Central Texas drought update

March 27th, 2015 at 7:13 am by under Weather

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This week’s update courtesy of the US Drought Monitor shows that nearly all communities along and east of I-35 have been removed from soil moisture drought conditions due to recent rainfall. While this is welcome news, areas of Gillespie County in the Hill Country remain in the most severe level of drought — “exceptional”.

Only 50% of Texas is currently under some severity of soil drought. At this time last year, that number was 85%.


Who’s your hero?

March 26th, 2015 at 4:23 pm by under Weather

Kaxan preferred Superman for his cover-shoot for Austin Pets Directory. Many dogs and their humans will be dressing in “hero” costumes for the 2015 Mighty Texas Dog Walk, where this year’s theme is “Who’s Your Hero?” It’s coming up Saturday, April 4th, and there is a special discount for registering early. Details below!

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17th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk 2015

The Doggiest Day in Austin returns to beautiful Auditorium Shores.Join thousands of dogs and their best friends for a scenic stroll near Ladybird Johnson Lake, free samples galore, advice from top vets and trainers.
New this year:
Teams – Win Trophies for “Most Funds Raised”, “Biggest Team” and “Best Team T-shirt”
Rescue Dog Squad – Rescue Groups With Dogs to Meet
Shopping Plaza – Fun things for fun peopleSpecial Price Rollback: $20/dog pre-registration!Date/Time
04/04/2015
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Easter dog1

REGISTER

Saturday, April 4, 2015
The Doggiest Day in Austin!

Pre-Registration: $20/dog, extra humans walk for free!
Day Of Registraion:  $30/dog, extra humans walk for free!

Online registration is open!
(Click on REGISTER or REGISTER A TEAM on this page.)

In Person Pre-Registration:

Saturday, March 28, 11 – 3
Whole Pets Market
911 W. Hwy 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
(512) 858-5400

Thursday, April 2,   11 – 8
Petco
9828 Great Hills Trail
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 345-2355

Friday, April 3, 11 – 8
Petco
5601 Brodie Ln
Sunset Valley, TX 78745
(512) 892-7804

Rules & Logistics

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REGISTER A TEAM
TEAM FUNDRAISING DONATIONS

New This Year: TEAMS! Put together a team representing your dog’s breed, family, company, club, favorite color or whatever you want!  Registration still only $20/dog.

We’ll be awarding Trophies for:

Team Raising the Most Funds – donations should mention Team Name
(Donations other than registration fees.)  This team will also win Free Dog Food for a Year from Beyond Natural Pet Food by Leader of the Pack Sponsor Purina (1 only)

Largest Team of Dogs - counted by number of dogs on a Team

Best Team T-Shirt - wear them and Emcees KXAN’s Jim Spencer and Service Dogs, Inc. President Sheri Soltes will invite the audience to judge by applause.  Theme: Who’s Your Hero?

sponsor webiste

BE A SPONSOR

Introduce your product or service to thousands of dogs and their best friends!


Storms should not catch you by surprise

March 25th, 2015 at 11:11 pm by under Weather

Some of the victims of Wednesday evening’s tornado in Moore, Oklahoma (yes, another tornado in Moore, and in the same location as the May 20, 2013 EF-5 storm that killed 24 people) said they had no idea a tornado was approaching.

The area was under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch at the time, and local television stations were broadcasting live images of the approaching storm. To be truly safe during severe storm season, it is important to stay aware the weather situation every day. One easy way to do that is to download the KXAN Weather App, which can alert you when severe weather warnings are issued. Details are below.

Once you know severe weather is threatening, you then need to take very specific actions depending on where you are. Click here to download our Severe Weather Guide, which will provide detailed instructions for any situation.

KXAN First Warning Weather App

Weather App Home Screen

Apple App Store Download Link

Never let the weather catch you by surprise again. The trusted weather experts of the KXAN First Warning Weather team deliver Austin and central Texas’ most accurate hour-by-hour forecast for the next day and for the week ahead. Unlike other weather apps, you’ll get a local forecast that is customized for you.

Download the KXAN Weather app for fast, accurate local and national weather at your fingertips. With its personal alert notifications, you’ll know when significant weather is heading your way and when to take cover. And when you are traveling, use KXAN Weather to get real-time weather forecasts, interactive radar and current conditions for anywhere in the U.S.

