WEATHER: (May 22, 2015) FRIDAY – High yesterday afternoon was 52 at 4:00; this morning’s low was 49 at 7:00 with fog and drizzle. KPANcast: An 80% chance of thunderstorms tonight, with heavy rainfall possible.


LOCAL: No areas of Texas are in extreme drought for the first time since November 2010, and the U.S. Drought Monitor shows 85% of the state is out of drought. Only the northwest corner of Deaf Smith County is ranked in the lowest drought category, “abnormally dry”………The latest Pacific storm is approaching today and is expected to produce torrential rains tonight, with a flash flood watch in effect and a slight risk of large hail. Rainfall totals from last night’s storms include 0.69 inch at Walcott, 1.26 at Wildorado, 0.74 at Dimmitt, 0.87 at Friona, 0.83 at Vega, 1.01 at HISD and 0.88 inch at KPAN. Year-to-date precip in Hereford is at 10.25 inches……..Retail gasoline prices are edging up for motorists over the Memorial Day weekend, with a statewide average of  $2.51 a gallon and a nationwide price of $2.72. Prices in Hereford are at $2.49 today……..Funeral services are pending at Hereford Heritage for Alma Adams, age 76, who died yesterday……..Funeral mass for Thomas Villanueva, age 65, is at 2:00 today at San Jose Catholic Church. He was a Hereford resident since 1978 who had worked as a USDA meat inspector……..Graveside services for Georgia Parks, age 76, are at 2:00 today at Restlawn Memorial Park…….. Funeral services for Jacinto Esqueda, age 77, will be at 10:00 Saturday at Parkside Chapel. He was a retired truck driver……..KPAN salutes Nicholas Hernandez as the Good Neighbor of the Day……..Your loved one deserves loving care – Hereford Nursing and Rehab


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