December, 2012

NYE Forecast & Looking Back

December 31st, 2012 at 11:20 am by under Weather

Happy New Year’s Eve Day everyone!  If you have any outdoor plans tonight, make sure to have a poncho or an umbrella handy.   It is bittersweet that the best chance for rain that we have seen in months comes around on this day of all days.  We need the rain badly, but if it could have just waited 48 hours!!  Oh well… no matter if you’ll be in, or outdoors please have a wonderful and safe celebration this evening.  Here are the details of your NYE forecast:

Have a great and safe night!

From a weather perspective it has been a very interesting year.  We exited the summer months with quite the surplus in the rain gauge at Camp Mabry, however with an extremely dry finish to the year, we are so far, below average for the 2012 calendar year.  Here are some rain numbers: ***Data does not include rain totals from December 31st*** 1st Quarter 2012  -  13.21″ of rain  (+6.21″ compared to avg.) 2nd Quarter 2012  -  5.73″ of rain  (-5.05″ compared to avg.) 3rd Quarter 2012 – 12.77″ of rain  (+5.55″ compared to avg.) 4th Quarter 2012  -  1.03″ of rain  (-8.13″ compared to avg.) **We will update the numbers when NYE totals become official**


Red Flag Warning For Parts Of The Hill Country

December 28th, 2012 at 9:10 am by under Weather

A RED FLAG WARNING has been posted for parts of southwest and central Texas.  The warning includes a few communities in the western portion of our Hill Country viewing area.  Here is the latest from the National Weather Service:

Red Flag Warning


URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
547 AM CST FRI DEC 28 2012

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON THROUGH 7 PM ACROSS
THE WESTERN HALF OF SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS DUE TO A DRY COLD
FRONT...

.A DRY COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS LATE THIS
MORNING...RESULTING IN BREEZY AND DRY CONDITIONS ACROSS ALL AREAS.
GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO 20 MPH ARE EXPECTED ACROSS ALL OF
SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING. AFTERNOON RELATIVE
HUMIDITIES WILL FALL TO BETWEEN 15 AND 20 PERCENT ACROSS AREAS
ALONG AND WEST OF A FREDERICKSBURG TO BOERNE TO PLEASANTON
LINE...MAKING FOR CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS. EAST OF THIS
LINE...ELEVATED TO NEAR CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED...WITH MINIMUM RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES EXPECTED TO BE IN
THE 20 TO 30 PERCENT RANGE ACROSS MOST AREAS. HUMIDITIES SHOULD
INCREASE IN THE EVENING AS TEMPERATURES CONTINUE TO FALL BEHIND
THE COLD FRONT.

TXZ183>189-202>205-217>220-228-290000-
/O.NEW.KEWX.FW.W.0006.121228T1800Z-121229T0100Z/
VAL VERDE-EDWARDS-REAL-KERR-BANDERA-GILLESPIE-KENDALL-KINNEY-
UVALDE-MEDINA-BEXAR-MAVERICK-ZAVALA-FRIO-ATASCOSA-DIMMIT-
547 AM CST FRI DEC 28 2012

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM CST THIS
EVENING FOR A DRY FRONT AFFECTING AREAS WEST OF A LINE FROM
FREDERICKSBURG TO BOERNE TO PLEASANTON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO HAS ISSUED A
RED FLAG WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM CST
THIS EVENING.

* AFFECTED AREA...THE FOLLOWING SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS COUNTIES...
  VAL VERDE...EDWARDS...REAL...KERR...BANDERA...GILLESPIE...
  KENDALL...KINNEY...UVALDE...MEDINA...BEXAR...MAVERICK...
  ZAVALA...FRIO...ATASCOSA...DIMMIT.

* 20-FOOT WIND...15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...15 TO 20 PERCENT

* IMPACTS...ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY.
  OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY.  AVOID THE USE OF
OPEN FLAMES OR ANY ACTIVITIES THAT MAY GENERATE SPARKS.
ACCIDENTAL IGNITIONS WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO GROW QUICKLY INTO
DANGEROUS WIND DRIVEN WILDFIRES.

 


The Final Holiday Happenings Of 2012…

December 27th, 2012 at 10:23 am by under Weather

From all of us at KXAN we hope you have had and continue to have a wonderful holiday season.  Now, we look ahead to saying goodbye to the calendar year of 2012, and wecoming in 2013.  For our final edition of Holiday Happenings we take a look at some of the wonderful goings on to help celebrate the New Year.  Have a safe and fantastic start to 2013, and don’t forget to make a great New Year’s Resolution.

 

 

 

1.  Willie Nelson and Friends Family New Year

Sunday, Dec 30 & 31,  8:00p
at ACL Live, Austin, TX
Price: $59.50-$139.50
 
Willie Nelson, Austin’s hometown musician, returns to ring in the New Year with special guests. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 19 at 12:00 pm. Andy Langer will host the show on the 31st, where there will be a special appearance by Father Time Texas and champagne toast by Woodbridge Sparkling at midnight.The W Austin will also be offering weekend packages, which include tickets for two to the show, cocktails and hotel room for one night. For more information on W Hotel packages please visit http://www.whotelaustin.com/nye.
 