The KXAN Weather app utilizes the most advanced radar maps, weather and digital technology available. With its easy to use interactive radar, you can take control and see where the storm is now and where it is tracking. Then, set customized alerts to keep you and your family informed and safe.

Download: iPhone/iPad
Download: Android


Tonight’s Severe Weather Chances & SPC’s New Classification System

March 25th, 2015 at 3:26 pm by under Weather

The new models are out, and they are beginning to hint at lower severe weather probabilities for this evening.  We still may see a thunderstorm or two, but the chances of any local storm reaching severe criteria is small.  So, what makes a storm a severe storm?  Well, for the title to be achieved, two of the these three criteria must be met:

1.  Winds 58mph or better

2.  Hail the size of a quarter or bigger (greater than or equal to 1″ in diameter)

3.  Any tornadic activity (funnel cloud/tornado)

 

The Storm Prediction Center

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The Storm Prediction Center (SPC), located in Norman, Oklahoma, is tasked with forecasting the risk of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes across the United States. The agency issues convective outlooks, mesoscale discussions, and watches as a part of this process.

This year, the convective outlook product has taken on a new look, as the SPC decided to expand upon their prediction classification system.  In the past, the threat for severe weather was either labeled slight, moderate, or high.  This severe weather season, you will notice two more classifications;  ENHANCED and MARGINAL.

So, if you see, for example, an enhanced risk area over your community, what does it mean??  Well, here is a breakdown:

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1.  Marginal/dark green risk area –  Includes severe storms of either limited organization and longevity, or very low coverage and marginal intensity.

2.  Slight/yellow risk area – Implies organized severe thunderstorms are expected, but usually in low coverage with varying levels of intensity.

3.  Enhanced/orange risk area – Depicts a greater concentration of organized severe thunderstorms with varying levels of intensity.

4.  Moderate/red risk area - Indicates potential for widespread severe weather with several tornadoes and/or numerous severe thunderstorms, some of which may be intense.

5.  High/magenta risk area - Suggests a severe weather outbreak is expected from either numerous intense and long-track tornadoes, or a long-lived derecho system with hurricane-force wind gusts producing widespread damage.

**The light green area above is labeled “TSTM” for “Thunderstorm.”  This area indicates a 10% or higher probability of thunderstorms forecast during the valid period.**

 

Now that the Spring season is upon us, don’t forget to download our KXAN Severe Weather Guide!!  It’s a great refresher in case you and your family get caught in a severe weather situation.

 


El Nino to blame for slow start to severe weather season?

March 25th, 2015 at 7:21 am by under Weather

(Capital Weather Gang) – Not that we’re complaining, but it’s been a really slow start to this year’s severe weather season in the United States. More than really slow — record slow. Slow enough for the Storm Prediction Center to call it “uncharted territory.”

But just four years ago, in 2011, we were dealing with uncharted territory on the other end of the spectrum. “The 2011 tornado season wasn’t supposed to happen, not in our modern era of advanced technology and storm warnings,” said Climate Central’s Andrea Thompson. “But the 1,691 tornadoes in 2011 — the second most for any season going back to the 1950s — included outbreaks that killed hundreds, something not seen since the 1970s.”

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Solar eclipse stalls Germany’s solar power production

March 24th, 2015 at 7:42 am by under Weather
(Courtesy: https://energy-charts.de/power.htm)

(Courtesy: https://energy-charts.de/power.htm)

(New Scientist) – The sun went out, but the lights stayed on. Last week’s partial solar eclipse in Europe provided an ideal stress test for the world’s most solar-powered country, Germany, and so for the future of solar power itself. It passed.

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Happy World Meteorological Day!

March 23rd, 2015 at 5:35 pm by under Weather
Each year on March 23, the World Meteorological Organization, along with its 191 members–including the National Weather Service–and the worldwide meteorological community, celebrates World Meteorological Day, commemorating the formation of the WMO. This year’s theme is “Climate knowledge for climate action” highlighting both recent advances in climate science and the need for decisive measures to limit climate change. Click here to read more.

Kaxan says register now for Mighty Texas Dog Walk

March 23rd, 2015 at 4:00 pm by under Weather

Jim and Kaxan invite you to join them at the Mighty Texas Dog Walk April 4th

3-23 dog walk logo

17th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk 2015

The Doggiest Day in Austin returns to beautiful Auditorium Shores.

