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  • Weather Facts: Quiet hurricane season so far

    Weather Facts: Quiet hurricane season so far

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:23:28 GMT
    Earlier this year NOAA predicted a below average hurricane season and so far it looks right on.
    Earlier this year NOAA predicted a below average hurricane season and so far it looks right on.
  • Weather Facts: Dog days of summer

    Weather Facts: Dog days of summer

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:22:28 GMT
    During the summer months you probably have heard the term "the dog days of summer" used numerous times.
    During the summer months you probably have heard the term "the dog days of summer" used numerous times.
  • Weather Facts: Summer sea breeze effect

    Weather Facts: Summer sea breeze effect

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-08-06 22:33:27 GMT
    This time of year we mention the sea breeze quite a bit. In the heart of the summer sometimes it's the only the way we can get rain.
    This time of year we mention the sea breeze quite a bit. In the heart of the summer sometimes it's the only the way we can get rain.
  • Weather Facts: Urban heat island

    Weather Facts: Urban heat island

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:22:25 GMT
    Have you ever noticed how temperatures are slightly warmer in the city than surrounding areas?
    Have you ever noticed how temperatures are slightly warmer in the city than surrounding areas?
  • Weather Facts: Earliest "A" Storm

    Weather Facts: Earliest "A" Storm

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-07-09 22:22:07 GMT
    In the wake of Hurricane Arthur impacting the east coast last week, many of you emailed wondering if this was pretty late for the first storm. So today we will look at some history about the "A" storm.
    In the wake of Hurricane Arthur impacting the east coast last week, many of you emailed wondering if this was pretty late for the first storm. So today we will look at some history about the "A" storm.
  • Weather Facts: 100 degree history

    Weather Facts: 100 degree history

    Thursday, June 19 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-06-19 22:50:30 GMT
    So far, so good, we haven't made it to triple digit territory yet. John Kennerson was wondering if this is normal and when do we get our first 100 degree day.In a normal summer, we get 13 100 degree days with the first one happening during the second week of July.
    So far, so good, we haven't made it to triple digit territory yet. John Kennerson was wondering if this is normal and when do we get our first 100 degree day.In a normal summer, we get 13 100 degree days with the first one happening during the second week of July.
  • Weather Facts: Different shapes, sizes of hail

    Weather Facts: Different shapes, sizes of hail

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-06-11 22:24:48 GMT
    It’s that time of year where the storms can drop big chunks of ice from the sky.
    It’s that time of year where the storms can drop big chunks of ice from the sky.
  • Weather Facts: Different types of thunder

    Weather Facts: Different types of thunder

    Friday, May 23 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-05-23 19:10:49 GMT
    We all know that thunder is a product of lightning but why are there different types of thunder and what causes it.
    We all know that thunder is a product of lightning but why are there different types of thunder and what causes it.
  • Weather Facts: EF scale

    Weather Facts: EF scale

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-05-08 02:46:48 GMT
    In the wake of last week's tornado outbreaks, the common weather questions were about how the Enhanced Fujita scale works and how we can estimate the winds inside a tornado.
    In the wake of last week's tornado outbreaks, the common weather questions were about how the Enhanced Fujita scale works and how we can estimate the winds inside a tornado.
  • Weather Facts: Tornado outbreaks

    Weather Facts: Tornado outbreaks

    Thursday, May 1 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-05-01 22:29:28 GMT
    Tornado season is here. It got off to a slow start but now it's in high gear.
    Tornado season is here. It got off to a slow start but now it's in high gear.
  • Weather Facts: Where are spring rains?

    Weather Facts: Where are spring rains?

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:47:54 GMT
    We're sliding into the rainy season here in Central Texas. Donald Reese of Austin was wondering what is causing the storm systems to veer away from us and will this change anytime soon so we can get out of the drought.
    We're sliding into the rainy season here in Central Texas. Donald Reese of Austin was wondering what is causing the storm systems to veer away from us and will this change anytime soon so we can get out of the drought.
  • Weather Facts: Dry line

    Weather Facts: Dry line

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-04-09 23:10:15 GMT
    Spring is here! That means everything is turning green, the flowers are popping up, temperatures are climbing and the dry line is showing up. Today we'll talk about what it is and how it influences our
    Spring is here! That means everything is turning green, the flowers are popping up, temperatures are climbing and the dry line is showing up. Today we'll talk about what it is and how it influences our
  • Weather Facts: Spring hail storms

