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Causey Lane fire--
Firefighters from across DeWitt County with the assistance of firefighters from Lavaca County, Victoria County, and and the Texas A&M Forest Service responded to a large grass fire on Causey Lane, which burned between an estimated 400 and 800 acres of land. The Texas A&M Forest Service called in helicopter assistance with water drops to stop the fire. As of 1 a.m., crews had the fire 80% to 90% contained. The DeWitt County Commissioners voted to begin a burn ban.
DeWitt County Today, Staff Writer, August 1, 2017

DeWitt County grass fire completely contained--
Firefighter have contained the large wildfire in DeWitt County that ignited Monday and burned about 130 acres. The Texas A&M Forest Service and Cuero Volunteer Fire Department determined the fire no longer a threat to structures in the area, which destroyed a storage trailer Monday. As of Tuesday evening, 100% of the fire near Causey Lane had been contained. Although most hot spots were contained, some will smolder for days due to large trees in the area.
The Victoria Advocate, Angela Piazza, August 2, 2017

Homeowners breathe a sigh of relief after Bastrop fire--
Roads and campsites are now open at Royal Pines where a fire in Bastrop County is now 95 percent contained. Investigators are in the process of determining the cause of the fire near Highway 71 that burned 25 acres. After responding to the fire at just after 5 pm, the local fire department battled the blazes until late in the night.  
KXAN, Lauren Lammon, August 20, 2017


Monthly Change in Drought Monitor Classification

U.S. Drought Monitor, April 4, 2017
U.S. Drought Monitor, April 25, 2017

Parts of Bastrop County slip into severe drought--
High temperatures and low rain amounts have caused Bastrop County to fall into moderate drought with some areas in severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Bastrop County has not experienced severe drought since October 2015. On July 21, the city of Bastrop implemented voluntary water restrictions for its residents. In the last two weeks, Bastrop has seen 0.02 inches of rain and has had at least three brush fires, according to the Lower Colorado River hydromet data.
Austin American Statesman, Andy Sevilla, August 1, 2017

Kyle moving to Stage 2 water conservation--
The city of Kyle will move to Stage 2 of its water conservation program in August as limited rainfall and high temperatures continue to drain groundwater resources. The average daily water demand in Kyle was 3.6 million gallons per day in July, with a peak of nearly five million gallons. The city is prohibiting watering usage between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., with alternating days for even and odd numbered addresses.
KVUE, Staff Writer, August 3, 2017

Texoma remains drought free as drought increases across state--
Texoma remains drought free as Texas enters into one of the hottest and driest parts of the year, according to the Texas Water Development Board. Drought conditions improved in the Panhandle, but worsened in Central, South Central, and South Texas since the previous week. Nearly 10% of the state is experiencing drought conditions. This is the fourth consecutive week that the area has remained drought free, which followed an unseasonably wet July.
Herald Democrat, Michael Hutchins, August 9, 2017

August storms bring relief to Texas drought conditions--
Excessive rain events during the start of August have allowed for drought relief for much of Texas. Severe drought was no longer observed in the state and there was a reduction of moderate drought by half, according to the Texas Water Development Board. Reservoir storage did decrease this month, a sign of excessive usage, limited runoff, and a non-uniformity of rainfall. August storms come just after a wet July with some portions of North Texas receiving over double than average rainfall. 
Herald Democrat, Michael Hutchins, August 16, 2017


Production, weather woes boosting market--
Drought stricken areas of Texas experienced between three and six inches of rain instead of the one to two inches needed, which caused plants to shut down and begin a hibernation to restart a normal growth pattern. Plant growth has since been delayed for one to two weeks. Although South Texas crops are having record yields, West Texas crop delays will set back the U.S. cotton production to 18 million bales unless warm and sunny weather occurs in November.
Cotton Grower, Dr. O.A. Cleveland, August 4, 2017

Rain helps Texas Panhandle cotton crop--
Timely rain in the Panhandle helped develop cotton crops and put the fields back on track for a good season. Two widespread rain events around July 4, when cotton was squaring, and August 1, when plants were blooming, were very timely for the development of the crops. Farmers are now worried that cooler-than-normal temperatures could slow plant production. Temperatures were seasonable in West Central Texas and soil moisture declined due to lack of rainfall. In the Rolling Plains, pasture conditions were very dry and potential wildfires were a concern. Central Texas saw extensive rains and cooler temperatures, which stopped field work in some areas due to flooding. However, the rain aided in crop health and development. Nearly all counties reported good crops, rangeland, and pasture conditions overall.
Abilene Reporter-News, Adam Russell, August 13, 2017

Wax on: how wheat plants shield themselves during drought--
Collaborations between scientists at the University of Southern California and Texas A&M University have led to research attempting to solve the issue of growing crops in dry and drought-prone areas. Researchers have found that plants with thicker layers of wax are able to survive more consistently in drier environments. These attributes are important in maintaining plant life as this wax repel the plant from insects, the elements, and maintain water within the plant. 
USC News, Emily Gersema, August 15, 2017

Winter outlook from the Farmer’s Almanac explained--
Wild temperature and precipitation swings are expected for the State of Texas during the winter months according to the recently released Winter Outlook from the “Farmers’ Almanac”. It is further discussed that temperatures will be relatively colder than normal with the possibility of above-normal precipitation. The current El Nino/La Nina neutral phase is expected to remain throughout the winter season leading to a near normal winter in North Texas. 
KXAS, Grant Johnson, August 16, 2017

