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County-wide burn bans through November 1

Fire Prevention Week: Keeping the area around your home safe -- This year Texas has either been really dry or really wet. There has not been much in between. Wildfires are always a possibility in Texas, and especially now with dry cold front beginning to push through the state with windy conditions following. Some prevention tips are to keep grass around your house neatly trimmed and to trim low hanging tree limbs. Being aware of the fire conditions and burn bans in your area can help defend a quick outbreak in fires.
KBTX, Max Crawford, October 11, 2016


Monthly Change in Drought Monitor Classification

U.S. Drought Monitor, October 4, 2016
U.S. Drought Monitor, October 25, 2016

Average first fall freeze date is October 30 -- Plainview’s climatological average first freeze date is October 30th. Over the past few years this date has range from as early as October 19th to as late as November 11th. The lack of rain in Texas has caused moderate drought conditions to ease back into the state. This week drought conditions cover 1 percent of texas, but is still down significantly from 48 percent one year ago.
Plainview Daily Herald, Doug McDonough, October 11, 2016

Dry October renews drought concerns -- Drought conditions worsened in portions of East Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. Six percent of the state is experiencing moderately dry conditions while other parts of the state are abnormally dry, the lowest drought category. These drought conditions are expected to continue for the next three months according to the Climate Prediction Center.
Herald Democrat, Michael Hutchins, October 26, 2016

Has our next drought already begun -- While it is very difficult to predict, the next drought in Texas and the Austin area may be underway. September was drier than normal in the Austin area and less than half an inch of rain has fallen in October. It is likely there will be little chance of rain the rest of the month putting this October the ninth driest since 1891. The likely culprit is the weak La Niña pattern in the Pacific Ocean, which cause drier conditions in the Southeast United States.
KXAN, Jim Spencer, October 27, 2016


Cotton on track -- Tom Green County agriculture agent says this year’s cotton crop is average on whole and there are some strong and weak spots. The latest crop needs some heat and dry weather to mature after being saturated with wet and cool weather. The total cotton crop in Texas in 2016 is predicted to be 660 million bales.
San Angelo Standard-Times, Kerry Lackey, October 3, 2016

Texas Crop and Weather Report -- Dr. David Anderson of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expects the long-term trend of lower cattle prices to continue into 2017. Producers have been expanding their herds, but other market factors have been keeping prices low. The price of fed cattle is at $1.04 per pound, which is 16 cents below the price a year ago and 21 cents below the five year average. Good natural forage and lower feed prices are helping to offset producers loses to a below average market.
AgriLife Today, Adam Russell, October 4, 2016

Pumpkin Crop Mixed Quality During Peak Times of Year -- A roller coaster of weather this is now becoming evident during the pumpkin harvesting season. Lusk Onion Company in New Mexico gets most of its pumpkins from its farm in Texas. Other than a heatwave during the summer, the southwestern U.S. has had excellent weather, which should produce an above average crop.
Ag Web, Ashley Davenport, October 5, 2016

Time to prepare winter quarters for pets and birds -- Unlike most birds who fly south during the winter, some birds stay put and deal with the cooler weather. A winter bird feeder should be located out of the wind and under covering. After winter storms be sure to knock off snow or ice because birds rely on seed during the cold months. For dogs and cats, be sure to provide some warmth if they must be left outside.
Times Record News, Katrena Mitchell, October 9, 2016

Cotton harvest begins in Concho Valley -- Cotton is in all stages across Texas due to some being able to plant earlier in the season before heavy rains arrived. The crop in Big Country is in excellent condition with harvest expected to begin in the next week or two. Other parts of the state have been hindered with heavy rainfall late in the crop season, which has not allowed the crop to fully mature. More warm, dry days are needed for some parts of Texas before the crop can be harvested.
San Angelo Standard-Times, Jerry Lackey, October 10, 2016