    Weather Facts: Spring hail storms

    Thursday, April 3 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-04-03 22:29:01 GMT
    Last week we got another big hail storm in late March. Gene Stovall of Austin was wondering why we get our biggest hail events so early in the spring. On March 25 you may want to keep the car in the garage
    Last week we got another big hail storm in late March. Gene Stovall of Austin was wondering why we get our biggest hail events so early in the spring. On March 25 you may want to keep the car in the garage
  • Weather Facts: Spring Outlook

    Weather Facts: Spring Outlook

    Thursday, March 27 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-03-27 22:23:43 GMT
    Spring is here and will the new season bring us more cooler weather and dry conditions? Let's check out the new spring outlook to find out if the spring showers will rescue us from the drought. Much of
    Spring is here and will the new season bring us more cooler weather and dry conditions? Let's check out the new spring outlook to find out if the spring showers will rescue us from the drought. Much of
  • Weather Facts: El Nino comeback

    Weather Facts: El Nino comeback

    Thursday, March 20 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-03-20 22:41:16 GMT
    It's flood safety awareness week for Texas. Unfortunately, it may take a big flood to shake off the three year drought and fill up Lake Travis which is 53 feet from being full. The chances of bigger rain
    It's flood safety awareness week for Texas. Unfortunately, it may take a big flood to shake off the three year drought and fill up Lake Travis which is 53 feet from being full. The chances of bigger rain
  • Weather Facts: Difference between hail and sleet

    Weather Facts: Difference between hail and sleet

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 6:25 PM EST2014-02-19 23:25:11 GMT
    This winter we've had six rounds of wintry mix in the area from freezing rain to sleet and even some graupel. Today I'll show you the difference between sleet and hail and take you through process of what
    This winter we've had six rounds of wintry mix in the area from freezing rain to sleet and even some graupel. Today I'll show you the difference between sleet and hail and take you through process of what
  • Weather Facts: Winter recap and outlook

    Weather Facts: Winter recap and outlook

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 6:37 PM EST2014-02-12 23:37:26 GMT
    So far this winter we've had our share of cold snaps and wintry mix. So today we'll check out what we can expect for the last leg of winter and look ahead and see what kind of spring is heading this way. Punxsutawny
    So far this winter we've had our share of cold snaps and wintry mix. So today we'll check out what we can expect for the last leg of winter and look ahead and see what kind of spring is heading this way. Punxsutawny
  • WeatherFacts: How weather influences cedar count

    WeatherFacts: How weather influences cedar count

    Wednesday, January 15 2014 7:09 PM EST2014-01-16 00:09:04 GMT
    We're in the middle of cedar season and for most of us it feels like it. Today we'll show you how the weather influences the cedar count. The cedar trees turn brown as they begin to pollinate for most
    We're in the middle of cedar season and for most of us it feels like it. Today we'll show you how the weather influences the cedar count. The cedar trees turn brown as they begin to pollinate for most
  • Weather Facts: Arctic Outbreaks

    Weather Facts: Arctic Outbreaks

    Wednesday, January 8 2014 6:36 PM EST2014-01-08 23:36:05 GMT
    The latest cold snap has led to a bunch of weather questions from viewers this week. What is a polar vortex? Have we ever been below 0 degrees and has it been a colder than average this winter? Let's check
    The latest cold snap has led to a bunch of weather questions from viewers this week. What is a polar vortex? Have we ever been below 0 degrees and has it been a colder than average this winter? Let's check
  • Weather Facts: Low hurricane season

    Weather Facts: Low hurricane season

    Wednesday, December 18 2013 6:39 PM EST2013-12-18 23:39:45 GMT
    Thirteen named storms formed across the Atlantic basin but only Ingrid and Humberto became hurricanes. Although the number of storms was above the average of 12, the numbers for hurricanes and major hurricanes
    Thirteen named storms formed across the Atlantic basin but only Ingrid and Humberto became hurricanes. Although the number of storms was above the average of 12, the numbers for hurricanes and major hurricanes
  • Weather Facts: Different forms of wintry precipitation

    Weather Facts: Different forms of wintry precipitation

    Thursday, December 12 2013 6:39 PM EST2013-12-12 23:39:32 GMT
    In the last month we've had two rounds of wintry mix across Texas. So today we'll talk about the difference between freezing rain, sleet and snow and how all these kinds of precipitation form. What kind
    In the last month we've had two rounds of wintry mix across Texas. So today we'll talk about the difference between freezing rain, sleet and snow and how all these kinds of precipitation form. What kind
  • Weather Facts: November tornadoes

    Weather Facts: November tornadoes

    Wednesday, November 20 2013 6:37 PM EST2013-11-20 23:37:47 GMT
    So far it has been a mild year for tornadoes with the count well below average. The busiest tornado day this year happened just last weekend. Are tornadoes rare in November and how can they form so late
    So far it has been a mild year for tornadoes with the count well below average. The busiest tornado day this year happened just last weekend. Are tornadoes rare in November and how can they form so late
  • Weather Facts: Cold Fronts

