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Heading Toward Another Texas Drought?--
Dry conditions this fall have allowed for drought to set up in the State of Texas. Southeast Texas and Houston is one of the few places in the state that is not designated as abnormally dry or in drought after the large amount of rain dumped by Hurricane Harvey. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting rain to be below normal and warmer temperatures for most of the southern United States this winter caused by La Nina conditions setting up in the Pacific. These factors will most likely accentuate the drought.
KHOU, David Paul, November 20, 2017

Drought intensifies throughout Texas, Water Board says --
As Texas enters into one of the driest seasons of the year, drought conditions are continue to spread and degrade. The latest updates from the Texas Water Development Board say that about 15 percent of the state is currently in a drought. The Board predicts that the La Nina weather pattern will allow for a drier and warmer winter season. The North Texas region can expect rain chances to be at or under 10 percent for through next week.
Herald Democrat, Michael Hutchins, November 21, 2017

Water use, drought-tolerant hybrids still key to dryland crop production--
Scientists from Texas A&M AgriLife are developing an understanding of resource management for planters during growing seasons. When growing crops such as dryland sorghum and corn, risk management is very important. After a year of observing crops in Bushland, Texas, results have suggested that hybrids and planting dates cause differences in water use and crop yield by the end of the season. More studies will be completed in 2018 to see how the possibility of different weather patterns affect these crops.
AgriLife Today, Kay Ledbetter, November 23, 2017

‘Abnormally dry’ conditions in Brazos Valley mean preparing before setting controlled burns--
With below average rainfall in the Brazos Valley the past few months, firefighters warn that dry conditions can lead to campfires, bonfires, and controlled burns getting out of hand quickly. On Friday afternoon, volunteer firefighters battled a 75-acre grass fire for two hours near the Brazos River in the northern portion of the county. According to the Bremond Volunteer Fire Department, the fire was caused by a spark from an off-road vehicle.
Bryan-College Station Eagle, Rebecca Fiedler, November 24, 2017

Three months after Harvey, drought creeps toward Houston--
Three months ago Hurricane Harvey dumped a year’s worth of rain over Houston in just five days. Now, the city is feeling the effects of drought as pleasant, sunny days continue. A precipitation deficit of 12 inches has built up since September 1, and so far in November, the Houston area has only seen half an inch of rain. The long-range weather outlook calls for a pattern change in the next couple of weeks which could bring much needed rain to Houston.
KTRK, Travis Herzog, November 27, 2017

East Texas burn bans being posted as area drought returns --
More northeastern Texas counties have been designated burn bans as of Thursday. The burn bans have been put in place as drought conditions have become returned in northeast corner of the state. All of northeast Texas is now under severe drought conditions while the rest of East Texas is in moderate drought or abnormally dry conditions.
Longview News-Journal, Staff Writer, November 30, 2017


Some South Texas pecan crops damaged by Hurricane Harvey --
Many Texas pecan harvesters are observing the impact of Hurricane Harvey on pecan orchards. When the storm made landfall August 25 in South Texas, tree limbs were downed as well as whole trees being blown over, taking their leaves and pecans with them. One South Texas orchard observed all of their trees sustaining some damage and about 60 percent of that damage being substantial. The sales price for pecans has also been affected due to the smaller harvest. Texas A&M AgriLife specialists have observed pound sales being $1 to $3 more than average for the season.
Houston Chronicle, Staff Writer, November 2, 2017

Weather conditions delayed cool-season forage planting--
Hot and dry conditions in East Texas have forced many farmers to reconsider winter planting practices. Farmers would usually begin planting for the winter season between late-September and mid-October. Warm temperatures with intermittent cold spells and dry weather is making producers plant later than ideal or not at all. Later extensions of planting date will delay the availability of harvest which will be problematic for producers that rely on winter pasture grazing.
AgriLife Today, Adam Russell, November 4, 2017

The stinging reality: Wasps inundating North Texas homes--
Wasps have begun to appear in homes throughout North Texas recently. A warm winter last year allowed for more mosquitoes to thrive throughout the season which provided more food for wasps thus sustaining their population. As abnormal warm temperatures occur in the area, the wasps are beginning to look for places to nest for the winter. The nests happen to homes in North Texas. The best way to limit wasps in homes is to make sure chimney flues and cracks are plugged. Limiting flower aromas in houses will also keep wasps from searching for nectar.
WFAA, Lauren Zakalik, November 3, 2017

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service free private well testing--
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is still concerned for private well owners affected by floodwater, almost two months after the landfall of Hurricane Harvey. USDA, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and other groups are collaborating to offer water testing opportunities for private well owners to test possible contaminated wells. The main risks from these contaminated wells is coliform and E. Coli. AgriLife will be providing free water test kits to private citizens at the Extension Office with extensive instructions that will then be tested at Texas A&M University in College Station. Any homeowner with a private domestic water well in the flood affected areas are eligible to receive a kit November 6 and 7.
KRISTV, Roland Rodriguez, November 3, 2017

Texas crop and weather report--
Peanut harvest has started across the state, and harvested acres provided good to great yields for many producers. Good moisture and mild weather in August and September created ideal soil conditions for the crop. Although peanut production represents a large portion of Texas agricultural economy, seeded acreage of the crop decreased by a third compared to last year. The first frost in the region was seen recently, and those plants affected by the frost will be harvested as soon as possible.
Agrilife Today, Adam Russell, November 8, 2017

