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County-wide burn bans through February 1

Grass Fire Threat in Central Texas to Increase with High Winds on Sunday-- Strong winds on Sunday could cause a fire danger in Central Texas. Winds are forecasted to be 20 to 30 mph from the northwest, with gusts up to 45 mph possible. With humidity levels as low as 20 percent, grass fires have the potential to spread quickly.
The Austin American-Statesman, Mark D. Wilson, January 20, 2017

Fire Weather Watch for the Weekend-- A fire weather watch will be in effect for the Rio Grande Valley on Sunday as strong winds and low humidity create favorable conditions for grass fires. The Red Flag Warning will be in effect from Sunday morning through the afternoon. The highest threat areas will be the mid and upper valley early Sunday afternoon.
KVEO NBC News, Jose Saenz, January 20, 2017

South and Central Texas Under Fire Weather Threat Through Sunday Evening-- Record high temperatures were seen today. Light rain from a cold front will move through Central Texas Saturday. A Red Flag fire weather warning Sunday is in effect due to the strong winds and low humidity levels. Spotty showers may be seen in the area Saturday, but will not produce much rain.
KENS 5 News, Jared Silverman, January 21, 2017

Strong Winds, Elevated Fire Danger, Colder Temps on Tuesday-- The winds were expected to pick up to 40 mph with gusts of 50 mph due to the strong cold front passing through the Lubbock area. The winds mixed with drier conditions bring fire danger to the area, which was forecasted to peak between 2-6pm on Wednesday.
KCBD NBC News, Chief Meteorologist John Robison, January 23, 2017

Brooks County Fire Burns up 8,000 Acres-- Just off the County Road 409 a fire started on the 22 and has burned for 2 days. Weather conditions helped the fire spread with high winds and low humidity in the area. Texas A&M Forest Service noted the area was under critical fire weather conditions when this fire started. No injuries were reported so far, and fire crews were able to keep the fire from reaching a ranch.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Julie Garcia, January 24, 2017

Warm, Dry, Windy Weather Ahead-- The area had a high pressure system over them keeping any interesting weather from occurring. The main weather story was windy weather with relatively dry and mild conditions throughout the day. Also, above normal temperatures were expected on Monday and Tuesday along with Red Flag Warnings or Fire Watches. The fire weather was possible due to the dry weather mixed with warm temperatures and winds, which all aid in the spreading of any fires.
KTRE 9 ABC News, Cary Allen, January 29, 2017


Monthly Change in Drought Monitor Classification

U.S. Drought Monitor, January 3, 2017
U.S. Drought Monitor, January 31, 2017

Recent Rains Have Erased the Drought in East Texas-- Well placed rain helped ease the drought conditions in Eastern Texas. Angelina County Airport received 2.0 inches above normal rainfall for the area with 5.65 inches already since the beginning of January. The next concern for the area would be fire weather, but they hope the wet soil from the rain will help keep the area out of critical fire danger weather conditions.
KTRE ABC 9 News, Brad Hlozek, January 26, 2017


Heavy Rains Show Great Benefit to Agriculture-- Increased rainfall and unusual alternating temperatures have benefited horticulture and agriculture recently in East Texas. This rain has alleviated the previous dry conditions. Most agricultural benefits of fresh rain includes replenishing the soil and providing nutrients. However, too much of the rain can cause flood damage to crop fields, land erosion, and hazardous road conditions.
Jacksonville Progress, Alyssa Massingill, January 21, 2017

Lack of winter weather may negatively affect campus trees -- Students on the UTA campus are enjoying warmer weather, while the trees are suffering. During the warmer winters the trees are more susceptible to pests and diseases. Many of their trees are suffering from oak wilt, and the landscapers are attempting to stay on top of the fallen trees. In addition to this, pests which can spread diseases within different trees from eating off of sick trees and bringing spores to healthy trees. They are certain they will lose trees this winter on UTA campus.
The Shorthorn, Matt Fulkerson, January 25, 2017

Unusual Winter Weather has Bees Behaving Oddly in Texas-- Colder weather normally keeps bees within their hives, but residents were noticing an increase in bee activity. Due to the above normal temperatures, the bees were able to stay out of their hives for a longer period of time. Normally bees have enough honey to sustain themselves throughout the winter, but when warmer weather comes along, especially after rain to help flowers grow, they venture out to replenish their food supplies.
UPI, Brooks Hays, January 27, 2017

Texas Crop and Weather Report-- Within the southern regions of Texas crop conditions are favorable for beginning to prepare the crops for spring planting. Rain predicted in the forecast will help these farmers since it will recharge the soil moisture. Some pests, though, have also been able to thrive well in the current weather conditions such as grasshoppers in the Rio Grande Valley area.
AgriLife Today, Adam Russell, January 31, 2017


La Niña holds key to dramatic temperature swings in Austin this winter -- Colder-than-normal Pacific Ocean temperatures due to La Nina have caused a buildup of Arctic air mass. This freezing air has been slowly breaking loose and causing rapid temperature swings in Central Texas, such as a few days before Christmas when an afternoon high of 76 degrees at Camp Mabry gave way to a low of 26 degrees that same night. This phenomenon is forecasted to occur again with a major temperature drop Wednesday evening.
Austin American-Statesman, Marty Toohey, January 1, 2017