    Weather Facts: Cold Fronts

    Friday, October 25 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-10-25 22:51:41 GMT
    The fall weather is here thanks to the cold front frequency increasing in the last month changing up the weather every three to four days. Barbaba Corin of Austin wants to know more about the different
    The fall weather is here thanks to the cold front frequency increasing in the last month changing up the weather every three to four days. Barbaba Corin of Austin wants to know more about the different
  • Weather Facts: Active hurricane season

    Weather Facts: Active hurricane season

    Wednesday, October 2 2013 6:39 PM EDT2013-10-02 22:39:11 GMT
    October is here and James Tyson of Austin was wondering where is the busy hurricane season? It hasn't seemed like it but we are going through the names list for storms rather quickly...10 and counting.
    October is here and James Tyson of Austin was wondering where is the busy hurricane season? It hasn't seemed like it but we are going through the names list for storms rather quickly...10 and counting.
  • Weather Facts: Fall Outlook

    Weather Facts: Fall Outlook

    Thursday, September 26 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-09-26 22:38:34 GMT
    Autumn is here and we got a little taste of chill and some heavy rain to kick off the new season. The big question is will this be a sign of things to come for the rest this fall and winter? If we're
    Autumn is here and we got a little taste of chill and some heavy rain to kick off the new season. The big question is will this be a sign of things to come for the rest this fall and winter? If we're
  • Weather Facts: TUTT lows

    Weather Facts: TUTT lows

    Thursday, September 12 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-09-12 22:41:22 GMT
    We've lucked out the last couple of weeks with rain and heat relief because of the recent TUTT lows nearby. So today we will show what they are and how they are different from hurricanes?" A TUTT low
    We've lucked out the last couple of weeks with rain and heat relief because of the recent TUTT lows nearby. So today we will show what they are and how they are different from hurricanes?" A TUTT low
  • Weather Facts: Drought relief

    Weather Facts: Drought relief

    Wednesday, September 4 2013 6:42 PM EDT2013-09-04 22:42:33 GMT
    Coming off a very dry August and not much tropical activity so far Tom Simmons of Austin wonders if there are any signs of drought relief any time soon and how much rain do we need to get out of the drought? The
    Coming off a very dry August and not much tropical activity so far Tom Simmons of Austin wonders if there are any signs of drought relief any time soon and how much rain do we need to get out of the drought? The
  • Weather Facts: Where are all the hurricanes?

    Weather Facts: Where are all the hurricanes?

    Thursday, August 29 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-08-29 23:09:49 GMT
    September is almost here and where are the hurricanes? Jennifer Emerson of Austin wonders if this has ever happened before and does it mean we will still have an above average hurricane season? It has
    September is almost here and where are the hurricanes? Jennifer Emerson of Austin wonders if this has ever happened before and does it mean we will still have an above average hurricane season? It has
  • Weather Facts: Sea breeze

    Weather Facts: Sea breeze

    Wednesday, August 14 2013 6:37 PM EDT2013-08-14 22:37:05 GMT
    We talk about the sea breeze a bunch this time of year. Sometimes it will break up a hot and dry spell. Today we'll talk about what it is and how it changes the weather for the better. A sea breeze forms
    We talk about the sea breeze a bunch this time of year. Sometimes it will break up a hot and dry spell. Today we'll talk about what it is and how it changes the weather for the better. A sea breeze forms
  • Weather Facts: Difference between landspout and tornado

    Weather Facts: Difference between landspout and tornado

    Wednesday, August 7 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-08-07 22:38:20 GMT
    Last week numerous landspouts were spotted near the Lubbock airport. Amy James of Austin wonders what is the difference between a landspout and a tornado? When you think of a tornado, you think of a large,
    Last week numerous landspouts were spotted near the Lubbock airport. Amy James of Austin wonders what is the difference between a landspout and a tornado? When you think of a tornado, you think of a large,
  • Weather Facts: Hottest temps in Austin and U.S. history

    Weather Facts: Hottest temps in Austin and U.S. history

    Thursday, August 1 2013 6:53 PM EDT2013-08-01 22:53:41 GMT
    As you know the temperatures have been soaring lately. Gabe McDaid wonders what is the record for hottest temperature ever for the U.S. and Austin. The world record for the hottest temperature ever belongs
    As you know the temperatures have been soaring lately. Gabe McDaid wonders what is the record for hottest temperature ever for the U.S. and Austin. The world record for the hottest temperature ever belongs
  • Weather Facts: Busy hurricane season