Texas Crop and Weather Report--
Thanksgiving consumers can expect lower prices for holiday hams and turkeys this year. An economist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension reports that the five-year low in turkey and ham prices are due to high production outputs and low feed prices during the past season. Cooler and damper weather during the growing season provided high productivity of wheat and oats in the rolling plains, central, and east Texas regions.
AgriLife Today, Adam Russell, November 14, 2017

Slight climate shifts can affect optimum water use in plant communities--
Researchers from three institutions around in the United States and Belgium are collaborating to develop results that determine the effect of climate on water use of plants in different communities. The scientists are using a theoretical model to predict the use of water in ecosystems affected by climate change. One of the produced maps shows that in some regions of the world, plants will no longer use rainfall as an efficient tactic for beneficial plant growth, and therefore observe a decline in production due to lack of irrigation or other water sources. The researchers hope to implement their findings in hydrological analysis to determine water transportation during changing rain conditions as the climate changes.
AgriLife Today, Kay Ledbetter, November 18, 2017

Texas Crop & Weather Report - Nov. 21, 2017--
According to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Expert, even though catfish production in Texas is down, it is not bad news for fish producers in the the state. As catfish producers enter the annual catfish harvest, production is expected to decrease by about 5 percent. The largest cause of the drop is a shift to the production of higher value species of catfish. Producers are monitoring temperatures and fish production to ensure that temperatures do not dip below 50 degrees so that the fish continue eating and growing.
Agrilife Today, Adam Russell, November 21, 2017

Ag Weather Forum --
Midwest farmers are winding down this season’s corn harvest. Western and southern midwest region corn harvest is running at about 90 percent completing as weather conditions have been general favorable during the growing season. Drier conditions as the current season progresses may lead to a degradation in percent yield and efficiency of harvest. Areas north of Texas, such as the state of Michigan have observed poorer harvest this season as highly saturated soil and inadequate drying conditions led to inefficient crop growth.
The Progressive Farmer, Mike Palmerino, November 21, 2017

Texas growers expect ample supplies from this year’s crops--
Farmers in Texas are looking forward to a bountiful yield when the harvest begins. The quality of crops looked good when in the early portion of the month, even with some unseasonably warm weather. Some of the commodities expected are ample supplies of  kale, grapefruit, cilantro, and cabbage, with a large amount of citrus available by early December.
Fresh Plaza, Staff Writer, November 22, 2017

Texas Crop and Weather Report--
The expected drier weather this season will have impacts on both farmers and livestock producers. There have been plentiful grain supplies during the past season which entail low crop prices for farmers, but lower costs for livestock producers. The mean price of corn should remain steadily low following a large harvest yield for the US, especially in Texas. Feed prices at their current low level will most likely lead to an expansion of livestock production number this year, allowing for a very successful year in general for cattle farmers and ranchers.
AgriLife Today, Adam Russell, November 28, 2017


Significant Weather


Texas flood victims try for fresh start in La. --
A Texas family that was victim from the destructive floods of Hurricane Harvey have sought refuge in Estherwood, Louisiana. The family continues to live paycheck to paycheck, but is very thankful to Southwest Louisiana residents that have helped the family. Someone sold the family a 1992 Chevy van for just $500 and rented out to them a three-bedroom apartment. The family found Estherwood after Harvey took their home in Vidor, Texas, then the hotel evicted them. Many of their belongings were ruined during the storm, though they hope to start a new life in Louisiana.
American Press, Doris Maricle, November 5, 2017

Flood water prevention sites save lives --
Flood water prevention sites have been built throughout Texas by the cooperation of local project sponsors and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Services over the past 60 years. Regional conservation services in Texas recently met near Abilene to discuss fencing, operation, and maintenance of a local dam and how to improve. Meeting such as these are important to maintaining the structures and protecting Texas lives. The USDA and regional conservation services hope to continue the meetings in the future.
Abilene Reporter-News, Donnie Lunsford, November 5, 2017

October weather recap: Austin recorded a lot less rain than normal--
Long-range forecasts show that the unusual dry and warm conditions experienced during October will continue through November ahead of an abnormal winter. Weather and climate experts expect the La Nina to be declared by the end of the month. This phenomenon will enhance the drier and warmer conditions throughout the winter months. Some area in Austin recorded nearly 2 inches less than average for the month. The region has already maximized in annual rainfall due to Hurricane Harvey though significantly more exceedance is not expected for the rest of the year.
Austin-Statesman, Nolan Hick, November 6, 2017

Hundreds of dams in Texas could fail in worst-case flood--
The Austin-Statesman has found that several hundred dams are in substandard condition for protecting against floods if the worst-case scenario were to occur. The report by Austin-Statesman identified that these dams are located upstream of populated are. The Texas state law intends to protect  against breaching and or failure during catastrophic flood events. Many that are at risk are ill informed of destruction potential and are at risk , being in the flood inundation zone.
Austin-Statesman, Ralph K.M. Haurwitz, November 10, 2017

East Houston Regional Medical Center won’t reopen after flood damage from Harvey --
Officials at the East Houston Regional Medical Center have stated the facility will not be able to continue to operate following Hurricane Harvey. The medical center had been rebuilt following previous storms and heavy rain events, but Harvey was an exceptional case. The hospital was equipped with flood gates, though nearly six feet of water was able to enter the facility. Hospital officials are currently assisting employees of the facility to seek jobs in the Gulf Coast Division including the Houston, Corpus Christi, and South Texas regions.
ABC13, Staff Writer, November 11, 2017