Big Country cotton producers optimistic about harvest -- The weather during the cotton growing and planting season has been optimal this year. Rains during the late summer were timely and helped the crop mature. Cotton harvesting typically begins mid October and runs through December. Producers are optimistic about this year’s crop and are expected to get into the fields soon.
KTXS, Melissa Valdez, October 12, 2016

New bacterial pathogen found in corn in Texas -- Earlier this year a bacterial pathogen was found on corn crops in the Texas Panhandle. While the effects were inconsequential AgriLife Extension Services will be watching for future implications. The disease that affects the corn plant’s leaves has not been found in other corn crops in Texas.
AgriLife Today, Kay Ledbetter, October 14, 2016

Texas Crop and Weather Report -- Late summer rains improved the cotton crop in the High Plains and Rolling Plains in Texas and an above average crops is expected for the 2016 season. However, not enough crop has been harvested to give a good indication about fiber quality of the cotton. This cotton season has not gone without its fair share of roadblock including issues with severe weather, pests, and diseases.
AgriLife Today, Adam Russell, October 18, 2016

Citrus Growers Facing Financial Hurdles as Harvest Season Begins -- Rio Grande Valley citrus growers could be facing large losses as this year’s harvest begins. The USDA found trees infested with a citrus canker in Houston and in the Rio Grande Valley. This type of pest is known to travel with the wind and rain and typically does not move during hot, dry weather. With cold front intruding the region during this time of year, producers are hoping they can harvest before the citrus canker is more prevalent.
KRGV, Staff Writer, October 18, 2016

Cotton harvest begins to pick up steam -- While some cotton modules are out harvesting a majority of West Texas farmers are hoping for their crop to mature before frost season. So far 22 percent of the Texas crop has been harvested and 84 percent of bolls are open. The High Plains estimated production has decreased by 45,000 bales from the September report and now sits at 4.1 million bales.
San Angelo Standard-Times, Jerry Lackey, October 20, 2016

You can’t garden by the calendar in Texas -- Typically gardening by the calendar tells when it is the best time to grow certain plants. Gardening by the calendar in Texas can be flustering and October is a prime example. Warmer than average temperatures and low humidity values have plants looking flagged. The average first freeze is highly variable and soil moisture before the first freeze impacts plant performance.
San Angelo Standard Times, Staff Writer, October 21, 2016

Texas Crop and Weather Report -- This year, soybean producers were unlucky with the timing of different weather patterns. Spring rains delayed the seeding process followed by arid summer temperatures and delayed harvesting from August rains. Soybean yields are going to be hit or miss this year with some fields doing well and others not meeting expectations.
AgriLife Today, Adam Russell, October 25, 2016

Put shrubs in the ground during the fall -- Cooler weather and abundant rain during the Fall and Winter will help shrubs be established before next summer. Knowing shrubs that do well in different climates across Texas is also something to look into when buying shrubs. Most of the time shrubs will perish their first summer when planted in the spring because they are not established yet.
Waco Tribunal, Melody Fitzgerald, October 27, 2016

Floydada is Pumpkin Capital, USA -- Floydada, a town outside of Lubbock, is known for their pumpkin gourds. On average, Floyd County hand-picks 10 to 15 million pounds of pumpkins each Fall. This year gourd owners were worried about the quality of their crops because early season rain flooded pumpkin fields and then rains impeded harvesting at the ideal time.
Plainview Daily Herald, Staff Writer, October 28, 2016


La Niña to be a no-show this fall -- Temperatures during September were much warmer than usual showing just how stubborn the Fall season is in Texas. The month’s rainfall total was 2.53 inches, which is .11 inches wetter than normal. The Climate Prediction Center has dropped its La Niña watch for now, which is surprising since earlier in the year a strong La Niña was expected. October and November is another peak of severe weather in Texas as temperatures begin to dip and cold fronts begin to be banal.
Cross Timbers Gazette, Brad Barton, October 2, 2016

