SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX 638 AM CST THU NOV 13 2014 ...COLD TEMPERATURES CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY WITH WIDESPREAD FREEZE LIKELY TONIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING... WELL BELOW AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE TODAY THROUGH FRIDAY. WIND CHILL VALUES IN THE TEENS TO MID 20S WILL OCCUR THIS MORNING ACROSS SOUTH-CENTRAL TEXAS. ACTUAL HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY WILL ONLY REACH THE UPPER 30S ACROSS THE HILL COUNTRY AND LOW TO MID 40S ELSEWHERE. CLEARING SKIES AND DECREASING WINDS WILL RESULT IN A VERY COLD NIGHT TONIGHT...WITH MOST LOCATIONS REACHING THE FREEZING MARK. A HARD FREEZE IS EXPECTED ACROSS THE HILL COUNTRY AND SOME LOCATIONS ALONG THE INTERSTATE 35 CORRIDOR...NORTH OF SAN ANTONIO. THESE LOCATIONS WILL SEE LOWS DIP INTO THE LOW TO MID 20S...WITH FREEZING CONDITIONS LASTING 8 TO 12 HOURS...AND 12 TO 16 HOURS ACROSS THE NORTHERN HILL COUNTRY. ELSEWHERE...LOWS IN THE UPPER 20S TO LOW 30S ARE LIKELY...WITH FREEZING CONDITIONS LASTING ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO 8 HOURS. RESIDENTS ACROSS SOUTH-CENTRAL TEXAS...ESPECIALLY IN THE HARD FREEZE AREA...SHOULD TAKE THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT PEOPLE...PETS...PLANTS AND PIPES THAT WILL BE EXPOSED TO THESE CONDITIONS.
Summers are always hot in South Central Texas, however, over the past decade, it has been incredibly hot in and around the Austin area.
The drought has been a large contributor to the over abundance of heat. No rain, means dry soil. As the sun bakes, dry soil means warmer temperatures. Warmer high temperatures then translates into even more dangerous conditions for the elderly community, especially those who can not afford air conditioning (a good transition into our Summer Fan Drive!). Today is Fan Fare Friday (read all about it in Jim Spencer’s post below), and if you cant make it out to Threadgill’s to make a donation and take in the fun today, don’t worry! Donations to help our neighbors stay cool this Summer will be accepted ALL SUMMER!!
So here it is…
CURRENT ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANIC OBSERVATIONS SUGGEST A TRANSITION FROM ENSO-NEUTRAL TO EL NINO CONDITIONS IS UNDERWAY. EL NINO CONDITIONS ARE STILL EXPECTED TO BE IN PLACE BY LATE SUMMER OR EARLY FALL, HOWEVER, AND THERE CONTINUES TO BE CONSIDERABLE DISAGREEMENT AMONG PREDICTIONS OF THE STRENGTH AND DURATION OF THE EVENT. AT THIS POINT, AN EL NINO OF MODERATE STRENGTH IS MOST LIKELY. THE TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK FOR JULY-AUGUST-SEPTEMBER (JAS) 2014 INDICATES ELEVATED ODDS OF ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES IN MOST AREAS ALONG THE WEST COAST. ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES ARE ALSO FAVORED FOR THE SOUTHERN GREAT PLAINS, THE SOUTHEAST U.S., AND PARTS OF THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES. BELOW-NORMAL TEMPERATURES ARE FAVORED FROM THE NORTHERN ROCKIES TO THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES AND UPPER MIDWEST. THE CHANCES FOR ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES ARE ENHANCED FOR ALASKA. THE JAS 2014 PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK CALLS FOR ENHANCED PROBABILITIES OF BELOW-MEDIAN PRECIPITATION ALONG THE WESTERN COAST OF THE GULF OF MEXICO. THERE IS A FAIRLY LARGE REGION OF ELEVATED CHANCES FOR ABOVE-MEDIAN PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS FOR MUCH OF THE INTERIOR WEST, FROM PARTS OF THE SOUTHERN ROCKIES NORTHWARD TO IDAHO AND SOUTHERN MONTANA. IN AREAS WHERE THE LIKELIHOODS OF SEASONAL MEAN TEMPERATURES AND SEASONAL ACCUMULATED PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS ARE SIMILAR TO CLIMATOLOGICAL PROBABILITIES, EQUAL CHANCES (EC) IS SHOWN.
In conclusion: Another hot and dry summer may be on the way…..
The latest on the winter weather situation from the KXAN First Warning Weather team:
Wintry precipitation has ended across Central Texas after a significant overnight icing event.
