Jim Spencer

First tornado surveys completed after Memorial Day tornado outbreak

May 26th, 2015 at 6:53 pm by under Weather

The map below contains preliminary tornado and funnel cloud sightings in the KXAN viewing area over Memorial Day weekend, with all but two of the reports coming on Memorial Day. The first tornado surveys have been completed. They are below.

5-26 TORNADOES MEM DAY WKND

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
1246 PM CDT TUE MAY 26 2015

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/26/2015 TORNADO EVENT IN BASTROP COUNTY...

.CEDAR CREEK TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  3 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   1/4 MILE
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               1 CRITICALLY INJURED

START DATE:             MAY 25 2015
START TIME:             424 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         2 W CEDAR CREEK / BASTROP COUNTY / TX
START LAT/LON:          30.085 / -97.542

END DATE:               MAY 25 2015
END TIME:               433 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           3 W WYLDWOOD / BASTROP COUNTY / TX
END_LAT/LON:            30.123 / -97.516

THE NWS STORM SURVEY TEAM CONCLUDED A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN
JUST WEST OF CEDAR CREEK IN BASTROP COUNTY. THE TORNADO SNAPPED
AND UPROOTED MANY TREES. TWELVE HOMES ALONG THE PATH OF THE TORNADO
WERE DAMAGED...WITH BARNS AND A LARGE GREENHOUSE DESTROYED.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES
TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
651 PM CDT TUE MAY 26 2015

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/25/15 TORNADO EVENT IN 
GILLESPIE AND BLANCO COUNTIES...

.FREDERICKSBURG TORNADO...

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13.48 inches of rain reported near Bastrop on Memorial Day

May 26th, 2015 at 3:41 pm by under Weather
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
303 PM CDT TUE MAY 26 2015

...RAINFALL REPORTS PAST 24 HOURS ...

LOCATION                     AMOUNT    TIME/DATE

...ATASCOSA COUNTY...
2 E LYTLE                    0.01 IN   1241 PM 05/26

...BANDERA COUNTY...
MEDINA RIVER AT PATTERSON RD 0.19 IN   0115 PM 05/26
MEDINA RIVER                 0.03 IN   1245 PM 05/26
5 E VANDERPOOL               0.01 IN   0246 PM 05/26
3 NE VANDERPOOL              0.01 IN   1244 PM 05/26
1 SSW LOST MAPLES STATE PARK 0.01 IN   1046 AM 05/26

...BASTROP COUNTY...
1 WSW BASTROP                13.48 IN  0245 PM 05/26
3 W CEDAR CREEK              6.72 IN   0200 PM 05/26
4 SE CEDAR CREEK             6.27 IN   0252 PM 05/26
CEDAR CREEK NEAR BASTROP     6.10 IN   0200 PM 05/26
3 WSW CIRCLE D-KC ESTATE     4.73 IN   0200 PM 05/26
TOM MILLER DAM               4.57 IN   0100 PM 05/26
CEDAR CREEK BELOW BASTROP    4.50 IN   0200 PM 05/26
SMITHVILLE                   4.30 IN   0200 PM 05/26
1 WNW SMITHVILLE             4.25 IN   0249 PM 05/26
1 WSW ROSANKY                3.93 IN   0200 PM 05/26
6 NNW CAMP SWIFT             3.82 IN   0200 PM 05/26
1 NW CAMP SWIFT              3.75 IN   0108 PM 05/26
2 SSE BASTROP                3.27 IN   0251 PM 05/26
7 NNE WYLDWOOD               2.81 IN   0200 PM 05/26
2 NE ELGIN                   2.26 IN   0255 PM 05/26
2 ESE WYLDWOOD               0.07 IN   0248 PM 05/26
4 WNW CEDAR CREEK            0.04 IN   0250 PM 05/26