NWS: La Niña period ending in ‘17 -- Between January and March, a transition from La Nina to an El Nino Southern Oscillation neutral phase is favored. With La Nina, Central Texas saw warmer and drier conditions. The current seasonal outlook indicates above average temperatures and below average precipitation for the southern US. Moving forward to a neutral ENSO phase, the Climate Prediction Center predicts an upcoming drought for Southeast Texas until the end of March.
Seguin Gazette, Forrest Grimes, January 3, 2017

What to Expect in North Texas February-- With the La Niña on its way out and variable long range model outputs, the weather for February could easily have above or below normal temperatures. During January the DFW area received 2.5 inches above normal. Yet, further Northeast the drought conditions remained and are looking towards a new month with more below normal rain in the forecast.
NBC DFW 5, Samantha Davies, January 30, 2017

Significant Weather


Will we see a lot of cold rain or an icy mess? -- A deepening upper level low will move into the southwestern part of the country by Friday and into Texas by Sunday. North Texas will see precipitation and colder weather Friday night and into Saturday as an Arctic front blows in. At this time, forecasts are uncertain for winter weather, but right now snow and ice is predicted to stay above Dallas-Fort Worth.
WFAA, Jesse Hawila, January 8, 2017

Rain on its way--A front moving into the southern Plains will skirt Denton and residents will dodge the icy storms due to the warmer weather. However, chances of rain and thunderstorms are likely. The NWS issued a winter storm watch for western parts of North Texas, and forecasters anticipate up to an inch of ice in those areas.
Denton Record-Chronicle, Julian Gill, January 12, 2017

Gusty, drenching storms to push through south-central US into early next week-- A cold front moving through Texas and Oklahoma Sunday is expected to bring thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening for Southern and Central Texas. High southerly winds will bring moisture into the state and will create the potential for heavy downpours and damaging winds in areas such as Midland, Dallas, Fort WOrth, and San Antonio. There is potential for flight delays.
Fox News, Staff Writer, January 12, 2017

Strong thunderstorms expected Monday afternoon-- A cold front combined with an upper-level disturbance will bring strong thunderstorms into the Houston area Monday afternoon and evening. These storms have the potential for a couple inches of rain, damaging winds and large hail in Southeast Texas.
Houston Chronicle, Brooke A. Lewis, January 14, 2017

Rain/Thunderstorms Today Across Mid-South; Severe Weather Threat Lake Week-- The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Marginal Risk of severe storms today across portions of South Texas. Threats associated with these storms include large hail, damaging winds, and a few isolated tornadoes. This severe weather will blow into other southern states as it progresses eastward across Texas.
Weather Underground, Johnny Parker, January 17, 2017

Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings for Texas-- Flash flood and tornado warnings have been issued for across Texas as severe thunderstorms make their way across the state. These warnings apply specifically to Waller County, Eastern Austin County, and several others in Southeast Texas. Residents are urged to remain indoors to prevent injuries from debris and flooding. All flights out of the Dallas-Fort Worth International airport were delayed for three hours due to the strong storms.
Lincoln Trail Publishing, Karine Palona, January 17, 2017

Drone Video Shows Storms and Flooding in Houston-- Rain has finally stopped momentarily in Houston after the dangerous amounts of rain observed Wednesday morning. The cold front that produced the rain is moving eastward past the Houston area, decreasing the chance of thunderstorms. The moisture needed for severe storms will be pushed into Louisiana and into the Gulf Wednesday evening.
KABC, Staff Writer, January 18, 2017

Video: Baby Rescued from Texas Flood Waters-- A baby was rescued with her parents from a flooded car in Houston after being trapped for more than 3 hours. A flash flood warning is in effect for the surrounding counties as well as Keegans Bayou, where minor flooding from the bayou is affecting roadways. Up to 6 inches of rain is predicted on Wednesday, and rain chances are expected to taper off later in the week.
KABC, Staff Writer, January 18, 2017

Heavy Rain and Severe Weather Threat Through Saturday-- A system in West Texas is moving east across the state on Thursday morning, bringing several rounds of rain and storms to the area. Flash flood warnings have been issued in Baton Rouge as extended periods of heavy rain move into Louisiana. Texas will see another round of storms move in Friday evening to early Saturday morning.
WGNO ABC, Hank Allen, January 19, 2017

More Rain Possible in Water-Logged Houston-- A 70 percent chance of rain is forecasted Thursday for the Houston region after experiencing several inches of rain in the past week. The rain chances will drop as the day continues, and less than an inch is expected for most of the city. Friday is forecasted to be partly sunny and dry.
Houston Chronicle, Dale Lezon, January 19, 2017

Thunderstorms, High Winds Hit Houston Region-- The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, and Liberty Counties through the evening and a flash flood warning for Houston, Pasadena, and Pearland until the end of the night due to severe thunderstorms moving through the area. A dense fog advisory is in effect until the next morning where visibility levels could drop to a quarter of a mile in spots from Brenham to Tomball to Cleveland.
Houston Chronicle, Dale LEzon and Keri Blakinger, January 20, 2017