Patchy fog with more more rain on the way --
Meteorologists are expecting increased rain chances for Sunday in the DFW region. Cloudy, overcast skies will stick around for the majority of the day and into Monday keeping temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Beginning Tuesday, the week will be a mix of clouds and sunshine with warmer temperatures in the 70s. A cold front is expected to move through Texas during the day on Friday, lower temperatures to the 60s for the weekend.
KCRA, Dirk Verdorn, November 11, 2017

Cloudy with a few showers today--
Residents in the DFW area should expect to carry an umbrella with them on Sunday. There are moderate chances of light showers throughout the day. Temperatures will be in the upper to lower 70s with partly cloudy skies. Monday will warm up a bit with some clouds and highs in the mid to upper 70s. A cold front will pass through the area again on Friday, cooler temperatures back down into the 60 for the weekend.
KXAS, Staff Writer, November 12, 2017

Hit or miss showers across North Texas--
Slight rain chances are expected in the coming days. Any observable precipitation will come mainly from light showers and no thunderstorms. Some areas will see moderate rainfall with totals higher than 0.1”. Sunshine and warmer temperatures are on their way for the remainder of the work week. Beginning Tuesday, clear skies will give way to highs in the upper 70s, with some days possibly observing abnormal highs in the 80s.
WFAA, Kyle Roberts, November 12, 2017

Harvey flood damage shuts Houston hospital permanently--
The East Houston Regional Medical center will not reopen after extensive damage to the facility caused Hurricane Harvey.  The hospital had been rebuilt some years prior to Harvey, though the damage from this destructive storm was too severe. The center is also in a low-lying area prone to flooding which contributed to the extensiveness of the damage. Officials will be working with employees to assist in seeking new employment at other medical centers in southeast Texas.
Austin American-Statesman, November 12, 2017

Austin American-Statesman investigates Texas dams safety--
Hurricane Harvey affected Gulf Coast residents and infrastructure alike. Upper Brushy Creek Dam 10A is one of many dams in the state designated at a substandard level. Significant flood events, like that of Harvey can put regions at risks of dam breaching. Many of the structures that are now below a level of acceptability were put at risk by the passage of a law by the Texas legislature in 2013 that exempted nearly 45 percent of Texas dams from inspection.
Houston Chronicle, Staff Writer, November 13, 2017

Rain, wind likely for much of east this weekend--
Wind advisories have been put into effect for regions ranging from Ohio to Texas on Saturday. Winds in the advisory area could see winds ranging from 20 to 30 mph and gusts over 45 mph. The National Weather Service is warning residents to be cautious of dangerous conditions that could develop due to these winds. Gusts at over 45 mph are capable of causing tree limbs to fall and lead to power outages.
KTIC, Staff Writer, November 18, 2017

Some Texas Christmas Tree farms devastated by Harvey floods --
The effects of Hurricane Harvey have extended into the Christmas season. Significant flooding in East Texas has devastating Christmas Tree farm sites. A prominent farm in Beaumont, Texas has announced through social media that they will be closing due to the flooding. K&K Evergreen Farm will be closing this season after 40 years because of Hurricane Harvey and flooding from the Sabine River last year.
The News Tribune, Morgan Gstalter, November 30, 2017

Warm Weather

Above average temperatures for much of Texas: Here’s why--
In north Texas, abnormally warm temperatures are expected to maintain in the next couple days. A low pressure systemwill keep the warm temperatures in place, and bring moisture from the Gulf by southerly winds, through rain chances will remain isolated and low. Regions in northeastern and northwestern Texas have already observed temperature departures of 12 to 17 degrees above normal. Some areas along the Mexico border could see temperatures reach the lower 90s on November 4.
The Weather Network, Staff Writer, November 1, 2017

Austin temperatures expected to reach record-tying 88 on Thursday --
Morning conditions in south central Texas are expected to be foggy and warm. Warm southerly winds are bringing humid air into the area and will assist in raising the temperature to the high 80s. If temperatures were to reach the forecasted 88 degrees, it will match the daily record set last year, according to the National Weather Service. Austin’s Camp Mabry recorded temperatures near 71 degrees at the early hour of 6 a.m.
Austin-Statesman, Roberto Villalpando, November 2, 2017

Thursday Morning Weather Forecast --
The North Texas region could observe record high temperature for the month of November beginning on Thursday. Meteorologists are forecasting an afternoon high of 91 degrees for some areas with weak winds. Friday is expected to be slightly cooler though still warm. The temperatures will crank up again and sustain throughout the weekend with more broken records possible.
CBS11, Jeff Jamison, November 2, 2017

Unseasonably warm weather expected all weekend--
Lovers of autumn will be disappointed for another week as warm temperatures are expected to continue in south-central Texas. Heat indices are predicted to climb into the upper 80s and in some cases, lower 90s. Light rain and some morning fog is expected for Saturday, though these will clear out by the afternoon, bringing an unseasonably warm 84 high and 68 degree low. Sunday will be about the same with a high near 87 and partly cloudy skies allowing for a low around 67.
Austin-Statesman, Taylor Goldenstein, November 4, 2017

