The Sun Has Returned...
But more Afternoon Storms through July 10th
After a full week of drought busting, locally heavy rains, combined with cloudy skies and daytime temperatures 10 to 15 degrees below normal, drier air is gradually returning to the Valley on July 9th and July 10th, allowing sunshine to return and temperatures to gradually rise. That said, just enough deep atmospheric moisture remains to spark scattered to locally numerous afternoon showers and thunderstorms; one final weak impulse of energy moving in from the western Gulf on the 10th will maintain the above average afternoon rain chances for one more day. The entire region will return to dry and hotter weather beginning on the 11th and continuing through the weekend.
Thus, today (July 9th) marks the end of the persistent morning into early afternoon rain event which has dominated July thus far. A summary of rainfall from July 1st through the July 8th, can be found here. Additional updates may be provided until July 11th, when little or no rainfall is expected to occur.
Even as drier conditions gradually return, the ground is now fully saturated in some locations, particularly from eastern Hidalgo through Cameron and southern Willacy Counties. Individual stronger cells through July 10th could still drop up to 2 inches in a short period of time in these areas, which would quickly create minor urban type flooding. If high water is observed, do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the road. The depth of the water may be too great to allow you to cross safely. If travels take you near known poor drainage locations, consider bringing a life jacket along. Always remember: Don't become a statistic. Turn around, Don't DrownTM!