Warm Weather

Forecasters call for warmer temperatures in Central Texas this week -- After three consecutive days of freezing temperatures, the National Weather Service in Central Texas says temperatures will warm up this week. Temperatures early Saturday fell into the teens, but a much welcomed 76 degree high is forecasted for Tuesday afternoon.
Killeen Daily Herald, Quinton Lilley, January 7, 2017

Texas Weather Roller Coaster Continues Sunday -- Near-record warmth will push away the cold on Sunday as temperatures get close to 80 degrees by Thursday and Friday. Rain chances increase toward the weekend and the Chevron Houston Marathon as a cold front moves through.
KTRK, Staff Writer, January 8, 2017

US had its second-hottest year, along with weather and climate disasters that cost $46 billion-- Climate and weather disasters in 2016 killed more than 100 people and cost billions of dollars across the US.Major flooding struck Texas and Louisiana in mid-March, the Houston-area on April 17 and 18, and the hail storms of March and April in North and Central Texas. Meanwhile, other parts of the country remained extremely dry.
CNBC, Robert Ferris, January 9, 2017

Warming trend continues -- Warmer weather will move back into the Big COuntry for the next few days until a new cold front will move into the area at the end of the week. A weak cold front will move into North Texas, but will not make it into the Big Country. This front will create higher winds as well as a westerly wind shift on Tuesday and Wednesday. The forecast for Friday is still uncertain.
KTXS, Hayden Nix, January 9, 2017

Temperatures increase as wind speeds decrease -- Warmer weather in Abilene continues through Thursday before another front arrives over the weekend. Wind speeds will increase Wednesday along with cloud cover. A weak cold front will come through Friday bringing a strong temperature gradient between the northern and southern areas. A cooler and wetter trend will be seen this weekend.
KTXS, Hayden Nix, January 10, 2017

‘Unseasonably’ warm weather hits Southeast Texas-- an unseasonably warm period has hit East Texas and will continue through most of the next week, a relief from last weekend’s freeze. The high on Saturday and Sunday are expected to reach the high 70s, and a slight chance of rain exists for the weekend with up to a fourth inch of rain predicted on Monday and a half an inch to an inch on Tuesday.
Beaumont Enterprise, Elizabeth Robinson, January 13, 2017

Texas, Southern Plains Locked in Ice, but Rapid Warming on the Way -- Sunday afternoon’s NFL AFC playoff game was delayed due to severe wintry weather in North Texas. Almost 35,000 people were without power across Texas and Oklahoma on Sunday evenings. Road crews laid down salt and sand across the area in preparation of the quarter to a half and inch of ice expected by Sunday night. The winter storm was responsible for at least five deaths, including an accident between two semi-trucks.
NBC, Alex Johnson, January 15, 2017

KTXS Forecast: Warming temperatures finish out January-- High temperatures for the area were forecasted to start in the mid 60s, reach the low 70s by Tuesday and dip down to the mid 60s by Friday. Overall sunny skies were expected during the week until Friday when some clouds were forecasted along with a slight chance of rain.
KTXS ABC 12 News, Melissa Valdez, January 28, 2017

KTXS Forecast: The Warm and Sunny Weather is Here to Stay-- High temperatures forecasted for the week were expected to stay around the 70 except for Wednesday, which was predicted to have highs in the upper 60s. This was due to a weak cold front coming into the Big Country. Winds were expected to be mild for the duration of the week. Low temperatures throughout the week were also expected to stay in the upper 30 to mid 40 range for the duration of the week.
KTXS, Melissa Valdez, January 29, 2017

Sunny Sunday Expected-- Rain chances were not present in the forecast until the weekend. The Houston area was forecasted to experience pleasant sunny weather throughout the whole week. Temperatures were expected to reach highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s.
KPRC, Staff Writer, January 29, 2017

KTXS Forecast: Warmer, Sunny Monday-- The temperatures begin in the 30s and 40s with highs nearing the 70s. Then the high temperatures were forecasted to reach the mid 70s by Tuesday with sunny skies. By Wednesday a weak front was predicted to pass through the area without bringing in precipitation chances.
KTXS 12 ABC News, Hayden Nix, January 30, 2017

Cool/Winter Weather

Will it Snow in North Texas This Week? --- An arctic cold front moving through North Texas will drop temperatures into the 20s by Thursday night. Model predictions show conflicting outcomes. The European Model shows snow north of the DFW area, but the GFS model brings the snowfall down to Waco.
NBC DFW, Samantha Davies, January 3, 2017

Flurries on Friday? It’s a possibility… -- A weak atmospheric disturbance moving across Texas is bringing some sleet/snow virga (falling precipitation that evaporates before it hits the ground). However, if the sleet were able to hit the ground today, it would probably fall as cold rain. A stronger cold front will move through the area late Thursday and could have the possibility of snow. Friday, however, has a higher possibility for snow as moisture blows into the region. Precipitation chances begin in the late morning and end after midnight Friday.
KXAN, David Yeomans, January 4, 2017