Morning fog will give way to unseasonable warm Sunday--
Lingering fog in the Austin area is expected to completely dissipated by 10 a.m. Sunday morning. The National Weather Service forecasts a steamy high of 86 degrees for the afternoon with some areas possibly creeping up into the 90s. These temperatures are about 10 to 15 degrees above average for this time of year. Skies will be partly cloudy and the low is forecasted as 68 degrees. Weather conditions on Monday will be the same.
Austin-Statesman, Rachel Rice, November 5, 2017

Forecast: Austin to hit 80 before cold front sinks temps 30 degrees--
A cold front will move through Central Texas later this afternoon, causing much cooler temperatures. The National Weather Service forecasted mostly cloudy skies, with high temperatures near 80 degrees before noon. The front will move through in the evening and will bring a 30 percent chance of showers as the low temperatures drop to near 50 degrees. Wednesday will see higher rain chances and strong northerly winds that will keep temperatures below 55 degrees.
Austin American-Statesman, Roberto Villalpando, November 7, 2017

La Nina is back: What that means for Texas--
The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) announced Thursday that La Nina has returned due to below-average water temperatures along the equator in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean. A La Nina weather pattern usually means a drier and warmer weather pattern than normal for Texas. According to the CPC, there is a 65 to 75 percent chance that La Nina conditions continue through at rough the winter.
KVUE, Albert Ramon, November 9, 2017

Here comes La Nina, El Nino’s Flip Side--
Forecasters on Thursday have confirmed that La Nina has returned. Though the La Nina is currently weak, it is expected to stick around for a few months and have effect on global weather patterns. La Nina will bring warmer and drier condition to most of the US. Texas A&M University agricultural economists suggest that the climate occurrence will be bad for the agricultural business. Crop production usually decreases during La Nina years along with monetary yield.
KRON4, Staff Writer, November 10, 2017

La Nina likely to create dry, mild winter weather--
Though the La Nina weather pattern usually creates mild and dry conditions across the southern US, regional effects in West Texas will be minor. A short-term La Nina would be the best case for cotton growers this year, reports a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agronomist. The dry conditions would be helpful for regional growers in West Texas after especially wet summer and fall seasons.
Amarillo Globe-News, Sarah Shelf-Walbrick, November 11, 2017

Sunshine returns with warmer temperatures--
The passage of a cold front on Sunday allowed for the development of low clouds in the Abilene area. There are slight chances of drizzle that may continue through Monday. Temperatures will remain in the mid-60s until Tuesday afternoon, where a breaking of the clouds will allow for a warming into the 70s. Cool conditions will completely leave the area by Friday with highs in the 80s. These warm conditions will dissipate by the weekend as another cold front passes through the state.
KTXS, Mark Rowlett, November 13, 2017

Becoming breezy, warm, and humid--
Sunny skies will return to the DFW region today continuing into Wednesday. Afternoon highs will be in the mid to upper 70s with low clouds returning in the evening as lows dip into the lower 60s. A weak cold front passage will allow for slight chances of isolated showers and cooler temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday, while Friday is expected to reach highs in the mid 80s. Another cold front will come into the area during the weekend and sustain cool temperatures into the upcoming week including Thanksgiving.
KXAS, Staff Writer, November 14, 2017

Warmer temperatures Thursday afternoon--
A weak cold front brought breezy northerly winds, lower temperatures, and cloudy skies to the Abilene region on Wednesday. The clouds will linger through the night along with chances of mist and drizzle and a low in the 50s. A clearing of the skies by Thursday afternoon will warm temperatures to the lower 70s. Friday will see significant warming with highs in the mid 80s with strong winds around 20 mph. The record high for Thursday in Abilene is 86. Friday night will have fair sky and breezy conditions and temperatures in the 60s, just in time for the high school football kickoff.
KTXS, Mark Rowlett, November 15, 2017

Forecast: Sunshine with temps near 84; front Saturday to bring cooler, drier air--
Unseasonably high temperatures are forecasts for the south central Texas region the weekend before Thanksgiving. According to the National Weather Service, partly cloudy skies and sunny conditions will allow temperatures to climb into the mid 80s. These temperatures will be over 10 degrees warmer than normal and just shy of the 90 degree record high set in Austin during 2013. These warm temperatures will be alleviated late Saturday afternoon as a front passes through the region bringing breezy north winds and much cooler temperatures.
Austin American-Statesman, Roberto Villalpando, November 17, 2017

KTXS Forecast: Changes on the way Saturday--
Summer-like conditions were felt in the Big Country on Friday as temperatures climbed into the 80s and low 90s. A cold front will move through the area on Saturday cooling temperatures down to the upper 50s with strong winds. A wind advisory will be in place from 6 a.m. until  about 3 p.m. Overnight lows on Saturday can see a light freeze with possible frost Sunday morning.
KTXS, Megan Murat, November 17, 2017

Southern Plains Likely Dry through Winter, Lack of Rain May Hurt Wheat--
Wheat planters are expecting the high probability of lower than average precipitation this season and through February. Low levels of rain have fallen in the Midwest and Southern Plains over the past 30 days, including Texas. Many planters are not yet worried about the dry weather expected during this growing season, though weather patterns this winter may lead to some concern. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts the chance of a La Nina weather pattern to sustain through the winter though maintain relatively weak strength.
Successful Farming, Tony Dreibus, November 22, 2017