Rainfall timing not good for cotton--
The Plainview area has observed some notable precipitation records with over a quarter-inch of rain falling during the past weekend. This weekend’s precipitation measurements brought the 2017 total to 15.84 inches, 2 inches above average and nearly 10 inches above what was measured in 2016 at this point. The Texas Water Development Board has reported that drought throughout the state has been significantly reduced to just 1 percent. Increased moisture does prove to be troublesome for cotton farmers who need more frequent dry and hot conditions for beneficial growth. 
My Plainview, Doug McDonough, August 21, 2017

Tropical Impacts on Texas possible this weekend--
Remnants of Harvey are now over the Yucatan peninsula and are moving towards the southern Gulf of Mexico. Harvey remains poorly organized as it continues towards the northwest. The National Hurricane Center said there is a 100% chance of regeneration of Harvey into a tropical depression or storm. The hurricane reconnaissance plane, also known as the “Hurricane Hunters,” will fly through Harvey Wednesday to sample the steering currents and atmospheric conditions ahead of the storm for better model data.
KHOU, Blake Mathews, August 22, 2017

Wimberley residents taking a close look at new FEMA flood insurance maps--
Residents in hays County are taking a look at the new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood insurance rate maps after witnessing two major floods in the past couple of years.  The flood insurance rate maps provide updated flood risk information for residents living along the San Marcos and Blanco Rivers, along with tributaries such as Onion Creek and Bear Creek. The new maps will show people how their flood risks may have changed over the past few years.
KXAN, Calily Bien, August 22, 2017

Rainy days ahead for Brazos Valley--
Between five to seven inches of rain is forecasted to fall this weekend in College Station and its surrounding areas Tropical Depression Harvey is projected to make landfall along the Texas coast Friday afternoon or evening and the National Weather Service warns that Harvey could strengthen into a hurricane before its landfall and could produce a major flooding event. The Brazos Valley received just over two inches of rain Wednesday from a storm event unrelated to Harvey, and Brazos and Grimes counties were placed under a flash flood warning.
Bryan-College Station Eagle, Kelan Lyons, August 23, 2017

Harris County activates emergency operations center for Harvey--
Harris County officials are initiating advisories for assistance service to be prepared for large weather impacts due to Harvey. Heavy rainfall is the most significant threat expected from this storm system in the coming days. Initial reports from county officials suggests rainfall amounts of 12 to 15 inches in Harris County. Previous damaging events such as Tropical Storm Allison, and the Tax Day flood of 2016 have influenced the Harris County Flood Control to guarantee that all 153 flood gauges are ready to go amongst other task to insure resident safety. 
KPRC, Phil Archer and Syan Rhodes, August 23, 2017

Harvey’s winds and rain disrupt Texas agriculture--
Harvey not only flooded the urban landscapes of the Houston metroplex, but also destroyed crops, displaced livestock, and disrupted trade for many farmers across dozens of counties. According to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, at least 1.2 million beef cows in 54 counties were included in Governor Abbott’s disaster list. Texas rice producers already harvested about 75 percent of the year’s rice crop, but wind and water likely damaged crop storage facilities. Cotton crops faced the largest impact, as much of the crop was not harvested before Harvey made landfall in the state.
The Texas Tribune, Jim Malewitz, August 30, 2017

Significant Weather


Weeklong isolated rain expected in area--
More rain is coming to the Longview area as the National Weather Service predicts scattered showers in the next week. Temperatures will slightly drop with the upcoming precipitation, and isolated severe weather will be possible but not probable. Chances for rain will be between 20 and 40% into the weekend, bumping up to 50% Sunday. The high temperature is 88 this afternoon, with a high of 92 on Friday. There is a potential for two to three inches of rain in the next week with localized higher amounts in some areas.
Longview News-Journal, Glenn Evans, August 2, 2017

Rainy morning, should taper off into afternoon--
Scattered showers will continue through the morning in parts of North Texas, with the best chances around the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. Heavier rain and localized flooding is possible in the southern counties into Central and East Texas. The rain will taper off through the day Wednesday. The high temperatures will be in the mid to upper 80s, 10 or more degrees below normal due to the extra cloud cover.
WFAA, Kyle Roberts, August 2, 2017

Hurricane season: Preparedness is key to surviving Central Texas storms--
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding residents to be prepared for remnants of a tropical storm as hurricane season continues through November 30, with August and September being the most active months. The DPS director warns residents to remain vigilant and keep a watchful eye on weather reports and forecasts for their area. Texans should develop a hurricane plan and assemble an emergency kit before a storm takes place. Residents should also check their property’s flood risk and flood insurance coverage.
Austin American Statesman, Kristen Hubby, August 3, 2017

Soaking Rains likely on Monday--
A large complex of thunderstorms is expected to develop over North Texas along a cold front overnight Sunday into Monday morning, which will move into Central Texas Monday morning. Scattered thunderstorms will affect many counties with the potential of producing locally heavy rain, gusty winds, and frequent lightning. Cooler temperatures will come along with the rain, and high temperatures will be in the mid-80s. Central Texas has already received about 1.5 inches of rain this month, already nearing the monthly average of 2 inches of rain.
KXXV, Jeff Forgeron, August 6, 2017