 
 
2.  Austin’s New Year
 
Monday, Dec 31 5:00p to 10:30p
at Auditorium Shores, Austin, TX

Austin’s New Year (ANY) is an annual free event on Auditorium Shores where Austin families can come together to welcome in the New Year! ANY is an alcohol-free celebration showcasing Austin’s diverse and talented creative community through art, films, and live music. And kids and adults alike won’t want to miss the exciting fireworks finale.

Website:  http://www.austintexas.gov/department/austins-new-year

 

3.  The Muttcracker

Multiple show times (for times visit website link below)

The Vortex Repertory Company, Austin, TX

 Circus Chickendog and The Vortex presents The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!), A Family-Oriented, Circus Dog Fairy “Tail” with Dog Tricks, A Singing Macaw, Juggling, Unicycling, And Danger! Featuring A Live Performance of The Traditional Nutcracker Suite!
Get ready to ring in the New Year with a fabulously fun show for All Ages. Circus Dogs, Performing Parrot, World Class Juggling and Unicycling, Live Accordion, Giant Bubbles, Rope Tricks, Puppets.
Circus Chickendog is an Austin-based troupe that has been featured on David Letterman, Pet Star, and Donny and Marie.
Please note the early show times each night! Bring the whole family to finish out your holiday celebrations and ring in the new year!
When: December 27-January 5, 2013 Two Weeks ONLY!
December 27-30, 2012 @ 5:30 and 7:00pm 2 shows per night!
January 3-4, 2013 @ 7:00pm
January 5, 2013 @ 5:30 and 7:00pm
Tickets: $30-$15 for Adults, $15-$10 for Children
Sliding Scale: $25-30 Priority Seating, $20-$25 General Admission
**Seating will be determined by Adult ticket prices**

Event Website:  http://www.vortexrep.org/

 

4.  New Year’s Eve Overnighter

Monday, Dec 31 6:00p to Tuesday, Jan 1 (2013) 10:00a
at Twin Lakes Family YMCA, Cedar Park, TX
 
 YMCA Camp Twin Lakes in Cedar Park is bringing you (ages 6-15) the most incredible overnight experience you can imagine – our New Year’s Eve Overnighter! How would you like to grab your friends for a game of Laser Tag or Paintball? DONE! What about a game of Gladiator in the gym? YES! And so much more. All of the fun starts at 6:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) and runs through 10:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day (Jan. 1). Cost is only $45 per child for Y Members or $55 per child for Non-Members.
 
Event Website:  http://www.ymcagwc.org/
 
 
 
5.  Hill Country New Years Eve With Ray Wylie Hubbard & Uncle Lucius
 
Monday, Dec 31 8:00p to Tuesday, Jan 1 (2013) 1:00a
at Texas Music Theater, San Marcos, TX
 
 Ray Wylie Hubbard with Uncle Lucius will ring in the New Year Hill Country Style at The Texas Music Theater.VIP reserved tables in front of the stage only $160 per table of 4 includes a bottle of champagne, tamales and black-eyed peas. $40 per personPremium seating includes a reserved seat in the balcony (or bottom floor if unable to climb stairs) $30General admission seating is first come first serve and standing room only. $20All tickets include complimentary champagne for New Year’s toast, black-eyed peas and party favors and increase by $5 per ticket on the Day of the Show.
 
 
Obviously there are a slew of bars and restaurants that are hosting a New Year’s Eve bash.  There are so many, we could not list them all here.  Therefore, we decided to include events that you may not have heard about.  No matter what you decide, as you ring in 2013, please do so safely!!  Have a great weekend, end to 2012, and beginning to 2013!!
 
 

Holiday weather extremes

December 26th, 2012 at 3:11 pm by under Weather

We’re in for another widespread hard freeze tonight. Temperatures will drop to the mid 20s in Austin and the upper teens in the Hill Country. Take care to protect your pets, plants and pipes tonight.

Normally, this time of year our overnight lows hit only the low 40s.

This isn’t nearly the coldest holiday we’ve seen though. Check out the post below from the NWS.


...HOLIDAY WEATHER EXTREMES FROM THE PAST...

LIKE ANY OTHER WINTER DAY ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS...THE HOLIDAYS
HAVE BROUGHT A WIDE VARIETY OF WEATHER...RANGING FROM COLD AND
CLOUDY WINTER LIKE DAYS TO SUNNY AND WARM CONDITIONS.

THE COLDEST WEATHER DURING THE HOLIDAYS SINCE THE LATE 1800S CAME
IN DECEMBER OF 1983 AND DECEMBER OF 1989. THE COLDEST CHRISTMAS DAY
WAS DURING THE ARCTIC OUTBREAK OF DECEMBER 1983...WHEN ALL OF
SOUTH TEXAS WAS IMPACTED BY A HARD FREEZE.