Thursday PM Weather--
The South and Rolling Plains saw temperatures in the mid to upper 70s for the Thanksgiving afternoon with sunny skies and a few high clouds. The clouds will continue through the evening then clear out later tonight. Colder temperatures will return in the night hours as the low returns to the lower 40s. Friday will be warmer with highs in the lower 80s and some windy conditions. An outlook says there will be an elevated wildfire weather risk across the region during the afternoon.
Everything Lubbock, Chris Whited, November 23, 2017

Warmer weather expected this weekend--
Above normal temperatures are headed for Central Texas this weekend. Friday and Saturday will see high temperatures near 80 degrees with clear, sunny skies and a low temperature near 50 degrees. A weak cold front will blow through Saturday, but high temperatures will still be in the mid-70s.
Killeen Daily Herald, Josh Sullivan, November 24, 2017

Fort Worth holiday spirit heats up, and so does the weather--
Warm weather over the Thanksgiving weekend with temperatures in the 70s in Fort Worth was hot enough to melt part of the Panther Island Ice Rink in Fort Worth. However, the majority of the ice rink was still intact, so people could still enjoy the warm weather and ice skate at the same time, a rather untraditional holiday tradition.
WFAA, Monica Hernandez, November 24, 2017

Another above average day to wrap up the weekend--
North Texas temperatures warm up into the high 60s and low 70s as the trend of sunny and dry days continues. Winds will strengthen to 10-20 mph Monday, and temperatures will increase into the mid 70s, nearly 15 degrees higher than normal. There is a slight chance of rain to the east of Dallas-Fort Worth Tuesday following a cold front that will drop temperatures into the 60s for the rest of the week.
KDFW, Staff Writer, November 26, 2017

Heading for 80 today, weak front by morning --
The presence of sunshine and southerly winds at 7-15 mph will allow for temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s in the San Antonio area on Tuesday. A cold front will arrive Wednesday morning, dropping temperatures into the mid 70s, though without much rain other than a few sprinkles. By next Tuesday, a strong cold front is expected to pass through the area bringing winter-like conditions for the proceeding days.
Spectrum News, Dan Robertson, November 28, 2017

Cool Weather

Rain, cooler temperatures on the way as front moves through East Texas on Tuesday--
Abnormal high temperatures have been observed in East Texas over the past few days, though relief is expected in thecoming days as a front moves through the region. The front will pass through midday on Tuesday. Winds will begin to shift to northerly at about 5 to 10 mph. This front passage will decrease high temperatures to the mid-50s and 60s and overnight lows in the 40s from Wednesday through Friday.
Tyler Morning Telegraph, November 6, 2017

Storm system brings rain Wednesday, chilly temperatures--
Cooler fall weather has finally returned after this past weekend’s record-breaking heat. Dallas-Fort Worth will see rain all day on Wednesday with temperatures in the 40s throughout the day. This will be the first time Dallas-Fort Worth has had a high in the 40s since last Valentine’s Day. Wind chill values may be seen in the upper 30s to low 40s. DFW could see rain anywhere from half an inch to an inch, with heavier totals south of DFW. Currently, DFW is slightly below normal in terms of precipitation for the year.
KXAS, Staff Writer, November 7, 2017

What winter will be like in Central Texas--
As meteorological winter looms just two weeks from November 14, meteorologists are considering the impacts of La Nina on the season. La Nina, the sister of the El Nino phenomenon, occurs when sea-surface temperatures in the equatorial region of the Pacific are colder than normal. These cool sea-surface temperatures shift cold and storm weather patterns northward, resulting in a drier and warmer than normal winter for Texas. Dry conditions also have the possibility of leading to increased drought with less-than average precipitation expected to fall.
KXAN, Jim Spencer, Natalie Ferrari, David Yeomans, Rosie Newberry, November 14, 2017

SETX weather is about to span 3 seasons in 3 days--
Southeast Texas will experience 3 different season conditions in just 3 days as temperatures go from above-normal highs on Saturday to near-freezing lows on Monday. According to the National Weather Service, high temperatures on Friday and Saturday will be in the low 80s with very little chances of rain. A strong cold front will pass through the region during the weekend, dropping temperatures on Monday into the 30s and 40s. Rain chances will increase as the week progresses with up to an inch of rain forecast to fall Tuesday and Wednesday.
Beaumont Enterprise, Staff Writer, November 16, 2017

Early look at Thanksgiving week: Cooler and rainy--
Next Tuesday will provide the best chances of rain for southeast Texas as cooler temperatures begin to creep into the region. Morning temperatures on Thanksgiving will be a brisk 40 degrees then warm up to the mid 60s by the mid-afternoon. Upcoming weekend temperatures will be cool and breezy with slight chances of rain on Saturday and Sunday.
KTRK, Collin Myers, November 16, 2017

Strong wind gusts in North Texas Saturday--
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the North Texas region beginning Saturday at 7 a.m. A cold front will move through the area bringing strong winds from the north at speeds in excess of 20 mph with some gusts reaching up to 40 mph. Though winds will die down in the late afternoon and evening, a strong cool down of temperatures will occur. Cool temperatures will being to dip into the mid 30s on Sunday across North Texas.
KXAS, David Finfrock, November 17, 2017