Weather pattern setting up for warm, dry winter -- The La Niña winter that was forecast earlier this year does not look to emerge as strong as before. The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting Pacific Ocean temperatures to be about half a degree below normal during the first few months of 2017. This forecast is likely to bring warmer and drier conditions to Texas. Heavy rains and flooding like last year are not expected.
Mineral Wells Index, Adam Russell, October 4, 2016

Warmer and drier winter predicted for Texas -- NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued an ENSO statement saying La Niña is expected to influence winter conditions in Texas. La Niña favors warmer and drier weather across the southern US. However, this year’s event is expected to be weak and short lived.
KXAN, Rosie Newberry, October 21, 2016

Significant Weather


Storms bring flooding, power outages to South Plains -- Multiple rounds of electric storms brought heavy rain and caused power outages across the South Plains. About 1800 residents were affected in Southwest Lubbock County. Fog is expected to develop during the Friday morning commute.
Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Lucinda Holt, October 13, 2016

Friday morning fog in Central Texas turned into isolated storms -- Storms moved through the area overnight Thursday into Friday dropping upwards of a quarter of an inch of rain in some areas of the Austin metroplex. Evaporating moisture led to areas of dense fog Friday morning that gave commuters a slower morning drive.
The Austin American-Statesman, Staff Writer, October 14, 2016

Rain should subside by midday in DFW, with a warmer weekend ahead -- Dallas County is expected to receive about a quarter of an inch of rain while areas to the south are expected to get more. Flights at the DFW airport are being delayed due to rain, but will get back on schedule as the rain quickly moves out. Warm weather will return for the weekend before it dips again next week with the arrival of a cold front.
Dallas Morning News, Adalberto Toledo, October 14, 2016

Peanut harvests expected to be average -- Texas A&M AgriLife Service experts are expecting an average peanut harvest with low prices. Peanut producers in Terry, Yoakum, and Gaines counties were concerned about their crop after hot and dry conditions persisted from June into July. Peanuts have a higher water requirement than most other crops so dry conditions add a lot of stress to the crop.
Waco Tribunal, Adam Russell, October 15, 2016

This week marks 18th anniversary of deadly 1998 flood -- In 1998, South Central Texas experienced one of the most significant flooding events on record. 31 people were killed and damaged were estimated at $750 million. Over the course of 5 days, areas in south Texas received upwards of 20 inches of rain. Record crests were recorded on the Guadalupe River in multiple counties, which still hold the number one spot in the record books.
KSAT, Chris Shadrock, October 18, 2016

Rain expected before cold front hits Coastal Bend -- The National Weather Service expects rain before the arrival of the cold front Thursday evening. Scattered showers and a chance for thunderstorms are both possible. The cooldown will be brief as a warming trend begins at the end of the weekend.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Fares Sabawi, October 19, 2016

Texas saw the most flood victims of any state in 2016 -- The National Weather Service tweeted that Texas is leading the nation in flood related deaths so far in 2016. Texas has been the leader in flood related deaths for the past 50 years and flooding is the number one cause of death in the state for natural disasters. A UTSA professor stated 70 percent of flood related deaths are avoidable and to use common sense when driving near flood waters.
Houston Chronicle, Fernando Ramirez, October 25, 2016

Warm Weather

Ahhh-ctober, the month of transition -- The month of October is usually the month where weather begins to change, but it has also been the month of weather extremes. At the beginning of the month, the average high is 86, but by Halloween the average high is 78. The peak of hurricane season ends in September, but tropical systems can still sneak in during October.
KHOU, Blake Mathews, October 3, 2016

Sunshine Monday in Austin; above-normal heat to come in next few days -- Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s Monday in the Austin area. A warming trend is forecast by the National Weather Service through Thursday before a cold front moves through the area. The cold front will bring a 30 percent chance of rain Friday followed by weekend temperatures in the 70s over the weekend.
The Austin American-Statesman, Mark Wilson, October 3, 2016