First Alert Weather Day: Snow potential increasing tonight and Friday -- Wintry weather returns to Lubbock and West Texas late Thursday night through Friday afternoon. Winter Weather Advisories have been posted across the Panhandle and northern counties across the South Plains. A storm system will cross the region tonight and may create low visibilities and travel hazards across West Texas through Friday.
KCBD, Staff Writer, January 4, 2017

Light snow possible Friday, but the cold weather is guaranteed -- Low temperatures Friday morning are expected to dip into the low 20s with wind chills in the low teens as an arctic front moves through the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Areas north of Dallas could see up to an inch of snow, while Dallas has a 30% chance of flurries. The Texas Department of Transportation, however, is taking the chance of snow seriously and has been pre-treating the roads with brine so the icy precipitation does not stick to the roads and cause hazardous driving. The Texas Department of Public Safety urges citizens to take the wintry weather seriously and take precautions to stay safe.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Mark David Smith, January 5, 2017

Winter weather in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas -- The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for parts of the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, areas that are expecting 5 to 7 inches of snow and ice Thursday evening and Friday. The winter weather advisory will be in place through Friday afternoon along with wind chill advisories.
KBTX, Staff Writer, January 5, 2017

People are talking about snow in Dallas, but will it really happen? -- Another strong cold front is coming through North Texas on Thursday, bringing freezing temperatures and a slight chance of snow. No accumulation in Dallas is expected, but TxDOT is taking precautions by treating bridges and overpasses Wednesday afternoon in Fort Worth in case of inclement weather.
The Dallas Morning News, Claire Z. Cardona, January 5, 2017

Austin preps for freezing weather -- The city of Austin is preparing for the freezing temperatures by turning off pipes for public park water fountains and bathrooms. Repairs can cost the city a lot of money, so taking precautions is key. Austin has warned runners to be prepared if they come out to the trails over the weekend. The water should be turned back on by Monday.
KTBC, Bridget Spencer, January 5, 2017

Snow Flurries Fall Across Much of North Texas Friday -- Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport recorded one-tenth of an inch of snow on Friday, and set a record for the coldest high temperature on January 6th at 26 degrees. The previous record was set in 1970 at 29 degrees. Slick roads in the area caused dozens of crashes on bridges and overpasses. Some sports games and practices were cancelled due to the cold in Fort Worth and Garland ISD.
NBC DFW, Staff Writer, January 6, 2017

Winter Snap: Chilly Arctic Air Targets Texas Before Warmer Weekend -- Friday’s expected low of 26 degrees in Houston would be the coldest the city has seen in three years.Freeze warnings have been issued through Saturday morning. TxDOT crews from North to South texas are preparing for the possibility of wintry precipitation on roads. By next weekend, KTRK, Staff Writer, January 6, 2017

Winter Weather Hits Central Texas -- As freezing temperatures approach Central Texas, the National Weather Service gives people tips on how to be safe. Remember the four Ps: People, Pets, Plants, and Pipes. Make sure your heater is working properly. Get a carbon monoxide detector to make sure you are not being poisoned. Leave plenty of room between a space heater and anything flammable. Wrap pipes and run water overnight to make sure they don’t freeze and burst. Wear layers if you go outside.
KTBC, Jacqueline Sarkissian, January 6, 2017

Waco weather: Chilly temperatures, possible snow flurries expected -- Members of the University of Texas Rowing team took advantage of the nicer weather in Waco on Wednesday as they practiced on the Brazos river before another winter storm moves through Central Texas Friday. Light snow or flurries is a possibility Friday afternoon, but Waco should not see too much action. By Sunday, a warming trend is expected to occur through next week with a high of 72 on Tuesday.
Waco Tribune, Kristin Hoppa, January 6, 2017

Border residents and ‘Winter Texans’ brace for strong cold front -- A strong cold front has moved through South Texas, bringing colder than normal temperatures to the area. The National Weather Service in Brownsville is advising border residents to prepare for below freezing temperatures. Local shelters have opened until Monday, when temperatures will rebound to the 70s.
KENS 5, Oscar Margain, January 17, 2017

Man dies from exposure to cold in Longview -- Brutally cold temperatures across East Texas have produced at least one fatality. Longview police found a man dead near a highway overpass, who they believe died from exposure to the freezing weather. Mission workers ask the public to call them if they see someone living outside so they can get them to the shelter as soon as possibly.
KFVS, Bob Hallmark, January 8, 2017

A Little Texas Snow -- Houston and Dallas saw some snow flurries that caused major traffic delays, school closings, and several event cancellations. Cold temperatures are expected from the Southern Plains to the mid-Atlantic region.
KXVA, Staff Writer, January 6, 2017

Cold Weather Could Bring Pains to Joints and Tendons -- Cooling temperatures and stronger wind in Laredo affects joints and muscles. Cold weather naturally causes tightening of ligaments and tendons, which causes movement to be difficult.
KGNS, Yocelin Gallardo, January 11, 2017

Hundreds of stunned sea turtles rescued along Texas coast after freezing weather -- Green sea turtles have been rescued down the Texas coastline after they were cold-stunned by the freezing weather. When the weather drops to 50 degrees, the green sea turtles’ bodies start shutting down. Four distressed turtles were reported to NOAA fisheries over the weekend, and one of them died.
KHOU, Stephanie Whitfield, January 11, 2017