KLBK Saturday PM Weather --
The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for portions of Western Texas on Sunday morning. Widespread freezing is expected for most of the regions with some areas possibly observing temperatures in the mid to upper 20s. Monday will begin to warm up with highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s and light winds.
Everything Lubbock, Chris Whited, November 18, 2017

Austin in for a run of cool nights, sunny days--
The Austin area can expect the next few days follow a similar pattern: crisp mornings and sunny afternoons. Lows will be in the 50s, and in some cases dip into the 40s for the night and morning. Afternoon conditions will be partly cloudy and full of sun with highs in the mid to upper 60s and low 70s, according to the National Weather Service. Meteorologists report that these consistent conditions are due to a high-pressure system that has moved into the state and will remain for the next few days.
Austin-Statesman, Ralph Haurwitz, November 19, 2017

Will it actually STAY chilly this winter? A look at the NOAA outlook --
North winds at 30 to 40 mph blew in blisteringly cold temperatures on Friday to the North Texas region. The NationalOceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects this year to be a La Nina year, which will allow for warm and dry conditions for the majority of the winter in Texas. The presence of a high pressure system in the state will keep rain chances low and skies clear, leading to sunny skies and warm-than-average temperatures during the season.
KVUE, Andrew Kozak, November 19, 2017

Temperatures could dip into 30s overnight in parts of Central Texas--
National Weather Service meteorologists are forecasting temperatures to fall into the 30s on Wednesday in Central Texas. A widespread freeze is not expected to occur, though regions along the Interstate 35 corridor will can see temperatures briefly drop into the lower 30s. A cold front passed through the area early on Wednesday morning and will keep temperatures cool in the lower 60s with strong and chilly north winds throughout Wednesday.
Austin-Statesman, Roberto Villalpando and Katie Hall, November 22, 2017

Thursday’s weather: Cold start with highs reaching into the lower 60s--
East Texas can expect to wake up to chilly temperatures in the lower 30s at the start of Thanksgiving. Northerly winds will turn to the south allowing for the high temperature to creep up into the lower 60s in the afternoon. Overnight temperatures will fall into the 40s accompanied by winds from the south blowing at 10-15 mph. Black Friday will be about the same conditions as highs will be in the lower 70s. No chances of rain are expected for the rest of the week, though a cold front predicted to pass through on Wednesday may increase these chances.
KLTV, Cody Gottschalk, November 23, 2017

Forecast: Thanksgiving weekend to be warm, sunny--
Thanksgiving weekend in Austin will bring sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s. Pleasant weather will stick around this weekend with sunny skies and high temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. Patchy fog is possible along and east of I-35 early Saturday morning. The lows on Saturday and Sunday will be near 50 degrees.
Austin American-Statesman, Taylor Goldenstein, November 25, 2017

Mellow weather wraps up the Thanksgiving weekend--
Sunday’s weather across Central Texas is expected to be sunny with a high temperature in the mid 70s and a low temperature near 51. Monday’s weather will follow Sunday’s pleasant pattern. The recent temperature forecasts in the upper 70s to low 80s are about 10 degrees above normal for this time of year, according to the National Weather Service.
Austin American Statesman, Rachel Rice, November 26, 2017

Providing some winter color--
November is the month that annual flowers are planted to provide a pop of color throughout the winter season. Some winter flowers include the cyclamen, which prefers the shade, pansies, which need at least six hours of sun, and dianthus, which is the cold weather annual that survives longest into the summer. Roses, which are usually planted in the warmer fall season, will need less watering as the cold weather sets in.
Longview News-Journal, randy Reeves, November 26, 2017

KTXS Forecast: Turning cooler Tuesday night--
Warm weather is expected to hang around through the day Tuesday near Abilene. A cold front moving through the area Tuesday night will bring back low temperatures near 40 Tuesday night and Wednesday with high temperatures in the mid 60s. The weekend will be dry and sunny with highs in the 70s.
KTXS, Mark Rowlett, November 27, 2017

Arctic chill set to spill into the United States--
A major weather pattern will push chilly Arctic air southward into the state next week. The pattern, a strong low pressure system, is spinning over the Alaskan Aleutian Islands, blowing hurricane-force winds. Some predictions indicate that cold air from Siberia could cross the North Pole and move into North America during December. It is not yet certain if precipitation will be a concern, but the cold temperatures are certain to be.
ABC13, Travis Herzog, November 29, 2017

Severe Weather

Is the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season the new normal--
Hurricane Harvey was a new establishment for tropical system potential in the current climate. Harvey released nearly 19-trillion gallons of rain in the state and hundreds of billions of dollars in damage with the most significant effects in the Houston area. An atmospheric scientist at Texas A&M University has discussed that conditions in the Atlantic have been very conducive for tropical storm development during the summer and into fall with very warm water temperatures and low wind shear. As the atmosphere begins to warm, its availability to hold water will increase which will fuel these storms.
KBTX, Shel Winkley, November 6, 2017

Weather is getting more extreme. Are cities ready?--
Extreme weather events have cost the U.S. over $110 billion this year alone. Though some cities have taken steps to improve and build new infrastructure, such as bigger levees and floodwalls, more emphasis must be placed on upgrading information systems. Forecasters and city planners must work to improve prediction and preparation of more unprecedented storm events as the climate changes. Creative ways of exploring possible future events and their implications are methods that should be developed for better preparation.
Houston Chronicle, Clark Miller, Thaddeus R. Miller, Tischa Munoz-Erickson, November 15, 2017