More rain, flooding in South Central Texas possible into Tuesday--
San Antonio and surrounding areas will see a calm evening after storms ease up, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS predicts lingering chances of showers and storms Monday night and into Tuesday, furthering the chances for flash flooding in the area. Rain chances will drop later in the week. Storms on Monday dropped between two and four inches of rain around San Antonio, with localized areas as much as five inches in some spots.
San Antonio Express-News, JeriLynn Thorpe, August 7, 2017

Rescue crews save Texas man trapped on top of SUV in rushing water--
Heavy rain across parts of the Midwest caused flash flooding on roads. On Monday morning in Bexar County, crews were called to a water rescue after a man driving his SUV got stuck in fast moving water. The man was able to climb to the roof of the SUV as water covered the hood of the vehicle, and firefighters rescued him with an extended ladder.
KFOR, Staff Writer, August 7, 2017

Showers, thunderstorms rake Houston mid-day Monday--
Heavy downpours are possible Monday, but the best chances for rain exist Tuesday. Houston could see between 0.5 and 0.75 inches of rain Tuesday, along with a sweltering heat index of 105 degrees. The rain Monday will be the beginning of a wet week in Southeast Texas. Counties including Harris, Chambers, Fort Bend, Jackson, San Jacinto, Houston, Montgomery, and Waller could see thunderstorms through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
Houston Chronicle, Margaret Kadifa, August 7, 2017

Record-setting amount of rain falls in San Antonio--
A record-setting amount of rain has fallen in parts of Texas, including San Antonio and the Hill Country. The storms have caused power outages, street flooding, and the need for high-water rescues.The storm system, which formed in West Texas over the weekend, brought as much as seven inches of rain over the course of 24 hours to some parts of the Hill Country.
KRIS, Staff Writer, August 8, 2017

Street flooding strands drivers along SW Fwy at W Bellfort--
High water on West Bellfort in Houston caused many cars to stall out and flood, stranding drivers on the road. Residents helped each other out to push cars with stranded families to safety. The area of West Bellfort routinely floods during bouts of heavy rain, so drivers should expect to take a detoured route after thunderstorms.
KTRK, Jeff Ehling, August 8, 2017

Flooding concerns in Galveston after heavy rain--
Galveston Island is taking the brunt of the storms that moved through Houston overnight. A Flash Flood Watch was in effect for Galveston and Chambers counties until 8 a.m. Tuesday night, Pleasure Pier lost power due to the storms as a lightning struck a transformer. Galveston police say there are a few high water spots on low-lying streets but nothing serious at this time.
KTRK, Jeff Ehling, August 9, 2017

Body of man swept away in Albuquerque flash flood is found--
Firefighters were searching for a man after someone called 911 to warn of a person caught in the rushing water from flash flooding. The 40 year old man’s body was later found. Rain and flash flooding raised the water level in the North Diversion Channel to nearly eight feet high Friday afternoon.
KTXS, Staff Writer, August 11, 2017

Flash Flood Watch and Head Advisory issued--
Parts of ArkLaTex is under a Flash Flood Watch and a Heat Advisory. Forecast rain amounts may be at least two to four inches, but higher localized totals are possible. Flooding near the Red River basin is possible and could cause the river to rise. A Heat Advisory is also in effect until this evening and heat index values may range from 105 to 110 degrees this afternoon.
KTBS, Joe Haynes, August 12, 2017

Texas Digest: Rain displaces families in North Texas--
Nearly two dozen North Texas families were displaced by heavy flooding and police in Sherman helped 20 to 25 motorists from flooded vehicles after nearly six inches of rain fell in 12 hours early Sunday. The Post Oak Creek on the west side of Sherman was as much as five feet over its flood stage.
Austin American Statesman, Staff Writer, August 13, 2017

This summer is North Texas’ 7th wettest on record--
The Dallas-Fort Worth region is experiencing its seventh wettest summer on record after continuous rains fell over the past few days. 0.62 inches of rain were recorded at the DFW International Airport on Monday as strong storms passed throughout the day. Weather patterns are not expected to change with the remainder of the summer season over the next two weeks. Temperatures are forecasted to be in the high 90s with heat indexes into the triple digits as a ridge of high pressure builds in the area over the next 10 days.
KXAS, Samantha Davies, August 14, 2017

Rain totals: Flooding hits south Abilene--
Early morning showers gave way to partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures afternoon temperatures into the 90s. These conditions didn’t last for long as strong thunderstorms dumped heavy rain in Abilene in the early evening. Many areas in the region saw at least three inches of rain, with nearby areas observing four and five inches. More heavy rains are threatening more flooding Tuesday morning with high summer temperatures to follow. 
KTXS, Mark Rowlett, August 14, 2017

Flooding issues linger after rain moves east--
North Texas residents observed heavy rain leading to Flash Flood Warnings throughout Thursday as a line of storms drifted from the Red River into North Texas. The storm line has weakened in its movement into the eastern counties of Texas, though many areas are still experiencing high standing water. Forecasters are expecting a new development of storms to occur in Oklahoma late Friday which will then make their way to North Texas Saturday morning. 
WFAA, Jesse Hawilia, August 17, 2017

Winds, lightning, heavy rain expected through Saturday--
The National Weather Service has forecasted heavy rain and isolated to scattered thunderstorms to develop in the East Texas area on Friday and throughout the weekend. This forecast comes just after East Texas experienced downpours throughout Thursday. A Flood Warning has been issued for the region through Sunday as flooding of low river bottoms, roadways, and recreational areas is possible from these storms
Tyler Morning Telegraph, Louanna Campbell, August 17, 2017