THE HIGH AT AUSTIN MUELLER AIRPORT ON CHRISTMAS OF 1983...THE AUSTIN
CITY CLIMATE SITE IN 1983...WAS 25...AND THE LOW WAS 10.  AT AUSTIN
BERGSTROM THE HIGH DECEMBER 25...1983 WAS 26 AND THE LOW WAS 11. FOR
DEL RIO...THE HIGH WAS 31...AND THE LOW WAS 13. AT SAN ANTONIO THE
HIGH ON DECEMBER 25...1983 WAS 30...AND THE LOW WAS 11. A COLDER DAILY LOW
IN DECEMBER 1983 OF 9 WAS OBSERVED AT SAN ANTONIO ON DECEMBER 30...1983.

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Freezing cold tonight

December 25th, 2012 at 9:51 pm by under Weather

Tonight will be mostly clear to partly cloudy. Breezy north winds this evening will be 15 to 25 mph, decreasing to 10 to 15 mph overnight. Wind chill readings could fall to as low as 5-15 degrees in the Hill Country, and 15-20 degrees in the Austin metro area.  Lows will range from near 30 along the Rio Grande, to the mid to upper 20s across most of South Central Texas, and near 20 in the Hill Country. Average lows for late December are in the upper 30s to near 40.
————————————-
WEDNESDAY

Wednesday will be mostly sunny, but chilly. High temperatures will stay in the low 40s across the Hill Country, and upper 40s to low 50s across the remainder of South Central Texas. Winds will be north, 10 to 15 mph.

Peak wind gusts Christmas Day

December 25th, 2012 at 5:41 pm by under Weather
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
535 PM CST TUE DEC 25 2012

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

A COLD FRONT MOVED ACROSS SOUTH TEXAS THIS MORNING PRODUCING GUSTY
NORTHWEST WINDS TODAY ACROSS THE AREA.

SELECTED WIND GUST REPORTS...

STATION                   PEAK WIND GUSTS IN MPH

DEL RIO                   52
LAUGHLIN AFB              51
UVALDE                    51
COTULLA                   51
HONDO                     48
UVALDE                    47
ROCKSPRINGS               47
RANDOLPH AFB              46
SAN ANTONIO               46
BURNET                    46
CASTROVILLE               45
PLEASANTON                45
EDWARDS CO. ARPT          45
BRENHAM                   44
NEW BRAUNFELS             44
GIDDINGS-LEE ARPT         44
LAGO VISTA                44
AUSTIN BERGSTROM          43
FREDERICKSBURG            43
SAN MARCOS                43
LA GRANGE                 41
HORSESHOE BAY RESORT      40
STINSON MUNI ARPT         40
KERRVILLE                 40
GEORGETOWN                40
PIEDRAS NEGRAS/EAGLE PASS 40
AUSTIN CAMP MABRY         39
LLANO                     39
LA GRANGE                 38
LLANO                     37
ROUND ROCK                33
LEANDER                   30
FREDERICKSBURG            29

Winds to pick up Christmas Day

December 25th, 2012 at 8:23 am by under Weather

Once thunderstorms push east with a strong cold front, much windier conditions will pick up in Central Texas.

Thunderstorm passing the RV Outlet Mall weathernet site in Georgetown Christmas morning.

In fact, the NWS has issued a Wind Advisory for the entire area until 7 p.m. You’ll want to secure your lawn decorations, furniture and take care while driving on the roadways. NNW winds could gust up to 40 mph.

There’s also a high fire danger because of the winds and drier air moving in behind the front. A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 7 p.m. too. Fires that start will be hard to contain.

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Strong Christmas front to bring storms, much colder weather

December 24th, 2012 at 10:25 pm by under Weather

Strong to severe thunderstorms remain possible Christmas morning for areas along and east of Interstate 35. The main concerns with these thunderstorms will be damaging wind gusts and hail. Behind the cold front, gusty northwest winds and dry air will bring increasing fire weather concerns during the afternoon. Northwest winds will increase to 20 to 30 mph, with gusts near 40 mph, along and in wake of the cold front. A Wind Advisory is in effect from 9 AM to 7 PM Tuesday. A Red Flag Warning is in effect from Noon to 7 PM Tuesday.

Mostly clear and cold nights, with a freeze Tuesday Night and Wednesday Night. Mostly sunny and cool during the day Wednesday, with afternoon highs below normal. Mostly Sunny on Thursday, with warmer afternoon highs. Lows Tuesday Night in the 20s over the Hill Country and in the upper 20s to low 30s over adjacent parts of South Central Texas. Highs Wednesday in the upper 40s over the Hill Country to the low 50s over adjacent parts of South Central Texas. Lows Wednesday Night near 20 to low 20s over the Hill Country to the 20s and near 30 over adjacent parts of South Central Texas. Highs Thursday in the upper 50s over the Hill Country and near 60 to the low 60s over adjacent parts of South Central Texas.

Track Santa Here

December 24th, 2012 at 5:47 pm by under Weather

Click here to Track Santa Claus

 


Memorable winter storms of years past

December 24th, 2012 at 8:43 am by under Weather

Though our chances of seeing a white Christmas in central Texas this year appear to be zero, let’s take a look back at some memorable winter storms from recent years across the country, courtesy of EarthGauge:

Memorable winter storms across the U.S. from recent years, courtesy of EarthGauge.