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  • 05/23/16--14:55: El Nino is over
  • El Niño is dead. Long live El Niño.

    The weather pattern in the Pacific, characterized by unusually warm surface water near the equator, has dissipated as temperatures returned to normal, according to the National Weather ...


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    The first of what could be several lines of thunderstorms might arrive in Central Texas this evening. They are likely to bring heavy rain, which, this being “flash flood alley,” means we’ll probably be hearing ...


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  • 06/01/16--11:27: Summer’s here … sort of
  • Don’t let the gray skies and storms rolling through Central Texas fool you. Summer is here. Kind of.

    Today is the start of “meteorological summer.” And with El Niño having faded away and Memorial Day ...


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    South and Central Texas are probably headed for a relatively warm and dry season ahead thanks to La Niña, according to the National Weather Service.

    Forecaster Larry Hopper lays out the details in a webinar ...


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    Being sick sucks. As do allergies — especially when the rains have caused mold levels to skyrocket. But sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.

    So, with mold high and flu season here, how ...


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    This winter could be a particularly nasty season for cedar fever.

    Central Texas is coming off a year of rainy weather, which helps the vegetation but also means ash juniper (aka mountain cedar) is robust. That ...


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    Conventional meteorological wisdom — based on generally understood climate science — suggests Central Texas is in for a winter that is hotter and drier than normal. That is usually what happens when a La Niña ...


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    The storms that blew through late Sunday into Monday morning were yet another example of how spring has probably arrived in Central Texas — which could be a mixed blessing.

    Storms like the one that probably ...


    martytoohey1A Union Pacific train derailed early Monday morning February 20, 2017 on Texas Highway 79 North of Thrall, TX. Severe thunderstorms and high winds may have caused the multiple cars to derail. Railroad crews will be on the scene throughout the day to remove the damaged cars. The remaining train was cleared and continued northward. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMANmartytoohey1A Union Pacific train derailed early Monday morning February 20, 2017 on Texas Highway 79 North of Thrall, TX. Severe thunderstorms and high winds may have caused the multiple cars to derail. Railroad crews will be on the scene throughout the day to remove the damaged cars. The remaining train was cleared and continued northward. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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    Bluebonnets are already beginning to bloom, more than a month ahead of the typical April flowering season. As are the purple spiderworts near Lake Austin. And they will probably be joined shortly by many other ...


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    “The perception this February’s weather has been unusually mild is quite accurate,” said Bob Rose, a meteorologist with the Lower Colorado River Authority, who has put our suspicions into numbers.

    From Feb. 1 through Feb. 20, ...


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    Austin just experienced the warmest winter on record.

    As the 26 days of 80-degree-plus temperatures and already blooming wildflowers can attest, this winter – which ended Tuesday for meteorologists (but not for astronomers, who are waiting for ...


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    What should Texans make of this freakishly warm winter that just ended – particularly those worried about global climate change?

    The winter was the warmest on record in Central Texas. It also was unusually warm ...


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    This past winter was the warmest on record in Austin, a remarkable period during which more than a quarter of the days at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport topped 80 degrees. (!!!) Such an unusual winter ...


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    Spring will finally be here – by every way of measuring its arrival.

    Monday is the vernal equinox, the starting point of spring, as determined by people who base their seasons on the Earth’s position relative to ...


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    Earlier this year, when it was becoming apparent that Central Texas was experiencing its warmest winter on record, meteorologists gave a note of solace. The good news is, they said, is that there is little ...


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    This hurricane season is likely to be a relatively calm one, thanks to the return of everyone’s favorite weather pattern: El Niño.

    Forecasters with AccuWeather are predicting 10 named storms, with five projected to become hurricanes. An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms.

    “The big factor is going to be the fact that we now believe El Niño will come on board some time during the summer and will continue all ...


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    Tornadoes are not common in Central Texas. But on May 5, 1922 – 95 years ago – a pair of tornadoes ripped through Austin, killing 13 and injuring 44.

    The Day in WX History Twitter feed sent ...


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    Look at those two maps. The first shows a Texas in remarkably good shape going into the hottest part of the year. The second is the best drought news in nearly two decades.

    Less than 5 ...


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    The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1 and you can expect between five to nine hurricanes to form, which is a little above the average according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    Forecasters with NOAA, which ...


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    El Niño, after looking fairly likely for months to make an appearance this year, will probably not appear in its full majesty after all, according to Lower Colorado River Authority meteorologist Bob Rose.

    “Recent observations and ...


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