Tropical Storm Alex keeps rain, clouds in Dallas-Fort Worth

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by MICHAEL E. YOUNG

The Dallas Morning News

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 7 at 5:46 PM

The U.S. National Hurricane Center downgraded Alex from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it moved into northern Mexico Thursday morning. But even the Dallas area, 350 miles away, felt the storm's impact.

The storm made landfall Wednesday night as a hurricane, a broad coil of clouds swirling counter-clockwise and pulling along gulf moisture as it moved inland, weather forecasters say. That train of moist air dragged along in Alex's wake means a continued unstable tropical environment for North Texas.

"With Alex well off to the south, it pulls moisture straight off the gulf," said Jessica Schultz, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Fort Worth. "That's a lot of moisture, and it means showers every day, especially in the afternoon, for the next week."

As they have been for the last couple of days, the storms will be scattered, with the greatest likelihood of rain south of Interstate 20.

But storms kicked up Tuesday night in Collin, Denton and northern Tarrant counties, so afternoon and evening storms are possible across North Texas, Schultz said.

With the chance of rain and clouds, afternoon temperatures will remain in the upper 80s this week before climbing into the low 90s Sunday and the upper 90s Monday, she said. Overnight temperatures will fall to the mid-70s. Skies will remain mostly cloudy.

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