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Strong thunderstorm winds cause damage

April 27th, 2015 at 5:53 am by under Weather

4-27 DOWNED TREE PHOTO

 

Here’s a list of peak wind gusts around Central Texas from overnight thunderstorms, courtesy of the local National Weather Service office:

...PEAK WIND GUSTS PAST 12 HOURS ...

LOCATION                     SPEED     TIME/DATE                            
MARTINDALE (CALDWELL CO.)    59 MPH    0155 AM 4/27
HONDO MUNICIPAL AIRPORT      55 MPH    1244 AM 04/27                        
NEW BRAUNFELS MUNICIPAL AIRP 53 MPH    0131 AM 04/27                        
LAUGHLIN AFB                 49 MPH    1112 PM 04/26                        
RANDOLPH AFB                 49 MPH    0125 AM 04/27                        
1 E LA GRANGE                46 MPH    0403 AM 04/27                        
3 SE AUSTIN                  44 MPH    0210 AM 04/27  
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Moderate Risk of severe weather in Central Texas today

April 26th, 2015 at 1:29 pm by under Weather

NWS HEADING

 

FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:

Headline:

…Enhanced Risk of Severe Thunderstorms This Afternoon through Tonight Across South Central Texas…

SPC

Area of Concern:

For this afternoon and evening, the greatest area of concern will be along and north of a Del Rio to Georgetown line. This should keep the greatest severe threat west of the Austin and San Antonio metro areas for the afternoon and early evening hours. However, a second round of thunderstorms is expected during the late evening and overnight hours. This second round of thunderstorms will likely impact all of south central Texas, including Austin and San Antonio.

Threats & Impacts:

Tornadoes:  Isolated tornadoes are possible.

Winds:  Damaging Winds up to 70 MPH. Could cause damage to powerlines, trees, and small structures.

Hail:  Up to Golf Ball Sized Hail (1.0-1.75″).

Rainfall: Average rainfall of 0.25-0.5 inches, with isolated spots up to 2 inches. Flash flooding will be possible in areas that have received the greatest rainfall over the past several days.

Timing and Overview:

Daytime heating will likely generate a round of strong to severe thunderstorms across the Rio Grande Plains and southern Edwards Plateau this afternoon beginning after 2 PM. These storms will then move east into the western Hill Country this evening by 7 PM.

A more organized and widespread area of thunderstorms is then expected to develop by late evening across the southern Edwards Plateau between 7 PM and 10 PM, then spread east across the remainder of south central Texas during the late evening and early morning hours on Monday.

Confidence:

  • Severe Chances: Moderate
  • Flash Flooding: Low to Moderate

Additional Information Resources:

 

·         NWS Austin / San Antonio Contact Numbers:  800-292-5508 or 830-606-3617

·         NWS Austin / San Antonio Webpage:  http://www.weather.gov/sanantonio

·         Storm Prediction Center:  http://www.spc.noaa.gov/

·         Online Severe Weather Reporting:  http://www.srh.noaa.gov/StormReport/SubmitReport.php?site=EWX

4-26 STORM


Rainfall totals: past 48 hours

April 25th, 2015 at 7:28 am by under Weather

FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO OFFICE:

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NOUS44 KEWX 251207
PNSEWX
TXZ171>173-183>194-202>209-217>225-228-260006-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
706 AM CDT SAT APR 25 2015

...RAINFALL REPORTS PAST 48 HOURS ...

LOCATION                     AMOUNT    TIME/DATE                            

...ATASCOSA COUNTY...
2 E LYTLE                    4.49 IN   0656 AM 04/25                        

...BANDERA COUNTY...
MEDINA RIVER AT PATTERSON RD 1.78 IN   0615 AM 04/25                        
3 NE VANDERPOOL              1.61 IN   0650 AM 04/25                        
5 E VANDERPOOL               1.04 IN   0646 AM 04/25                        
1 SSW LOST MAPLES STATE PARK 0.98 IN   0646 AM 04/25                        

