LUBBOCK, TEXAS WEATHER
For the best information on what to expect concerning weather in Lubbock around the time of the conference, please check the link above slightly before the date of the conference. One should always keep in mind that conditions can change very rapidly and not always in accordance with the forecast and can vary significantly over a very short distance.
Lubbock is located in the South Plains (also referred to as High Plains and as Llano Estacado) of west Texas, just south of the Panhandle. It is at an elevation of approximately 3240 feet (988 meters) above sea level in a region with very little variation in topography. However, just east of town is the edge of the Caprock with a drop off of several hundred feet. Lubbock generally has a semi-arid climate with an average of over 3500 hours of sunshine per year.
For the period of March 20 through 22 the average high temperature is 68o F (20o C) with the average low temperature 38o F (3o C). For this three day period the record low temperature is 8o F (-13o C) and the record high temperature is 93o F (34o C). Weather one season is not always indicative of similar weather the same season next year. However, for informational purposes, during March 2002 temperatures ranged from a low of 8o F (-13o C) to a high of 88o F (31o C). There were sixteen (16) days with a minimum temperature of 32o F (0o C) or less, ten (10) days with a maximum temperature of 75o F (24o C) or greater, and three (3) days with both a minimum temperature of 32o F (0o C) or less and a maximum temperature of 75o F (24o C) or greater. Overall during March 2002, there were nine (9) days when the difference between minimum and maximum temperature was 40o F (22o C) or more and two (2) days when the maximum temperature was 40o F (4.5o C) or less. With the elevation and semi-arid climate, evenings in Lubbock can cool off quickly even if it has been warm in the afternoon.
Lubbock is in the western part of the Central time zone. Around the time of the vernal equinox sunrise occurs shortly before 7:00 a.m. with sunset occurring shortly before 7:00 p.m. Both sunrises and sunsets can occasionally be quite colorful.
Lubbock receives an average of 18.9 inches (48 cm) of precipitation per year, with an average of 0.9 inches (2.3 cm) occurring during March. During March 2002 there were 4 days with a trace of precipitation or greater. Though rain is not likely, occasions do occur of significant rainfall in a short period, with associated localized flooding of streets. Snow did not occur during March 2002.
The South Plains is known for its wind, especially during the spring.
During March 2002 there were twenty (20) days with wind gusts of 30 miles
per hour (48 kph) or greater, with occasional gusts up to 50 miles per hour
(80 kph). There were, however, only five (5) days with sustained winds
exceeding 30 miles per hour (48 kph). Spring 2002 was windier than
many springs which we have had. However, for almost any year, spring
is the time most noted for wind.