Sunshine for Austin metro area likely through at least Wednesday -- The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures in the mid to upper 80s during the workweek. Overnight low temperatures will steadily climb after starting off Monday in the low 50s. A chance of shower will arrive Thursday and Friday before tapering off into the weekend.
The Austin American-Statesman, Staff Writer, October 10, 2016

Humid, unseasonable stretch of weather; possible rain at times -- After a brief introduction to the changing of seasons, warmer and unseasonable humid conditions will linger for the next week. Afternoon highs could easily reach the 90 degree mark for most of the state. A cold front will move through the state Wednesday, but only the northern half of the state will feel the effects.
KBTX, Shel Winkley, October 11, 2016

Heat continues until cold front arrives Wednesday in North Texas -- Unseasonably warm temperatures are expected in North Texas until a cold front arrives Wednesday night. Temperatures will rise to upwards of 10 degrees above normal during the first half of the week. Rain chances and cooler temperatures arrive Wednesday night and a pleasant weekend is in store.
The Forth Worth Star-Telegram, Domingo Ramirez Jr., October 16, 2016

Relief from record heat on the way -- Another warm weekend is in store after a cold front ends the past few days of record breaking heat. Afternoon temperatures on Saturday topped at 7 degrees above the previous record, 7 degrees above the previous record Sunday, and 4 degrees above the previous record Monday. The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning on monday due to high temperatures and low humidity levels.
Amarillo Globe News, Robert Stein, October 17, 2016

Tracking scattered cloud cover with low to mid-80s for the work week -- An extended period of settled weather is in place over Texas. A ridge of high pressure has its grip on the southern half of the United States and is causing temperatures to warm under mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will be a few degrees above normal in the Big Country. A weak cold front will arrive Wednesday, but rain chances are slim with this feature.
KTXS, Hayden Nix, October 24, 2016

Brazos Valley Weekend Weather -- A ridge of high pressure has been controlling weather over the past few days. Moisture has been increasing over Brazos valley the past few days with fair weather cumulus overhead. This system is steadfast and will most likely end the month with unseasonable temperatures. There is a very low chance of rain for Halloween night so Trick-or-Treating should be dry, but still spooky one.
KBTX, Shel Winkley, October 28, 2016

Cool Weather

Cooler temperatures, possible rain in the mix for Big Country -- Transition between the warm summer and cooler Fall typically brings another peak for severe storms in Texas. A cold upper level system will mix with warm surface temperatures to provide energy for strong storms and rain chances this week. Storms on Tuesday have the potential to be severe with a 40 percent chance of rain. A cold front following this upper level system will cool down temperatures heading into the weekend.
Abilene Reporter News, Ron Erdrich, October 2, 2016

Fall like weather for the next few days -- A Fall like weather pattern has settled in over the El Paso area. Near normal temperatures are expected through the work week under sunny skies. A cold front will push through Friday and bring cooler temperatures and a chance for rain. A slight chance of rain will linger for the weekend as well.
KVIA, Joanie Coursien, October 4, 2016

Cold front to bring rain chances Thursday -- A cold front moving through the Big Country will bring the area a better chance for rain and cooler weather. Rain chances will begin to increase Thursday night into Friday. Clearing skies behind the cold front will put temperatures in the mid 70s Friday afternoon and mid 50s for Friday night.
KTXS, Melissa Valdez, October 5, 2016

Steamy Thursday in southeast Texas as Hurricane Matthew rages to Category 4 storm -- Houston will see a high of near 90 degrees Thursday with lots of humidity. The intrusion of warm, moist air precedes the advancing cold front that will knock down humidity levels and drop the temperature a few degrees heading into the weekend.
KPRC, Lea Wilson, October 6, 2016