Steady weather through Thursday before changes arrive Friday -- Abilene is feeling Spring-like weather this week with highs in the 70s and low in the 50s. A cold front moving in on Friday will drop the temperatures by 20 to 30 degrees and may bring some showers over the weekend.
KTXS, Hayden Nix, January 11, 2017

Blooms for cooler weather -- The Texas Lantana, a native flower, is loving the cooler January weather. This plant loves hot, dry areas in full sun or light shade. In all but the southern part of Texas, branches die back in winter and come back in the spring. In the Valley, leaves turn back after a frost, and branches should be trimmed during the growing season.
Valley Star, Anita Westervelt, January 15, 2017

Windy Weather Brings Cold Temperatures to Borderland Residents-- The El Paso area is expected to receive colder temperatures with the weak disturbance coming through the area. Some residents even experienced some snow flurries with low temperatures in the upper 20s.
KFOX 14 News, Nate Barrett, January 27, 2017

Severe Weather

Severe weather possible late tonight, early tomorrow -- Severe weather developed in Central Texas as a line of storms moved across the area early Monday morning. These storms were associated with strong winds up to 70 mph and spotty hail, and potential for isolated tornadoes was a threat.
KXXV, Meteorologist Matt Hines, January 1, 2017

Severe weather possible with overnight storms in Dallas-Fort Worth -- Severe thunderstorms rolled through the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with quarter-sized hail and winds greater than 58 mph predicted. The possibility of tornadoes were not ruled out.
The Dallas Morning News, Claire Z. Cardona, January 1, 2017

Stormy weather late Sunday night through Monday morning -- A vigorous weather disturbance crossed Texarkana late Sunday night and continued east through the region Monday afternoon, bringing a severe weather threat along with possibilities for hail, gusty winds, and tornadoes.
KTBS, Joe Haynes, January 1, 2017

Severe Storms Move Through North Texas Monday Morning -- After the storms rolled through the DFW area, they made their way to east Texas. One house had a fire, which was believed to be caused by lightning. The DFW airport had to delay 16 flights and cancel four flights. A similar situation happened for Dallas Love Field, where 2 flights were canceled and 6 were delayed.
NBC DFW, Staff Writer, January 2, 2017

Severe Weather Moving Out of Houston Area -- The first Monday of the new year brought severe weather with the possibility for tornadoes as a strong line of storms moved through Houston in the early morning, leaving the city with clear skies for the next few days.
ABC 13, Staff Writer, January 2, 2017

Severe Storms Move Through North Texas Monday Morning -- A strong line of storms blew through the North Texas area early Monday morning, bringing heavy rain, high winds, and hail. A tornado watch was in effect for several counties until Monday afternoon. Due to the high winds associated with the storms, a semi truck was overturned on I35/MM15, and lightning from the storms sparked a fire at a home in Parker. Two flights were cancelled and six more were delayed at Dallas Love Field as a result of the storm's’ severity.
NBC DFW, Staff Writer, January 2, 2017

Midland National Weather Service discusses unusual weather patterns -- Severe storms in West Texas cause strong winds due to the unusually dry air associated with the region. When rain falls through the dry air, the moisture dries up as it reaches the ground. The momentum from from the precipitation continues to push forward and causes high winds. This type of severe weather, however, is unusual for West Texas during the winter.
KWES, Caitlyn Nix, January 2, 2017

5 Dead in South Storms, Tornadoes Confirmed -- Lightning from severe storms in Northeast Houston sparked a house fire. In Waxahachie, high winds caused a tree to fall on a mobile home and trapped a teenager inside until he could free himself. Strong winds also tore the roof off of a community center in Cottonwood, southeast of Dallas, and blew a semi truck over on its side in Grandview.
The Weather Channel, Eric Chaney, January 2, 2017

Tornadoes, Severe Thunderstorms and Flooding Rain Impacted the South to Start 2017 -- Storms beginning in Texas Sunday pushed all the way into South Carolina Tuesday and cause a long swath of damaging wind gusts, large hail, and tornadoes across the South. Two EF1 tornadoes were confirmed in East Texas, one in Jasper County and the other in Newton County.
The Weather Channel, Staff Writer, January 3, 2017

What may be ‘worst ice storm in 10 years’ begins in central U.S.-- A severe winter storm is expected to cause downed trees, extensive power outages and make driving dangerous as ice accumulates on bridges and overpasses. Forecasters expect the worst conditions to hit parts of Northwestern Texas, where there is a potential for an inch or more of ice along with winds up to 30 mph.
USA Today, Doyle Rice, January 13, 2017

WIld weather weekend kicks off with tornado in Texas-- A tornado was reported in Walburg Friday by a trained spotter which caused damage to a tin roof of a home and a business. This tornado was associated with an ice storm and severe thunderstorms set to hit Texas later this weekend. Rainfall totals from this storm are expected to range from one to two inches Saturday night and Sunday, with the possibility of up to three inches in some places.
The Weather Network, Dalia Ibrahim, January 13, 2017

