Attention All Thunderheads and Jet Stream Junkies!!!

January 30th, 2015 at 1:52 pm by under Weather

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As one of our former First Warning Weather Team members used to say (you know who you are….. Natalie), let’s “dork out”!!  

It’s that time of year again!!  A wonderful time, where all of us Central Texas weather enthusiasts convene,  to spin together a twister of weather jargon, and tell stories of storm systems.  Some of them looking back on weather milestones from years past, while others ponder over the possibilities that have yet to come.    Oh… and we get to take our picture with Jim Spencer and Kaxan!!!  kaxan

Where is this meeting of the most awesome minds science has to offer, you ask?  Well, it’s at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, of course!  Come fight through the rain, and the cool (relatively speaking of course) Winter air on Sunday afternoon, before the big game kicks off Sunday evening!  Bring the whole family, learn about the wonders of weather, and come say hi to us, the First Warning Weather Team!!

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Here are the details:  

Event Summary

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Keep weather on your radar at this event co-presented by the Bullock Museum and Time Warner Cable News. Featuring hands-on science experiments by Girlstart, weather-related films and panel discussions, and family-friendly activities, this event is sure to blow you away. Plus, meet your favorite local meteorologist, and more!

Free Scheduled Programs

12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Spring Forecast, El Nino Update, and Hazards of Texas Weather, Classrooms

1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Ask-A-Meteorologist Panel Discussion, Classrooms

Teachers: to RSVP and receive CPE credit, email education@thestoryoftexas.com

OU Sat

Films*

Date Showtimes
Wild Texas Weather 1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Twister 2:30 p.m.

*Click a showtime to purchase tickets.

Drop-In Stations

Stop by and visit with these exhibitors offering hands-on activities, vital information, and more!
Burton Fitzsimmons – Time Warner Cable News KEYE and meteorologist Chikage Windler
Girlstart KXAN and meteorologist Jim Spencer
Advanced Radar Research Center, University of Oklahoma National Weather Service
Austin Fire Department Swift Water Rescue National Weather Center, Norman, OK
Austin Fire Department Wildfire Division School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma 
Austin Astronomical Society Texas Division of Emergency Management
City of Austin Watershed Protection Texas Floodplain Management Association
CoCoRaHS U.S. Geological Survey
Lower Colorado River Authority

 

 


Parts of Central Texas declared drought-free

January 29th, 2015 at 3:29 pm by under Weather
For one of only a handful of weeks over the last four-plus years, parts of the 
KXAN viewing area were declared drought free Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor.
In the graphic below, portions of Travis, Williamson, Milam, Lee, and Bastrop
counties are in areas now considered out of drought status. Meanwhile, parts
of the KXAN viewing area in the Hill Country remain in severe to extreme drought. 
Drought Monitor
DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
1135 AM CST THU JAN 29 2015

...DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE IMPROVED SLIGHTLY ACROSS THE EASTERN 
PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS...

SYNOPSIS...

JANUARY WAS PREDOMINANTLY CLOUDY AND COLD...ESPECIALLY THE FIRST
HALF OF THE MONTH. BY THE THIRD WEEK TEMPERATURES MODERATED. WE
SAW PRECIPITATION SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE MONTH AND THIS PROVIDED
ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION FOR MOST LOCATIONS. THE ONE EXCEPTION
WAS ALONG THE RIO GRANDE WERE MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTALS WERE
SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE. AFTER A WET PERIOD TO END JANUARY AND
START THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY...DRIER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED FOR
EARLY FEBRUARY. TEMPERATURES THAT HAVE BEEN ABOVE AVERAGE WILL
FALL TO NEAR OR BELOW AVERAGE ONCE AGAIN. EVEN SNOW WAS REPORTED
ACROSS THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE HILL COUNTRY WITH THE SYSTEM
THAT MOVED ACROSS THE REGION ON JANUARY 21ST-23RD. COLDER
TEMPERATURES AND RAINFALL HELPED TO REDUCE EVAPORATION RATES AND
WE CONTINUE TO SEE MINOR RUNOFF DURING RAINFALL EVENTS. LAKES AND
RESERVOIRS...HAVE SHOWN SOME SLIGHT INCREASES. SHORT TERM DROUGHT
CONDITIONS HAVE SHOWN IMPROVEMENTS WITH THE REMAINING IMPACTS
BEING WATER RESTRICTIONS AND A FEW COUNTY-WIDE BURN BANS. RANCHERS
ARE REPORTING STOCK TANKS REMAIN LOW DESPITE THE RAINFALL THIS
WINTER. LONG TERM DROUGHT IMPACTS CONTINUE SINCE WE HAVE BEEN IN A
MULTIPLE YEAR DROUGHT. RIVERS...LAKES...RESERVOIRS AND AQUIFERS
ARE VERY LOW AND WILL REMAIN THAT WAY UNLESS WE CONTINUE TO SEE
FREQUENT RAINFALL EVENTS.

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NASA launches a new weather satellite this morning

January 29th, 2015 at 5:52 am by under Weather

david w nasa

Earlier this morning on KXAN News Today, we were lucky enough to chat with NASA scientists about their new satellite–launching this morning–that will help scientists forecast the weather more effectively, in addition to better-understanding droughts like the one plaguing Central Texas.

Here are more details about NASA’s SMAP satellite, launching at 8:20 a.m. Central time:

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NASA’s first U.S. Earth-observing satellite designed to map global soil moisture, the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite, will launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket Jan. 29 from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Airlines scramble for return to normalcy after NE blizzard

January 28th, 2015 at 6:12 am by under Weather
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(Tom Costello, NBC News)

Travel on the roads and in the skies began creeping back to normal Wednesday after a winter storm that saw more than 7,500 flights canceled and driving bans implemented across the Northeast.

