Severe weather expected for today

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What You Can do Before Severe Weather Strikes

  1. Develop a disaster plan for you and your family at home, work, school, and when outdoors.
  2. Identify a safe place to take shelter. Interior rooms with no windows are best.
  3. Have a Weather Radio with a warning alarm tone and battery back-up. Keep your cell phone charged.
  1. Listen to commercial radio or television/cable TV for weather information. Know what’s coming ahead of time.
  2. Check the weather forecast before leaving for extended periods outdoors. Watch for signs of approaching storms.
  3. If severe weather threatens, check on people who are elderly, very young, or physically or mentally disabled. Don’t forget about pets and  animals.
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School kids duck and cover as high winds, hail and rain cause damage

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The billboard near the entrance of BHS is folded over and twisted by the storm.

By A.C. Hall and Cheryl Posey

Brewer High School and Tannahill Intermediate both lost power in an early morning storm Tuesday that wreaked havoc on the BHS campus and put all White Settlement ISD schools into Tornado mode around 8 a.m. Heavy storms and severe winds blew through White Settlement, Benbrook, Lake Worth, Aledo and most other area communities and brought at least three confirmed E1 tornadoes to the area.   Continue reading “School kids duck and cover as high winds, hail and rain cause damage”

Radar to help spot severe weather earlier

Workers stand atop a 100’ tower near Lake Worth waiting to connect a weather radar that will help detect and warn against damaging storms.
Workers stand atop a 100’ tower near Lake Worth waiting to connect a weather radar that will help detect and warn against damaging storms.

by Ben Posey

The City of Fort Worth was the next location in North Central Texas to add state-of-the-art Collaborative Adapting Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) weather radar to help spot tornadoes and flash floods.  Crews installed a CASA radar this past Friday at 5801 Boat Club Road near Lake Worth. The new radar will provide lifesaving data earlier than radars currently in use. Continue reading “Radar to help spot severe weather earlier”

Storm damage leaves some residents without power

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A day after bad weather disrupted Friday night plans, a fast-moving system packed with high wind, lightning and some hail swept west to east across North Texas, knocking down power lines, tearing up trees and raining on the Academy of Country Music Awards’ Party for a Cause at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

An estimated 90,000 people were without power as the storm blew through, according to Oncor, the electric-delivery company. Most of the outages were on the western side of the DFW Metroplex.

 

Snow and ice return

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Despite a break in snowfall and freezing rain over the weekend and early into the week, officials with the National Weather Service warn that another wave of winter weather may be headed for North Texas later this week.

The National Weather Service office in Fort Worth issued a special weather statement early Monday morning for more than 40 counties in the region, warning of potential freezing precipitation starting Wednesday morning and continuing through Thursday. That darned Groundhog…

Winter wonderland hits area

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A winter storm that started Friday morning has left a heavy blanket of snow across the area. Travel has been slow and dangerous since early Friday morning when school districts announced an early release. Photo: The Silver Ridge subdivision along White Settlement Rd. in west Fort Worth.

Snow predicted Tuesday night into Wednesday

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Winter is not done with North Texas. The National Weather Service expects a new storm to push through the Metroplex Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, dropping as much as 3 inches of snow.

The latest Winter Storm Watch comes after freezing rain turned to ice on North Texas roadways early Monday, leading to school closures, flight delays and car crashes across the Metroplex.

Whatever falls Tuesday into Wednesday is not expected to last too long, however, with temperatures expected to soon climb into the 40s.

 

Spring storm sends water raging down westside creek

A city worker keeps an eye on rising water along the bridge of S. Redford Street in White Settlement.  The street gates were closed on the S. Judd Street bridge that crosses Farmers Branch Creek during Monday’s rain storm.
A city worker keeps an eye on rising water along the bridge of S. Redford Street in White Settlement. The street gates were closed on the S. Judd Street bridge that crosses Farmers Branch Creek during Monday’s rain storm.

Thunderstorms rocked North Texas on Monday afternoon knocking out power, causing flash flooding in some areas and carrying lightning that caused several fires, including one in Fort Worth in which two firefighters were injured. Continue reading “Spring storm sends water raging down westside creek”

Rainy weather causes flooding, accidents

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A steady rain along with cold temperatures made hazardous conditions for drivers around the area this week. Several wrecks were reported including this vehicle that crashed through the guardrail and overturned after losing control on the I-30 exit ramp to northbound Loop 820. Rescue workers were inspecting the vehicle for a possible gas leak.

 

Light snow during overnight hours

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A light dusting of snow stuck to a few bushes early Monday morning as some early risers saw snowflakes in the sky. Mondays high should be around 44 degrees with the temperature dropping below the freezing mark again at night. Tuesday’s highs will be in the upper 40s. By Thursday, highs will be in the low 60s. There will be a chance of rain on Friday with the next cold front, which will drop temperatures slightly.

Emergency warning sirens awaken citizens by mistake

About 150 emergency sirens are scattered across Fort Worth. Many of them went off by mistake this past week.

A late night awakening this past Thursday for thousands of Fort Worth residents sent a flood of phone calls to local emergency operators as the emergency siren system in the city rang out at approximately 1:30 a.m. Continue reading “Emergency warning sirens awaken citizens by mistake”

Spring rain, warm temperatures giving wildflower crop jumpstart

Patches of Bluebonnets and other wildflowers are springing up along roadsides all over the Metroplex. Texas should have a colorful spring, with recent rains and warm temperatures bringing an abundance of wildflowers and blooms already popping up, experts say.