    Weather Facts: Busy hurricane season

    Wednesday, July 17 2013 6:35 PM EDT2013-07-17 22:35:37 GMT
    So far it has been a fast start to the hurricane season. Betsy Farr of Austin wonders if we are on record pace and how many tropical systems will we see across the Atlantic? NOAA in the spring predicted
    So far it has been a fast start to the hurricane season. Betsy Farr of Austin wonders if we are on record pace and how many tropical systems will we see across the Atlantic? NOAA in the spring predicted
  • Weather Facts: 100-degree day history

    Weather Facts: 100-degree day history

    Wednesday, June 26 2013 6:48 PM EDT2013-06-26 22:48:25 GMT
    Summer is here and it is heating up right on schedule. So it's time to talk about triple digit days. Janis Robertson of Austin just moved here. She was wondering how many days we spend in the 100s and
    Summer is here and it is heating up right on schedule. So it's time to talk about triple digit days. Janis Robertson of Austin just moved here. She was wondering how many days we spend in the 100s and
  • Weather Facts: Peak time for tornadoes

    Weather Facts: Peak time for tornadoes

    Wednesday, June 12 2013 6:34 PM EDT2013-06-12 22:34:30 GMT
    In the last month tornadoes have been in the news quite a bit. Gabe McDaid of Austin wonders when tornado season starts and ends and has it been an above average season so far? If the conditions are just
    In the last month tornadoes have been in the news quite a bit. Gabe McDaid of Austin wonders when tornado season starts and ends and has it been an above average season so far? If the conditions are just
  • Weather Facts: U.S. EF statistics

    Weather Facts: U.S. EF statistics

    Wednesday, May 29 2013 7:42 PM EDT2013-05-29 23:42:46 GMT
    After last week's EF 5 tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma, it seems like these kinds of twisters are becoming more common. Jennifer Walker of Austin was wondering how many EF twisters the U.S. has experienced
    After last week's EF 5 tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma, it seems like these kinds of twisters are becoming more common. Jennifer Walker of Austin was wondering how many EF twisters the U.S. has experienced
  • Weather Facts: Estimating tornado winds

    Weather Facts: Estimating tornado winds

    Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:56:12 GMT
    In the wake of the recent tornado outbreaks, Julie Wynn of Austin was wondering about how the enhanced Fujita scale works and how we estimate the tornado winds. A tornado's strength cannot be determined
    In the wake of the recent tornado outbreaks, Julie Wynn of Austin was wondering about how the enhanced Fujita scale works and how we estimate the tornado winds. A tornado's strength cannot be determined
  • Weather Facts: Dry Line

    Weather Facts: Dry Line

    Thursday, May 16 2013 6:28 PM EDT2013-05-16 22:28:06 GMT
    This time of year we talk about the dry line a bunch. Elizabeth Kramer of Austin was wondering what it is and how it makes storms? The dry line is a narrow boundary separating hot and dry air from very
    This time of year we talk about the dry line a bunch. Elizabeth Kramer of Austin was wondering what it is and how it makes storms? The dry line is a narrow boundary separating hot and dry air from very
  • Weather Facts: Difference between a watch and a warning

    Weather Facts: Difference between a watch and a warning

    Thursday, May 2 2013 7:06 PM EDT2013-05-02 23:06:09 GMT
    Storm season is here! So what determines when a storm can reach severe status? We'll talk about the difference between a watch and a warning. Here in Central Texas we get an average of 40 to 50 storm days
    Storm season is here! So what determines when a storm can reach severe status? We'll talk about the difference between a watch and a warning. Here in Central Texas we get an average of 40 to 50 storm days
  • Weather Facts: Dew point vs humidity

    Weather Facts: Dew point vs humidity

    Thursday, April 25 2013 6:50 PM EDT2013-04-25 22:50:22 GMT
    This week's weather questions come from Dave Meck. What is the difference between dew point temperature and humidity and which one should we use to get a better handle on how much moisture is in the air? Humidity
    This week's weather questions come from Dave Meck. What is the difference between dew point temperature and humidity and which one should we use to get a better handle on how much moisture is in the air? Humidity
  • Weather Facts: Summer Outlook

    Weather Facts: Summer Outlook

    Wednesday, April 17 2013 6:39 PM EDT2013-04-17 22:39:18 GMT
    This week we got a summer preview with highs in the 90s. Yvonne Johnson was wondering what this summer will look and feel like in a couple of months. The severity of the summer heat all depends on how
    This week we got a summer preview with highs in the 90s. Yvonne Johnson was wondering what this summer will look and feel like in a couple of months. The severity of the summer heat all depends on how
  • Weather Facts: Severe weather risks