Extreme weather possible this weekend in the area-- South Central Texas is under a severe weather threat with the possibility of flooding as tornadoes, strong thunderstorms, and heavy rain move through San Antonio this weekend. Damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are the main threats, with the flooding potential picking up Sunday and Monday. South Central Texas residents are advised to take precautions this MLK holiday weekend.
San Antonio Express-News, Caleb Downs, January 13, 2017

Tornadoes reported in Clifton, Lake Whitney -- At least two tornadoes were reported on the ground in Clifton and Lake Whitney Sunday with the line of severe storms that moved through the area. The Hill County Emergency Management office said many trees had been blown down and roofs had been lifted off houses.
Waco Tribune, Don Bolding, January 15, 2017

Fog, mist lingering overnight; weather could turn severe Sunday-- Thick fog and mist will continue to limit visibility from a quarter-mile to 5 miles for drivers in the Austin area Saturday evening and Sunday. A dense fog advisory has not been issued yet. Severe storms are possible Sunday evening with a southerly wind shift bringing moisture and heat into Austin.
The Austin American-Statesman, Roberto Villalpando, January 14, 2017

A Few Severe Storms Possible in the South Monday After Tornadoes, Flooding Strike Near Dallas-Fort Worth Sunday Evening -- Two tornadoes were confirmed in the Dallas-Forth Worth area Sunday evening, one near Laguna Park and another near Grand Prairie. In Del Rio, large hail was reported Sunday evening, and near Medina, softball-size hail dented cars. In Clifton, turkey farms were damaged due to strong winds, including several downed trees, a roof, and downed power lines.
The Weather Channel, Brian Donegan, January 16, 2017

National Weather Service to Survey North Texas Storm Damage-- The National Weather Service of Fort Worth has confirmed an EF-1 tornado after surveying the damage in the southwestern portion of North Texas. The damage was located in Hill County, Lake Whitney, and Bosque County. At least 30 homes sustained damage in Frisco, but nobody was injured. Multiple fences and trees were knocked down due to the strong winds.
KHOU, Monica Hernandez, January 17, 2017

Severe Storms Cause Damage Across Texas--Strong winds and rains from the severe storm system moving over Texas Sunday knocked out power, damaged homes, and flooded streets in its path. At least 30 homes were damaged, and hail was observed west of Austin. Houston remained under a tornado warning on Monday after a night of severe storms. A homeowner’s windows were blown out in Frisco, and a chimney blew over on another street due to the strong winds.
Insurance Journal, Staff Writer January 17, 2017

Significant Severe Weather Outbreak Expected This Weekend Across the Southeast-- The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Marginal Risk for severe weather tomorrow surrounding the Slight Risk area from Southeast Texas to Alabama. Primary threats include large hail and damaging winds, including isolated tornadoes.
Weather Underground, Johnny Parker, January 19, 2017

Parts of East Texas Under Tornado Watch Until 9 pm-- A tornado watch is in effect for several East Texas Counties including Sabine, Nacogdoches, Harrison, and more. A severe thunderstorm warning has also been issued for Marion and Cass County until this evening. There is a chance for storms across all of North Texas through this evening. These storms will be capable of producing downburst and lightning.
KLTV Abc 7 News, Leslie Reyna, January 21, 2017

Powerful Windstorm Blows through Texas This Weekend-- A strong windstorm blowing through the Houston area this weekend could gust up to 55 mph. A windstorm like this historically has a 1 in 30 chance of occurring in January. The National Weather Service offers tips such as trim tree branches away from your house and power lines, secure loose gutters and shutters, identify an interior room of your house to take shelter in, update your emergency kit, and take shelter in a sturdy building if you live in a mobile home.
KTRK, Travis Herzog, January 21, 2017

6 Dead as Severe Outbreak Pounds South; Damage Reported in Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Texas-- Reported tornadoes damaged and destroyed at least 8 homes on Saturday afternoon in Scottsville, Texas. Power lines and trees were blown down, leaving the entire area without power. At least 6 people were killed by the line of severe storms that moved across the Southern US Saturday and Sunday morning.
The Weather Channel, Sean Breslin, January 22, 2017

North Texas’ Spring Tornado Outlook-- 41 tornadoes and at least 19 people were killed in the southeastern United States after a High Risk warning was issued for severe weather by the Storm Prediction Center last weekend. The number of people killed by tornadoes over the weekend was more than the total number of people killed by tornadoes in the year 2016. 2017 is predicted to be an active severe weather year for North Texas due to La Nina conditions promoting more tornado and hail storms.
NBC DFW, Samantha Davies, January 23, 2017

NWS: EF-2 Tornado Confirmed in Scottsville, TX during Saturday’s Storms-- The NWS confirmed the EF-2 tornado had 120mph winds and went through a town just east of Marshall. It completely destroyed 3 homes. NWS Meteorologist Jason Hansford mentioned that this type of storm is not usual for the ArkLaTex area. FEMA’s crisis counselors are working with the victims of this storm and making sure they know there is someone who is working for them in their time of need.
KSLA News 12, Nick Lawton, January 23, 2017

Texas mother and son literally ride out tornado in bathtub-- The elderly woman and her son were watching the news, when the broadcast meteorologist showed the storm track and they noticed their home was in the line of the storms. They proceeded to go to their bathroom and stay down in the tub. That is when the son heard the roof come off of the house and next thing they knew they were lifted into the air and twisted around until they finally were placed on the ground. Thankfully no one was injured.
KDFW, Hudson Hongo, January 25, 2017