Tropical Storm Harvey sparked huge huff of air pollution in Texas--
Texas environmental officials report that over 2 million kg of chemicals were released during and in the days following the passage of Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas. Nearly all refineries and petrochemical facilities along the Gulf Coast shut down before the storm made landfall, though these shutdowns still lead to emissions that exceeded air pollution permit levels. About 700,000 kg of emissions were deemed particularly hazardous by some officials as chemicals such as benzene, a carcinogen, was measured. Areas for which these emissions occurred included communities where there is above-average rates of poverty.
Chemical and Engineering News, Jeff Johnson, November 19, 2017

It’s over! Atlantic 2017 Hurricane Season Officially Ends Today --
November 30 marks the final day of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. This past season was record setting as the most active season since 2005, the year for which Hurricane Katrina hit. 17 named storms formed in the Atlantic with 10 being hurricanes and 6 of these designated as a major hurricane. Three storms reached Category 4 and 5 status and impacted the United States. The National Hurricane Center reports that September 2017 was the most active month for Atlantic hurricanes ever.
ABC13, Collin Myres, November 30, 2017


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Texas dedicates $90 million to supplement federal aid for debris cleanup--
State funds totalling $90 million will go to disaster-declared counties along Hurricane Harvey’s path to continue debris removal and offset costs. The funding will supplement federal aid already being funneled to storm-ravaged coastal areas, including Corpus Christi, Rockport and Port Aransas. Crews have removed about 1.5 million cubic yards of debris at the rate of about 25,000 cubic yards per day, totaling 65 to 70 percent of the debris.
Corpus Christi Caller Times, David Sikes, November 9, 2017

Uniquely West Texas: 1950’s weather--
Weather forecasting and broadcasting has evolved extensively in the last 60 years. Though broadcast meteorologists in the 1950s used similar forecasting tools such as numerical models, the only way to dispense weather information was through the use of symbols or physically draw graphics on a chalkboard. Weather broadcasting has evolved over recent decades to the use of digital images and more advanced prediction analysis.
Everything Lubbock, Heidi Waggoner, November 13, 2017

How San Antonio area is preparing before the next Harvey hits--
Hydrologists and city planners in the San Antonio area are considering the effects a disastrous storm such as Hurricane Harvey would have on local residents and infrastructure. Had Harvey shifted to the west by 50 miles, the city would have been inundated by flooding. Some residents remember back to June 1997, October 1998, and July 2002 when intense flooding caused significant damage with whole homes and lives being swept up in the flowing waters. The city is currently taking steps by enlisting teams of engineers to make sure all infrastructure and flood protection systems are up to development codes and standards in case of a catastrophic event.
KSAT, Chris Shadrock, November 15, 2017

Gov. Abbott extends emergency declaration for Harvey-hit counties--
As of November 20, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has extended the state disaster declaration for 60 counties that were significantly affected by Hurricane Harvey nearly three months ago. The extension will allow for residents in these counties to be eligible for federal aid. The 30-day extension of aid includes areas stretching from Corpus through Houston and other deep east regions.
Houston Chronicle, Mike Ward, November 20, 2017

Decent weather but higher gas prices expected for Thanksgiving travelers--
Fair weather conditions are forecasted for the Thanksgiving holiday along with decent roadway conditions. A 3 percent increases in Americans traveling over 50 miles between Wednesday and Sunday is expected, according to the American Automobile Association. Gas prices are also expected to increase noticeably just before the busy travelling days.
The Blade, David Patch, November 20, 2017

Texas dam safety a high priority--
Although Texas has made progress in addressing dam safety, more needs to be done to keep Texas who live near dams safe. An article by the Austin American-Statesman found hundreds of dams in Texas remain at risk of failure. Also, as more communities develop near dams, substandard dams put more lives at risk. At the top of the dam safety issue resides the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), which regulates and inspects dams. Also, according to a 2013 law, rural dams are exempted from safety regulations.
Denton Record-Chronicle, Staff Writer, November 25, 2017

PinPoint Weather team gets an upgrade--
KBTX upgraded their weather system to make use of NOAA’s new GOES-16 satellite data. Now, things like rain, clouds, and lightning can be seen in higher definition. The new data gives the KBTX weather team a minute by minute update so that viewers can stay ahead of the storm as it moves through the Brazos Valley.
KBTX, Mack morris, November 27, 2017

Wind power blows past coal in Texas--
Wind power has finally surpassed coal as the second-largest electricity source in Texas, as of last month. The increase in wind electricity source occurred when a 155-megawatt wind farm opened in West Texas and began commercial operation this past month. The wind farm helped push the state’s wind power capacity to over 20,000 megawatts, surpassing coal’s 19,800 megawatts. Three coal-fired power plants are expected to shut down in the DFW, further solidifying wind energy’s lead. Prominent energy operators are struggling to adapt to the changing energy market as wind power becomes a leader in the state.
Houston Chronicle, Ryan Maye Handy, November 28, 2017

Coal subsidies derail the Texas clean energy market--
President Donald Trump’s promise to revitalize the coal industry was well received by his support base during and after the election. The administration is following through with the promise by withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement and abolishing other environmental regulations that would hinder the coal industry. The coal industry has faced competition against sustained low natural gas prices. Coal power plants create many jobs in the state which lead to the interest of the energy source. This employment allure comes with the threat of environmental degradation when cleaner energy production such as wind and solar are available.
Star-Telegram, Elizabeth Lippincott, November 29, 2017