    Weather Facts: Severe weather risks

    Wednesday, April 10 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-04-10 22:56:01 GMT
    Spring is here and so is storm season. Days before a severe weather outbreak the storm prediction center will issue severe weather outlooks. Today we'll look at the different types and discuss what they mean.
    Spring is here and so is storm season. Days before a severe weather outbreak the storm prediction center will issue severe weather outlooks. Today we'll look at the different types and discuss what they mean.
  • Weather Facts: Tornado rotation

    Weather Facts: Tornado rotation

    Wednesday, April 3 2013 6:36 PM EDT2013-04-03 22:36:19 GMT
    Gabe McDaid was wondering if tornadoes in the northern hemisphere can really turn clockwise like they mentioned on the FOX show Bones. Before we can answer this weather question we first must understand
    Gabe McDaid was wondering if tornadoes in the northern hemisphere can really turn clockwise like they mentioned on the FOX show Bones. Before we can answer this weather question we first must understand
  • Weather Facts: Hail

    Weather Facts: Hail

    Wednesday, March 27 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-03-27 22:38:37 GMT
    In order for hail to form there has to be enough moisture and instability in the atmosphere. The more unstable the air is the stronger the updrafts or rising currents. This vertical motion is responsible
    In order for hail to form there has to be enough moisture and instability in the atmosphere. The more unstable the air is the stronger the updrafts or rising currents. This vertical motion is responsible
  • Weather Facts: Spring Outlook

    Weather Facts: Spring Outlook

    Wednesday, March 20 2013 6:39 PM EDT2013-03-20 22:39:49 GMT
    Spring began Wednesday. A few of you have emailed FOX 7 about if we're done with the freezes, will it be a very warm season and will we get our normal spring rain to see some improvements in the drought.
    Spring began Wednesday. A few of you have emailed FOX 7 about if we're done with the freezes, will it be a very warm season and will we get our normal spring rain to see some improvements in the drought.
  • Weather Facts: Why so windy?

    Weather Facts: Why so windy?

    Wednesday, March 6 2013 6:48 PM EST2013-03-06 23:48:23 GMT
    Shirley Thompson of Austin was wondering if the recent wind events are normal and why they are happing so much in the last few weeks. So what produces wind? The difference in air pressure is the answer.
    Shirley Thompson of Austin was wondering if the recent wind events are normal and why they are happing so much in the last few weeks. So what produces wind? The difference in air pressure is the answer.
  • Weather Facts: Asteroid, meteor and meteorites

    Weather Facts: Asteroid, meteor and meteorites

    Wednesday, February 27 2013 6:33 PM EST2013-02-27 23:33:45 GMT
    After a meteor exploded in the sky above Russia a few weeks ago causing a shockwave that blew out countless windows and injured hundreds of people. Many of you emailed me and was wondering what the difference
    After a meteor exploded in the sky above Russia a few weeks ago causing a shockwave that blew out countless windows and injured hundreds of people. Many of you emailed me and was wondering what the difference
  • Weather Facts: Fire rainbows

    Weather Facts: Fire rainbows

    Wednesday, February 20 2013 6:44 PM EST2013-02-20 23:44:12 GMT
    Couple of weeks ago a rare sight showed up in our afternoon sky. Many viewers sent in interesting pictures of rainbows in the clouds when it wasn't raining. So today we'll show you what causes these fire
    Couple of weeks ago a rare sight showed up in our afternoon sky. Many viewers sent in interesting pictures of rainbows in the clouds when it wasn't raining. So today we'll show you what causes these fire
  • Weather Facts: Winter Tornadoes

    Weather Facts: Winter Tornadoes

    Wednesday, February 13 2013 6:39 PM EST2013-02-13 23:39:35 GMT
    The peak time for tornadoes is usually from April to June. But this year we're getting a jump start to the tornado season. Sixty-seven confirmed tornadoes already most of them were weak twisters with winds
    The peak time for tornadoes is usually from April to June. But this year we're getting a jump start to the tornado season. Sixty-seven confirmed tornadoes already most of them were weak twisters with winds
  • Weather Facts: Mild Winters

    Weather Facts: Mild Winters

    Thursday, February 7 2013 6:47 PM EST2013-02-07 23:47:46 GMT
    Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring since he didn't see his shadow last weekend. He may actually be correct this year. The last three weeks the highs and lows have been well above average. So
    Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring since he didn't see his shadow last weekend. He may actually be correct this year. The last three weeks the highs and lows have been well above average. So
  • Weather Facts: Difference between forms of winter precipitation

