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Tornado Watch issued for Central Texas through 3:00 am

May 23rd, 2015 at 6:58 pm by under Weather

Tornado Watch

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

   * TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF 
     SOUTH TEXAS

   * EFFECTIVE THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING FROM 620 PM
     UNTIL 300 AM CDT.

   * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
     A COUPLE TORNADOES POSSIBLE
     ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE
     ISOLATED LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 1 INCH IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE

   SUMMARY...THUNDERSTORMS WITH A POTENTIAL FOR OCCASIONAL TORNADOES
   AND LOCALLY DAMAGING WIND...IN ADDITION TO VERY HEAVY
   RAIN...EXPECTED TO PERSIST AND EXPAND EAST-NORTHEAST ACROSS MUCH OF
   SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY.

   THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 75 STATUTE
   MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 50 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF
   AUSTIN TEXAS TO 50 MILES SOUTH OF COTULLA TEXAS.  FOR A COMPLETE
   DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE
   (WOUS64 KWNS WOU8).

   PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

   REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
   TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
   AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
   THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
   AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.


NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

May 23rd, 2015 at 6:54 pm by under Weather
1 SPC
640 PM CDT SAT MAY 23 2015

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS.

.DAY ONE...TONIGHT.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS
TODAY AND TONIGHT. A TORNADO WATCH IS ALSO IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM
SUNDAY MORNING FOR THE HILL COUNTRY...I-35 CORRIDOR AND POINTS
EAST. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS HAVE ALREADY DEVELOPED OVER WESTERN
PARTS OF SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS EARLY TODAY. THE THREAT FOR HEAVY
RAINFALL WILL BECOME WIDESPREAD LATER TODAY AS A LARGE
THUNDERSTORM COMPLEX DEVELOPS OVER TEXAS. WITH NEARLY SATURATED
SOIL CONDITIONS ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA...THERE WILL BE A HIGH
THREAT FOR FLASH FLOODING. WHILE THE HEAVIEST RAINS ARE EXPECTED
TO EXTEND FROM TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY...LOCALLY HEAVY DOWNPOURS OF 1
TO 4 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE TODAY AND TONIGHT. A FEW AREA STREAMS AND
RIVERS MAY EXPERIENCE NEW RISES...ESPECIALLY OVER THE SOUTHERN
EDWARDS PLATEAU AND HILL COUNTRY THROUGH TONIGHT.

IN ADDITION TO THE FLASH FLOOD AND POSSIBLE IMPACTS ON RIVERS...
CONDITIONS ALONG THE LEAD EDGE OF THE STORM COMPLEX WILL BE ALSO
FAVORABLE FOR A FEW SEVERE STORMS...WITH DAMAGING WINDS AND
ISOLATED BRIEF TORNADOES POSSIBLE.

 


Tornado Watch For Mason & San Saba Co’s.

May 23rd, 2015 at 3:45 pm by under Weather

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THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

   * TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF 
     PORTIONS OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL TEXAS INCLUDING THE MIDDLE RIO
   GRANDE VALLEY

   * EFFECTIVE THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 300 PM UNTIL
     900 PM CDT.

   * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
     A COUPLE TORNADOES POSSIBLE
     ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
     ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 65 MPH POSSIBLE

   SUMMARY...THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUE TO GRADUALLY INCREASE ACROSS
   PORTIONS OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL TEXAS AND ADJACENT NORTHERN
   MEXICO...WITH SEVERE RISK INCREASING ACROSS THIS AREA.  LARGE HAIL
   AND DAMAGING WINDS WILL BE POSSIBLE...ALONG WITH A COUPLE OF
   TORNADOES INTO THE EVENING HOURS.

   THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 120 STATUTE
   MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 70 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF
   BIG SPRING TEXAS TO 60 MILES SOUTH OF DRYDEN TEXAS.  FOR A
   COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
   UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU6).

   PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

   REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
   TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
   AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
   THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
   AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

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Tonight/Sunday’s Flash Flood Watch Details

May 16th, 2015 at 7:40 pm by under Weather

2-5 Wind Chills

ANOTHER ROUND OF HEAVY RAINFALL TO IMPACT NORTHERN AND CENTRAL
PARTS OF SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS LATE TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY...

.A COMPLEX OF THUNDERSTORMS IS EXPECTED TO FORM JUST EAST OF THE
WEST TEXAS DRYLINE BY LATE THIS EVENING...AND MOVE SLOWLY
SOUTHEAST INTO NORTHERN SECTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS LATE
TONIGHT. THE STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO GRADUALLY WEAKEN TOWARD
DAYBREAK SUNDAY...BUT ALSO MOVE SLOWER AND POSSIBLY BECOME
STATIONARY BY SUNDAY MORNING OVER COUNTIES ALONG THE BALCONES
ESCARPMENT AND NEAR I-35. RAINFALL TOTALS FROM THIS THUNDERSTORM
COMPLEX SHOULD BE MAINLY IN THE 1 TO 3 INCH RANGE WITH ISOLATED
AMOUNTS NEAR 4 INCHES BY LATE IN THE DAY SUNDAY. THESE HEAVY RAINS
ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR OVER AREAS WHERE RECENT HEAVY RAIN EVENTS
HAVE LEFT SOILS NEARLY SATURATED AND CREEKS RUNNING ABOVE NORMAL.

 

* FROM 10 PM CDT THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING

* HEAVY RAINS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES WITH ISOLATED 4 INCH AMOUNTS OVER
  NEARLY SATURATED SOIL CONDITIONS.

* RAPID RISES IN CREEKS AND RIVERS ARE POSSIBLE AS MANY STREAMS
  CONTINUE TO CONTAIN ABOVE NORMAL WATER LEVELS.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS FLASH FLOODING IS POSSIBLE IN OR NEAR
THE WATCH AREA. IF YOU ARE IN THE WATCH AREA...PLAN NOW FOR WHAT
YOU WILL DO IF FLASH FLOODING DEVELOPS. STAY INFORMED AND BE
READY TO ACT IF YOU SEE FLOODING OR IF A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS
ISSUED.
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More Rainfall Totals From Last Night

May 6th, 2015 at 12:47 pm by under Weather
COCORAHS PRECIPITATION SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
1115 AM CDT WED MAY 06 2015

COCORAHS PRECIPITATION REPORTS
THESE REPORTS ARE CONSIDERED SUPPLEMENTAL AND UNOFFICIAL
VALUES ARE FOR THE PREVIOUS 24 HOURS ENDING AROUND 7 AM LOCAL TIME
:COCORAHS PRECIPITATION REPORTS FOR THE LOCAL AREA

:                                               SNOW   SNOW  WATER  
:                                        PCPN   FALL  DEPTH  EQUIV
:
TX-WM-149 : COUPLAND 6.5 ESE         *   : 7.93 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-WM-48  : THRALL 10.5 SSE          *   : 7.90 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-BST-01 : ELGIN 3.5 NNE            *   : 7.09 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-BST-72 : ELGIN 2.8 NNE            *   : 6.64 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-WM-76  : THRALL 10.8 SSE          *   : 6.22 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-TV-202 : ELGIN 3.8 W              *   : 5.62 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-TV-53  : AUSTIN 4.2 NW(360&PENNEB)*   : 4.96 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-TV-123 : AUSTIN 10.5 N            *   : 4.52 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-TV-117 : AUSTIN 5.9 NW            *   : 4.45 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-TV-87  : AUSTIN 3.9 NNE           *   : 4.30 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-TV-30  : ANDERSON MILL 2.2 S      *   : 4.24 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-TV-145 : AUSTIN 12.7 NNW          *   : 4.21 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-TV-49  : WELLS BRANCH 4.2 S       *   : 4.15 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-TV-212 : AUSTIN 8.5 NNW           *   : 4.12 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-TV-149 : AUSTIN 2.9 NNW           *   : 3.94 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-TV-09  : WEST LAKE HILLS 2.4 NNW  *   : 3.92 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-TV-219 : AUSTIN 7.9 N             *   : 3.89 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-TV-122 : AUSTIN 5.6 WSW           *   : 3.79 /  MM /   MM /   M
TX-TV-208 : PFLUGERVILLE 3.3 E       *   : 3.78 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-TV-150 : AUSTIN 4.5 NNE           *   : 3.70 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-TV-152 : AUSTIN 0.8 WSW           *   : 3.70 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-TV-01  : AUSTIN 10.0 NNW(GRTHILLS)*   : 3.70 / 0.0 /  0.0 / 0.00
TX-TV-126 : AUSTIN 10.7 N            *   : 3.67 /  MM /   MM /   MM
TX-TV-10  : AUSTIN 1.7 NNW(45TH&LP1) *   : 3.65 /  MM /   MM /   MM
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The New GOES Satellite Will Greatly Improve Our View Of Weather Conditions