Numerous multi-car pileups littered even major highways late Thursday night, from Highways 290 and 183 to Mopac. Temperatures quickly dropped below freezing Thursday evening, allowing continuing sleet, ice pellets and freezing rain to begin accumulating.
Some areas in the Hill Country – namely Lampasas and San Saba counties – saw up to 1 inch of snow coating grassy surfaces and roadways alike. Sleet accumulated on yards, sidewalks and roads from the Hill Country east to Lee and Fayette Counties.
Temperatures remained well-below freezing across all of Central Texas Friday morning, so even though precipitation ended, roads remained very treacherous.
The City advises against any unnecessary travel on area roadways Friday morning until the slick spots melt.. Temperatures climbed above freezing midday Friday. The upper 30s are expected in the afternoon.
Another freeze is in store fore Central Texas tonight. Any roads still wet may refreeze after sunset and overnight into Saturday morning.
This weekend will bring a dramatic turnaround in our weather pattern, with temperatures warming drastically into the low 60s Saturday afternoon and the mid-70s by Sunday afternoon.
But on the heels of the quick warmup, another Arctic front – this one mainly dry – will bring back a major chill during the early to middle parts of next week.
Here is the latest quick synopsis from the National Weather Service on today’s forecast:
The SPC also has included the northern part of our viewing area in the “slight risk” area for severe weather. If anything pops up we will keep you posted from the First Warning Weather Forecast Center. Also, remember KXAN.com’s interactive radar is available 24/7/365.
An upper level storm system is expected to move through Texas today into Wednesday. There will be a chance for strong thunderstorms along and ahead of a cold front associated with the upper storm system…mainly along and northeast of highway 71 this afternoon and early evening. Strong gusty winds is the primary threat. Strong gusty winds and very dry air behind the front will promote the spread of fires from noon today through midday Wednesday. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for all counties along and west of a line from Taylor to Gonzales to Cuero.
Here are the counties included in the red flag warning that starts at 3pm today and lasts through 3pm Wednesday afternoon:
From the NWS regarding the red flag warning:
RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 3 PM CST WEDNESDAY FOR STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES ACROSS THE HILL COUNTRY AND MUCH OF SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS... * AFFECTED AREA...THE FOLLOWING SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS COUNTIES... LLANO...BURNET...WILLIAMSON...KERR...BANDERA...GILLESPIE... KENDALL...BLANCO...HAYS...TRAVIS...BASTROP...MEDINA...BEXAR... COMAL...GUADALUPE...CALDWELL...FRIO...ATASCOSA...WILSON. * 20-FOOT WIND...WEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH. * HUMIDITY...15 TO 20 PERCENT. * IMPACTS...ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY. OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. AVOID THE USE OF OPEN FLAMES OR ANY ACTIVITIES THAT MAY GENERATE SPARKS. ACCIDENTAL IGNITIONS WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO GROW QUICKLY INTO DANGEROUS WIND DRIVEN WILDFIRES.
The SPC also has included the northern part of our viewing area in the "slight risk" area for severe weather. If anything pops up we will keep you posted from the First Warning Weather Forecast Center. Also, remember KXAN.com's interactive radar is available 24/7/365.
Car Free Day began in 2000 that can now boast 1,500 participating cities in 40 counties. Commuters pledge to leave their cars at home for the day and instead ride a bus or train, bicycle, telework, or walk to their jobs. They can also go “car lite” by carsharing or carpooling.
Austin’s inaugural event aims to not only change residents’ habits, but also sway community leaders to support such policies.
For more details, contact CarFreeDayATX@gmail.com.
With all the talk lately of drought and low lake levels, it’s easy to choose not to make the trip out to our local lakes.
But remember, there are countless locally owned and operated businesses on the lakes that rely on customers like me and you to support them. The drought is certainly not within their control, so let’s not make them suffer for it.
Although the lake levels are below average, as of this morning the LCRA reports that lakes Travis and Buchanan combined currently hold 943,071 acre-feet of water. That’s plenty to go cool off in
So get out there today and do the only thing you can do when it’s 102 degrees – go for a swim!
Austin is the “Live Music Capital of the World”. That’s great! You’re a musician. You love to sing. You know enough songs to fill a two-hour set. Now what?
In the old days, you had to pound the pavement from place to place, just to meet people who MIGHT want to listen to you. First you had to write and record your songs. You had to snail mail (aka. the U.S. Postal Service) your demo tapes to record labels and hope that they like them. If they liked you and actually recorded an album, then you had to use snail mail again to send the albums to as many radio stations as you could afford. Hopefully, they played your song and you were slowly on your way.