...BASTROP COUNTY...
SMITHVILLE                   4.70 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
1 WSW ROSANKY                4.05 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
1 WNW SMITHVILLE             3.89 IN   0651 AM 04/25                        
CEDAR CREEK BELOW BASTROP    3.53 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
2 SSE BASTROP                1.00 IN   0701 AM 04/25                        
1 WSW BASTROP                0.98 IN   0645 AM 04/25                        
TOM MILLER DAM               0.82 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 WSW CIRCLE D-KC ESTATE     0.73 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
CEDAR CREEK NEAR BASTROP     0.71 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
2 NE ELGIN                   0.64 IN   0658 AM 04/25                        
2 ESE WYLDWOOD               0.63 IN   0658 AM 04/25                        
6 NNW CAMP SWIFT             0.56 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 W CEDAR CREEK              0.50 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
1 NW CAMP SWIFT              0.45 IN   0608 AM 04/25                        
7 NNE WYLDWOOD               0.44 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
8 W ROSANKY                  0.40 IN   0459 AM 04/25                        

...BEXAR COUNTY...
SAN ANTONIO INTL ARPT        4.58 IN   0651 AM 04/25                        
LEON CREEK AT LOOP 410       4.30 IN   0615 AM 04/25                        
RANDOLPH AFB                 3.93 IN   0658 AM 04/25                        
WINDCREST                    3.78 IN   0659 AM 04/25                        
SELMA                        3.76 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
LIVE OAK 0.8 SSW             3.60 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
LACKLAND AFB 7.8 WNW         3.33 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
SALADO CREEK SAN ANTONIO     3.22 IN   0645 AM 04/25                        
3 SSE SAN ANTONIO            2.72 IN   0650 AM 04/25                        
MITCHELL ST @ SAN ANTONIO RV 2.58 IN   0630 AM 04/25                        
SELMA                        2.43 IN   0403 AM 04/25                        
PORT SAN ANTONIO             2.29 IN   0658 AM 04/25                        
LEON CREEK AT IH35           2.28 IN   0646 AM 04/25                        
OLMOS CK -DRESDEN DR         2.20 IN   0415 AM 04/25                        
STINSON MUNICIPAL AIRPORT    2.18 IN   0653 AM 04/25                        
2 NE SHAVANO PARK            2.15 IN   0630 AM 04/25                        
4 E HOLLYWOOD PARK           1.76 IN   0350 AM 04/25                        
SAN ANTONIO RIVER AT SOUTH L 1.68 IN   0615 AM 04/25                        
5 ENE HOLLYWOOD PARK         1.65 IN   0510 AM 04/25                        
SALADO CREEK AT SAN ANTONIO  1.44 IN   0615 AM 04/25                        
2 WSW TIMBERWOOD PARK        1.24 IN   0654 AM 04/25                        
2 S HELOTES                  0.95 IN   0658 AM 04/25                        
3 E CHINA GROVE              0.84 IN   0654 AM 04/25                        
2 SE HELOTES                 0.37 IN   0640 AM 04/25                        

...BLANCO COUNTY...
4 NNW JOHNSON CITY           0.63 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 S ROUND MOUNTAIN           0.60 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
5 SW JOHNSON CITY            0.55 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
5 NNE BLANCO                 0.52 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
6 WNW BLANCO                 0.49 IN   0654 AM 04/25                        
1 NNE JOHNSON CITY           0.47 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
1 NE ROUND MOUNTAIN          0.44 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
10 WNW JOHNSON CITY          0.43 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
9 WSW ROUND MOUNTAIN         0.41 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
6 WSW HORSESHOE BAY          0.37 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 WSW PEDERNALES FALLS STATE 0.36 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
2 SSE PEDERNALES FALLS STATE 0.35 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
4 SE PEDERNALES FALLS STATE  0.34 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
9 SW SUNRISE BEACH VILLIAGE  0.34 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
4 ESE CYPRESS MILL           0.19 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
4 S SPICEWOOD                0.18 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        

...BURNET COUNTY...
9 NNW BERTRAM                0.73 IN   0659 AM 04/25                        
10 WSW LAMPASAS              0.70 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
8 SSW BERTRAM                0.39 IN   0635 AM 04/25                        
8 SSW BERTRAM                0.39 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
2 SE MEADOWLAKES             0.39 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
2 ESE KINGSLAND              0.35 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
5 W SPICEWOOD                0.35 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
6 E MARBLE FALLS             0.33 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
4 E INKS LAKE STATE PARK     0.32 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
5 NE GRANITE SHOALS          0.32 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
6 SSE BURNET                 0.30 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 NE MARBLE FALLS            0.28 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
5 NNW BURNET                 0.27 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
1 WNW MARBLE FALLS           0.27 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
BURNET                       0.26 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
1 W COTTONWOOD SHORES        0.24 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
1 NE SPICEWOOD               0.23 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
6 ENE BUCHANAN DAM           0.20 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
9 NNE TOW                    0.17 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
11 E TOW                     0.10 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
5 ENE BUCHANAN DAM           0.04 IN   0653 AM 04/25                        