May 1st, 2015 at 12:41 pm by under Weather

GOES-R, launching in 2016, will provide 1 to 5 minute imagery across the contiguous U.S.  Here is a brief history of the GOES Satellite program, and a more detailed look at what the NOAA and NASA have planned for the GOES_R Satellite. Courtesy of NASA, NOAA, and http://www.goes-r.gov/

GOES SATELLITE HISTORY

GOES History

For nearly 40 years, Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) have provided continuous imagery and data on atmospheric conditions and solar activity (space weather). They have even aided in search and rescue of people in distress. GOES’ data products have led to more accurate and timely weather forecasts and better understanding of long-term climate conditions. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) builds and launches the GOES, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates them. (more…)


Austin’s “State of the Air” Report From the American Lung Association

April 29th, 2015 at 2:50 pm by under Weather

Austin Air Quality Improved, Finds American

Lung Association’s 2015 ‘State of the Air’ 

Report

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Strong Improvements for Many Cities, Others Suffer Worst Air Quality Episodes

 

Trend charts and rankings for metropolitan areas and county grades are available at www.StateOfTheAir.org.

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Severe Weather Threat: Thursday and Friday

April 16th, 2015 at 12:43 pm by under Weather

Just as the sticky, humid feel has returned to Central Texas, the chance for severe weather has jumped back into the mix.  This chance is not confined to just today.  In fact, the possiblility of severe weather will come our way Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon as well.  Current weather models are even expecting Friday’s threat to be the greatest we will see over the three day stretch.  Here are the latest details from the Storm Prediction Center, the National Weather Service, and those of us in the First Warning Weather Center.

Remember…. the KXAN Weather App is a great tool to stay ahead of the severe weather threat.  Interactive Radar, our latest video forecasts, plus real time severe weather alerts, are just a few tools on our app that will help keep you and your family safe.

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Meridian World School Science Day

April 12th, 2015 at 8:35 pm by under Weather
Students

The “Science Team” at the Meridian World School. They were teaching visitors about diseases and the importance of washing your hands. They all designed their own lab coats and had them for sale, with all profits going to charity.

 

We want to tip our caps to the Meridian World School in Round Rock for putting together a wonderful Science Day, on Saturday afternoon.  The KXAN Weather Team was lucky enough to be invited!  There we answered all types of weather questions, along with showing off a real weather balloon, and teaching kids how tornadoes work, with our awesome tornado machine!

Science Day covered all types of fields from robotics, to the anatomy of humans, and animals.  Here are some pictures from the event.  Enjoy!

P.S.  These kids are geniuses, and for anyone “worried” about the future generations…. A few hours with these students would put your worries to rest!!

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Last NWS Austin/San Antonio SKYWARN Training Session

April 10th, 2015 at 8:38 pm by under Weather

The National Weather Service office based out of New Braunfels has been conducting SKYWARN training sessions, throughout the area, since early February.  Tomorrow will be your last opportunity to become an official storm spotter for this severe weather season.  Here are the details if you would like to attend:

 

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