Last Update On The Wintry Weather From NWS

February 28th, 2015 at 3:39 pm by under Weather
All Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories along and south of a Kerr to Llano to Williamson County line have been allowed to expire.  
 **WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES continue for Mason and San Saba Counties through 6PM Saturday**
Temperatures have risen above freezing across Travis and Williamson counties.  Temperatures are still below freezing across some areas of the northern Hill Country.  There could still be some patchy light freezing rain or freezing drizzle along and north of a Marble Falls to Blanco to Kerrville line through the remainder of the afternoon.  Any additional accumulation amounts are expected to be very light.  However, those traveling through the region should still exercise caution due to earlier icing this morning, especially over bridges and overpasses.  Elsewhere, patchy drizzle and light rain will continue today through tomorrow.  Temperatures tonight rising across the Hill Country into the mid and upper 30s, and elsewhere in the 40s. 
Next Week:
A heads up for next week, weather models have been indicating another possibility of wintry precipitation Wednesday night into Thursday morning across the Hill Country and Central Texas.  At this time it is too soon to determine with high certainty the precipitation type, exact amounts and exact locations.  However, stay tuned next week for potential email briefings if trends continue towards another round of winter precipitation.

Latest NWS Update For The Winter Weather Advisory

February 27th, 2015 at 5:40 pm by under Weather
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 10 am Saturday for the entire Hill country, I-35 corridor, Metro Austin, and Metro San Antonio. Numerous Reports of Icing across Williamson, Burnet, and Gillispie County. 
Area of Concern:
The primary area will be roughly from Taylor in eastern Williamson County to the southwest border of Bexar County, and along and west of U.S. 90 from San Antonio to Del Rio. This does include All of Metro Austin and Metro northern San Antonio.
Threats & Impacts:

Expected Accumulations: We expect light amounts of 1/10 inch or less freezing drizzle in the advisory area.
Impacts:  The primary impacts are expected to be slippery spots, primarily on bridges, overpasses, less traveled roads, and other elevated surfaces (e.g., backyard decks).
Timing and Overview:
Freezing drizzle is on the increase at the present time and numerous reports of icing mainly on bridges and overpasses have come into the office. In the attached image, most of the moderate impacts have been in the yellow shaded region. Locations in the pink area can quickly see impacts as the night progresses. The most significant impacts will be where temperatures have dropped below 30 degrees. Precipitation is light but it only takes a little to cause moderate impacts of ice. The freezing drizzle should continue for most of the night with a nearly steady temperature. Temperatures should warm above freezing around 9-10 AM Saturday morning. 
High for the temperatures being cold, High for freezing precipitation and amounts.

An Important Announcement From The LCRA

February 26th, 2015 at 1:47 pm by under Weather
Free Service Alerts Subscribers When Floodgate Operations on the Highland Lakes are Imminent or Underway
AUSTIN, Texas – Subscribers to the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Floodgate Operations Notification Service (FONS) should re-register by March 31 to continue receiving notifications about floodgate operations at dams along the Highland Lakes.
LCRA is switching to a new notification system and is requiring new, updated registrations for all current subscribers.
FONS alerts subscribers via text, email and/or a phone call with an automated message when floodgate operations are imminent or underway at dams along the Highland Lakes. The automated system will make follow-up attempts if a phone is busy or not answered.
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“LCRA offers this service to keep the public informed when floodgate operations are underway,” said John Hofmann, LCRA executive vice president of Water. “Water moving through floodgates creates stronger, higher flows downstream, and people may need to take immediate action to protect themselves, their family and their property.”
LCRA encourages everyone who may be affected by floodgate operations – including people who live, own property or operate businesses along the Highland Lakes or lower Colorado River – to subscribe to the free service. FONS alerts people when floodgate operations are underway, but is not a flood warning system.
FONS subscribers can choose to be notified of floodgate operations at Buchanan, Wirtz, Starcke, Mansfield and/or Tom Miller dams.
Mansfield Dam
For more information or to complete the online registrationgo to .
About LCRA
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating, delivering and transmitting electric power; ensuring a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40​ parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the life of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA – a nonprofit public service agency created by the Texas Legislature – cannot levy taxes or receive tax money. For more information, visit

Latest NWS Update On The Possibility Of Ice Monday & Tuesday

February 21st, 2015 at 4:00 pm by under Weather

.Arctic Airmass Moves In Tomorrow…Freezing Rain Possible Monday Morning Through Tuesday Morning…