...CALDWELL COUNTY...
4 NNW LULING                 4.50 IN   0654 AM 04/25                        
LULING                       4.22 IN   0658 AM 04/25                        
9 SSW CEDAR CREEK            1.87 IN   0659 AM 04/25                        
7 NE LOCKHART                1.47 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        

...COMAL COUNTY...
GARDEN RIDGE                 2.50 IN   0614 AM 04/25                        
2 S NEW BRAUNFELS            1.64 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
4 NW GARDEN RIDGE            1.46 IN   0656 AM 04/25                        
2 ESE CANYON LAKE DAM        1.38 IN   0654 AM 04/25                        
4 ENE BULVERDE               1.29 IN   0656 AM 04/25                        
4 W NEW BRAUNFELS            1.17 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
3 E CANYON LAKE DAM          0.92 IN   0615 AM 04/25                        
CANYON WEATHER               0.88 IN   0615 AM 04/25                        
1 SSE FISCHER                0.67 IN   0657 AM 04/25                        
2 WNW SPRING BRANCH          0.57 IN   0657 AM 04/25                        
1 SSE GUADALUPE RIVER ST     0.47 IN   0606 AM 04/25                        

...DEWITT COUNTY...
2 W CUERO                    0.05 IN   0630 AM 04/25                        

...EDWARDS COUNTY...
NUECES RIVER NEAR BARKSDALE  1.34 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
8 SE CARTA VALLEY            0.11 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
20 SSE SONORA                0.09 IN   0346 AM 04/25                        
12 NE ROCKSPRINGS            0.05 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        

...FAYETTE COUNTY...
5 SE CISTERN                 1.40 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
2 NE MULDOON                 0.63 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
1 W LA GRANGE                0.52 IN   0625 AM 04/25                        
LA GRANGE                    0.47 IN   0655 AM 04/25                        

...FRIO COUNTY...
1 W PEARSALL                 1.72 IN   0610 AM 04/25                        

...GILLESPIE COUNTY...
1 NE BANKERSMITH             1.91 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
LUCKENBACH                   1.81 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
LBJ STATE PARK               1.32 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
5 SSE LBJ STATE PARK         1.05 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
1 N LBJ STATE PARK           0.90 IN   0608 AM 04/25                        
10 N HARPER                  0.76 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
4 SSW HARPER                 0.67 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
9 WSW LOYAL VALLEY           0.61 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 NW WILLOW CITY             0.59 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
8 WNW BANKERSMITH            0.47 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
6 SSW WILLOW CITY            0.39 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
6 SSE LOYAL VALLEY           0.38 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
6 NNE LBJ STATE PARK         0.37 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
8 NE HARPER                  0.36 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
10 W FREDERICKSBURG          0.34 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
6 ENE WILLOW CITY            0.34 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
9 NNE INGRAM                 0.33 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
5 N FREDERICKSBURG           0.32 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
11 S LOYAL VALLEY            0.31 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 S FREDERICKSBURG           0.30 IN   0615 AM 04/25                        
6 S ENCHANTED ROCK STATION   0.24 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
FREDERICKSBURG               0.06 IN   0655 AM 04/25                        

...GONZALES COUNTY...
5 WSW PALMETO                1.34 IN   0638 AM 04/25                        
GONZALES AIRPORT             0.77 IN   0655 AM 04/25                        
9 SW GONZALES                0.55 IN   0652 AM 04/25                        
GUADALUPE RIVER AT GONZALES  0.44 IN   0645 AM 04/25                        

...GUADALUPE COUNTY...
CIBOLO CK AT SELMA           2.87 IN   0500 AM 04/25                        
1 N SCHERTZ                  2.59 IN   0659 AM 04/25                        
STAPLES                      1.74 IN   0656 AM 04/25                        
NEW BRAUNFELS MUNICIPAL AIRP 1.61 IN   0651 AM 04/25                        
CIBOLO CREEK NEAR ST HEDWIG  1.47 IN   0615 AM 04/25                        
3 SSE SEGUIN                 1.27 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
3 S MCQUEENEY                1.27 IN   0607 AM 04/25                        
7 ESE SEGUIN                 1.02 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
8 ENE LA VERNIA              0.62 IN   0658 AM 04/25                        
2 WNW CIBOLO                 0.03 IN   0658 AM 04/25                        

