few confirmed tornadoes and lots of damage in those two states. This map illustrates the tornado reports:
The moist, humid air that's been over us the last few days surged northward and hit a very strong jet stream set up across North Texas. The result: several severe storms that not only dropped tornadoes, but also large (near baseball-sized) hail and general wind damage. Thankfully, we never saw the sun today or we might have seen some of these stronger storms. Now, we await the arrival of a front from west Texas that will bring in drier and cooler air:
However, this front is Pacific in nature, not Arctic, so don't expect a dramatic drop in temperatures. It'll be slightly cooler in the morning tomorrow and Friday, but daytime temperatures Thursday and Friday should be quite pleasant in the 70s and we'll see plenty of sunshine. Also, the sea fog that has been plaguing coastal areas and Galveston By should finally move out. Another Pacific system moves through Saturday giving us another chance for rain and a few rumbles. After that system, we should stay cool for a while.