Cooler, wetter weather moving through Killeen-Fort Hood area -- A cold front passing through Central Texas will bring cooler temperatures and a 50 percent chance of rain. After the rain moves through Friday temperatures will struggle to get into the mid 80s Saturday. Overnight temperatures will be in the 50s and 60s this weekend.
Killeen Daily Herald, Jacqueline Dowland, October 7, 2016

Wednesday cold front brings cooler air and rain chances Thursday -- A cold front will push through the Big Country Wednesday afternoon. Rainfall is expected to be more isolated in nature with some thunder possible. Ridging will build into the weekend and above normal temperatures will make their way back into the area.
KTXS, Hayden Nix, October 12, 2016

Lows in the 50s to return to Houston with season’s strongest cool front to date -- Near record afternoon temperatures are about to get the boot in the Houston area. The National Weather Service expects a strong cold front to arrive Thursday bringing a 40 percent chance of rain and a temperature drop of above 10 degrees.
Houston Chronicle, Carol Christian, October 17, 2016

5 things to know about the cold front blowing through on Thursday -- Forecasters at the National Weather Service expect a cold front to push through Thursday bringing pleasant conditions for the weekend. Temperatures will drop from near record highs into the 70s with overnight lows in the 50s. There is a small chance of rain, but most rainfall will be isolated in nature.
The Austin American-Statesman, Marty Toohey, October 19, 2016

Get ready for the ‘cold’ temps -- DFW typically sees two 90 degree days during October, but this year there have been seven. Relief is on the way as a cold front sweeps through the area overnight. Temperatures will begin to cool off overnight as well as a good chance for rain during the overnight hours. Temperatures will be more fall-like this weekend.
WFAA, Colleen Coyle, October 19, 2016

Pleasant fall weather expected this afternoon, possible cold front next week -- The National Weather Service expects this morning’s rainfall to taper off by noon. Rainfall amounts near a half an inch fell from the early morning showers. Fort Worth Police responded to more than 19 car crashes with a few being serious. Weather will begin to warm up after the weekend.
The Forth Worth Star-Telegram, Rafael Sears, October 20, 2016

40s invade Houston for the first time this season -- A strong cold front that pushed through the Houston area has finally brought October like temperatures to the area. Overnight lows in the vicinity of 48 degrees occurred on Saturday. Looking forward all the way to Halloween there does not seem much in sight. Above normal temperatures will persist next week as a ridge of pressure settles in over the state.
KHOU, Blake Mathews, October 22, 2016

Severe Weather

Texas most severe weather state in the country -- The state of Texas was named the most severe weather state in the country with nine different types of natural disasters occurring. Luckily the hurricane season did not bring any storms to the state, but Texas had already seen Mother Nature’s wrath this year. The $1.9 billion hailstorm, heavy rains, flooding, and tornadoes are the main contributors during the year so far. In June, 21 counties declared a state of disaster due to the heavy flooding.
KRIS TV, Roland Rodriguez, October 6, 2016

Other Climate Impacts


TriEagle Energy funds weather station for Kingwood school -- TriEagle Energy provided funding for the installation of a state-of-the-art weather station at Willow Creek Elementary in Kingwood. As part of the national WeatherBug Network, students will now be able to monitor weather variables in real time and broaden their science knowledge. This station is one of five TriEagle has funded across Texas.
Houston Chronicle, Mike Smith, October 6, 2016

High ozone pollution warning Monday in Houston -- The Texas Commission on environmental Quality issued an Ozone warning for the Houston and Galveston areas. Poor air quality in the form of high ozone is likely Monday. Car-pooling, limit driving, and maintaining vehicles is an easy way to reduce ozone levels.
Houston Chronicle, Dale Lezon, October 1, 2016

Texas gets more than $45M in disaster aid for flood recovery -- More than $45 million was allocated to counties for damages caused by flooding earlier this year. The hardest hit counties were Harris, Montgomery, and Newton. Recovery grants are available to those seeking housing redevelopment, business assistance, and infrastructure repair.
KSWO, Staff Writer, October 13, 2016