...HAYS COUNTY...
1 SE WIMBERLEY               1.50 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
ONION CREEK AT BUDA          1.19 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
6 NNW ZORN                   1.07 IN   0619 AM 04/25                        
SAN MARCOS 6.3 WSW           0.86 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
HENLY                        0.81 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
2 WNW HAYS                   0.81 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 SE DRIFTWOOD               0.68 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
1 W HAYS                     0.65 IN   0652 AM 04/25                        
3 NE HENLY                   0.47 IN   0655 AM 04/25                        
1 N HENLY                    0.42 IN   0656 AM 04/25                        
5 W DRIFTWOOD                0.35 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
4 NNE DRIPPING SPRINGS       0.29 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
5 NE DRIFTWOOD               0.28 IN   0658 AM 04/25                        
6 NE DRIFTWOOD               0.27 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
1 SW DRIFTWOOD               0.26 IN   0657 AM 04/25                        
5 NNE DRIPPING SPRINGS       0.21 IN   0657 AM 04/25                        
6 N DRIPPING SPRINGS         0.19 IN   0653 AM 04/25                        

...KENDALL COUNTY...
2 NW WARING                  0.96 IN   0653 AM 04/25                        

...KERR COUNTY...
KERRVILLE MUNI /LOUIS SCHREI 1.32 IN   0655 AM 04/25                        
4 ENE MOUNTAIN HOME          0.90 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
5 WSW HARPER                 0.82 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
3 S KERRVILLE STATE PARK     0.71 IN   0650 AM 04/25                        
12 ESE TELEGRAPH             0.57 IN   0650 AM 04/25                        
12 NW KERR WILDLIFE MANAGEME 0.28 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        

...KINNEY COUNTY...
14 NNW ALAMO VILLAGE         0.74 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
W.NUECES R                   0.50 IN   0630 AM 04/25                        
LAS MORAS SPRINGS AT BRACKET 0.02 IN   0615 AM 04/25                        

...LEE COUNTY...
3 WSW GIDDINGS               2.56 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
GIDDINGS                     1.74 IN   0655 AM 04/25                        
MIDDLE YEGUA CREEK           1.11 IN   0615 AM 04/25                        

...LLANO COUNTY...
8 SE PONTOTOC                0.73 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
9 NW LLANO                   0.58 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
2 ESE PONTOTOC               0.57 IN   0500 AM 04/25                        
6 NE LOYAL VALLEY            0.46 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
2 SSE KINGSLAND              0.40 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
7 NE ENCHANTED ROCK STATION  0.35 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
4 NW ENCHANTED ROCK STATION  0.33 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
HORSESHOE BAY RESORT AP      0.32 IN   0655 AM 04/25                        
5 W LLANO                    0.32 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 SSW BUCHANAN DAM           0.30 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
TOW                          0.28 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
9 ENE ENCHANTED ROCK STATION 0.26 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
9 WSW LLANO                  0.25 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
4 S LLANO                    0.25 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
6 SSE LLANO                  0.23 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
4 SSW SUNRISE BEACH VILLIAGE 0.23 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
5 WSW KINGSLAND              0.22 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
9 W LLANO                    0.21 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
2 SSW SUNRISE BEACH VILLIAGE 0.21 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
10 SW CASTELL                0.20 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 WSW SUNRISE BEACH VILLIAGE 0.19 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
4 WNW BUCHANAN DAM           0.19 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 E ENCHANTED ROCK STATION   0.19 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
10 NE WILLOW CITY            0.19 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
8 WSW SUNRISE BEACH VILLIAGE 0.18 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
4 WSW CASTELL                0.16 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
9 SW CASTELL                 0.15 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
7 ENE LLANO                  0.13 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
LLANO                        0.07 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
7 N LLANO                    0.06 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
5 W TOW                      0.06 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        

...MEDINA COUNTY...
HONDO CREEK - TARPLEY        0.63 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 W RIO MEDINA               0.42 IN   0252 AM 04/25                        
1 S TARPLEY                  0.24 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        