    Weather Facts: Difference between forms of winter precipitation

    Wednesday, January 23 2013 6:36 PM EST2013-01-23 23:36:34 GMT
    In the last month we've had two rounds of wintry mix in the area. Donna White wonders what the difference is between freezing rain, sleet and snow and how does all these kinds of precipitation form? What
    In the last month we've had two rounds of wintry mix in the area. Donna White wonders what the difference is between freezing rain, sleet and snow and how does all these kinds of precipitation form? What
  • Weather Facts: Rain Averages

    Weather Facts: Rain Averages

    Wednesday, December 19 2012 7:39 PM EST2012-12-20 00:39:14 GMT
    Lately rain has been hard to come by. Gary from Leander was wondering the last time we had an above average year for rainfall, what is causing less rain events and are these dry years a sign of things
    Lately rain has been hard to come by. Gary from Leander was wondering the last time we had an above average year for rainfall, what is causing less rain events and are these dry years a sign of things
  • Weather Facts: Could the Dust Bowl recur today?

    Weather Facts: Could the Dust Bowl recur today?

    Wednesday, December 12 2012 6:42 PM EST2012-12-12 23:42:19 GMT
    The rain has shut-off lately. No soaking rain in the last two months and the drought is making a comeback. The extreme drought is consuming much of the heartland. The Dust Bowl of the 1930s was caused
    The rain has shut-off lately. No soaking rain in the last two months and the drought is making a comeback. The extreme drought is consuming much of the heartland. The Dust Bowl of the 1930s was caused
  • Weather Facts: Hurricane season recap

    Weather Facts: Hurricane season recap

    Wednesday, December 5 2012 6:58 PM EST2012-12-05 23:58:23 GMT
    The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season featured 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes and one became a major hurricane. The number is well above the average and also slightly above the May outlook.
    The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season featured 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes and one became a major hurricane. The number is well above the average and also slightly above the May outlook.
  • Weather Facts: The cause of fall foliage

    Weather Facts: The cause of fall foliage

    Wednesday, November 21 2012 6:39 PM EST2012-11-21 23:39:42 GMT
    As we transition from summer to winter, the landscape is slowly changing around here. Andrew Ross of Austin was wondering what causes the leaves to change colors. November is the peak time for fall foliage
    As we transition from summer to winter, the landscape is slowly changing around here. Andrew Ross of Austin was wondering what causes the leaves to change colors. November is the peak time for fall foliage
  • Weather Facts: El Nino to the rescue?

    Weather Facts: El Nino to the rescue?

    Wednesday, November 14 2012 7:29 PM EST2012-11-15 00:29:19 GMT
    So far it's been a very dry autumn. Kay Adams of Austin was wondering if El Nino is still coming to our rescue to get us out of the drought completely this winter or will it just get worse going into next
    So far it's been a very dry autumn. Kay Adams of Austin was wondering if El Nino is still coming to our rescue to get us out of the drought completely this winter or will it just get worse going into next
  • Weather Facts: First winter freeze

    Weather Facts: First winter freeze

    Wednesday, November 7 2012 7:03 PM EST2012-11-08 00:03:24 GMT
    November is here and colder mornings are right around the corner. John Lopez of Austin was wondering when the area normally receives its first freeze of the season. Some areas of the western hill country
    November is here and colder mornings are right around the corner. John Lopez of Austin was wondering when the area normally receives its first freeze of the season. Some areas of the western hill country
  • Weather Facts: Perfect Storm vs Superstorm

    Weather Facts: Perfect Storm vs Superstorm

    Wednesday, October 31 2012 11:20 PM EDT2012-11-01 03:20:36 GMT
    The big weather story this week has been hurricane sandy merging with a cold front to make a superstorm. Many Central Texans want to know how this storm compares to the perfect storm of 1991. Both Superstorm
    The big weather story this week has been hurricane sandy merging with a cold front to make a superstorm. Many Central Texans want to know how this storm compares to the perfect storm of 1991. Both Superstorm
  • Weather Facts: October Hurricanes

    Weather Facts: October Hurricanes

    Wednesday, October 24 2012 6:36 PM EDT2012-10-24 22:36:40 GMT
    The ninth hurricane of the season has formed and here we are in mid-October. Kimberley Martin of Austin was wondering if this is normal and how often does hurricanes hit Texas this late in the year. The
    The ninth hurricane of the season has formed and here we are in mid-October. Kimberley Martin of Austin was wondering if this is normal and how often does hurricanes hit Texas this late in the year. The
  • Weather Facts: Longest lasting hurricane