  • Cold Arctic Air - All of South Central Texas.
  • Chances of Freezing Rain Monday -  Mainly along and north of a line from Juno-Kerrville-Burnet on Monday morning. Line could shift to a Laredo-Boerne-San Marcos-Georgetown line if temperatures are a couple of degrees colder than expected.
  • Chances of Freezing Rain Monday Night/Tuesday Morning -The line should shift south and east to a Rocksprings-Boerne-Giddings line by Monday night. Rest of South Central Texas needs to monitor the forecast closely as this forecast impact area could change.                                .
  • Less than 1/10″ of ice accumulation expected. Accumulations only expected on exposed surfaces, bridges and overpasses. Worse accumulations will be in the northern Hill Country where temperatures may dip below 30 degrees. 
  • Travel impacts should be minor as ground temperatures should remain quite warm initially. Exposed surfaces, some bridges and overpasses may see minor icing, and slippery walkways are anticipated. Rainfall is expected to be light so any accumulations should be a gradual process. 
  • Arctic air will arrive Sunday and remain in South Central Texas through Tuesday.
  • Chance of freezing precipitation will begin around daybreak Monday morning as temperatures fall to freezing for the northern Hill Country The freezing line will shift southeast Monday evening into Tuesday Night. Temperatures will warm above freezing for all of South-Central Texas by late Tuesday morning ending the threat for winter precipitation.

 Monday Tuesday

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-  Video and text forecasts updated multiple times a day

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-  7 day forecast

-  Interactive radar

-  Our “Report It” feature, which lets you take weather pictures and video and send them directly to the First Warning Weather Center.

-  Access to our KXAN Weather Blog



Upcoming Pet Events In Austin

February 20th, 2015 at 3:04 pm by under Weather

In honor of it being National Love Your Pets Day, and our obvious love for animals around the First Warning Weather Center, we figured ‘let’s take a brief break from the “weather” blog, and pass along some fun pet events happening in town this weekend!’  So… who better to do the honors than our very own lovable, stylish weather dog, Kaxan!




Woof! That’s ‘Hello!’ in dog speak!  Kaxan here.  First thing is first… Happy Love Your Pet Day!  One of the best days of the year if I do say so myself.  Don’t forget to give your pet a good belly rub, new toy, or my favorite, treat today!  

Alright, let’s get down to business.  My friends in the KXAN First Warning Weather Center have asked me to bring to you the most tail waggin events for pets in and around the Capitol City.  So, get your cats, lizards, piglets, rabbits, and of course dogs ready for some fun!  Here we go:




Austin Pets Alive! 4th Annual No-Kill Anniversary Party

When:  Sunday February 22, 2015

Where:  Palm Door On Sixth

Info:  Celebrate four years of no-kill in Austin on February 22nd at Palm Door on Sixth! Enjoy great food, music by Dale Watson, a photo booth provided by On the Flipside and the beautiful reminder that you live in a city that is capable of such an incredible thing.

Ticket Info:  No-Kill is a journey, not a destination, and we must continue to work as a community to save our four-legged friends. One hundred percent of ticket sales and donations go to Austin Pets Alive!  Tickets are $45, which includes some cool stuff and a great day!  Click here to order tickets!




4th Annual Capitol City Rockers vs. Mods

When:  Sat, February 28, 1pm – 6pm

Where:  Lone Star BMW/Triumph, North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX

Info:   Alright, alright, alright! The 4th annual Capital Rockers vs Mod Feb 27th –March 1st 2015 is in full effect. Gear heads come together with both custom and vintage motorcycles and scooters represented as we rave on in the city of Austin. It’s a nice little Spring Social and Ride for those with a penchant for petrol and an overdeveloped throttle hand.So change that oil and pull that dent out of your tank; it’ll be here before you know it.

Ticket Info:  Click here for tickets or go to the main page.




TEXAS STAR TRAIL RIDE ‘ Horse Riding In The Hill Country’

When:  Mar 6-14, 2015

Where:  All over the Hill Country!

Info:  A 107 mile horse ride that the Original Texas Star Trail took through Fredericksburg, Luckenbach, Stonewall, Johnson City, Blanco, Fischer, Wimberley and Driftwood.  Each year, about 300 people take part in the 112 mile ride. It’s the experience of a lifetime, and one you will not forget. We cross 40 cattle guards through more than 20 hill country ranches, including the LBJ Ranch.