Luckily, things are very different today. Yes, there are still record labels, but for many musicians, it’s easier to get started on their own. Technology and the Internet have many tools available to help a musician record, upload and promote their tunes!
The first step is writing the song. If you’re just beginning, there are some local options. Girl Guitar offers a songwriting class that runs six weeks. If you’re not into the classoom scene, then you might want to check out the Austin Songwriters Group which is in its 25th year of serving Austin songwriters. There’s also a songwriting group on Meetup.com and another on a Facebook Songwriter page. A songwriting software such as Masterwriter is invaluable. I use it every day.
The second step is finding someplace to play the song. Now I know that some people might want to record it first but I like to actually try it out before I put the effort into recording it. Austin has some great open mic venues and there is a Facebook Austin Open Mic page that lists almost all of them. Gigmaven is another great source for finding venues to perform at.
Next, you’ll need musicians to play with you. Where do you find them? You can meet some great people at the open mics. But you can also access some amazing networking resouces online. Musolist is a website that specializes in locating other musicians. There’s also a Facebook page for people looking for gigs and bandmates.
Then it’s on to recording. The traditional route is to sign with a record label and have them pay for the recording. But, let’s face it, for the most of us, that’s just not going to happen. We’re going to have to find a studio and pay for it ourselves. Luckily, the Austin Texas Business List has a recording studio page as does the Texas Music Office. Or, as a beginner you could record the songs yourself at home using your own computer. Garage Band is probably the most popular recording software. The down side is that it only works on Macs, iPads and iPhones. There’s also Band In A Box, which I use to get the basics of the song down. Another option is to create a page on a website that allows you to collect payments from fans to help finance your time in the studio. The two that I’ve seen used are Pledgemusic and Kickstarter. The upside of going this route is that YOU get to decide how to spend the money. The down side is that you have to hope that your fans make enough pledges to pay for your project.
Once you have some songs recorded, you need to get them out to the public. Digital is the way to go. Sure, you still want to make physical CDs that you can sell at venues or mail to customers. But, in the meantime, there are several websites that provide platforms to market and sell your music. Munite, CDBaby, Numubu and Reverbnation all offer ways to connect with other musicians, producers, studios and, most importantly, the public. You can upload your songs and videos, send invites to people via connections to your Facebook and Twitter pages.
The Internet has literally brought the entire process into our own homes with so many different ways of reaching out to the masses. It has empowered all aspiring musicians and singers to take control of their careers instead of being dependant on others who might not share the same ideas of how it should be done.
So at the end of the day, there is no reason for anyone who wants to sing and record their own songs to not pursue their dreams. I can’t wait to hear some of the songs that come from your dreams! Best of luck!
Areas east of Austin have seen even more improvement to our drought. In fact, for the first time in more than a year a part of Central Texas has dropped completely out of drought conditions.
Here’s more from the National Weather Service:
DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX 1251 PM CDT THU APR 5 2012 ...PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS...THE HILL COUNTRY AND RIO GRANDE PLAINS REMAIN IN MODERATE TO TO EXTREME DROUGHT STATUS... SYNOPSIS... AFTER THE FOURTH MONTH IN A ROW WITH ABOVE AVERAGE RAINFALL FOR MOST LOCATIONS...THE SHORT TERM DROUGHT IMPACTS HAVE NEARLY BEEN ELIMINATED ACROSS THE REGION. WITH THE WETTEST TIME OF THE YEAR FROM NOW THROUGH JUNE ANY ADDITIONAL RAINFALL WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE IMPROVEMENTS IN LAKE AND RESERVOIR LEVELS...THUS REDUCING THE LONG TERM DROUGHT IMPACTS. THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) IS FORECASTING THE LA NINA PATTERN TO WEAKEN AND TRANSITION INTO AN ENSO (EL NINO SOUTHERN OSCILLATION) NEUTRAL PATTERN BY THE END OF APRIL 2012. WITH AN ENSO NEUTRAL PATTERN EXPECTED WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO SEE A MORE TYPICAL RAINFALL PATTERN. THE US DROUGHT MONITOR (USDM) VALID APRIL 3RD AND ISSUED ON APRIL 5TH...SHOWED MOST OF THE REGION CONTINUED TO SEE IMPROVEMENTS DUE TO THE RECENT RAINFALL. THE MAJORITY OF THE AREA IS CURRENTLY IN MODERATE (D1) TO SEVERE (D2) DROUGHT STATUS. PORTIONS OF THE HILL COUNTRY AND RIO GRANDE PLAINS FROM VAL VERDE COUNTY NORTHEAST TO KERR COUNTY AND SOUTHWESTERN GILLESPIE COUNTY REMAIN IN EXTREME (D3) DROUGHT STATUS. A LARGE PORTION OF THE AREA ALONG AND EAST OF I-35 FROM AUSTIN TO SAN ANTONIO IS NOW IN ABNORMALLY DRY STATUS (D0). CALDWELL...LEE AND BASTROP COUNTIES ARE NOW OUT OF ANY DROUGHT CLASSIFICATION. AS WE SEE ADDITIONAL RAINFALL THEN MORE IMPROVEMENTS ARE LIKELY.
I’m really excited about this year’s film selection at South By Southwest. I’m busy choosing which ones to review. Stay tuned!
In the Ingles family during the holiday season, there are always the must-see holiday movies. As I sit alone on this Christmas Eve, watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, it got me thinking, what are my top five holiday movies? Well, here is the list and I have checked it twice.
1) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
The sarcastic comments launched at family members and a father obsessed with having the perfect family Christmas make this movie what it is. Not to mention, it is set in my home state of Illinois. One cannot help but laugh at the uncouth Uncle Eddy–because we all have family members we prefer to keep on the down low. How could you share the same DNA with that person? Not to mention, the older relative who is losing her mind and sings the Pledge of Allegiance instead of saying Grace.
Most memorable Griswold quotes:
- “The little lights, they aren’t twinkling Clark”
- “You taught me everything I know about exterior illumination”
- “Is your house on fire Clark?”
- “Is Rusty still in the Navy?”
- “Hey Griswold, where are you going to put a tree that size?”
- Why is the stereo all wet, Todd?” Reply: “I don’t know Margo”
- “You better take a rain check on that Art, he has a lip fungus that hasn’t been identified yet”
- “If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I would not be more surprised than I am now”
I absolutely love this movie so much, I even based by Christmas Eve report on it. Go watch!
2) Home Alone
Again, another holiday movie filmed in Illinois! When Home Alone first hit theaters, my brother Bob and I saw it 13 times! Each time was funnier than the last. Since that time, this has become an Ingles family classic. I may not live at home, but when it is on, my family and I are texting back and forth with movie quotes. This is one of my favorite movies.
Most memorable quotes/scenes (where do I start?):
- The ultimate is when Marv has a tarantula put on his face and screams. (Did you know that Daniel Stern allowed producers to put the tarantula on his face once and his scream was actually edited in later?)
- “You know, Kevin, you’re what the French call les incompetents”
- “Ugh, Buzz’s girlfriend” (FYI, the picture was actually a boy with a wig on!)
- “I think we’re getting scammed by a kindergartner”
- “I know that name Snakes” Reply: “Snakes, no, no I don’t know no Snakes”
Fun fact: Producers got the idea for Home Alone after McCauley Culkin starred in Uncle Buck. In that movie, Buck’s girlfriend comes over to babysit two children that are home alone!
3) Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (of course!)
Sequels are usually bad. This one was arguable better than the original movie! Instead of being Home Alone, Kevin McCallister boards the wrong flight at O’Hare (again, set in Chicago) and jets to NYC while his family heads to Florida on another plane. Once there, the goofball burglars he sent to jail, Marv and Harry, are fugitives on the run!
- “Suck brick kid”
- “Maybe I’m off my hinges, but I believe you. That’s why I’m gonna let you go. I’m gonna give you to the count of three to get your lousy, lyin’, low-down, four flushing carcass OUT my door! 1… 2… “
- “We are no longer the wet bandits, we are the sticky bandits, S-T-ugh”
Fun fact: Duncan’s Toy Chest was actually a bank in Chicago’s financial district converted into a toy store.
Filmed in 1988, my older brothers would always watch this movie. I will admit, as a younger girl, some of the scenes scared me, but as an adult, I see the humor in the movie along with a great message. Plus, who doesn’t just love Bill Murray?
- “I don’t mind you shooting at me, Frank, but take it easy on the Bacardi! “
- “Close your eyes…! And think of snowflakes and moonbeams and whiskers on kittens”
- “We’re gonna need champagne for 250 people, and send the stuff that you send to me. Don’t send the stuff that I send to other people”
5) Christmas Story
Ralphie Parker and his BB gun. Who can ever forget, “You will shoot your eye out” or “drink your ovaltine?” The movie, leg lamp in all, is a classic. And whose mother didn’t over do it when came to bundling them up to play outside in the cold? And remember when Ralphie says a cuss word and gets a bar of soap in his mouth? YUCK
- The actor who played Ralphie, Peter Billingsley, went on to become a producer in Hollywood
- The Cleveland home the movie was filmed in is actually a museum now that is a tribute to the movie.