While another 600 flights were pre-emptively canceled across the nation for Wednesday, United Airlines, Jet Blue, American Airlines and U.S. Airways all flew journeys overnight in preparation for a fresh start in the morning.

With the snow cleared in New York, ramps and runways at all three airports serving the city were back in business.

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Join us at free Weatherfest this Sunday

January 27th, 2015 at 11:33 pm by under Weather

Join the KXAN First Warning Weather team this Sunday,

Feb. 1st at the Bullock Museum, from 12 pm to 3 pm.

Come meet Kaxan too!

Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state. Special family programs from 12-3 p.m. combine art creation, presentations by partner organizations, and gallery activities.

 Event Summary- WEATHERFEST

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Keep weather on your radar at this event co-presented by the Bullock Museum and Time Warner Cable News. Featuring hands-on science experiments by Girlstart, weather-related films and panel discussions, and family-friendly activities, this event is sure to blow you away. Plus, meet your favorite local meteorologist, and more!

Free Scheduled Programs

12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.: Spring Forecast, El Nino Update, and Hazards of Texas Weather, Classrooms

1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.: Ask-A-Meteorologist Panel Discussion, Classrooms

Teachers: to RSVP and receive CPE credit, email education@thestoryoftexas.com

Films*

Date Showtimes
Wild Texas Weather 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Twister 2:30 p.m.

*Click a showtime to purchase tickets.

Drop-In Stations

Stop by and visit with these exhibitors offering hands-on activities, vital information, and more!
Time Warner Cable News KEYE and meteorologist Chikage Windler
Girlstart KXAN and meteorologist Jim Spencer
Advanced Radar Research Center, University of Oklahoma National Weather Service
Austin Fire Department Swift Water Rescue National Weather Center, Norman, OK
Austin Fire Department Wildfire Division School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma 
Austin Astronomical Society Texas Division of Emergency Management
City of Austin Watershed Protection Texas Floodplain Management Association
CoCoRaHS U.S. Geological Survey
Lower Colorado River Authority

 Follow WeatherFest on Twitter

Stay tuned to #WeatherFestTX for event updates, schedule information, and live details from the event.


SMAP will track a tiny cog that keeps cycles spinning

January 26th, 2015 at 8:18 pm by under Weather

Water evaporating from forest soil in the morning sun

Water evaporating from forest soil in the morning sun. Soil moisture links together the cycles of water, solar energy, and carbon in plants. Image credit: USDA

When you open the back of a fine watch, you see layer upon layer of spinning wheels linked by interlocking cogs, screws and wires. Some of the cogs are so tiny they’re barely visible. Size doesn’t matter — what’s important is that the cogs fit together well so the wheels keep turning smoothly.

For centuries, scientists have thought of the Earth system as a series of cycles or interlocking wheels like the ones in a watch. It’s a way to make sense of the movements of water and other essentials back and forth between the air and the land, ocean and soil or rock beneath them. In today’s changing climate, some cycles are spinning faster or beginning to wobble. There’s an urgent need to understand what is happening to the cogs that keep these cycles turning.

The minuscule fraction of Earth’s water lodged just beneath the land surface is a tiny cog that links the water cycle to two other fundamental Earth cycles: energy and carbon. “That linkage is what makes these three gears turn with a certain harmony,” said Dara Entekhabi of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Entekhabi is science team leader for NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive mission, scheduled to launch Jan. 29. Developed and managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, SMAP will provide the most accurate information ever about this small but critical cog.

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Local snow reports from Friday morning

January 23rd, 2015 at 4:03 pm by under Weather
betty hahn doss

Snow falls Friday morning near Fredericksburg. Betty Hahn (Doss, TX)

 

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
1150 AM CST FRI JAN 23 2015

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0218 AM     SNOW             ROCKSPRINGS             30.02N 100.21W
01/23/2015  M0.0 INCH        EDWARDS            TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            SHERIFFS OFFICE CONFIRMED MODERATE SNOW FALLING WITH
            SLEET MIX.

0622 AM     SNOW             KERRVILLE               30.04N  99.14W
01/23/2015  M0.0 INCH        KERR               TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            RELAYED LIGHT SNOW MIXED WITH RAIN. SOME LIGHT SNOW
            ACCUMULATION ON GRASSY SURFACES A FEW MILES WEST OF
            KERRVILLE BUT NOT ROADWAYS
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Barton Springs Pool closed due to flooding

January 22nd, 2015 at 8:13 pm by under Weather

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Barton Springs Pool Closed Due to Flooding

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department has temporarily closed Barton Springs Pool due to flooding.

Deep Eddy Pool will open at 6:00 AM on January 23 in order to provide an alternative swimming location.

An announcement will be sent when Barton Springs reopens for patrons.

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3M Half Marathon this weekend

January 22nd, 2015 at 3:51 pm by under Weather

3m blog

 

The 3M Half Marathon is this Sunday morning in Austin!

As our recent storm system pulls east of Texas this weekend, we’ll enjoy clear, sunny skies and beautiful–but chilly race weather.

Find out more info about the race on the 3M Half Marathon website.


Beneficial rains likely overnight into Thursday

January 21st, 2015 at 8:26 pm by under Weather

tonight

A potent upper-level low pressure system moving into Texas from the southern Rockies will bring widespread, soaking, beneficial rainfall to Central Texas tonight and tomorrow.

The heaviest and most widespread rain is expected from midnight tonight through noon Thursday. Below are the forecast rainfall totals by Thursday night, courtesy of the National Weather Service:

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