Though Karen is barreling towards the Gulf Coast, the Dallas area should be spared any effects of its moisture. An approaching front, however, will bring increased cloudiness and lower temperatures for the area on Saturday.
Temperatures will drop to the low 70s for the first time in weeks. Overnight lows will drop 10 degrees from Friday into Saturday as possible thunderstorms move through the area. This could potentially be disruptive for the Texas State Fair's Grambling vs. Prairie game.
The incoming system will also bring a break in humidity.
By Sunday, the front will continue its push to the east, leaving sunnier, slightly warmer conditions in the region. Overnight lows will remain in the low 50s, and the daytime high is expected to be in the upper 70s.
Severe thunderstorms spawned tornadoes in major metropolitan areas, while wildfires raged in the West and flooding downpours persisted in the East.
As much of the West continues to be plagued by intense drought, the production of favorite and trendy foods may be more challenging for states operating in dry conditions.
Since the movie "Jaws," inspired by 1916 shark attacks, the number of shark attacks has been on the rise due to human and seal population increases, shark migration and warming temperatures.
A warmer weather pattern is forecast for much of the Central and Eastern states, while temperatures should throttle back in the Northwest during the middle of August.
Japan and South Korea face tropical floods into this weekend; the danger of a typhoon looms for next week.
Bertha is forecast to take a curved path near the islands in the northeastern Caribbean this weekend, then to stay off the East Coast of the United States next week.
Hill Country NW of San Antonio, TX (1978)
July 31-August 4; over 35" of rain.
A 140-150 mph downburst swept across Andrews Air Force Base less than 10 minutes after Air Force One had landed (President Reagan was on board).
Texas Coast (1989)
Tropical Storm Chantal came onshore at High Island, Texas, 30 miles NE of Galveston. Winds gusted to 70-80 mph and 6-12" of rain fell.