Mother Neff park opening new features as flood recovery continues -- Downed trees from recent flooding in the Waco area are to be used as natural playground equipment for Mother Neff Park. A 50 acre area of the state park has remained closed since the flooding last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave $230,000 to help the state park, which was part of $21.2 million that was given to Texas for flood relief.
Waco Tribunal, Cassie Smith, October 13, 2016


Morning rain snarls traffic -- Upwards of an inch of rain fell on DFW Friday morning affecting some roads and causing traffic during morning rush hour. Some areas reported over 2 inches of rain. The rain fell fast causing some drainage systems to backup and flood roads. An upper level system over Texas is the culprit for the rain, but this system will quickly move to the west and a beautiful Fall weekend will be in store.
Denton Record-Chronicle, Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe, October 7, 2016


Scattered doves and sunny skies -- Texas game wardens throughout the gulf coast region said hunting success was below average for the beginning of the dove season. Most hunters are converging on the fact that recent weather has made for healthy natural habitats for birds. Bird numbers are expected to increase when the first few rounds of cold air intrusions push birds south into Texas.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Staff Writer, October 1, 2016

Deer hunting’s ‘silent season’ now open -- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department stated the deer season is expected to be excellent due to fair weather over the past year. Alan Cain, whitetail deer leader of the TPWD, cannot remember the last time Texas experienced two good back to back wet years. Favorable range conditions will help deer be in top body condition for an above average year. However, in some parts of East Texas too much rain may wash out the beginning of archery season. Whitetail deer populations in excess of 4 million is expected to rise this year.
Huntsville Item, Staff Writer, October 2, 2016

Squirrel hunting remains a top draw in East Texas -- October 1 is the start of squirrel hunting season in the 51 counties in East Texas. This part of the state contains the largest concentrations of squirrels. Squirrel populations have increased due to the wet winter and spring seasons over the past few years. However, recent flooding has decreased the population a little.
Houston Chronicle, Shannon Tompkins, October 15, 2016

Texas waterfowlers eyeing November opener -- Due to wet conditions in Texas this year, rice producers have been able to increase the number of rice acreage. More rice equals more ducks and more ducks equals happier hunters. This year has been one of the best coastal teal seasons in the past decade and the upcoming duck season looks just as promising.
Victoria Advocate, Bink Grimes, October 23, 2016

Texas quail hunters ready for the ‘boom’ -- Quail populations tend to be a “boom or bust” according to wildlife experts. Their numbers are small when conditions aren’t sublime, but tend to be over the top when conditions are right. This year is expected to be a boom due to great foliage from a wet few years across Texas.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Staff Writer, October 29, 2016


Rain should be gone for start of Rangers-Blue Jays, Game 2 -- The Rangers game is still set to start at 12:08 p.m. despite the heavy rain Friday morning. The afternoon is expected to be dry, but some lingering light showers are possible according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will be much cooler than Thursday’s scorcher in which the Rangers lost 10-1.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Lee Williams, October 16, 2016

Weekend weather perfect for all festivals -- The weather this weekend is going to be filled with sunny skies, mild afternoon temperatures, and cool overnight temperatures. The Gainesville Municipal Airport received 1.38 inches of rain Friday morning, but once the rain passed, a beautiful fall weekend emerged.
Gainesville Daily Register, Megan Gray-Hatfield, October 8, 2016

Cooler weather carries out the final day of ACL Fest -- The last day of the Austin City Limits music festival is today, but the weather is going to make for a perfect day. Sunday morning and evening will be on the cooler side and Sunday afternoon will reach the lower 80s. The sky will stay sunny during the day so bring some sunscreen and enjoy the music.
The Austin American-Statesman, Staff Writer, October 9, 2016