    Weather Facts: Longest lasting hurricane

    Wednesday, October 3 2012 6:38 PM EDT2012-10-03 22:38:20 GMT
    Brian O'Connor wants to know now that Nadine is three weeks old and over 80 advisories issued, what's the record for longest storm duration in the Atlantic? And will Nadine shatter that record? The 14th
    Brian O'Connor wants to know now that Nadine is three weeks old and over 80 advisories issued, what's the record for longest storm duration in the Atlantic? And will Nadine shatter that record? The 14th
  • Weather Facts: Pacific tropical storms

    Weather Facts: Pacific tropical storms

    Wednesday, September 26 2012 6:43 PM EDT2012-09-26 22:43:38 GMT
    The latest tropical system over the eastern Pacific is making a U-turn toward Mexico and eventually could enhance rain chances for Texas. Rick Mathis of Austin was wondering if a hurricane from the Pacific
    The latest tropical system over the eastern Pacific is making a U-turn toward Mexico and eventually could enhance rain chances for Texas. Rick Mathis of Austin was wondering if a hurricane from the Pacific
  • Weather Facts: Fall outlook

    Weather Facts: Fall outlook

    Friday, September 21 2012 3:25 PM EDT2012-09-21 19:25:05 GMT
    Summer of 2012 is about to wrap up this weekend. The weather outlook for Fall depends on the comeback for El Nino. After the worst drought in decades, the rain this year has been a beautiful sight. We've
    Summer of 2012 is about to wrap up this weekend. The weather outlook for Fall depends on the comeback for El Nino. After the worst drought in decades, the rain this year has been a beautiful sight. We've
  • Weather Facts: Hurricane Isaac storm surge

    Weather Facts: Hurricane Isaac storm surge

    Wednesday, September 5 2012 6:40 PM EDT2012-09-05 22:40:16 GMT
    Heavy rain and strong winds are not the only reasons for concern when a tropical system like Isaac moves ashore.
    Heavy rain and strong winds are not the only reasons for concern when a tropical system like Isaac moves ashore.
  • Weather Facts: Summer heat records

    Weather Facts: Summer heat records

    Friday, August 24 2012 9:02 AM EDT2012-08-24 13:02:26 GMT
    Ann Collins of Austin wants to know how this summer compares to the last few. She says it seems like lately every summer is super hot and we keep breaking records.
    Ann Collins of Austin wants to know how this summer compares to the last few. She says it seems like lately every summer is super hot and we keep breaking records.
  • Weather Facts: Stages of Tropical Systems

    Weather Facts: Stages of Tropical Systems

    Wednesday, August 8 2012 6:34 PM EDT2012-08-08 22:34:29 GMT
    Six named storms have formed and the peak time for hurricanes is still a month away. In order for tropical systems to form, the ocean water has to be warm enough and high moisture levels need to be in
    Six named storms have formed and the peak time for hurricanes is still a month away. In order for tropical systems to form, the ocean water has to be warm enough and high moisture levels need to be in
  • Weather Facts: Dog days of summer

    Weather Facts: Dog days of summer

    Wednesday, August 1 2012 9:26 PM EDT2012-08-02 01:26:20 GMT
    Many have heard the term "the dog days of summer." Rebecca White of Austin is wondering what does the saying mean and where does it come from. The time between July 15 and August 15th is known as the
    Many have heard the term "the dog days of summer." Rebecca White of Austin is wondering what does the saying mean and where does it come from. The time between July 15 and August 15th is known as the
  • Weather Facts: Hurricanes in July

    Weather Facts: Hurricanes in July

    Wednesday, July 25 2012 6:37 PM EDT2012-07-25 22:37:54 GMT
    After a quick start to the hurricane season with four named storms, it has been a very quiet July in the tropics. John Wilson of Austin was wondering if this is normal and what does it mean for the rest
    After a quick start to the hurricane season with four named storms, it has been a very quiet July in the tropics. John Wilson of Austin was wondering if this is normal and what does it mean for the rest
  • Weather Facts: Tutt low

    Weather Facts: Tutt low

    Wednesday, July 18 2012 9:58 PM EDT2012-07-19 01:58:36 GMT
    A tutt low has broken up the hot and dry summer for the last week. Bill Hoglan was wondering what it is and how it differs from a tropical system.
    A tutt low has broken up the hot and dry summer for the last week. Bill Hoglan was wondering what it is and how it differs from a tropical system.
  • Weather Facts: Sea Breezes

    Weather Facts: Sea Breezes

    Wednesday, July 11 2012 6:39 PM EDT2012-07-11 22:39:57 GMT
    Susan Hopkins of Round Rock was wondering what a sea breeze is and how it makes rain. A sea breeze forms because of temperature differences between land and water. On a hot summer day, the land heats
    Susan Hopkins of Round Rock was wondering what a sea breeze is and how it makes rain. A sea breeze forms because of temperature differences between land and water. On a hot summer day, the land heats
  • Weather Facts: Lighting Awareness

