Monday, December 8, 2008
This past Saturday Night it was my pleasure to be invited to the 1st annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade in Sulphur Springs. I was fortunate enough to be asked to be one of the judges for the parade and let me tell you, it was not easy. There were so many beautiful floats throughout the night it was hard to choose a winner. I wanted to share a few photos from the parade and let you know who the winners were. In the commercial division the winner was the Sulphur Springs Hardware. In the non-profit division the winner was the Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen’s Float. And in the battle of the bands, DeKalb High School took home the prize. Thanks again Sulphur Springs for a fun festive night to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
A strong storm system is beginning to develop out to our west and will move through East Texas this evening. Ahead of this storm system, strong southerly winds will increase today bringing warm moist air into the region. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph today as a cold front approaches. Showers and thunderstorms will begin to develop this evening and a few of these could be strong to severe. The wind fields in the atmosphere are set up to where we could see severe wind gusts and marginally severe hail, around the size of dimes. There is also a slight chance that a weak tornado or two could form as these storms move through so everyone needs to pay attention to the threat of severe weather this evening and overnight. Our cold front will slide through around Midday tomorrow bringing an end to the threat of severe weather and also bringing much colder temperatures. Temperatures Tuesday night into Wednesday morning will drop into the lower to middle 30s. At the same time a weak disturbance will move into East Texas but with limited moisture, we are not expecting much in the way of precipitation however, there could be a flurry or two in our extreme northwestern counties, mainly from Emory to Sulphur Springs northwest. So a busy 48 hours is in store weather wise for East Texas.