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Severe storm and flash flood risk Friday night, early Saturday

April 24th, 2015 at 4:32 pm by under Weather

With more precipitation forecast for this evening and tonight we have issued a flash flood watch for areas east of I-35 along and south of Highway 90. These areas have already seen 1-4 inches of rain today. Another 1 to 2 is forecast with pockets of up to 4 inch rainfall totals possible.

There is a Slight Risk of Severe Weather over much of South Central Texas later this afternoon and evening. The main threats will be heavy locally rainfall which could result in flash flooding followed by damaging winds and large hail. Area of concern for locally heavy rains is along and east of a Bastrop to San Antonio to Hondo line. New 1 to 2 inches of rainfall are possible with isolated 4 inches.

Severe storm risk continues through Friday night

April 23rd, 2015 at 7:58 pm by under Weather

4-3 Severe Risk Fri

(National Weather Service)

Headline:

…Slight Risk for Severe Storms Tonight through Friday Night over portions of South-Central Texas…

…Locally Heavy Rainfall Possible Tonight…

Timing & Area of Concern:

  • Tonight through Friday Morning:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Isolated severe storms possible along and west of I-35.  Isolated pockets of heavy rainfall possible anywhere across South-Central Texas. (potential includes Austin and San Antonio Metro areas).
  • Late Friday Afternoon through Friday night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Isolated severe storms possible, mainly north of I-10 Friday afternoon through Midnight, then along and south of I-10 after midnight into early Saturday morning. (potential includes Austin and San Antonio Metro areas).

Threats & Impacts: (more…)


Severe storms possible into Saturday evening

April 18th, 2015 at 3:20 pm by under Weather

Severe storms began developing just west of the Hill Country by mid-afternoon Saturday.  Tune to KXAN-TV for live severe storm coverage through the evening.

Click for latest Composite Reflectivity radar image from the Austin/San Antonio, TX radar and current weather warnings

A severe thunderstorm watch for the Hill Country, Edwards Plateau, and northern Rio Grande Plains sections of South Central Texas is in effect until 9 PM CDT. This does not include metro Austin or San Antonio. The main threats will be wind gusts up to 70 to 70 mph and hail up to golf ball size. Localized flash flooding may also occur in areas where heavy rainfall occurred yesterday. Tornadoes are less likely, but cannot be ruled out.

There is an enhanced-slight risk of severe storms for most of South-Central Texas with the highest confidence in the gray hatched area. The main threats will be hail to the size of half dollars and and damaging winds up to 60 mph. Locally heavy rainfall will also be possible which may lead to isolated flooding concerns. The best timing for severe weather will be in the 3pm to 11pm range.
From the National Weather Service:

Headline:

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


Slight risk of more storms Saturday

April 17th, 2015 at 10:55 pm by under Weather

A slight risk for severe thunderstorms will continue into Saturday across south central Texas. The main concern will be large hail, damaging winds, and flash flooding. Although the timing of thunderstorms is uncertain, they are most likely during the morning and afternoon hours.

Severe weather threat continues Friday evening

April 17th, 2015 at 4:00 pm by under Weather
EASTERN COUNTIES OF BASTROP, CALDWELL, FAYETTE AND LEE HAVE BEEN ADDED TO SEVERE T-STORM WATCH, EFFECTIVE UNTIL 10 PM….

Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the Rio Grande Plains, Hill Country, and I-35 corridor including Austin and San Antonio metro areas until 7 PM CDT. The main threat will be wind gusts up to 60 mph and hail up to golf ball size. There is also a chance of flash flooding and an isolated brief tornado.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for locations east of Interstate 35. These locations received up to 5 inches of rain yesterday and an additional 1 to 2 inches is possible today with some spots reaching up to 4 inches.

Higher risk of severe storms Friday

April 16th, 2015 at 9:53 pm by under Weather

While we saw a few scattered strong to severe storms Thursday, the Storm Prediction Center has placed much of the KXAN viewing area in the “enhanced” risk area for severe storms Friday. Below you’ll find a chart describing what that means.

4-16 Severe risk Friday

Severe Risks Chart

DAY 2 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1230 PM CDT THU APR 16 2015

VALID 171200Z – 181200Z

…THERE IS AN ENH RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND
SRN TX…

…THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS SURROUNDING THE ENHANCED RISK
AREA…AND INCLUDING PORTIONS OF SWRN LA…

…THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS PARTS OF THE CENTRAL AND
SRN HIGH PLAINS AND INTO CENTRAL KS…

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Severe T-storm Watch issued; storms increasing

April 16th, 2015 at 2:47 pm by under Weather

4-16 ST WATCH

URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 60
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
220 PM CDT THU APR 16 2015

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS TO THE MIDDLE TEXAS COASTAL PLAIN
COASTAL WATERS

* EFFECTIVE THIS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 220 PM UNTIL
1000 PM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…
SCATTERED LARGE HAIL LIKELY WITH ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS
TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
SCATTERED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE

SUMMARY…CLUSTERS OF STRONG/SEVERE STORMS WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP
THROUGH THE AFTERNOON FROM N TX SWD TO THE MIDDLE TX COAST.  THE
ENVIRONMENT FAVORS SOME EMBEDDED SUPERCELL STRUCTURES WITH AN
ATTENDANT RISK FOR LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. (more…)


Risk of severe storms Thursday-Friday

April 15th, 2015 at 3:38 pm by under Weather

There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms across all most of south central Texas on Thursday, particularly south of a line from Burnet to Round Rock to Lexington. The main concerns will be damaging wind gusts and large hail. A brief tornado can not be ruled out as well. In addition, these storms may also produce locally heavy downpours of 1 to 3 inches.