Other Climate Impacts


Power outages, damage reported in DFW after storm -- A line of thunderstorms traveled through the DFW area. This caused thousands to experience power outages. The county with the most outages was Ellis County with 6,000 outages. A tree even fell on a mobile home trapping a teenager, who was able to escape.
WFAA, Jesse Hawila, January 2, 2017

Cold weather damages pipes in North Texas -- Restaurants in North Texas are preparing for the freezing temperatures by maintaining their sprinkler systems. Business owners are wary of the predicted ice storm because of the hard freezes in December that busted over 40 sprinkler systems in local businesses. The McKinney Deputy Fire Marshall explains that having professionals perform regular maintenance on sprinkler systems can save lives and property.
WFAA, Sebastian Robertson, January 6, 2017

How Wild Texas Weather Affects Businesses -- Warmer winter weather is drawing more people out to outdoor run for families. Businesses that would typically see fewer people during this season are getting more action as the temperature warms.
NBC DFW, Courtney Gilmore, January 10, 2017

The Latest: 33,000 customers without power in Texas -- Severe storms in Clifton have caused about 33,000 people to lose power through Central and North Texas. The severe weather Sunday evening has also delayed flights out of Dallas/Fort Worth for more than two hours.
Houston Chronicle, Staff Writer, January 15, 2017

Storms Damage More Than 30 Homes Near Dallas, Topple Trees Near Houston, Spawn Tornadoes -- Severe storms associated with large hail, strong winds, and a few tornadoes moved through East Texas Monday, damaging at least 30 homes near Dallas and tearing down trees and power lines near Houston. The storm left about 33,000 customers without power over the weekend. In Arlington, 2 inches of rain fell in less than one hour and caused flash flooding of roadways in the area.
The Weather Channel, Staff Writer, January 16, 2017

Severe Weather Causes Several Delays for School in the Houston Area-- Schools in the Houston area have been delayed due to severe weather and high water. Affected districts include Rice, HISD, Fort Bend ISD, HCC, and TSU where entrances to the schools are blocked by high water. The University of Houston and Lone Star College will continue classes as scheduled.
Houston Chronicle, Daniela Sternitzky-Si Napoli, January 18, 2017

Texas Experienced Almost Half of the Costliest Climate Disasters to Strike the US in 2016-- 2016 marked Texas’ third-warmest year on record, after 2012 and 2011. Record breaking temperatures as well as heavy rains attributed to seven of the year’s 15 costliest weather and climate disasters, each exceeding $1 billion in losses. The seven events in Texas included flooding in Houston, North and Central Texas hail storms, as well as flooding in the Sabine River basin.
KERA News, Molly Evans, January 19, 2017

34,000 Without Power, Wind Advisory in Effect Sunday for Southeast Texas-- High winds in the wake of a cold front caused more than 34,000 power outages Sunday. Tree limbs, scaffolding, and some construction was also damaged across the city, although no injuries were reported. A wind advisory remains in effect for Southeast Texas until this evening.
Houston Chronicle, Keri Blakinger, January 22, 2017

Houston Power Outage: Wind Gusts Leave Thousands in the Dark-- Strong winds up to 50 mph left more than 52,000 customers in the Houston area without power. According to the NWS, there are reports of trees, power lines, and fences down in the area. Power has been restored to some customers, and crews are working to safely remove trees and debris from power lines.
Houston Patch, Feroze Dhanoa, January 22, 2017

As Wind Power Takes Hold, Texas Nuclear Plants May be on Their Way Out-- The success of wind power along with the oil market is beginning to bring about the end to the need for nuclear power. Currently Texas is run 20% by nuclear power plants. With Rick Perry as energy secretary, they believe he will advocate for more wind energy use across the US. Some Texas nuclear plants are experiencing issues similar to plants in other states, which will lead to closures.
High Plains Public Radio, Jonathan Baker, January 24, 2017

The Home Depot Taps Texas Wind Farm for Renewable Energy-- This is the first time the major corporate store, Home Depot is investing in wind-powered renewable energy. Their partnership will be with EDP Renewables North America. Home Depot alone uses ⅕ of all the power produced by one of the company’s wind farms. The same farm also runs 70,000 homes through clean energy each year.
PR Newswire, Staff Writer, January 31, 2017


North Texas Road Crews Ready For Winter Weather -- The Texas Department of Transportation sprayed brine on bridges and overpasses in advance of winter weather expected Friday morning. In case ice binds to the roads, a fleet of trucks equipped with sand waited in position to provide better traction for vehicles driving over the slippery highways. Dallas, Collin, Denton, and Rockwall began pre-treating roads for wintry precipitation Wednesday evening.
CBS DFW, Andrea Lucia, January 4, 2017

Storm Causes 260 North Carolina, 60 Texas Vehicle Crashes -- Winter weather has caused numerous traffic accidents on Friday after 3 to 4 inches of snow was dumped in the Texas Panhandle.
KRGV, Staff Writer, January 7, 2017