Click Here For More Info




When:  Friday, Mar 13 – Sunday, Mar 15  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where:  Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center

Info:  A regional competition with competitors from all over the country.  Watch dogs run and jump as handlers direct them through an obstacle course.

For more information click here!




When:  Mar 21, 2015

Where:  Dripping Springs; 1042 Ranch Park

Info:  Annual event where breeders, from near and far, bring their fancy chickens to be judged according to the APA or ABA Standards of Perfection established for each breed and variety. Even if you don’t enter chickens, you are still welcome to attend.

For more information cluck here!



Austin Marathon and Half Marathon Hourly Forecast

February 11th, 2015 at 2:53 pm by under Weather

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It’s just a few days away.  Weeks and months of training, hopefully has prepared  contestants, for the long road ahead:

Venue:  The beautiful city of Austin, TX

When:  Sunday, February 15, 2015

Who:  Athletes, running enthusiasts, men, women, and children from all over the world

What:  A grueling 26.5 mile (13.25 mile for half marathon) journey to test body, mind, and soul.


*For all information reguarding the 2015 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon click here:


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Here is your First Warning Weather Hourly Forecast for the race!!  Good luck everyone!!









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7:00 AM

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11:00 AM

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NWS Austin/San Antonio SkyWarn Training Schedule Spring 2015

February 8th, 2015 at 7:57 pm by under Weather

Austin/San Antonio SkyWarn Program


The Austin-San Antonio National Weather Service Office offers Skywarn severe weather training throughout year. Most Skywarn trainings are conducted in the Spring to coincide with severe weather season and allow citizens, first responders, emergency management, amateur radio operators, and volunteer organizations the opportunity to learn about severe weather preparedness and safety. Scheduled trainings are free and open to the general public. There is no pre-registration unless specifically noted on the schedule or link.

After training is complete, usually 1.5 hours for the BASIC training, you will be an official weather spotter for the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service will count on you to be our “eyes” out in the field, when trying to verify severe weather across South Central Texas. With 33 counties under the jurisdiction of the Austin-San Antonio National Weather Service, it becomes very important to verify and accurately determine where severe weather is occurring. Real time reports to our office can save lives and property. Post storm reports can help help us find severe weather damage, tornado tracks, and verify severe weather warnings.

Skywarn training is now also offered online. This online training can be found at This online training should only be used to supplement what is taught at a local NWS Skywarn training. Attendance at a local NWS Skywarn training is highly encouraged. Besides learning about severe weather topics specific to South Central Texas, procedures for reporting severe weather to the local Austin-San Antonio National Weather Service Office are also covered.

Please join us at one of the scheduled trainings. Additional trainings will be added to this site. If you would like the NWS to schedule a training in your area or schedule for a specific group, please contact Paul Yura, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, at 830-629-0130 ext 223 or

National Weather Service in Austin/San Antonio, TX
SKYWARNTM Spotter Training Schedule

Spring 2015 


February 07
Guadalupe County Seguin GRMC Training Room – 1215 E.Court St. 900-1100 AM Basic – reserve seat by emailing Jordan.Ghawi@Co.Guadalupe.TX.US
February 17
Bandera County Bandera EMS Barn – 1106 Main St. 630-830 PM Basic
February 21
Travis County Austin ACC Eastview Campus Bldg 8500 – 3401 Webberville Rd. 815 AM-415 PM Basic and Advanced – Details at –
February 26
Atascosa County Poteet Grange Hall – Corner of 6th and Ave. D 600-800 PM Basic
March 04
Williamson County Round Rock Baca Center – Grand Meeting Room – 301 West Bagdad Av. 630-830 PM Basic
March 05
Burnet County Burnet Location TBD 630-830 PM Basic
March 07
Bastrop County Bastrop 1311 Chestnut – Bastrop City Hall Council Chambers 900-1100 AM Basic –
March 11
Bexar County Live Oak Live Oak Fire Station – 8001 Shin Oak Dr. 630-830 PM Basic
March 23
Kerr County Kerrville Tucker Hall – St.Peters Episcopal Church – 321 St.Peters St. 600-800 PM Basic
March 24
Wilson County Poth Location TBD 600-800 PM Basic
March 26
Comal County New Braunfels Fire Training Facility – 1311 Industrial Dr. 630-830 PM Basic
March 28
Bexar County San Antonio Un.Incarnate Word – 4301 Broadway – Bonilla Science Hall – Room 129 800-1130 AM Basic and Advanced
April 01
Williamson County Hutto East Williamson County Higher Education Center-2nd Floor- 1600 Innovation Blvd. 630-830 PM Basic
April 11
Williamson County Georgetown Public Library – upstairs – 402 W.8th St. 900-1100 AM Basic