...TRAVIS COUNTY...
BERGSTROM INTL AIRPORT       0.75 IN   0653 AM 04/25                        
2 W TANGLEWOOD FOREST        0.64 IN   0618 AM 04/25                        
TANGLEWOOD FOREST            0.63 IN   0646 AM 04/25                        
5 NE BERGSTROM               0.62 IN   0618 AM 04/25                        
2 ENE AUSTIN                 0.61 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
5 N BERGSTROM                0.60 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 SSE PFLUGERVILLE           0.58 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
1 WNW TANGLEWOOD FOREST      0.57 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
3 SSW MANOR                  0.56 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
4 SSE AUSTIN                 0.56 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 NNW BERGSTROM              0.54 IN   0645 AM 04/25                        
2 SSE ANDERSON MILL          0.54 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
1 NNW TANGLEWOOD FOREST      0.53 IN   0657 AM 04/25                        
6 WSW COUPLAND               0.53 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
2 SW JOLLYVILLE              0.52 IN   0659 AM 04/25                        
2 N AUSTIN                   0.51 IN   0701 AM 04/25                        
SUNSET VALLEY                0.50 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
4 NNE WEST LAKE HILLS        0.49 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
5 NNW AUSTIN                 0.48 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
4 WNW TANGLEWOOD FOREST      0.48 IN   0656 AM 04/25                        
CAMP MABRY                   0.47 IN   0651 AM 04/25                        
1 SE ANDERSON MILL           0.47 IN   0659 AM 04/25                        
2 SW PFLUGERVILLE            0.44 IN   0658 AM 04/25                        
1 W SUNSET VALLEY            0.43 IN   0652 AM 04/25                        
3 W SUNSET VALLEY            0.41 IN   0652 AM 04/25                        
1 SSE ANDERSON MILL          0.40 IN   0659 AM 04/25                        
2 ENE MANSFIELD DAM          0.40 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
2 NNE AUSTIN                 0.40 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
2 W MANSFIELD DAM            0.36 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
2 NW AUSTIN                  0.36 IN   0649 AM 04/25                        
3 NNW AUSTIN                 0.36 IN   0652 AM 04/25                        
1 ESE BEE CAVE               0.36 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
1 S BEE CAVE                 0.34 IN   0659 AM 04/25                        
4 SSE BEE CAVE               0.34 IN   0651 AM 04/25                        
4 NE AUSTIN                  0.31 IN   0635 AM 04/25                        
3 SW CEDAR PARK              0.31 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
4 SW BRIARCLIFF              0.30 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 NNE AUSTIN                 0.29 IN   0701 AM 04/25                        
5 SSW ANDERSON MILL          0.29 IN   0656 AM 04/25                        
4 N MANSFIELD DAM            0.29 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
8 NNW LAGO VISTA             0.28 IN   0647 AM 04/25                        
3 WSW ANDERSON MILL          0.26 IN   0650 AM 04/25                        
1 E LAKEWAY                  0.25 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
8 NNW LAGO VISTA             0.25 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 SE AUSTIN                  0.22 IN   0650 AM 04/25                        
5 SSE BEE CAVE               0.21 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
2 ENE BRIARCLIFF             0.18 IN   0647 AM 04/25                        
4 N MANSFIELD DAM            0.18 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
1 ENE LAGO VISTA             0.17 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
2 NNE JONESTOWN              0.16 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 N MANSFIELD DAM            0.16 IN   0654 AM 04/25                        
6 NNE DRIPPING SPRINGS       0.15 IN   0654 AM 04/25                        
1 ENE LAKEWAY                0.15 IN   0650 AM 04/25                        
3 N JONESTOWN                0.15 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
5 NW LAGO VISTA              0.15 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
RUSTY ALLEN AP               0.14 IN   0655 AM 04/25                        

...UVALDE COUNTY...
1 NNE SABINAL                1.51 IN   0648 AM 04/25                        
BLANCO CREEK AT SH 127       0.63 IN   0646 AM 04/25                        
SABINAL RIVER NR SABINAL     0.38 IN   0630 AM 04/25                        

...VAL VERDE COUNTY...
3 S DEL RIO                  1.00 IN   0615 AM 04/25                        
COMSTOCK 29.7 NW             0.75 IN   0630 AM 04/25                        
DEL RIO INTL AIRPORT         0.70 IN   0653 AM 04/25                        
SHUMLA BEND-PECOS R          0.51 IN   0315 AM 04/25                        
LAUGHLIN AFB                 0.48 IN   0658 AM 04/25                        
EVANS CREEK NR COMSTOCK 9 SE 0.23 IN   0615 AM 04/25                        
DOLAN CREEK ABV DEVILS RIVER 0.18 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
PANDALE CROSSING             0.10 IN   0515 AM 04/25                        