...BEXAR COUNTY...
MARTINEZ CREEK NEAR ST HEDWI 0.53 IN   1145 AM 05/26
SELMA                        0.38 IN   0226 PM 05/26
WINDCREST 1.7 E              0.30 IN   1000 AM 05/26
SAN PEDRO CREEK AT PROBANDT  0.20 IN   0230 PM 05/26
SALADO CREEK SAN ANTONIO     0.20 IN   0145 PM 05/26
SELMA                        0.19 IN   0255 PM 05/26
WINDCREST                    0.16 IN   1124 AM 05/26
MITCHELL ST @ SAN ANTONIO RV 0.15 IN   0130 PM 05/26
2 S HELOTES                  0.14 IN   1241 PM 05/26
3 E CHINA GROVE              0.10 IN   0237 PM 05/26
3 SSE SAN ANTONIO            0.07 IN   0229 PM 05/26
2 WSW TIMBERWOOD PARK        0.06 IN   0244 PM 05/26
MEDINA RIVER NEAR SAN ANTONI 0.06 IN   1015 AM 05/26
4 E HOLLYWOOD PARK           0.04 IN   0225 PM 05/26
SAN ANTONIO RIVER AT SOUTH L 0.03 IN   0115 PM 05/26
3 NE HOLLYWOOD PARK          0.01 IN   0132 PM 05/26
5 ENE HOLLYWOOD PARK         0.01 IN   0215 PM 05/26
LEON CREEK AT IH35           0.01 IN   0115 PM 05/26
LEON CR AT SCENIC LOOP RD    0.01 IN   1215 PM 05/26
OLMOS CK -DRESDEN DR         0.01 IN   1145 AM 05/26

...BLANCO COUNTY...
1 NE ROUND MOUNTAIN          2.37 IN   0100 PM 05/26
4 SE PEDERNALES FALLS STATE  1.67 IN   0200 PM 05/26
JOHNSON CITY 7.3 W           1.62 IN   0946 AM 05/26
2 SSE PEDERNALES FALLS STATE 1.40 IN   0200 PM 05/26
4 S SPICEWOOD                1.06 IN   0200 PM 05/26
5 NNE BLANCO                 0.91 IN   0100 PM 05/26
5 SW JOHNSON CITY            0.89 IN   0200 PM 05/26
3 WSW PEDERNALES FALLS STATE 0.88 IN   0200 PM 05/26
4 ESE CYPRESS MILL           0.79 IN   0200 PM 05/26
9 WSW ROUND MOUNTAIN         0.78 IN   0200 PM 05/26
10 WNW JOHNSON CITY          0.67 IN   0200 PM 05/26
1 NNE JOHNSON CITY           0.64 IN   0200 PM 05/26
9 SW SUNRISE BEACH VILLIAGE  0.61 IN   0200 PM 05/26
6 WSW HORSESHOE BAY          0.61 IN   0200 PM 05/26
3 S ROUND MOUNTAIN           0.52 IN   0200 PM 05/26
4 NNW JOHNSON CITY           0.42 IN   0200 PM 05/26 (more...)

Heavy rain, flash flood threat Memorial Day weekend

May 21st, 2015 at 9:44 pm by under Weather

The Memorial Day weekend is looking wet. Widespread showers and thunderstorms will produce moderate to heavy rainfall Saturday afternoon through Monday. Two to four inches of rain are likely with isolated higher amounts possible.
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
316 PM CDT THU MAY 21 2015

LLANO-BURNET-WILLIAMSON-VAL VERDE-EDWARDS-REAL-KERR-BANDERA-
GILLESPIE-KENDALL-BLANCO-HAYS-TRAVIS-BASTROP-LEE-KINNEY-UVALDE-
MEDINA-BEXAR-COMAL-GUADALUPE-CALDWELL-FAYETTE-MAVERICK-ZAVALA-
FRIO-ATASCOSA-WILSON-KARNES-GONZALES-DE WITT-LAVACA-DIMMIT-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LLANO...BURNET...GEORGETOWN...DEL RIO...
ROCKSPRINGS...LEAKEY...KERRVILLE...BANDERA...FREDERICKSBURG...
BOERNE...BLANCO...SAN MARCOS...AUSTIN...BASTROP...GIDDINGS...
BRACKETTVILLE...UVALDE...HONDO...SAN ANTONIO...NEW BRAUNFELS...
SEGUIN...LOCKHART...LA GRANGE...EAGLE PASS...CRYSTAL CITY...
PEARSALL...PLEASANTON...FLORESVILLE...KARNES CITY...GONZALES...
CUERO...HALLETTSVILLE...CARRIZO SPRINGS
316 PM CDT THU MAY 21 2015

...HEAVY RAINFALL WILL BRING AN ELEVATED RISK FOR FLASH FLOODING
DURING THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND...