Potential ice storm could make or hazardous driving-- The National Weather Service is predicting an icy winter storm for the Panhandle over the weekend that could bring inches of snow by Sunday night. NWS is warning of freezing rain in Amarillo early Friday morning. Ice accumulation could be up to a fifth of an inch in southern parts of the Panhandle.
Amarillo Globe-News, Ronald Balaskovits, January 12, 2017

Cleanup Continues Following Weekend Storms in the ArkLaTex-- The tornado uprooted trees and flattened a path through the small town of Scottsville. Locals they interviewed were happy that no one was seriously injured in the incident.
KTBS ABC 3 News, Staff Writer, January 23, 2017

Driving Smart: Preparing for Winter Weather-- In Corpus Christi they rarely experience wintry precipitation. For those traveling North or in the chance that wintry precipitation made it to the Corpus Christi, they prepared their viewers with an emergency kit in case they were to get stranded in their car and unable to drive any further. The list mainly included basic first-aid and survival needs along with things to keep your electronics up and running to call for help. They also warned to make sure to check your exhaust pipe regularly while you are in your car and using it to stay warm because if the exhaust pipe is
KIII 3 ABC News, Staff Writer, January 28, 2017


Conservation: Deer baiting still illegal-- After a drought limited wildlife food supply, state wildlife officials are warning deer hunters that deer baiting is still illegal. According to the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director, a false rumor has been spread that due to 2016s drought, baiting has been allowed.
The Eagle, Staff Writer, January 14, 2017


Texas Motor Speedway repaving its track after weather-plagued 2016 -- The Texas Motor Speedway has been forced to repave its tracks after too many weather-related race delays. Even though the drivers prefer older asphalt, minimal rainfall cause hours-long delays and caused fans to complain. The last time the tracks were replaced was in 2001.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Drew Davison, January 6, 2017

Weather-related sports cancellations around E. Texas -- Some sports activities and events have been cancelled in East Texas due to the potential for worsening weather conditions. Quitman ISD, Wills Point ISD, Eustace ISD, and Tyler Lee announced cancellations and delays as a precaution for the cold weather situation.
KLTV, Stephanie Frazier, January 6, 2017

Allergy Alert! Cedar Pollen Is Bad And Now It’s Got Company -- High winds are blowing from the southwest and bringing high levels of cedar pollen in the Texas Hill Country. This is causing lots of allergies in the area.
CBS DFW, Robbie Owens, January 10, 2017

Fans brave weather to flock to Texans playoff game -- Texans and Raiders fans brave the cold as they fill up the NRG Stadium parking lots for tailgating before the AFC playoff game. Fans wore an array of jackets, scarfs, hats, and gloves to keep them warm until they could get inside the heat of the stadium.
Houston Chronicle, Matt Young, January 7, 2017

Cutting through the cold: Weather doesn’t deter cutting horse event -- Cold weather didn’t stop the cowboys and cowgirls from the American Southwest Texas Cutting horse Association show on Saturday. About 100 riders entered into the competition. The cold weather almost caused the show to cancel, but the competition was held anyways due to the push from the audience.
Temple Daily Telegram, Larry Causey, January 7, 2017

Severe weather prolongs some fans’ experience at AT&T Stadium -- A tornado and flash-flood warning issued in Dallas caused over 1000 Cowboys and Green Bay Packers fans inside the AT&T Stadium for about an hour after the football game. This was the first time fans were feld inside of the AT&T Stadium or Texas Stadium due to weather. During the peak of the storm, fans were warned to move away from the stadium’s windows and glass doors.
The Dallas Morning News, Jeff Mosier and Naheed Rajwani, January 16, 2017

2 Carnival Ships Delayed Due to Adverse Weather Conditions-- The Carnival Valor was stationed in Galveston Texas while the Carnival Fantasy was located in Alabama. The ships had to go through some rough seas and were delayed in porting. For the Carnival Valor, their porting was delayed almost a whole day, which delayed the next cruise.
Cruise Hive, Emrys Thakkar, January 23, 2017

Can People Really Feel Cold Weather in their Joints-- Many people think this is a myth, but El Paso physician says there is actually some truth to this. People are not feeling the cold in their joints, but instead they are feeling the change in barometric pressure. Often colder air is more dense and leaves less room for the joints to expand. Other ailments such as nosebleeds and migraines from changing weather conditions are not proven to be due to weather alone.
KFOX 14 News, Meghan Lopez, January 27, 2017

Super Weather Kicks Off Super Bowl Week in Houston-- During the week before the Super Bowl, Houston was forecasted to experience nece temperatures with lows in the 40s and highs in the mid 70s. Showers were possible in the area for Friday and Saturday. Sadly, the nice weather forecasted to end just in time for the Super Bowl. There were more showers in the forecast and clouds expected during Sunday.
KPRC , Aaron Barker, January 30, 2017

Will it Rain on Super Bowl?-- There is a slight chance for rain during the Super Bowl festivities. Leading up to game day there were some small rain chance of 20% on Thursday, 30% chance on Friday through Sunday. Temperatures were expected to be pleasant with highs in the low 70s and lows in the upper 50s to low 60s with partly sunny skies.
Houston Chronicle, Dale Lezon, January 31, 2017

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