Texas Renaissance Festival sets opening weekend record -- According to the event director, Davis Bryant, 60,254 visitors passed through the gates at the Texas Renaissance Festival during opening weekend. Bryant gave credit to the nice weather helped set the attendance record along with new acts and vendors. Last year, high temperatures during opening weekend followed by bouts of rain dampened the attendance levels.
Navasota Star, Chris Kehl, October 9, 2016

Baylor homecoming 2016 - no rain, time to shine -- Tens of thousands Baylor students, families, and alumni are expected to be in Waco this weekend for homecoming. Last homecoming, heavy rain cancelled the parade and other activities were moved indoors. This year, however, the weather looks to be fair with sunny skies.
Waco Tribunal, Carl Hoover, October 12, 2016

A sunny outlook for Austin’s F1 weekend at COTA -- Circuit of the Americas has put millions of dollars into making the Formula 1 race in Austin a spectacular show. Last year, the event was swamped with more than 8 inches of rain on race weekend. The forecast looks promising with a cold front moving through the area Thursday followed by sunny skies and cooler temperatures over the weekend. Attendance levels are expected to be up from last year’s all time low for a Formula 1 race.
The Austin American-Statesman, Kevin Lyttle, October 15, 2016

Don’t Go South For The Winter - North Texas Is One Of The Top Travel Destinations -- According to a WalletHub survey, North texas is one of the top warm weather travel destinations in the county. The survey used cities with an average of at least 57 degrees during the month of December as well as travel costs and attractions. North Texas earned the number nine spot right above Houston.
KERA, Molly Evans, October 20, 2016

Abilene Zoo sets attendance record -- Almost 33,000 more guests have gone to the Abilene Zoo compared to last year. About 250,000 guests have attended the zoo during the 2015-2016 year, which is an alltime record. Zoo’s attendance is affected by the weather and with one of the rainiest years on record, zoo officials are excited what the zoo can do without as much rain. However, the rain did help make the natural habitats more lush.
KTXS, Doug Meyers, October 21, 2016

San Antonio temperatures expected to inch downward this week -- Temperatures are expected to decrease this week due to the arrival of a cold front in the San Antonio area. The National Weather Service is forecasting afternoon temperatures in the low 80s Tuesday through Friday. Many residents are flocking to Market Square where rows of vendors, performer, and musicians are enjoying the pleasant weather.
San Antonio Express-News, Jeremy Gerlach, October 23, 2016

Have no fear Halloween forecast doesn’t include last year’s scary tornadoes -- More than five inches of rain fell last year in Houston on Halloween, which broke the daily rainfall record. Thirteen tornadoes also touched down in Southeast Texas last year. The National Weather Service is forecasting a 20 percent chance of rain on Halloween and definitely no tornadoes.
Houston Chronicle, Kim McGuire, October 26, 2016

Flood advisory, high rip current threat in effect -- The National Weather Service in Corpus Christi issued a coastal flood advisory and high rip current until the end of the day Sunday. Tide levels are running about a foot higher than expected. City officials are urging beachgoers to use caution when in the water and when using low lying beach areas.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Esther Hackleman, October 29, 2016

Texas Fruit Conference Highlights Challenges Growing Fruit in Texas -- This conference was designed to aid farmers in growing anything to a higher quality than before. Texas is the 3rd state in production of citrus and 2nd for pecans. The weather is a hit or miss for helping with the production of fruit, and this year it aided the growing of fruit. Pecans on the other hand had a difficult time.
WOAI, Michael Hernandez, October 31, 2016

Sweater weather? Morea like sweat-er weather thanks to hottest October on record -- The Dallas Fort Worth area broke a record, which was made in 1963. This October the average temperature was on average 74.1 degrees, which is 6.6 degrees higher than normal and 0.6 degrees warmer than the old record. If that was not enough to convince you of the warmth this October, the highest minimum degree of 63.4 degrees comes in first place. The highest temperature of 84.9 degrees came in fourth place from the records.
The Dallas Morning News, Claire Z. Cardona, October 31, 2016

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