A POTENT UPPER LEVEL SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO BRING WIDESPREAD HEAVY
RAINFALL TO SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY.
A FEW ISOLATED EPISODES OF HEAVY RAIN WILL BE POSSIBLE BETWEEN NOW
AND THE WEEKEND...WHICH WILL ONLY FURTHER INCREASE THE RISK FOR
FLASH FLOODING AND RIVER FLOODING BY THE TIME THE MORE WIDESPREAD
THREAT ARRIVES THIS SATURDAY EVENING.

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Heavy rain possible tonight–stormy weather pattern through Memorial Day

May 20th, 2015 at 2:59 pm by under Weather

(National Weather Service)


A cold front will move into South-Central Texas late this afternoon and tonight and interact with a moist and unstable atmosphere to produce scattered showers and thunderstorms. A few storms could become severe as well as produce locally heavy rainfall. The primary threats will be large hail, damaging wind gusts, and flash flooding…mainly along and north of a Elgin to Boerne to Carrizo Springs line.

Headline:

…Strong to Severe Storms with Locally Heavy Rainfall & Flash Flooding Possible Late Afternoon and Tonight…

…Stormy Pattern Continues Beyond Tonight, Especially Saturday Night through Memorial Day – Flash Flooding and River Flooding Threat Continues…

Timing & Area of Concern:

  • Late This Afternoon & Tonight:  Scattered to numerous showers and storms producing locally heavy rainfall along and north of an Elgin to Boerne to Carizzo Springs line.  (this includes Austin).  A few severe storms possible.
  • Thursday & Thursday Night:  Scattered showers and storms producing locally heavy rainfall, primarily south of Interstate 10.  (this includes the San Antonio)
  • Saturday Night – Memorial Day:  Numerous showers and storms across all of South-Central Texas, producing locally heavy rainfall.  (this includes Austin and San Antonio)

5-20 Rain pic

Threats & Impacts:

Rainfall: (more…)


Giddings tornado report

May 19th, 2015 at 5:27 pm by under Weather

Here is the tornado report for the Giddings tornado that occurred at 12:25 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
520 PM CDT TUE MAY 19 2015

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/19/15 GIDDINGS TORNADO EVENT...

.OVERVIEW...
AN ISOLATED THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED A WEAK TORNADO ON THE EAST 
SIDE OF GIDDINGS TEXAS AROUND MIDDAY TODAY. THE TORNADO APPEARED
TO FORM AS THE STORM INTERSECTED A LEFTOVER OUTFLOW BOUNDARY FROM
PREVIOUS STORMS IN CENTRAL TEXAS. IT IS NOT UNCOMMON FOR WEAK 
TORNAODES TO FORM IN THIS FASHION...SIMILAR TO WATERSPOUTS...BUT
CALLED LANDSPOUTS SINCE THEY OCCUR WELL INLAND FROM THE COAST.

.GIDDINGS TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  2.1 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               1

START DATE:             MAY 19 2015 
START TIME:             1225 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         3 SE GIDDINGS / LEE COUNTY/ TX
START LAT/LON:          30.1553 / -96.8811

END DATE:               MAY 19 2015
END TIME:               1228 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           2 ESE GIDDINGS / LEE COUNTY/ TEXAS
END_LAT/LON:            30.1774 /-96.9063

AN NWS SURVEY TEAM TOURED THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON AND FOUND
DAMAGE CONTAINED BETWEEN THE START AND END POINTS. MOST OF 
DAMAGE CONSISTED OF UPROOTED TREES...EXACERBATED BY LOOSE WET
GROUND IN THE RECENT RAINS. OTHER DAMAGE INCLUDED A DESTROYED
OUTBUILDING...THE PIECES OF WHICH WERE CARRIED INTO THE RAMADA
HOTEL...CAUSING BROKEN GLASS AND ROOF DAMAGE.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES
TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH*

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

5-19 TORN

May’s ‘monsoons’ flood Austin Animal Center with lost pets

May 18th, 2015 at 1:57 pm by under Weather

5-15 AAC-Web-banner-dog1_1

Since recent rain storms, more than 200 animals have entered the already over capacity Austin Animal Center.

The Austin Animal Center has a shortage of 68 kennels for large-size dogs at its Levander Loop location and has no more space at the overflow kennels at Town Lake Animal Center.