Storm remnants could threaten South Texas, bring rain--
Increased rainfall has become a risk for the south Texas region as remnants from Tropical Storm Harvey are expected to impact weather in this area. The National Hurricane Center has reported that the system is currently in the Northwestern Caribbean Sea. Re-intensification is possible for the storm, though forecasters can not yet pinpoint where the system will go. 
Victoria Advocate, Staff Writer, August 21, 2017

Austin could see rain this weekend if storm heads toward Mexico--
As the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey makes its way into the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters are predicting the possibility of significant rainfall in the Central Texas area Friday through Sunday. Uncertainty of the path of the storm is still highly prevalent, though the highest chances are for a “landfall” to occur in Mexico and Southern Texas. National Weather Service meteorologists suggests that intensification into a tropical storm is highly probable if moisture is available to be used by the system. 
Austin-Statesman, Nolan Hicks and Katie Hall, August 21, 2017

Harvey’s Real Story Begins: 40 inches of Rain to Bring Catastrophic Flooding to Southeast Texas--
Hurricane Harvey made landfall late Friday night in Rockport, Texas with sustained winds measuring 130 mph. Dangerous flooding, storm-surge, strong winds, and a couple tornadoes were the largest threats during the passage of this storm with more threats to come in the upcoming days. Tropical storm and storm surge warnings are continuing to be issued for the Texas coast as the storm is expected to stall in the region for a few more days. 
The Weather Channel, Jon Erdman, August 26, 2017

Texas officials say at least 9 dead amid Harvey havoc--
The re-intensified remnants of Hurricane Harvey have bombarded the South Texas region since its landfall Friday night. Officials in the area have announced that at least nine people have died as severe flooding has covered streets and damaged building significantly. Local authorities are expecting the death toll to rise in the following days more rain and flooding to become even more severe. Swift action and relief has been promised by President Trump for all areas affected by the storm. Beyond federal and state rescue efforts, local good samaritans have participated in rescue missions to save those stranded in high standing water. 
The Mercury News, Staff Writer, August 26, 2017

Two dead, at least 30 unaccounted for as Harvey slams Texas--
Law enforcement officials have confirmed the first fatality of Hurricane Harvey, a man trapped inside his home during a fire when the storm was near its peak post-landfall. Houston officials have confirmed that one death was caused by severe flooding on Saturday. With a three hour rainfall total of 6 inches on Saturday, at least 30 people have been unaccounted for suggesting a possible increase in the death toll. Harris County was issued a Flash Flood Emergency by the National Weather Service until after midnight. 
USA Today, Rick Jervis, Ashley May, and Doug Stanglin, August 26, 2017

Texas nursing home residents trapped in rising flood waters: ‘Need help ASAP’--
Nursing home residents in Dickinson, Texas were forced to wait impatiently for help as rising flood waters posed a dangerous risk to their safety. An employee of La Vita Bella nursing home shared a picture on social media of senior residents wading in high standing water and wheelchairs within the home asking for expedited help. Some on social media questioned the validity of the photo, though others nearby the home shared pictures of their conditions asking for others to take the incident seriously. With the help of emergency personnel, 15 senior were rescued via helicopter by the National Guard and Galveston City Emergency crew.
CBS6 News, Staff Writer, August 27, 2017

SoCal heat contributing to Harvey’s stay in Texas--
The development of a large high pressure system is leading to remarkably high temperatures in the southwest. This system is also contributing to the stalling of Tropical Storm Harvey in Texas. Due to the position of high pressure the storm is not able to move in any direction. The jet stream and a low pressure system in the midwest is also allowing for Harvey to remain parked over the Houston area moving at the incredibly slow speed of 3 mph. As the storm lingers nearly 50 inches are expected to fall in the Houston area. 
ABC7 News, Leslie Lopez, August 28, 2017

Harvey flood fears expand to Louisiana as Texas braces for more feet of rain--
Tropical Storm Harvey will soon be making its way to the state of Louisiana in the coming days. Governor Edwards of Louisiana has warned residents of his state the worst is still likely to come concerning intense flooding. Heavy rains during the passage of Harvey have been linked to at least five confirmed deaths on the Gulf Coast. To help combat any potentially dangerous events, Governor Edwards has requested an emergency disaster declaration on Sunday which has been approved by President Trump.
Fox News, Staff Writer, August 28, 2017

Texas chemical plant in critical condition, raising possibility of explosion--
Residents in Crosby, Texas are possibly at risk for being exposed to volatile chemicals that could explode on the site after the refrigeration system and power generators failed during the passage of Hurricane Harvey. All personnel have been evacuated from the facility by officials while others are attempting to operate the facility remotely. The main task at the chemical plant is to find refrigeration sources for the chemicals. These volatile organic chemicals must be kept at low temperatures otherwise they might combust. With the site heavily flooded by nearly 40 inches of rain, backup generators have also failed. 
The Washington Post, Steven Mufson, August 29, 2017

U.S Military mobilizes warships, aircraft to help with Texas relief efforts--
The U.S. military mobilized resources from across the country to support law enforcement and volunteers in Texas with rescue efforts from Harvey. The Marine Corps deployed 690 marines aboard two Navy warships, and the U.S. Northern Command dispatched nine search-and-rescue helicopters to Fort Worth. Earlier during the start of the storm, Governor Greg Abbott activated all 12,000 Texas National Guard members. As of Wednesday, 25 deaths have been reported as floodwaters recede, but the death toll is expected to rise.
The Weather Channel, Staff Writer, August 30, 2017