(National Weather Service)

Headline:

…Severe Thunderstorms Possible Thursday-Friday across most of South-Central Texas…

Area of Concern:

All of South Central Texas.

Threats & Impacts:

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

Hail:  Up to Quarter Sized Hail.

Rainfall:  Average rainfall of 1-2 inches, with isolated spots up to 3-4 inches through Friday.

Tornadoes:  Isolated, brief tornadoes are possible.

Timing and Overview:

A strong upper-level storm system in the Rockies will approach South Central Texas tonight into this weekend, causing strong to severe thunderstorms as early as tonight in the Rio Grande Plains and tomorrow morning in the Hill Country, I-35 corridor, and Coastal Plains. The timing and evolution of storms still remains very uncertain, but current thinking is that smaller disturbances ahead of the larger scale upper-level storm system from the west and a weak surface boundary closer to the coast will help these storms develop during the late morning to early afternoon time-frame on Thursday. Storms that occur after this will depend on previous storms and additional disturbances moving in from the west. Damaging winds up to 60 MPH are the biggest threat, but there will be the possibility of large hail and isolated, brief tornadoes in the strongest cells. Locally heavy rainfall may also be concern due to recent rainfall along and south of Highway 90 and Interstate 10. Confidence in timing and impacts will likely increase based on what happens tonight storms and with future model updates. Please see the attached image for the current slight risk area.

Confidence:

  • Severe Chances: Low-Moderate
  • Rain Chances: Moderate-High

NASA celebrates Earth Day with public events, online activities

April 14th, 2015 at 2:38 pm by under Weather
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden speaks to students at the 2014 Earth Day events at Union Station in Washington. Image Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden speaks to students at the 2014 Earth Day events at Union Station in Washington.
Image Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

NASA will celebrate the 45th annual Earth Day April 17-22 with a variety of live and online activities to engage the public in the agency’s mission to better understand and protect our home planet.

NASA uses the vantage point of space to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives and safeguard our future. The agency develops new ways to observe and study Earth’s interconnected natural systems with long-term data records, shares this unique knowledge, and works with institutions around the world to gain new insights into how our planet is changing.

Earth Day in the Nation’s Capital (more…)


Keep Austin Beautiful 30th Clean Sweep Saturday, April 11th

April 5th, 2015 at 12:51 pm by under Weather
Happy Earth Month! How will you celebrate? Keep Austin Beautiful is hosting the biggest and best cleanup of the year30th Clean Sweep! On April 11th, 4,150 volunteers will spend time with their neighbors, families, and friends removing trash from over 160 locations. If this year is anything like the last 29, we expect more than 30 tons of trash to be collected!After all of our hard work keeping our city beautiful, we will gather for a party at Fiesta Gardens to celebrate. We’ll have free lunch, live music by The Love Leighs, children’s activities, environmental exhibits, a unique object contest, door prizes, and more! Hands down, there is no other event in Austin that is as fun and rewarding for citizens while also making such a noticeable impact in the community.
Volunteer to Clean Sweep Austin
Help give Austin a major spring cleaning, and have a lot of fun, too! Volunteer spots are still available around town – register at one of our many locations to make this year’s event one for the record books.REGISTER

Volunteer at the Clean Sweep Party
Volunteer jobs come in all forms of fun, from cleaning up to helping at the Volunteer Appreciation Party. Be our recycling ranger, serve food, check in returned supplies, give out shirts, help participants register unusual objects, or assist the event coordinator! There are lots of party volunteer positions that need to be filled!

REGISTER

Spread the Word 
Calling all Facebook and Twitter users! Share our Clean Sweep Facebook event or one of our Clean Sweep posts with friends and family, so they can join you for the fun on April 11th.

Donate
We have received an amazing amount of community support for this event, and we need your help in the homestretch. Donate and assist us in providing bags, gloves, safety vests, grabbers, poison ivy block, and much more to beautify Austin.Fundraise
Help us make 30th Clean Sweep one for the record books in volunteer efforts and fundraising by creating your very own fundraising page to help us reach our goal of raising $35,000. Friends and family can make a pledge to match the amount of trash collected at the event: 50¢ per ton equates to a $15 donation! 500 pledges makes our goal a reality.

Setting up your own page is easy at our Keep Austin Beautiful Amplify Austin webpage. We have everything you need to promote your campaign, including an exciting incentive: We have 2 tickets for ACL Music Festival that will be awarded to the person who raises the most funds. Contact Monica via email or at 512.391.0617 x703 with any questions.