Austin Animal Center officials would like to remind and encourage anyone who has lost a pet to come to the shelter as soon as possible to reclaim their animal.

“Many of these animals were noticeably frightened and disoriented by the rain storm,” said Chris Noble, Acting Chief Animal Services Officer.  “It’s clear that they have run away from their home. We want to get them back with their families as soon as possible.”

There will be no fee for people looking to reclaim their pet. The Center will also provide free identification tags, collars and microchips for reclaimed animals.

“It’s days like today that an I.D. tag is critical for the safety of pets,” Noble said.  “If a phone number has changed on the tag use a Sharpie to write the current number.”

When a pet is lost, owners should visit the shelter or call 3-1-1 immediately.  The shelter also lists lost-and-found pets on its website at www.AustinAnimalCenter.org and posts tweets with dogs entering the shelter every half hour at @austinanimals.

The Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, is normally open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.  Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St., also is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

For more information, go to www.austinanimalcenter.org, call 3-1-1, or visit www.facebook.com/austinanimalservices for daily animal updates.


Weather hurts important fundraiser

May 13th, 2015 at 7:39 pm by under Weather
 We were sad to learn that today’s ugly weather resulted in a serious deficit in fund-raising for a very important local non-profit agency, LifeWorks. They’re asking for your help.

lifeworks

Friends,

In case you missed it, there was a tornado warning and severe storms during today’s Annual Luncheon – our most important fundraiser of the year.  In LifeWorks fashion, we persevered but were left $170,000 short of our goal. We need your IMMEDIATE help.

We cannot let our youth suffer because we had rotten luck with the weather. Frankly, they have had enough rotten luck, and we cannot let them down.

Please donate as soon as possible!  A donation of ANY size will contribute to the cause.  Also, take a moment to watch the video below, and please forward to your friends, so they can learn about the IMPACT we make and the difference they can make in the lives of youth who need us.

My thanks!

Susan McDowell
Executive Director

 

LifeWorks Youth & Family Alliance is a fearless advocate for youth and families (more…)


Models shifting heaviest rainfall projections west

May 12th, 2015 at 6:39 pm by under Weather

The Flash Flood Watch has been extended for all of South Central Texas through 7 pm on Wednesday. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are possible with some isolated accumulations up to 5 inches through the period.
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KXAN and other high resolution models are indicating some isolated 6-10″ totals early Wednesday through early Thursday over the southwestern Hill Country, from western Gillespie County to the Rio Grande. Earlier today, models forecast the highest rain totals over the Austin metro counties, so this is a shift westward. Keep in mind, models are just projections, and are not always in agreement with other weather forecast simulations.
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FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
TUE MAY 12 2015

…SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL EXPECTED
THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL
TEXAS…

AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL MOVE ACROSS
THE SOUTHERN ROCKIES TONIGHT INTO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS ON
WEDNESDAY. THIS WILL BRING A FRONT BACK NORTH TONIGHT INTO
WEDNESDAY INCREASING MOISTURE LEVELS ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS.
RAINS WILL INCREASE AND BECOME MORE WIDESPREAD THIS EVENING
INTO TONIGHT. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE EXPECTED WITH
ISOLATED AMOUNTS UP TO 5 INCHES POSSIBLE THROUGH WEDNESDAY
EVENING. (more…)


More heavy rain may trigger flash flooding

May 11th, 2015 at 11:00 pm by under Weather

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for all of South Central Texas through 4pm on Tuesday. Run amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible with some isolated amounts up to 6 inches through the period.
FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX

…SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL EXPECTED
THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS…

.AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT COMBINED WITH UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCES
AND ABUNDANT MOISTURE WILL PROVIDE A PATTERN FAVORABLE FOR MULTIPLE
ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS
THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON. (more…)


Barton Creek Greenbelt closed

May 11th, 2015 at 2:34 pm by under Weather
For immediate release:
May 11, 2015

Barton Creek Greenbelt Temporarily Closing due to Weather Related Safety Concerns

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department will be closing Barton Creek Greenbelt at 4:00 pm today (Monday, May 11, 2015).  This decision is due to the deteriorating weather conditions and concern for flooding, erosion and patron safety along the Barton Creek Greenbelt.The closure of the trail will be re-evaluated by the Park Rangers within 24 hours and a determination will be made on whether it can be re-opened at that time.

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