...WILLIAMSON COUNTY...
TAYLOR                       0.59 IN   0659 AM 04/25                        
ROUND ROCK 1.0 S             0.59 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
HUTTO DAM #21                0.56 IN   0500 AM 04/25                        
ROUND ROCK #17               0.54 IN   0645 AM 04/25                        
HUTTO DAM #20                0.53 IN   0545 AM 04/25                        
HUTTO                        0.51 IN   0630 AM 04/25                        
NEAR HUTTO                   0.49 IN   0630 AM 04/25                        
NEAR JOLLYVILLE              0.45 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
NEAR ROUND ROCK              0.42 IN   0645 AM 04/25                        
NEAR ROUND ROCK              0.41 IN   0645 AM 04/25                        
3 SW HUTTO                   0.40 IN   0657 AM 04/25                        
2 SW BRUSHY CREEK            0.37 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
2 SSW GEORGETOWN             0.35 IN   0701 AM 04/25                        
2 NE BRUSHY CREEK            0.32 IN   0648 AM 04/25                        
4 WSW BARTLETT               0.32 IN   0651 AM 04/25                        
NEAR BRUSHY CREEK            0.31 IN   0545 AM 04/25                        
CEDAR PARK                   0.29 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
3 NE ANDICE                  0.29 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
1 SSW CEDAR PARK             0.28 IN   0653 AM 04/25                        
2 NW ROUND ROCK              0.26 IN   0700 AM 04/25                        
LEANDER                      0.25 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
1 N CEDAR PARK               0.24 IN   0701 AM 04/25                        
LEANDER                      0.24 IN   0615 AM 04/25                        
5 ENE LEANDER                0.23 IN   0651 AM 04/25                        
3 NE CEDAR PARK              0.23 IN   0654 AM 04/25                        
LEANDER                      0.17 IN   0615 AM 04/25                        
4 NW GEORGETOWN DAM          0.15 IN   0655 AM 04/25                        
1 NNW LEANDER                0.15 IN   0658 AM 04/25                        
LEANDER                      0.14 IN   0615 AM 04/25                        

...WILSON COUNTY...
SAN ANTONIO RIVER NEAR FLORE 1.35 IN   0600 AM 04/25                        
5 ENE CALAVERAS LAKE         1.11 IN   0656 AM 04/25                        

...MARINE REPORTING STATIONS...
EAST YEGUA CREEK             1.30 IN   0645 AM 04/25

Risk of severe storms increases Friday

April 23rd, 2015 at 7:04 am by under Weather

4-23 omni svr

After only a very slim chance of storms Thursday, expect more numerous thunderstorms and a risk of severe weather on Friday.

Storms are expected to fire by late morning Friday around Central Texas, and continue on-and-off in some areas through sunset Friday night. This may impact outdoor plans and rush hour commutes as you wrap up your work week.

Risks from the severe thunderstorms that may form include:

  • Large, damaging hail
  • Damaging wind gusts over 60 mph
  • Funnel clouds / tornadoes

Track the storms with the KXAN Interactive Radar, and stay on top of your latest First Warning Forecast.


Happy Earth Day!

April 22nd, 2015 at 9:45 am by under Weather

Today is the 45th annual Earth Day, a day set aside to show support for environmental protection.

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Check out Austin Give 5, an “Earth Day campaign where Austin businesses pledge to donate 5% of their gross sales from that day to benefit five Austin environmental non-profits.” Last year’s efforts raised more than $100,000! The full KXAN story can be found here.

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Here are some interesting facts about recycling, posted by Recycling Revolution:

2…and that’s just paper recycling alone! Find out more recycling facts here.

Happy Earth Day from the KXAN First Weather Team, and hope you can get outside to enjoy the 80+ degree highs this afternoon!

 


Study: Thunderstorms more likely in cities than rural areas

April 20th, 2015 at 9:40 am by under Weather

The following is an article from Wired.com examining a meteorological research study.

The study found that cities are more likely to have thunderstorms form overhead than are rural areas. Possible reasons that the study states contribute to the observed trend include skyscrapers helping push air upward, higher air pollution increasing the number of cloud-forming particulates in the air, and the “urban heat island” effect increasing rising air.

It should be noted that the research study only examined Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding rural areas — and the study findings cannot necessarily be replicated for other major cities.