Boaters from around the country helping with water rescues in flood-ravaged Texas--
A line of boats pulled by pickup trucks was seen driving toward Orange, Texas near the Louisiana border after Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall for a third time. The volunteers will launch their boats toward southeastern Texas cities such as Beaumont and Port Arthur to aid in rescue efforts. The volunteers traveled from other parts of Texas and as far as Nevada and North Carolina.
KTRK, Julia Jacobo and Gio Benitez, August 30 , 2017

Beaumont loses water supply after flooding from Harvey--
The city of Beaumont announced Thursday morning that its water supply was lost due to rising flood waters from Harvey. The outage was caused by flooding near a pump station along the Neches River. Beaumont also lost its secondary water source at the Loeb Wells, and the city anticipates it will lose water pressure quickly. The military is working to get clean drinking water to the city’s residents.
The Texas Tribune, Alex Samuels and Cassandra Pollock, August 31, 2017

Shivering girl, 3, clings to drowned mom in Texas flood--
A three year old girl was found clinging to the body of her drowned mother in a flooded canal in Southeast Texas on Wednesday. Witnesses saw the woman try to take her daughter to safety after her vehicle got stuck in the flooded parking lot of an office building when the swift current of a canal swept them both away. Beaumont received rain up to two inches per hour with 38 mph wind gusts, causing dangerous conditions in the area.
The Austin Daily Herald, Staff Writer, August 31, 2017

Small Brazoria County town bracing for more flooding on top of Harvey Damage--
Officials in Brazoria County issued both mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders for the entire county as the Brazos River is anticipated to rise to major flood stage. Residents living within the mandatory evacuation zone in Angleton have been dealing with severe flooding from Harvey. Residents in the area had between 12 to 14 inches inside their homes, and even more flooding is expected in the area as the Brazos River continues to rise.
KSAT, Adrian Garcia, August 31, 2017

Warm Weather

Of U.S. states, Texas stand to suffer most from climate change--
2017 is set to go down as the second warmest year on record, beaten only by 2016. A study published in the journal Science in June showed how southern states, particularly Texas, will bear the highest cost of climate change as rising temperatures could causes the state to lose up to 20% of their GDP in the next six decades. The projected increase in heat-related deaths by the end of this century would increase by an additional 4500, roughly equivalent to the number of Americans killed annually in auto accidents.
The Daily Texan, Sam Groves, August 3, 2017

Dog days of summer make everyone crazy, including government officials--
La canicula, or the 40-day period from mid-July to the end of August when the sun and heat are strongest and one hundred degree readings are common in South Texas, is a popular superstitious belief for folks in the South Texas and North Mexico region. Some believers of the phenomenon say if la canicula begins without a good rain, it would not rain again until September. The National Weather Service in Brownsville noted that la canicula might arrive earlier and stay longer, just as it had in 2015 and 2016.
Corpus Christi Caller Times, Nick Jimenez, August 5, 2017

KTXS Forecast: Warming and likely dry--
Small, isolated rain showers moved through Abilene late Tuesday afternoon, and skies were mostly cloudy with high temperatures in the 80s for most of the area. Showers are not expected again until the end of the weekend into early next week. The rest of the week will be sunny with temperatures in the low to mid 90s.
KTXS, Mark Rowlett, August 8, 2017

Thanks, Texas: Humidity will make it feel hotter than 100 degrees today--
A Heat Advisory is expected to go into effect Friday afternoon with heat index values that will approach 108 to 110 degrees. Rain chances will remain low despite a few pop-up showers this afternoon. Sunday and Monday will see a slightly higher percentage of storms, but the majority of North Texas will remain dry this weekend. Temperatures will stay near 97 for the rest of the week.
WFAA, Jesse Hawila, August 11, 2017

Take it easy in Texas heat: advisory issued until evening--
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex will see a high of 98 degrees with a heat index between 105 and 108, calling for a Heat Advisory along the I-35 corridor until 7 pm. Winds will be light, so relief from the heat is not expected. Lows this weekend will near 80 degrees. During the heat advisory, plan strenuous activities for the early morning or evening and drink plenty of water.
Fort Worth-Dallas Star-Telegram, Judy Wiley, August 11, 2017

KTXS Forecast: Temperatures back in the 90s--
Abilene and surrounding areas saw a weakening of thunderstorms bringing rain pushed in by a wind shift. Temperatures in the area were lessened to just about 80 degrees for the entirety of Tuesday. Isolated and some scattered storms are expected to occur throughout Wednesday though mostly partly clouds will give way to sunny and warm conditions. 
KTXS, Mark Rowlett, August 15, 2017

KTXS Forecast: Lingering rain chances with mid-90s highs--
Sizzling summer temperatures are expected to continue throughout North Texas for the next few days and into the weekend. Mornings will begin with partly to mostly cloudy skies as temperatures range in the low to upper 70s with moderate southerly winds. Clouds will clear out for the most part during the afternoon, though isolated rain chances are possible as others will see highs in the upper 90s. These conditions are also expected to continue through the upcoming work week. 
KTXS, Melissa Valdez, August 16, 2017