Join thousands of dogs and their best friends for a scenic stroll near Ladybird Johnson Lake, free samples galore, advice from top vets and trainers.
New this year:
Teams – Win Trophies for “Most Funds Raised”, “Biggest Team” and “Best Team T-shirt”
Rescue Dog Squad – Rescue Groups With Dogs to Meet
Shopping Plaza – Fun things for fun people

Special Price Rollback: $20/dog pre-registration!

Date/Time
04/04/2015
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Easter dog1

REGISTER

Saturday, April 4, 2015
The Doggiest Day in Austin!

Pre-Registration: $20/dog, extra humans walk for free!
Day Of Registraion:  $30/dog, extra humans walk for free!

Online registration is open!
(Click on REGISTER or REGISTER A TEAM on this page.)

In Person Pre-Registration:

Saturday, March 28, 11 – 3
Whole Pets Market
911 W. Hwy 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
(512) 858-5400

Thursday, April 2,   11 – 8
Petco
9828 Great Hills Trail
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 345-2355

Friday, April 3, 11 – 8
Petco
5601 Brodie Ln
Sunset Valley, TX 78745
(512) 892-7804

Rules & Logistics

team 1

REGISTER A TEAM
TEAM FUNDRAISING DONATIONS

New This Year: TEAMS! Put together a team representing your dog’s breed, family, company, club, favorite color or whatever you want!  Registration still only $20/dog.

We’ll be awarding Trophies for:

Team Raising the Most Funds – donations should mention Team Name
(Donations other than registration fees.)  This team will also win Free Dog Food for a Year from Beyond Natural Pet Food by Leader of the Pack Sponsor Purina (1 only)

Largest Team of Dogs - counted by number of dogs on a Team

Best Team T-Shirt - wear them and Emcees KXAN’s Jim Spencer and Service Dogs, Inc. President Sheri Soltes will invite the audience to judge by applause.  Theme: Who’s Your Hero?

sponsor webiste

BE A SPONSOR

Introduce your product or service to thousands of dogs and their best friends!


How Central Texas’ recent storm will help drought

March 22nd, 2015 at 9:23 am by under Weather

Thanks to the storm that brought rain on Friday, March 20 (the first day of spring 2015) and Saturday, March 21, beneficial rain flowed into area gauges. Here’s a look at storm totals, as calculated by the Lower Colorado River Authority (highest total highlighted in green):

Eastern counties, including Caldwell, Lee, Bastrop and Fayette:

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Metro counties, including Williamson, Travis and Hays:

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Hill Country, including San Saba, Lampasas, Mason, Llano, Burnet, Gillespie and Blanco counties:

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Here’s a look at storm totals for Camp Mabry and Austin Bergstrom International Airport in the city of Austin:

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The NEW weekly U.S. Drought Monitor update will roll out on Thursday, March 26th, but as it currently stands, there have been big improvements in the drought for Travis, Bastrop, Lee, Milam, Williamson and Fayette counties. In fact, the “dominant impacts” line across the U.S. has crawled westward in previous weeks thanks to a wet January and wet first half of March, including only the Hill Country in Central Texas now. Unfortunately, Gillepsie County still registers “Exceptional” drought, the most severe type. It’s followed closely by southern halves of Mason and Llano counties, with “Extreme” drought characteristics.

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The Hill Country has been excluded from many recent Central Texas rains, due to its increased elevation, which can shift weather patterns. Rain totals from this recent storm system were high enough that small portions of the Hill Country’s drought will likely be chipped away, especially if this wet March pattern continues. The first areas to see improvement will likely be the eastern edge of the Hill Country, in Lampasas, Burnet and Blanco counties. The KXAN First Warning Weather Team will continue to monitor this progress.

 


Lake Travis at lowest pre-summer level during current drought

March 21st, 2015 at 7:57 pm by under Weather

lake analysis

 

Recent rains of up to 2.5″ in the Highland Lake inflow region are not having a significant impact on lake levels, and the level of Lake Travis as we head into summer is currently lower than it was during previous years of the ongoing drought.

Lake Travis may see continued (only minor) rises through the next two days as inflows from creeks and rivers continue.

Where the lake levels go from here of course depends on rainfall frequency, amount, and geographical distribution. Here are the latest projections from LCRA hydrologists for the various scenarios:

lcra projected levels