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Storms impact Atlanta (Eyebeam Photography/Getty Images)

AH, CITY LIFE: The culture! The food! The music! The thunderstorms! Wait, what? Thunderstorms? Yes, that’s right: You can add weather to the list of things that are more exciting in the city than in the sticks.

Ok, not all cities. But in regions like the American south, normal urban attributes like heat, pollution, and tall buildings could stir up more storms. New research examined nearly two decades of meteorological data from Georgia and found thunderstorms were slightly more likely to form over Atlanta than the surrounding rural areas. Through modeling and other research, meteorologists have known about the connection between cities and storms for decades, but this is the first time data has shown the phenomena in action.

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Slight chance of severe weather continues

April 18th, 2015 at 10:34 am by under Weather

Here’s the latest update from our friends at the National Weather Service office in New Braunfels:

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Good Morning South-Central Texas Partners,

Headline:

…Slight Risk of Severe Thunderstorms and Flash Flooding Today Across South Central Texas…

SLIGHT

Area of Concern:

Slight risk for all of South Central Texas, with the greatest risk northeast of a Kerrville to New Braunfels to Cuero line including the Austin metro area.

Threats & Impacts:

Winds:  Damaging Winds up to 60 MPH. Could cause damage to powerlines, trees, and small structures.

Hail:  Up to Quarter to Half-Dollar Sized Hail (1.0-1.25″).

Rainfall:  Average rainfall of 0.25-0.5 inches, with isolated spots up to 1-2 inches. Flash flooding will be possible in areas that have received the greatest rainfall over the past 48 hours. 

Tornadoes:  Isolated, brief tornadoes are possible.

Timing and Overview:

Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon through mid-evening as the strong upper level low pressure system in the Rockies begins to move east. Short-term models are coming into better agreement that scattered thunderstorms will most likely develop in west Texas, the Hill Country, and high terrain of Mexico this afternoon before moving into the I-35 corridor and areas east during the late afternoon and evening hours. The greatest risk of severe thunderstorms will be northeast of a Kerrville to New Braunfels to Cuero line, but there is still an isolated threat southwest of this line into San Antonio and the Rio Grande Plains. The primary threats will be damaging wind and flash flooding, though an isolated brief tornado is possible. Flash flooding is still a threat in areas that have already received a few inches of rain due to saturated soils in those areas, but storms should be lower in coverage and move faster than yesterday. See attached images. 

Confidence:

  • Severe Chances: Moderate
  • Flash Flooding Chances: Low-Moderate

Additional Information Resources:

·         NWS Austin / San Antonio Contact Numbers:  800-292-5508 or 830-606-3617

·         NWS Austin / San Antonio Webpage:  http://www.weather.gov/sanantonio

·         Storm Prediction Center:  http://www.spc.noaa.gov/

·         Online Severe Weather Reporting:  http://www.srh.noaa.gov/StormReport/SubmitReport.php?site=EWX

Request for Information:

Please relay severe weather reports and/or photo’s of severe weather to sr-ewx.alert@noaa.gov


Heat burst observed in San Angelo this morning

April 16th, 2015 at 7:40 am by under Weather

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Via Twitter — @wall_cloud (Mike Johnson): Heatburst in #SanAngelo. Wind of 49 mph with 14 deg temp jump near 7AM. Trace is from Mertzon mesonet site. #txwx

A rare phenomenon was observed under dying thunderstorms this morning in West Texas.

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Lake inflows remain very low, even through wet March

April 14th, 2015 at 7:22 am by under Weather

Here’s the latest edition of the LCRA e-Newsletter. Sign up to receive these monthly drought updates here.

View the April 2015 drought update
View the April 2015
drought update

Above-normal rainfall in the Texas Hill Country helped the levels of lakes Travis and Buchanan rise slightly in March, although inflows remained far below normal as the serious drought near the Highland Lakes continued. Inflows are the estimated amount of water flowing into the Highland Lakes from rivers and tributaries based on four streamflow gauges.

March 2015 inflows were 19,136 acre-feet – about 21 percent of the March average – and were the 15th lowest inflows for that month on record. Inflows have been below average every month for 36 straight months.

The combined storage in lakes Buchanan and Travis – which store the water supply for the region – rose from 717,053 acre-feet on March 1 to 749,364 acre-feet on April 1. (An acre-foot is 325,851 gallons.)

As of early April, the lakes stood at 37 percent of capacity.