Texas Trees Foundation Announces New Dallas Urban Heat Island Effect Report and Findings, Sponsored by Alliance Data and Wells Fargo--
A Texas Environmental Advocacy group funded by Alliance Data and Wells Fargo has conducted research examining warming in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The Texas Trees Foundation has found that Dallas county is heating the second-fastest in the United States. The study also revealed that trees are helping mitigate the heating and offset carbon emissions. The Foundation also hopes to use this study improve and implement action that can be taken by developers and corporations. 
CSR News, Staff Writer, August 18, 2017

Mother indicted in hot car deaths of 2 toddlers--
A North Texas mother is facing jail time after knowingly causing serious bodily harm by leaving two toddlers in a hot vehicle on Thursday. An arrest warrant has confirmed the two children were locked in the car for several hours as punishment by the mother. This crime carries a charge of up to life in prison.  
KXAN, Staff Writer, August 19, 2017

Weather: Sunny, hot weekend ahead in Austin--
National Weather Service forecasters are expecting temperatures this weekend to be uncomfortably warm this weekend in the Edwards Plateau. High temperatures will be in the upper 90s to low 100s, with heat index values in the range of 103-108 degrees. The Weather Service is warning residents to take extra precautions when working or playing outside, by taking extended breaks inside with air conditioning or in shade. 
The Austin-Statesman, Taylor Goldenstein, August 19, 2017

Special Weather Statement--
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service advising Gulf Coast and South Central Texas residents to withhold from strenuous activity for the next few days in order to remain safe during the high temperature conditions. Heat index values are expected to be especially high for regions along the coast where higher humidity will play a larger role in the temperature increase. 
KAGS, National Weather Service, August 19, 2017

August Heat...Then More Rain!--
North Texas is sitting under a weak ridge this week, keeping the region relatively rain-free and hot with some temperatures expected to nearly reach, and in some cases surpass 100 degrees. Weather conditions are expected to be partly sunny with high moisture east of the I-35 corridor and heat index values up to 105 degrees. Areas in this region may see a late afternoon shower.
FOX4, Ali Turiano, August 20. 2017

Cold front will bring temps into the 80s in North Texas this week--
A cold front will move into North Texas overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning and will bring the chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. Thunderstorms will be possible during the afternoon as the front stalls over North Texas. Although the severe weather threat is low, gust winds and localized flash flooding is not out of the question. High temperatures will be in the mid to upper 80s during the next several days.
WFAA, Colleen Coyle, August 22, 2017

Did Climate Change Intensify Hurricane Harvey?--
With the catastrophic events occurring during the passage of Harvey, many scientists are speculating whether climate change played a significant role in the storm’s intensity. Increased global air temperatures lead to more efficient water evaporation and in this case, warming sea-surface temperatures in the Gulf. During the re-intensification process of Harvey, sea-surface temperatures were nearly 2 to 7 degrees warmer on average. Harvey was able to progress from tropical depression to major hurricane in approximately 48 hours, suggesting a future increase in intensification in the coming years with global warming. 
The Atlantic, Robinson Meyer, August 27, 2017

Severe Weather

Sunday night’s severe storms kick off what is expected to be a wet week--
Forecasters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area expect high rain chances through Thursday along with cooler temperatures. Some areas are predicted to see two to three inches of rain, with localized spots up to four inches by Thursday. A flash flood watch was issued for North and East Texas through Monday evening. A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect Sunday evening as the weather service observed 51 mph winds at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. About 12,000 homes were without power in Tarrant and Parker Counties.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Domingo Ramirez, August 6, 2017

No access: Effects of Hurricane Franklin reach SPI--
Cameron County officials have closed three beach access points yesterday due to high surf associated with Hurricane Franklin, but few at South Padre Island were aware of the weather situation. The surf reached about four to eight feet, which is dangerous for swimmers. The run-up of waves caused the beach width to shrink to about 10 or 20 yards. The waves should be back to normal by Saturday or Sunday.
Valley Morning Star, Jason Hoekema and Frank Garza, August 10, 2017

Storms moving across North Texas; Some severe--
Thunderstorms are starting to develop across North Texas this afternoon, and some of the more severe storms may bring hail to the area. However, heavy rainfall and gusty winds will be the main threat overnight. The greatest potential for flooding is in the northeastern counties where the highest rain accumulations are expected.
KXAS, Staff Writer, August 12, 2017

Expect widespread showers, storms overnight--
Storms will move into the North Texas area tonight and will continue to develop through the overnight hours. Most storms are capable of producing heavy rain and some may be severe. The main concern will be localized flash flooding and gusty winds. The showers may linger through Sunday morning in the northeastern counties, but the severe weather risk is very low. Monday might see a few isolated thunderstorms, but the rest of the week will remain dry.
WFAA, Kyle Roberts, August 12, 2017

Hurricane Alicia slammed Texas 34 years ago today--
Texas Gulf Coast residents are remembering the occurrence of Hurricane Alicia making landfall over 3 decades ago on August 18, 1983. Sustained winds from the storm during its landfall were recorded as 115 mph generating a category 3 rating with rainfall totals between five to ten inches. Though the storm was considered small and compact, it spawned 23 tornadoes across the Gulf Coast and East Texas over its lifetime, killing 21 people, and caused over $2 billion in damage. 
KTRK, Staff Writer, August 18, 2017