NASA’s Ice Bridge Campaign

February 4th, 2015 at 2:32 pm by under Weather

Here is a closer look at a 6 year campaign our friends at NASA are in the midst of,  which is helping us understand climate change and its effects it’s having on our planet.  It’s called The Ice Bridge Campaign.  By using remote sensing, NASA records the scale and size of ice over Greenland and the Antarctic.   Here is an overview of what the campaign is all about, a few extra details, plus some links so you can find out more:

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Mission Overview

IceBridge, a six-year NASA mission, is the largest airborne survey of Earth’s polar ice ever flown. It will yield an unprecedented three-dimensional view of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, ice shelves and sea ice. These flights will provide a yearly, multi-instrument look at the behavior of the rapidly changing features of the Greenland and Antarctic ice.

Data collected during IceBridge will help scientists bridge the gap in polar observations between NASA’s Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) — in orbit since 2003 — and ICESat-2, planned for early 2016. ICESat stopped collecting science data in 2009, making IceBridge critical for ensuring a continuous series of observations.

IceBridge will use airborne instruments to map Arctic and Antarctic areas once a year. IceBridge flights are conducted in March-May over Greenland and in October-November over Antarctica. Other smaller airborne surveys around the world are also part of the IceBridge campaign.

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IceBridge Mission Statement

NASA’s Operation IceBridge images Earth’s polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the polar regions with the global climate system. IceBridge utilizes a highly specialized fleet of research aircraft and the most sophisticated suite of innovative science instruments ever assembled to characterize annual changes in thickness of sea ice, glaciers, and ice sheets. In addition, IceBridge collects critical data used to predict the response of earth’s polar ice to climate change and resulting sea-level rise. IceBridge also helps bridge the gap in polar observations between NASA’s ICESat satellite missions.


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IceBridge Science Objectives

IceBridge is a program of airborne remote sensing measurements designed to fill the gap in measurements between the end of the ICESat-1 mission and the launch of ICESat-2.
IceBridge will make two major contributions to cryospheric science:

  1. Provide surface elevation data now that the ICESat-1 mission has ended, focused on areas undergoing rapid change that are critical to characterizing select areas of sea ice and modeling the processes that determine the mass balance of the terrestrial ice sheets. Due to the time variable, non-linear changes that these areas undergo, repeated monitoring is required. IceBridge also allows more detailed studies over these areas, though over much smaller overall areas.
  2. Support complementary measurements critical to ice models such as bed topography, grounding line position, and ice and snow thickness. These parameters cannot be measured by satellite, but can be measured from aircraft. They are the other great unknowns in understanding the ice in general and developing predictive models of sea level rise in response to climate change.


Here is a small sample size of some of NASA’s findings!

Data from NASA’s Grace satellites show that the land ice sheets in both Antarctica and Greenland are losing mass. The continent of Antarctica has been losing about 147 billion tons of ice per year since 2003, while the Greenland ice sheet has been losing an estimated 258 billion tons per year.  For a visual of these findings:


Arctic sea ice reaches its minimum each September. September Arctic sea ice is now declining at a rate of 13.3 percent per decade, relative to the 1981 to 2010 average. This graph shows the average monthly Arctic sea ice extent in September since 1979, derived from satellite observations.

The animated time series below shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979, based on satellite observations. The 2012 sea ice extent is the lowest in the satellite record.  Here is a link to a few graphs:



LINKS!!  -  Mission Homepage Center IceBridge Blog

Attention All Thunderheads and Jet Stream Junkies!!!

January 30th, 2015 at 1:52 pm by under Weather

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As one of our former First Warning Weather Team members used to say (you know who you are….. Natalie), let’s “dork out”!!  

It’s that time of year again!!  A wonderful time, where all of us Central Texas weather enthusiasts convene,  to spin together a twister of weather jargon, and tell stories of storm systems.  Some of them looking back on weather milestones from years past, while others ponder over the possibilities that have yet to come.    Oh… and we get to take our picture with Jim Spencer and Kaxan!!!  kaxan

Where is this meeting of the most awesome minds science has to offer, you ask?  Well, it’s at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, of course!  Come fight through the rain, and the cool (relatively speaking of course) Winter air on Sunday afternoon, before the big game kicks off Sunday evening!  Bring the whole family, learn about the wonders of weather, and come say hi to us, the First Warning Weather Team!!

