New Severe Thunderstorm WATCH – until 8pm CDT
- Sunday, 27 April 2014 15:09
A new Severe Thunderstorm WATCH has been issued for the following counties until 8pm this evening: Delta, Ellis, Fannin, Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall and Van Zandt. A “Watch” means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorm development anywhere within and close to the watch area. Some may see storms develop, some may not, but the potential is there with the atmosphere becoming more unstable through the afternoon. And in case you missed our previous update regarding the Tornado WATCH, those counties are included in Red. Conditions are becoming more favorable for seeing a few strong tornadoes across this region today. Those within the risk regions need to pay close attention to their local weather this afternoon and be prepared to heed any Warning should one be issued.
Tornado Watch Issued – North Central Texas
- Sunday, 13 April 2014 14:06
A Tornado Watch has been issued for several counties across north central Texas including Archer, Clay, Cooke, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Wichita, Wise and Young counties until 8pm CDT. On the map below…it’s the counties shaded in bright yellow. A Watch means that conditions are or will become favorable for tornado development. Residents in these counties need to have a way to receive weather warnings should any be posted, and keep an eye to the sky later this afternoon for any rapidly changing weather conditions.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Smith County – Tyler, TX area
- Sunday, 06 April 2014 10:10
The NWS office in Shreveport has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Smith county in effect until 10:45am CDT. Quarter size hail, frequent and dangerous cloud to ground lightning and damaging winds in excess of 60mph are possible with this area of storms as they head northeast at 30mph. This includes the cities of Tyler, Noonday, Red Springs and Winona. Remember, if you hear thunder, you need to head indoors immediately.
Weather Roundup – Sunday October 20th
- Sunday, 20 October 2013 10:15
Good morning and happy Sunday everyone! Another beautiful fall day is on tap for the entire state today. Pleasant temps in the 70’s and mostly sunny for all areas except deep south Texas where clouds will remain stubborn over the region. Here’s a peek at the current temps as of about 10:00am CDT and also a look at the forecasted highs expected today.
Forecasted highs for today…..
For tonight and tomorrow, a cold front will move through the panhandle late tonight and approach the DFW metro area by around noon tomorrow. This will bring slight chances for rain and thunderstorms back into the region tomorrow afternoon.
Graphic courtesy of the NWS office in Lubbock, TX
Graphic courtesy of the NWS office in Ft. Worth, TX
At the same time, the old cold frontal boundary across the coastal regions will begin to lift north and increase rain and thunderstorm chances across south Texas and the coastal regions beginning tomorrow morning and through the day. Widespread severe weather is not expected, but with modest instability across the area by tomorrow afternoon, a few strong to severe thunderstorms could develop as we get into peak daytime heating. Folks with outdoor activities during the afternoon will need to keep a weather eye! We’ll continue to keep you updated, so stay tuned!
Graphic courtesy of the NWS office in Corpus Christi, TX
Weather Roundup – Tuesday October 15th
- Tuesday, 15 October 2013 07:52
The big news today is the arrival of the cold front and the additional rainfall expected across much of southwest and central Texas today. Let’s start out with a look at the current radar as of 7:30am and frontal position. The front has made it to Wichita Falls, Snyder and is now just north of Midland/Odessa. Rain has been ongoing for most of the night across the Big Bend region and into the Permian Basin region. Copious amounts of moisture streaming across northern Mexico and into Texas from the remnants of tropical storm Octave will interact with additional moisture from the gulf, plus the cold front, enhancing rain chances across much of this region and up into north central and northeast Texas throughout the day. Widespread severe weather is not expected today, but a few strong to severe storms could pop up later this afternoon along the frontal boundary across central Texas and also northwest of the Austin/San Antonio areas as we reach peak daytime heating.
Radar as of 7:45am CDT
Current frontal position at 7:45am CDT
Here’s a look at the current state-wide Advisories and Warnings. No severe weather warnings, but an abundance of Flash Flood Watches are in place today…for much of the Hill Country and southwest Texas from 5pm this afternoon to 7am Wednesday…and across northeast Texas from 1pm this afternoon until Wednesday afternoon. We also have Frost Advisories (blue) in place for a large portion of the panhandle. These are in place for early Wednesday from 1am to 10am.
Here’s a look at the precipitation forecast through 7am tomorrow morning. While it may not look like much in this graphic, isolated amounts of 2+ inches can be expected today across southwest Texas and into northeast Texas. Another thing to consider is the tendency for the forecast models to underestimate the amount of precipitation from systems like this which have the added benefit of post tropical storm moisture from the Pacific. These are not a common occurrence; therefore, often underestimated. Still, this will give everyone a good idea of where the best chances for rain will reside today and into this evening.
Obviously, the front and the rain out ahead of it will have an impact on the highs expected today across the state. The graphic below is from about 2pm this afternoon when temps are expected to generally reach their peak both behind and ahead of the front. We’ll keep an eye on things and keep you updated throughout the day as the front advances and this weather system continues to evolve!