“Combined storage in lakes Buchanan and Travis has risen more than 60,000 acre-feet since Jan. 1,” said John Hofmann, executive vice president of Water. “While that’s a step in the right direction, it’s not enough to put a significant dent in this historic drought.”

Meteorologists are predicting near-normal to slightly above-normal spring rainfall for the region. Hofmann said that would be welcome, but it would not be enough to drive lake levels back up to average.

“That is good in terms of green yards,” Hofmann said. “It’s not great in terms of water supply.”

The Central Texas region is in the eighth year of a severe drought. Preliminary 2014 data shows this drought is now the most severe the region has experienced since construction of the Highland Lakes began in the 1930s.

As a result of the severity of the current drought, LCRA has reduced its estimate of the amount of water it can reliably supply through a repeat of the driest conditions on record by 100,000 acre-feet, to 500,000 acre-feet. The revised inventory estimate reduces the amount of water LCRA will have available for sale in the future, but does not impact existing contracts.

Six of the 10 lowest annual inflows on record have occurred since 2008, when this drought began. Average annual inflows for 1942-2014 are 1,216,295 acre-feet.

  • The lowest annual inflows occurred in 2011 with only 127,802 acre-feet, about 11 percent of the annual average.
  • The second lowest inflows were 209,023 acre-feet – about 17 percent of the annual average – in 2014.
  • The third lowest inflows were 215,138 acre-feet – about 18 percent of the annual average – in 2013.
  • The fourth lowest inflows were 284,462 acre-feet – or about 23 percent of the annual average – in 2008.
  • The seventh lowest inflows were 393,163 acre-feet – or about 32 percent of the annual average – in 2012.
  • The 10th lowest inflows were 499,732 acre-feet – or about 41 percent of the annual average – in 2009.

The 10-year period ending March 2015 has the lowest cumulative inflows for any 10-year period since 1942, when Mansfield Dam was completed.

Without additional rain in the Highland Lakes watershed, there is a small chance – less than 1 percent – the combined storage of lakes Buchanan and Travis could fall to 30 percent of capacity, or 600,000 acre-feet, in the July-August 2015 time frame. That chance remains less than 4 percent through the end of 2015.

If combined storage falls to 600,000 acre-feet, specific drought response actions would be triggered under the 2010 Water Management Plan. The LCRA Board of Directors would issue a “Drought Worse Than Drought of Record” declaration that requires cities, industries and other firm customers to reduce their water use by 20 percent from a baseline year and cuts off all Highland Lakes water to all interruptible customers.

Though lake levels are low, the Highland Lakes are doing exactly what they were designed to do – capture water when it rains to ensure the region has a reliable water supply during times of drought. Lakes Travis and Buchanan provide drinking water to more than a million people and water to industries, businesses, the environment and, when enough water is available, agriculture in the lower Colorado River basin.

In order to preserve the water supply, LCRA cut off Highland Lakes interruptible water to most agricultural customers for three years in a row with permission from the state. In March, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved emergency drought relief again for the first part of 2015. The emergency orders will be effective until June 18. LCRA could seek additional relief if the drought continues.

LCRA also is increasing the water supply available to the region by building the first significant new water supply reservoir in the lower Colorado River basin in decades. The Lane City Reservoir is the first project that will allow LCRA to capture and store significant amounts of water downstream of the Highland Lakes. The reservoir could add up to 90,000 acre-feet per year to LCRA’s water inventory and is expected to be completed in 2017. The new reservoir will help reduce the amount of water that otherwise would be required to be released from the Highland Lakes. If the Lane City Reservoir had been in place at the first of the year, it already would be full because of the wet conditions downstream.

The rain downstream of Austin since the first of the year also has improved the water quality of the lower Colorado River and Matagorda Bay. Flow conditions in the river have been near optimal for the state-endangered blue sucker fish spawning season. Matagorda Bay has received more than 421,000 acre-feet of freshwater inflows since Jan. 1.


Modern tornado forecasting still starts with colored pencils

April 10th, 2015 at 10:43 am by under Weather
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IMAGE: TWITTER/SPC/GREG CARBIN
Meteorologists have an unprecedented array of high-tech equipment at their disposal, from supercomputers that crunch millions of physics equations to Doppler radar arrays that can scan individual thunderstorms in three dimensions. Yet each day, many weather forecasters begin their shifts the same way their meteorological predecessors did decades ago: by putting pencil to paper and mapping the current state of the weather.

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