Harvey May Become First US Category 3 Hurricane Landfall in Almost 12 years; Hurricane Warnings for the Texas Coast--
Tropical Storm Harvey is currently in the western Gulf of Mexico with intensification very imminent. The worry of many meteorologists and Gulf Coast residents is the strength that this storm could possibly achieve. Forecast models show the storm tracking towards the Texas Gulf Coast and making landfall as a hurricane Friday night. The models also suggest Gulf conditions are favorable for intensification of the storm to a major hurricane, category 3 or higher. 
The Weather Center, Jon Erdman, August 24, 2017

Harvey lashes Texas coast with high wind, torrential rain--
Hurricane Harvey has begun its destructive path on the Texas Gulf Coast. After making landfall late Friday night, the Category 4 storm had sustained winds measuring 130 mph and torrential downpours. Many are already deeming this storm the fiercest tropical system to impact the U.S. in more than a decade. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has warned that the hurricane will be a very major disaster sending tens of thousands of residents fleeing the Coast. Warm Gulf of Mexico water has allowed for the rapid intensification of Harvey from a Category 1 early Friday morning to a destructive Category 4 by Friday night. 
ABC News, Michael Graczyk and Frank Bajak, August 25, 2017

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Texas is nation’s top energy producer, consumer--
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Texas produces 41% more energy than it consumes and is a leading energy exporter. Texas also produces a third of the country’s crude oil, nearly a third of its natural gas, and more than a fourth of its wind power. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) says demand for energy in Texas grows every year as the state’s population grows. The record for an all-time peak in power demand occurred in August 2016 when the state consumed 71,110 megawatts of energy. In simpler terms, one megawatt is enough to power 200 homes on a hot day.
Houston Chronicle, Ryan Maye Handy, August 1, 2017

Texas awarded $19M by US HUD for flood recovery--
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded nearly $19 million to Texas for long term flood recovery efforts after severe flooding in 2015 and 2016 devastated counties across Central and South Texas. The money will be used for housing development, business assistance, and repair.
Time Warner Cable News, Staff Writer, August 2, 2017

Flood control district seeks to repair damage from Tax Day storms--
Heavy flooding in April 2016 damaged thousands of buildings and homes around Houston, leaving eight people dead. Also damaged from the storms was the network of bayous and waterways built to control flooding throughout Houston. Nearly $10 million in grant funds was accepted by the Harris County Commissioners Court from the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week to repair eroded waterways, cracked concrete lining, and damaged culverts. The Tax Day floods caused more than $65 million in damage to flood control infrastructure.
Houston Chronicle, Mihir Zaveri, August 4, 2017

FEMA grants request for disaster declaration for state of Texas--
Governor Greg Abbott has been granted the request of disaster declaration by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. Federal aid will now become available for the State of Texas providing assistance and hazard mitigation to rebuild after the storm. Governor Abbott and state officials are thanking the President and federal government for expedited response to the FEMA request. 
ABC 13 News, Staff Writer, August 25, 2017

Harvey forces major Texas refineries to shut down, raising concerns about gas price hikes--
Many Texas and National residents are feeling heightened stress after intense flooding in Southeast Texas has led to the closure of major refineries such as Exxon Mobil, Shell, and Phillips 66. These closures put nearly ten-percent of the refining capacity of the nation out of commission. While the temporary closure of these facilities, gas prices are expected to increase beyond what was predicted last Friday as described by petroleum analysts for GasBuddy. Closures are anticipated to continue through the next few days and maybe up to a week as 50 inches of rain may fall along the Gulf Coast as the storm lingers. 
The Dallas Morning News, Jeff Mosier, August 27, 2017

About 80% of Hurricane Harvey victims do not have flood insurance, face big bills--
Flood damage suffering caused by Harvey will continue for homeowners without insurance to cover the large costs of repair. Insurance experts observed that only a small percentage of residents within the path of Hurricane Harvey had flood insurance (two out of 10 homeowners). The larger percentage of homeowners who did not have flood insurance will be forced to pay out-of-pocket, and if possible, sell and leave their communities. An official from the Consumer Federation of America estimates the storm to coast at least $35 billion, about the same as Hurricane Katrina, though nearly half of the homeowners during that storm possessed flood insurance. 
USA Today, Bernard Condon and Ken Sweet, August 29, 2017


Heavy rains flood parts of Grayson County--
Parts of Grayson County received as much as nine inches from storms early Sunday morning. Roads were closed in Sherman, including parts of US Highway 75. The Sherman Municipal Building was opened as a temporary shelter and nine people were assisted there. The Boys & Girls Club in Sherman was also flooded and will be closed Monday and Tuesday to clean up and prepare for the start of school. Roads were also flooded in Denison and Pottsboro.
KXII, Staff Writer, August 13, 2017

Flooding a concern after heavy rain over North Texas--
Forecasters predicted heavy rain, scattered showers, and thunderstorms for the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex on Monday. Heavy rain amounts in the region lead to a fear of possible flooding, though raining has seemed to stop. Many delays were in place for flights at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport with all incoming flights into the the airport being grounded. Rain is no longer expected for the upcoming days with high temperatures in the upper 90s.
WFAA, Kyle Roberts, August 14, 2017

San Antonio already preparing for Harvey--
San Antonio has activated its emergency operations center to provide aid to those living on the coast ahead of Tropical Storm Harvey. There are 175 high water detection systems across Bexar County to inform people when a road is too flooded to drive through. Barricades will be added to roads considered unsafe to drive on once the storm hits. A decision will be made within 12 to 24 hours of the storm hitting on whether crews will be kept at the service center 24/7.
KENS, Charlie Cooper, August 23, 2017