UW’s Shaw gives back to Texas after Harvey--
A Texas native who is now a student at University of Wisconsin is giving back to her community after the damaging effects of Harvey. Kendall Shaw felt the effects of the storm closely as her brother experienced significant flooding at his college in Houston. Shaw has recognized that a shortage of food is one of the biggest problems that face victims of Hurricane Harvey and she is leading a charge to raise money and take in donations this holiday season. She hopes to continue aiding those in need for the rest of the year and through 2018 and visit those affected.
The Daily Cardinal, Leah Voskuil, November 29, 2017


Temporary dump in storm-ravaged southeast Texas city closed --
State officials closed a temporary dumping ground in Port Arthur, Texas that stored moldy building debris from buildings. The closing comes after a weeks-long campaign by nearby residents and other activists who argued the possible health risks. Contractors finished their first sweep of debris on October 29 the same day the dumping site was closed. Officials have reported that more than 12,000 structures and nearly 80 percent of local homes were damaged. Local attorneys have written letters to the Port Arthur Mayor, requesting that the site be relocated away from people’s homes. A city spokesperson has stated that the site was closed because it was no longer needed and not due to resident and activist complaints.
Houston Chronicle, Emily Schmall, November 1, 2017

Cleanup involving 679 sunken vessels, 57,000 gallons of oil almost complete--
Cleanup of the vessels that sank during Hurricane Harvey continues as 57,000 gallons of oil and 8,200 pounds of hazardous materials are in the process of being removed. Most of the 679 vessels in Texas that were salvaged of recovered after the storm were in waters of the Coastal Bend. Nearly 80 Coast Guard units were engaged in the cleanup effort statewide.
Corpus Christi Caller Times, David Sikes, November 8, 2017

Wet roads lead to 2 fatalities, numerous accidents--
Rain-slick roads led to numerous accidents Wednesday in Bell and other nearby counties. The wet roads caused two fatalities in Lorena that closed a portion of I-35. The accident happened after the vehicle hydroplaned and hit a signpost.
Killeen Daily Herald, Deborah Mckeon, November 8, 2017


Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR playoff weather - Windy and hot race day --
Abnormal and excessive heat is expected for the races at the Texas Motor Speedway’s NASCAR playoffs, AAA Texas 500, November 4. Rain and cool weather is usually expected but strong winds and high temperatures will be the main concerns during the races. Temperatures at race time will be in the upper 80s to low 90s. Prevailing winds will be from the south-southwest with gusts upwards of 25-30 mph. Though the track will be dry, the heat and wind gusts could make race car handling much rougher.
SB Nation, Brian Neudorff, November 4, 2017

Game 5 of Texas Tech’s Red-Black series pushed back due to inclement weather--
The Texas Tech baseball team pushed back the fifth and final game of its Red-Black series to 3 pm due to inclement weather in the area. Game 5 of the series also concludes fall practice for the Red Raiders.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Carlos Silva Jr., November 7, 2017

Extreme Weather Task Force on winter safety--
Three lives were claimed during the cold months in El Paso county last year. The Extreme Weather Task Force hopes reduce the number by informing local residents of hazardous weather safety. The Task Force also asks the community to provide blanket donations. One of the main tips the Task Force pushes for a buddy system that would check on elderly and disabled persons during the cold season. The winter safety campaign will begin Friday, November and run for the entirety of the winter season.
KFOX14, Simon Williams, November 10, 2017

Plant pansies for perfect pop of cool-weather color--
Pansies are the perfect colorful decorative pieces for cool weather seasons, though require specific attention to detail when planting.  Pansies must be planted in soil with temperatures between 45 and 65 degrees for optimal growth. If the plants are in conditions cooler than this, they may observe stunted growth, pale leaves, and fewer flower growth. Pansies exposed to too warm of temperatures observe strange leaves and stems with pale yellow flowers. Planting during the early fall season is the best condition for these plants.
Bryan-College Station Eagle, Charla Anthony, November 17, 2017


Texas’ deer hunting season looks inviting --
The whitetale count in Texas is measured at over 4 million, the most of any state. The deer hunter count is also the most of any state at approximately 739,000 this past year according to Texas Parks and Wildlife. The large abundance of whitetail deer is due to beneficial habitat conditions throughout they year. There was an abundance of convenient rain, a mild-winter and spring, and a non-scorching summer which lead to heightened fawn production and survival. This season is expected to be very successful for Texas hunters.
Houston Chronicle, Shannon Tompkins, November 1, 2017

Texas deer season to open to unseasonably warm weather--
Deer hunting season in Texas begin Saturday, November 4 and will run until January 7 for North Texas and until Jan 21 for South Texas. A youth-only late season hunt will offer an extension from January 8 through 21. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department is expecting a bountiful hunting season. The white-tailed deer population has benefited from the warm habitat conditions last winter and early spring. Dry weather patterns in the summer and some widespread rain could affect the final stages of antler development, body weight, and fawn production. The establishment of chronic wasting disease (CWD) zones will allow for susceptible deer be treated efficiently this season and stop the spreading of disease.
KVUE, Hana Adeni, November 3, 2017

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