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Here are the details:  

Event Summary

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Keep weather on your radar at this event co-presented by the Bullock Museum and Time Warner Cable News. Featuring hands-on science experiments by Girlstart, weather-related films and panel discussions, and family-friendly activities, this event is sure to blow you away. Plus, meet your favorite local meteorologist, and more!

Free Scheduled Programs

12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Spring Forecast, El Nino Update, and Hazards of Texas Weather, Classrooms

1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Ask-A-Meteorologist Panel Discussion, Classrooms

Teachers: to RSVP and receive CPE credit, email

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Date Showtimes
Wild Texas Weather 1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Twister 2:30 p.m.

*Click a showtime to purchase tickets.

Drop-In Stations

Stop by and visit with these exhibitors offering hands-on activities, vital information, and more!
Burton Fitzsimmons – Time Warner Cable News KEYE and meteorologist Chikage Windler
Girlstart KXAN and meteorologist Jim Spencer
Advanced Radar Research Center, University of Oklahoma National Weather Service
Austin Fire Department Swift Water Rescue National Weather Center, Norman, OK
Austin Fire Department Wildfire Division School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma 
Austin Astronomical Society Texas Division of Emergency Management
City of Austin Watershed Protection Texas Floodplain Management Association
CoCoRaHS U.S. Geological Survey
Lower Colorado River Authority



Costliest Weather Events Of 2014

January 17th, 2015 at 7:04 pm by under Weather

In 2014, there were 8 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included a drought event, a flooding event, 5 severe storm events, and a winter storm event. Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of 53 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted. Further cost data and figures on individual events in 2014 will be announced in mid-2015.


1.  The Western Drought (1/1/14 – 12/31/14)  -  Historic drought conditions affected the majority of California for all of 2014 making it the worst drought on record for the state. Surrounding states and parts of Texas and Oklahoma also experienced continued severe drought conditions. This is a continuation of drought conditions that have persisted for several years.

2.  Rockies/Plains Severe Weather (9/29/14 – 10/2/14)  -  Severe storms across the Rockies and Plains states (CO, TX, KS). Large hail and high winds created significant damage across eastern Colorado and Texas, particularly in the Dallas metro area.

3.  Michigan/Northeast Flooding (8/11/14 – 8/13/14)  -  Heavy rainfall in excess of 5 inches caused significant flooding in cities across Michigan damaging thousands of cars, business, homes and other infrastructure. Flooding also occurred across Maryland and New York’s Long Island, as the slow-moving storm system delivered 24-hour rainfall exceeding 6 and 12 inches, respectively, creating more flood damage. Islip, NY received 13.57 inches of rain over a 24-hour period on Aug 12-13 setting a new 24-hour precipitation record for New York.

4.  Rockies/Central Plains Severe Weather (6/3/14 -6/5/14)  -  Severe storms across the Rockies and Central Plains states (NE, KS, WY, IA, AR). Wind gusts exceeding 90 mph and baseball to softball sized hail caused severe damage to structures and vehicles in central and eastern Nebraska.

5.  Rockies/Midwest/Eastern Severe Weather (5/18/14 – 5/23/14)  -  Severe storms across the Rockies, Midwest and Eastern states (CO, MT, IA, IL, IN, OH, SC, VA, PA, DE, NY) with the most costly damage in Colorado, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

6.  Midwest/Southeast/Northeast Tornadoes and Flooding (4/27/14 – 5/1/14)  -  Tornado outbreak across the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast states (AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, KS, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA) with 83 confirmed tornadoes. Mississippi had its 3rd greatest number of tornadoes reported for any day since 1950. Torrential rainfall in the Florida panhandle also caused major flooding, as Pensacola set new 1-day and 2-day precipitation records of 15.55 and 20.47 inches, respectively. Flooding rains were also reported in coastal Alabama, as Mobile received 11.24 inches of rain, the third greatest calendar day rainfall total for the city.

7.  Plains Severe Weather (4/2/14 – 4/3/14)  -  Severe storms across the Plains states (IL, KS, MO, TX) causing considerable hail and wind damage in Texas.

8.  Midwest/Southeast/Northeast Winter Storm (1/5/14 -1/8/14)  -  Winter storm caused widespread damage across numerous Midwest, Southeast and Northeastern states (AL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA).