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Coldest morning in 4 years

January 7th, 2014 at 10:58 am by under Weather

This morning, ABIA smashed their old record low of 17 degrees – reaching 12 degrees!

This was the coldest temperature ABIA has seen since January 10, 2010.

Here are some of the other coldest low temperatures across the area this morning – courtesy of the LCRA Hydromet network.

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1-7 metro lows

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Polar vortex causes extreme cold across U.S.

January 6th, 2014 at 7:52 pm by under Weather

The record-setting cold snap that has nearly two-thirds of the nation in its grips has its roots in what is referred to as a polar vortex. But what on Earth is that?

The article below from NBCNews.com breaks it down:

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By Erik Ortiz, Staff Writer, NBC News

Move over, haboob. See you next summer, heat dome. The weather phenomenon hogging all the attention now is “polar vortex.”

Twenty-six states are under wind-chill warnings or watches, and the polar vortex is to blame, breaking loose from its North Pole confines and plunging the country in a deep, dangerous freeze.

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It isn’t expected to linger for long but will leave a mark. Here’s what you need to know:

NOAA via AP

NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Jan. 6 at 01:45 a.m.

So what exactly is a polar vortex?

A polar vortex is basically a great swirling pool of extremely cold air located tens of thousands of feet in the atmosphere, said Frank Giannasca, senior meteorologist with The Weather Channel.

Basically an arctic cyclone, it ordinarily spins counterclockwise around the north and south poles.

While it tends to dip over northeastern Canada, it’s catching everyone’s attention because it has moved southward over such a large population — as many as 140 million Americans are feeling the freeze.

Why has it traveled so far south?

There’s a variety of reasons why a chunk of cold air over Canada would break off our way.

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List Of Low Temperatures This AM

January 6th, 2014 at 1:15 pm by under Weather

Here is a list of recorded low temperatures from this morning courtesy of the NWS.

ABIA TIED RECORD LOW OF 22 DEGREES.  TIED PREVIOUS RECORD SET IN 1972.

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
1141 AM CST MON JAN 6 2014

...LOW TEMPERATURES AROSS SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS THIS MORNING...

BELOW IS A SELECTED NUMBER OF WEATHER OBSERVING SITES AND THE
OBSERVED LOW TEMPERATURES FROM THIS MORNING. ALL AREAS EXPERIENCED
FREEZING TEMPERATURES WITH THE NORTH AND HILL COUNTRY SEEING
TEMPERATURES IN THE TEENS THIS MORNING.

LOCATION                              TEMP      TIME/DATE

BURNET (COOP BURT2)                    15        0800 AM 01/06
BURNET AIRPORT (KBMQ ASOS)             17        0753 AM 01/06
20 SSE SONORA (EDWT2 RAWS)             17        0746 AM 01/06
8 NNW LAGO VISTA (BNET2 RAWS)          17        0747 AM 01/06
1 N LBJ STATE PARK (BDTT2 RAWS)        18        0708 AM 01/06
JOHNSON CITY (COOP JCYT2)              18        0800 AM 01/06
SMITHVILLE (COOP SMHT2                 18        0840 AM 01/06
FREDERICKSBURG (T82 AWOS)              18        0735 AM 01/06
LOST MAPLES STATE PARK (LMNT2 RAWS)    18        0746 AM 01/06
GEORGETOWN AIRPORT (KGTU ASOS)         19        0648 AM 01/06
BLANCO (COOP BLCT2)                    19        0730 AM 01/06
AUSTIN GREAT HILLS (COOP AGHT2)        19        0700 AM 01/06
ROCKSPRINGS (KECU AWOS)                19        0755 AM 01/06
LAGO VISTA AIRPORT (KRYW ASOS)         19        0655 AM 01/06
AUSTIN EXECUTIVE AIRPORT (KEDC AWOS)   19        0735 AM 01/06
KERRVILLE AIRPORT (KERV AWOS)          19        0815 AM 01/06
LLANO (KAQO AWOS)                      19        0655 AM 01/06
1 NW CAMP SWIFT (BTRT2 RAWS)           20        0808 AM 01/06
NEW BRAUNFELS (COOP NBGT2)             20        0741 AM 01/06
HORSESHOE BAY AIRPORT (KDZB AWOS)      20        0715 AM 01/06
GIDDINGS (KGYB AWOS)                   22        0655 AM 01/06
BERGSTROM INTL AIRPORT (KAUS ASOS)     22        0653 AM 01/06
CAMP MABRY (KATT ASOS)                 22        0751 AM 01/06
GONZALES 1N  (COOP GNOT2)              23        0700 AM 01/06
1 E LA GRANGE (LGNT2 RAWS)             23        0803 AM 01/06
BOERNE STAGE AIRPORT (K5C1 AWOS)       23        0655 AM 01/06
NEW BRAUNFELS AIRPORT (KBAZ ASOS)      24        0751 AM 01/06
GONZALES AIRPORT (KT20 AWOS)           25        0715 AM 01/06
YOAKUM  (COOP YKMT2)                   25        0814 AM 01/06
RANDOLPH AFB  (KRND ASOS)              25        0758 AM 01/06
SAN ANTONIO INTL ARPT (KSAT ASOS)      27        0751 AM 01/06
PORT SAN ANTONIO  (KSKF ASOS)          27        0755 AM 01/06
HONDO MUNICIPAL AIRPORT (KHDO ASOS)    28        0751 AM 01/06
CASTROVILLE AIRPORT  (KCVB AWOS)       28        0715 AM 01/06
UVALDE AIRPORT (KUVA AWOS)             28        0735 AM 01/06
STINSON MUNICIPAL AIRPORT (KSSF ASOS)  29        0753 AM 01/06
PLEASANTON AIRPORT (KPEZ AWOS)         29        0815 AM 01/06
LAUGHLIN AFB (KDLF ASOS)               29        0758 AM 01/06
DEL RIO INTL AIRPORT  (KDRT ASOS)      30        0853 AM 01/06

OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.

 


Arctic air settles in

January 5th, 2014 at 9:29 am by under Weather

Take a look at the forecast temperatures over the next two nights across Central Texas – some of the coldest readings we’ve seen in nearly three years:

1-5 sun lows 1-5 mon lows

Tips to help you prepare from the National Weather Service:

“Low temperatures in the mid-teens in the Hill Country, 15-20 along I-35, and lower-20s at other locations in the early morning hours on Monday and Tuesday.

Wind chills will range from 5 to 15 in the Hill Country, and 10 to 15 elsewhere including Metro Austin and San Antonio. Expect spikes in the homeless seeking shelters.

Plants should be brought indoors if possible. Covering plants may be effective for hardier types, but may not work in some cases with temperatures well below freezing for 10-14 hours each morning.

Pipes are a concern in the Hill Country or in exposed situations such as mobile homes near rivers or streams. Usually nine consecutive hours of temperatures at or below 21 F is enough for unprotected pipes to burst. Covering outdoor faucets, opening up indoor cabinets for warm air flow under sinks, flushing the water out of sprinkler systems, and wrapping exposed pipes offer protection.”


A look back at the weather in 2013

January 4th, 2014 at 10:30 pm by under Weather

The National Weather Service released their 2013 climate information. At Camp Mabry, we ended up with more than 6″ above the normal rainfall total, a slightly above normal average temperature and 12 days when we received more than an inch of rain. The area also saw several significant floods.


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
106 PM CST SAT JAN 4 2014

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

...2013 YEAR IN REVIEW CLIMATE INFORMATION...

LOCATION            YEARLY RAINFALL    NORMALS    DIFFERENCE
AUSTIN MABRY          41.03             34.32        6.71
AUSTIN BERGSTROM      37.04             32.15        4.89
SAN ANTONIO           32.00             32.27       -0.27
DEL RIO               15.47             19.52       -4.09

LOCATION            HOTTEST DAY        COLDEST DAY
AUSTIN MABRY        108 ON JUN 29      27 ON DEC 7
AUSTIN BERGSTROM    107 ON JUN 29      24 ON DEC 24
SAN ANTONIO         108 ON JUN 29      29 ON JAN 16/DEC 7
DEL RIO             108 ON JUN 29      27 ON JAN 16/DEC 8

LOCATION            WETTEST DAY        MOST SNOWFALL
AUSTIN MABRY        4.22 ON OCT 13     T ON JAN 4
AUSTIN BERGSTROM    3.16 ON OCT 13     T ON JAN 4 & 14/DEC 7 & 8
SAN ANTONIO         9.87 ON MAY 25     T ON JAN 3
DEL RIO             2.21 ON JUL 21     T ON JAN 3

LOCATION            AVERAGE TEMP       NORMAL     DIFFERENCE
AUSTIN MABRY           70.1             69.4         0.7
AUSTIN BERGSTROM       67.9             67.3         0.6
SAN ANTONIO            70.6             69.5         1.1
DEL RIO                71.4             70.5         0.9

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Dangerously cold temperatures arrive

January 4th, 2014 at 9:35 am by under Weather

A significant Arctic blast entered the area early Sunday, set to bring the coldest temperatures Central Texas has seen in nearly three years.

After temperatures hover in the 30s and 40s on Sunday with gusty winds from the north, two nights of hard freezes are in store for the entire area.

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The forecast temperatures are the coldest the area has seen since February 2011.

As the dangerous Arctic chill settles in, remember the 4 P’s and other safety tips below:

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From the National Weather Service:

“Low temperatures in the mid-teens in the Hill Country, 15-20 along I-35, and lower-20s at other locations in the early morning hours on Monday and Tuesday.

Wind chills will range from 5 to 15 in the Hill Country, and 10 to 15 elsewhere including Metro Austin and San Antonio. Expect spikes in the homeless seeking shelters.

Plants should be brought indoors if possible. Covering plants may be effective for hardier types, but may not work in some cases with temperatures well below freezing for 10-14 hours each morning.

Pipes are a concern in the Hill Country or in exposed situations such as mobile homes near rivers or streams. Usually nine consecutive hours of temperatures at or below 21 F is enough for unprotected pipes to burst. Covering outdoor faucets, opening up indoor cabinets for warm air flow under sinks, flushing the water out of sprinkler systems, and wrapping exposed pipes offer protection.”

Stay warm out there!


Freezing temperatures to start Friday

January 3rd, 2014 at 1:30 pm by under Weather

After a freezing start to the day in Central Texas, temperatures are only expected to climb into the mid 50s Friday. We dropped to the upper 20s in Austin last night with the teens is parts of the Hill Country.

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Am lows
We’re not the only ones dealing with extreme cold. The latest forecast from the NWS outlines the cold the northeast U.S. will experience behind the system that brought feet of snow and gusty winds.
Short Range Forecast Discussion
NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD
329 AM EST Fri Jan 03 2014
Valid 12Z Fri Jan 03 2014 – 12Z Sun Jan 05 2014 …
Heavy snowfall should wind down this morning across the Northeastern U.S…
…Well below normal temperatures will affect the Northeast on Friday…
…The next arctic surge will arrive into the Northern Plains by Saturday…
The upcoming period extending into the weekend will continue to feature wintry precipitation and much below normal temperatures. As of early this morning, widespread snow continues to fall across the coastal sections of the Mid-Atlantic and up into New England. Accumulations should continue throughout the morning across coastal sections of New England before winding down as the strengthening surface low exits into the Canadian maritimes. The tightening pressure gradient will significantly enhance the wind field over the northeastern states. The combination of the modified arctic air with the gusty winds will lower wind chill temperatures to the single digits over the Mid-Atlantic while areas of New England can expect readings into the -10s and -20s. Besides the cold, the weather should be rather quiet across this region as a surface/upper ridge builds in the wake.

Cedar pollen count highest in 3 years

January 2nd, 2014 at 10:30 pm by under Weather

Weather conditions were ideal for an explosion of cedar pollen Thursday. After the wet autumn, high cedar pollen counts have been forecast, and the 15,464 count on Thursday was the highest since Jan. 6, 2011.

CLICK HERE for the detailed story.


Colder after a nice New Year’s Day

January 1st, 2014 at 8:04 am by under Weather

We’re starting the new year right with temperatures  comfortably in the mid 60s. Enjoy them today though because our next cold front arrives overnight. This means we’re in for a breezy and cold Thursday.

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The cold front is currently plowing through the Midwest. It’ll arrive in Austin around sunrise Thursday. No rain is expected but we’ll see gusty north winds usher in cold air.

Watch for widespread freezing temps by Friday morning.

Special Weather Statement


SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
555 AM CST WED JAN 1 2014

TXZ171>173-183>194-202>209-217>225-228-020000-
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
555 AM CST WED JAN 1 2014

...COLD CONDITIONS WILL SETTLE INTO THE REGION ON THURSDAY IN THE
WAKE OF A STRONG COLD FRONT TONIGHT...

...WIDESPREAD FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED FRIDAY MORNING
WITH A HARD FREEZE ACROSS THE HILL COUNTRY...

A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL MOVE ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS AND THE
HILL COUNTRY LATE TONIGHT. NORTH WINDS OF 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS
OF 30 TO 35 MPH WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE REGION IN THE WAKE OF THE
FRONT. TEMPERATURES THURSDAY MORNING WILL MOSTLY BE IN THE MID TO
UPPER 30S...BUT THE BREEZY WINDS WILL RESULT IN WIND CHILL READINGS
FALLING INTO THE 20S. THE BREEZY WINDS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE
AFTERNOON...BUT SUNNY SKIES WILL HELP TEMPERATURES WARM INTO THE
50S. WINDS WILL DECREASE THURSDAY EVENING AND WILL BECOME CALM
OVERNIGHT.

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Kaxan says remember your pets on New Year’s Eve

December 31st, 2013 at 4:25 pm by under Weather

Kaxan in WXC -2

After living on the streets when he was younger, our mascot Kaxan is quite fearless. But he wants everyone to know that a lot of his friends are really terrified of fireworks. Every New Year, hundreds of dogs and cats show up in area shelters after running away from fireworks.  Statistics indicate that 80 percent of pets are frightened by fireworks.

Here’s an important Facebook message from Austin Pets Alive:

“Fireworks are the best,” said no dog or cat ever. As you’re thinking about your New Years Eve plans, remember the fireworks we love scare the bejeezies out of pets & lead them to run! Please keep your pets indoors and safe on New Years Eve!

Click here for 10 ways to look after your pets during fireworks.