Border Patrol says Texas Checkpoints to remain open during Hurricane Harvey--
Many south Texas residents are in the process of evacuating the region with tropical cyclone Harvey on the way, while the Texas Border Control has chosen to keep its checkpoints open. Unless there is danger to the safety of travelers or Border Control agents, the checkpoints will not be closed. Checkpoints will also close as state highways close. Organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union have criticized Texas Border Control for deliberately putting agents into a dangerous situation as the storm makes landfall. 
The Texas Tribune, Julian Aguilar, August 24, 2017 

Texas governor says undocumented immigrants won’t need to show ID to access shelters--
In an effort to dispel concerns related to Hurricane safety of undocumented immigrants, Texas governor Greg Abbott has stated that no one will be checked for citizen status to get into shelters or at evacuation checkpoints. Texas Border Control will continue to enforce necessary policies in accordance with federal law, but public safety is the main concern. Abbott and other state and federal officials are urging all to seek shelters where available and when necessary.
The Washington Post, Mark Berman, August 25, 2017


Tips to prepare for the total solar eclipse--
Monday, August 21 will provide the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 99 years. North Texas, however, will see a partial solar eclipse. Currently, the forecasted viewing conditions are poor due to several disturbances bringing clouds to the area. Conditions further west may be better for viewing the eclipse. Special glasses with solar filters will be needed to view the solar eclipse since looking directly at the sun can cause temporary or permanent damage to retinas.
KXAS, Samantha Davies, August 21, 2017

Scattered showers and thunderstorms threaten White Linen Night, other events in Houston--
Several outdoor events, including the highly-anticipated White Linen Night in the Heights could be rained out as scattered thunderstorms move in to the area. According to the National Weather Service, there is a 50% chance of rain for the afternoon and evening on Saturday, August 6. Strong showers have already been reported in the Missouri City and Galveston/League City areas.
Houston Chronicle, Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli, August 5, 2017

No way for Aggies to beat August heat, but issue becomes tempered--
Texas A&M University football players and coaches alike ponder the validity and applicability of intense practices in conditions of significant heat as a means of preparing themselves for game conditions. Opinions are divided between players and coaches as some feel that with the use of air conditioned buildings for practices, players could extend their time on the field, while some others believe this hinders their ability to perform when temperatures become difficult this season. In preparation for the Texas A&M-UCLA matchup last season, UCLA coaches brought players to San Bernardino to where temperatures were nearly 100 degrees to mimic similar conditions in College Station where they would be playing. 
Houston Chronicle, Brent Zwerneman, August 17, 2017

Texas Tech Announces Changes to Heat Management Plan--
The Athletic Department at Texas Tech University has reconsidered its heat management plan for the upcoming athletic season. In preparation for the high heat conditions expected for the remainder of the summer and into the fall, officials are now allowing fans to carry an unopened 20 ounce bottle of water along with “cooling stations” set-up throughout sport venues. This new initiative will be going into effect for the first home football game of the season on September 2. 
Everything Lubbock, Staff Writer, August 17, 2017

Eclipse weather forecast: Will you be able to see the sky spectacle?--
Many regions of the US will have relatively clear skies during the solar eclipse, as predicted by the National Weather Service. Regions at risk for cloud and other weather related obscuring will be the Upper Midwest and the Southeast. Visibility will become very poor during the passage of the solar eclipse due to typical afternoon summer thunderstorms that will develop. Temperatures in regions of totality or relatively high partial eclipse are expected to drop a few degrees, then return once the Sun reemerges. 
USA Today, Doyle Rice, August 18, 2017

What will the weather be for the solar eclipse?--
Many wishing to observe the rare total solar eclipse event throughout the country are anxiously checking weather forecasts to gage if a perfect look will be obtained. A frontal boundary is expected to stall in the southeastern United States along which will trigger cloud formation. These clouds do have the possibility of obscuring the eclipse greatly during its peak in the region. 

Harvey Impacting Cruise Vacations Out of Texas Ports--
Numerous cruise lines and vacationers are reconsidering their trips with the impending Hurricane Harvey. Monitoring the storm is very important for the Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise lines as any destruction to their ships and guests could be very costly.In an attempt to avoid an encounter with the storm, cruise lines will try to be positioned on the back side of the storm until it passes, increases time on the ship for passengers. Refunds are not likely, though credits will be issued for those who wish not to attend or cannot make it to the port due to flooded roads. 
NBC5 News, Staff Writer, August 24, 2017

Texas teams’ plans upended by Hurricane Harvey--
As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to bash the Texas Gulf Coast, Houston and other surrounding areas are preparing for even more catastrophic flooding. The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers have flown to Dallas to wait for a decision to be made on the relocation and rescheduling of their three game series, initially to be played in Houston in the coming days. Higher officials with the Texas Rangers have agreed to host the series if needed due to the flooding conditions. Many worry not for the NRG Stadium venue, but for workers and support services that would be needed. 
KSAT, Kristie Rieken, August 28, 2017


Weather won’t stop Ladies Kingfish event--
The Ladies Kingfish Tournament will take place this weekend despite the forecast for rain and high surf Saturday. Nearly 100 boats and between 250 and 350 women anglers and their captains, crews, and families will join in the event in South padre Island. Although the crowds aren’t as big as they are for the Texas International Fishing Tournament, about 200 to 300 people are expected to come out and watch as the fish are brought in.
The Brownsville Herald, Lisa Seiser, August 10, 2017

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