Category Archives: Weather

Heat Advisory in Effect

It will be hot/humid today. A Heat Advisory is in effect from 1 pm today until 8 pm Wednesday across much of the area. Highs today = mid-upper 90s ; Heat index values 105 to 110 degrees in the advisory area. Stay hydrated and take frequent breaks.

Turn around…don’t drown!

PLEASE be careful in this rainy weather!

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Thunderstorms hit Dallas-Fort Worth at rush hour with tornado, flash flood watches in effect

Jesus Jimenez, Staff Writer

Updated at 7:02 p.m. Tuesday: Revised to include a tornado warning for portions of Denton County.

North Texas is in for a wet week, with rain possible every day through Saturday.

The chance for rain increases across North Texas by the middle of the week, with storms that could cause flooding and have the potential to produce damaging winds and hail, according to the National Weather Service.

By the time the week is over, 2 to 4 inches of rain could fall, according to KXAS-TV (NBC5) meteorologist Grant Johnston.

Tuesday

Around 5:45 p.m., the weather service received reports of a rotating wall cloud in the Lakeside area, northwest of Fort Worth. Those storms moved northeast toward Denton, prompting the weather service to issue a tornado warning for Denton, Aubrey, Pilot Point and surrounding areas, in effect until 7:30 p.m. 

As of 7 p.m., no tornadoes had been confirmed in the area.

Much of North Texas is under a tornado watch — in effect until 11 p.m. Tuesday —and it includes Dallas, Denton, Collin and Tarrant Counties. 

The main threats with any severe storms that develop will be hail, wind gusts up to 70 mph and a couple of tornadoes possible, according to the weather service. 

The weather service also issued a flash flood watch for much of North Texas — including Dallas-Fort Worth — in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday. 

A severe weather outlook issued by the Storm Prediction Center put Dallas-Fort Worth at a slight risk for severe weather.

NBC5 meteorologist Rick Mitchell said the prediction center’s outlook does not mean everyone will see severe weather, only that conditions for severe weather would be favorable if storms could develop. 

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Here Comes the Sun… and Moon!

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Happy equinox, Earthlings! March 20 marks the spring equinox, one of two seasonal markers in Earth’s year-long orbit when the Sun appears to shine directly over the equator, and daytime and nighttime are nearly equal lengths–12 hours–everywhere on the planet.

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During the equinoxes, both hemispheres receive equal amounts of daylight. (Image not to scale.) (NASA/GSFC/Genna Duberstein)

It’s the start of astronomical spring in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning more sunlight and longer days. From here until the beginning of fall, daytime will be longer than nighttime as the Sun travels a longer, higher arc across the sky each day, reaching a peak at the start of summer. It’s just the opposite in the Southern Hemisphere, where March 20 marks the fall equinox.

What’s more? The first full Moon of spring will rise tonight, lighting the skies on the equinox. Usually, a full Moon arrives a few days to weeks before or after the equinox. It’s close, but not a perfect match. Tonight’s full Moon, however, reaches maximum illumination less than four hours after the equinox. There hasn’t been a comparable coincidence since the spring equinox in 2000.

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When the Moon, on its orbit around Earth, reaches the point farthest from the Sun, we see a full Moon. (NASA/GSFC/Genna Duberstein)

And because the Moon is near perigee, it qualifies as a supermoon–the third and final of 2019. It’s not a big supermoon, so you won’t really be able to see the difference between this full Moon and any other one with your eyes. But keep an keep an eye on the Moon as it rises and creeps above the eastern skyline. A low-hanging Moon can appear strangely inflated. This is the Moon illusion at work.

Super or seemingly not, it’s a rare celestial coincidence to usher in springtime.

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SOURCE: NASA Watch the Skies Blog

February’s Full Snow Moon will be the largest supermoon of 2019

Author: Suzanne Nuyen, TEGNA

25099068-smallIf you missed January’s Super Blood Wolf Moon, make sure you set a reminder to catch this month’s because it will be the largest supermoon of 2019.

On Tuesday, February 19 at approximately 4:00 a.m. ET, the full moon will be the closest to Earth that it will ever be during 2019. This point is known as the “perigee.” At approximately 11 a.m., the moon will be at its fullest. 

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Colleyville cancels annual Haunted Trail Fest due to weather

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The Haunted Trail Fest has been canceled due to bad weather. (Courtesy City of Colleyville)

The city of Colleyville has canceled its Haunted Trail Fest after recent rains this week flooded the park at the Colleyville Nature Center. The event was scheduled for Oct. 20.

A statement on the city’s website said there was a concern the weather would affect the featured robotic characters and therefore the participants’ safety during the event.

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GrapeYard Cancelled Oct 26-27

44251971_10156808705007328_7161501698542796800_oThe GrapeYard is officially cancelled for next weekend, Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. Due to Grapevine Lake’s water elevations and the pending weather forecast predicting additional rain, the venue for The GrapeYard would not be useable for this event. Some areas of the fields and trails are currently under water and/or over saturated and would not be able to accommodate our vendors and attractions. ALL tickets that have been purchased will be refunded within the next 2-3 weeks. If you have not received your refund by November 17, please notify us at tickets@grapevinetexas.gov or give us a call at 817.410.3450 and we will make sure you receive your refund. We would like to thank you for your support year-round for our special events.

Keep an eye out for more details on our Christmas Capitol of Texas® kick-off event, Carol of Lights on Monday, November 19 at Grapevine City Hall (activities begin at 3:00 pm, showtime is at 7:00 pm).  For more information on Carol of Lights, visit GoGrapevine.com/CarolofLights.

Storm knocks over Winstar venue entrance, injuring 14 before Backstreet Boys concert

Author: WFAA Staff

15327vFourteen people were injured Saturday after a storm knocked over the entrance to a Backstreet Boys concert at Winstar Casino in Oklahoma, the casino said in a statement.

The Backstreet Boys canceled the concert, Tweeting, “We never want to put our fans in harm’s way,” and that they would try to reschedule.

The incident happened around 5:30 p.m., when a storm bringing heavy winds and rain knocked over the entrance trusses at the outdoor venue at the casino, which is in Thackerville, about an hour north of Dallas.

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Hot Dog! Grapevine Animal Shelter gives tips for keeping your pet cool this summer

There is only ONE REASON you should ever leave a dog in a hot car, and Alan from Grapevine Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is about to show you why. In addition to the dangers of hot cars, please keep in mind that streets, sidewalks, and patios can also damage your pets’ paws, so please be mindful of the heat. If you aren’t comfortable walking barefoot, neither will your best friend. Stay cool, Grapevine!

RECORD-BREAKING HEAT FORECAST INTO NEXT WEEK; WORST STRETCH SINCE 2011

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An excessive heat warning has been issued for the Concho Valley, Big Country, North Texas, and portions of Central Texas. These locations all easily made it into the 100s Wednesday and could be warmer the next two days. Peak afternoon temperatures of 106-113 degrees are expected. Temperatures will be slow to cool after sunset with the 90s continuing into the pre-dawn hours. Lows will probably not make it below 80 degrees until this weekend.

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