    Weather Facts: Lighting Awareness

    Wednesday, June 27 2012 10:45 PM EDT2012-06-28 02:45:24 GMT
    Four people have died in the United States after being struck by lighting. Due to it being lighting safety awareness week, there are common facts and myth about the silent killer that many should be aware
    Four people have died in the United States after being struck by lighting. Due to it being lighting safety awareness week, there are common facts and myth about the silent killer that many should be aware
  • Weather Facts: Summer outlook

    Weather Facts: Summer outlook

    Thursday, June 21 2012 6:38 PM EDT2012-06-21 22:38:02 GMT
    Summer is here and David Kerry of Austin was wondering what the weather outlook is for the new season. Will the heat be as bad as last year or will have a normal summer?
    Summer is here and David Kerry of Austin was wondering what the weather outlook is for the new season. Will the heat be as bad as last year or will have a normal summer?
  • Weather Facts: Peak hurricane season

    Weather Facts: Peak hurricane season

    Wednesday, June 13 2012 6:48 PM EDT2012-06-13 22:48:03 GMT
    The last few weeks have been quiet in the tropics. Zack takes a look at the prime months for hurricanes and when do they most likely strike Texas.
    The last few weeks have been quiet in the tropics. Zack takes a look at the prime months for hurricanes and when do they most likely strike Texas.
  • Weather Facts: Will this be a busy hurricane season?

    Weather Facts: Will this be a busy hurricane season?

    Wednesday, June 6 2012 7:33 PM EDT2012-06-06 23:33:57 GMT
    The hurricane season is only a week old and we have already seen two named storms. Jane Baird of Austin was wondering if this has happened before and does this mean another active season is on the way.
    The hurricane season is only a week old and we have already seen two named storms. Jane Baird of Austin was wondering if this has happened before and does this mean another active season is on the way.
  • Weather Facts: Measuring Tornado Strength

    Weather Facts: Measuring Tornado Strength

    Friday, May 11 2012 9:39 PM EDT2012-05-12 01:39:39 GMT
    A tornado's strength cannot be determined by just looking at it. Examining the damage will give you a better idea of the strength of the tornado.
    A tornado's strength cannot be determined by just looking at it. Examining the damage will give you a better idea of the strength of the tornado.
  • Weather Facts: Winter Tornadoes

    Weather Facts: Winter Tornadoes

    Friday, May 11 2012 9:34 PM EDT2012-05-12 01:34:03 GMT
    Tornado season has arrived early this year. The peak time for tornadoes is usually from April to June. But this year we are getting a jump start to the tornado season. Earlier in January, for the first
    Tornado season has arrived early this year.
  • Weather Facts: Tornadoes

    Weather Facts: Tornadoes

    Friday, May 11 2012 9:31 PM EDT2012-05-12 01:31:42 GMT
    Most of the tornadoes occur right down the middle of the country. In tornado alley, the cool, dry air dropping from the Rockies slams into the warm and humid air coming from the Gulf of Mexico.
    Most of the tornadoes occur right down the middle of the country. In tornado alley, the cool, dry air dropping from the Rockies slams into the warm and humid air coming from the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Weather Facts: Lighting Formation

    Weather Facts: Lighting Formation

    Wednesday, May 9 2012 6:58 PM EDT2012-05-09 22:58:10 GMT
    Sherri Powers of Austin wants to know how lighting forms and when is it safe to go outside again.
    Sherri Powers of Austin wants to know how lighting forms and when is it safe to go outside again.
  • Weather Facts: Dry Line Storms

    Weather Facts: Dry Line Storms

    Monday, May 7 2012 5:18 PM EDT2012-05-07 21:18:26 GMT
    This time of year the dry line will be mentioned numerous times. Gabe McDaid of Austin was wondering how it makes storms and how do you know when it passes by. The dry line is a narrow boundary separating
    This time of year the dry line will be mentioned numerous times. Gabe McDaid of Austin was wondering how it makes storms and how do you know when it passes by.
  • Weather Facts: Spring, Summer Outlook

    Weather Facts: Spring, Summer Outlook

    Monday, May 7 2012 4:28 PM EDT2012-05-07 20:28:33 GMT
    Regan Shedd is wondering if Central Texas should expect another warm and dry summer. It all depends on what happens with La Nina. The overdue soaking rain has been a welcome sight across the state this
    For the 1st time since last April not one inch of Central Texas is under an exceptional drought.
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