By the end of March, Texas should be awash in the reds, yellows, whites and blues of wildflowers, with the season peaking in mid-April, according to Damon Waitt, senior botanist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

With rains throughout the fall and winter bringing an end to drought conditions that have persisted in the state since late 2007, Waitt expects exceptional early and late spring wildflowers in many parts of the state.

“That really favors our Texas wildflowers, especially our early spring bloomers,” said Waitt, who added that flowers making an early appearance include Indian paintbrush, Drummond phlox and Texas’ state flower: the bluebonnet.

Big rains and storms forecasted for Monday

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a flash flood watch for North Texas which goes into effect Monday morning through Tuesday evening.

Several rounds of showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast, with some severe storms packing large golf ball-size hail, winds reaching 60 to 70 mph and a few isolated tornadoes. The biggest threat of tornadoes will be south of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

But forecasters say one of the biggest concerns will be the rains. They’re forecasting 3 to 6 inches in the area.

A flash flood watch means that conditions are favorable for heavy rain, and flooding could occur in areas such as underpasses, low water crossings, small creeks and any other low-lying areas.

The first big round of storms is predicted for Monday afternoon to evening; that’s when the severe storms could develop in some areas. Heavy rains also are on the agenda.

North Texas will get a second round of heavy rains late Monday into early Tuesday.

Forecasters say there’s a 100 percent chance of rain on Monday and 80 percent for early Tuesday.

The high temperature for Monday will be in the 70s. It will drop to the 60s on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the weather forecast.

There’s a slight chance of rain on Wednesday, but the rest of the week looks dry with sunny skies.

Forecasters are calling for blue skies and temperatures in the 70s for next weekend.

Cold, wet and rainy to continue over weekend

Expect more rain all the way through Sunday.

The National Weather Service forecast for Dallas-Fort Worth called for a 100 percent chance of rain from noon Saturday through mid-morning Sunday.

Forecasters were expecting one to two inches of rain for the western half of North Texas, including Fort Worth, and around 2 to 3 inches for the eastern half when all was said and done Sunday afternoon.

Showers were widespread across the Dallas-Fort Worth area shortly after noon Saturday. Scattered thunderstorms, some with small hail and gusty winds, were possible, the weather service said in its hazardous weather outlook.

The high temperature Saturday was expected to be around 53 and will drop off only to about 50 for a low Sunday morning, the weather service predicted.

A warming trend was to begin Sunday with high temperatures expected to be in the upper 60s. After a low Monday morning in the low 50s, temperatures were expected to climb into the low 80s under sunny skies Monday afternoon.

 

Gusty winds trigger sandstorm from west Texas

West Texas sands with the help of gusty winds cast a sheet of gray gunk over North Texas Sunday night making it hard to breath for some people. On Tuesday, a cold front blew in rain, thunder and lightning over the area causing some flooding in low lying areas. The welcome rain is expected to help some North Texas areas overcome their “drought” designations significantly bringing rain totals closer to normal.

Heavy rain closes south entrance to BHS

Heavy rain Tuesday afternoon prompted the WSISD to temporarily close the Brewer High School south entrance on Silver Creek Road for the rest of the week.

The entrance to the high school from Silver Creek Road will re-open on Monday, Jan. 30.

Crews have narrowed down parts of the roadway as the construction project to widen Silver Creek Road., just west of Loop 820, continues. The relocation of utilities in the area is just about complete while the south entrance to Brewer High School has been torn out leaving a deep channel for vehicles to travel through as they enter or leave the school. After the heavy rain on Tuesday, the ravine was flooded.

“We have re-routed the busses to the entrance on the service road for the next few weeks,” said Assistant Superintendent David Bitters.

The project, which is expected to be completed this summer, will have 4 lanes of traffic including a signal light at the school’s exit/entrance on Silver Creek Road.

Updated information about the south entrance construction will be on the school districts web site.

Migrating ducks on the hunt for needed vegetation

By Ben Posey

 

An abundance of water fowls are making a temporary stop at area ponds and lakes as they search for food on their trek south. A frightful surprise is in store for them when they make their final destination.

Bodies of water all across the western side of Fort Worth are filled with migrating ducks. Nearly 100 ducks were counted searching for vegetation in a pond out in Westpoint this past week.

What used to be hundreds of acres of freshwater with a healthy crop of submerged aquatic vegetation for ducks is now nothing more than dry and cracked ground. That’s how wildlife management has described conditions along the coastal marsh of Texas. With the depth of the drought that has brutalized Texas for the past year, the impact will be in the millions for wintering waterfowl and the waterfowl hunting seasons in most of the state.

“Ducks need two things: water and groceries. We don’t have much of that this year,” said Dave Morrison, director of small game programs for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, in a recent report. “There are record numbers of ducks headed this way, and we have nowhere to put them.”

Why so many ducks? The breeding and nesting grounds of the prairies and parklands of the north-central United States and central Canada have been as wet as Texas has been dry. Surveys of nesting grounds that began in the middle 1950’s are now at record numbers. Blue-winged teal, shovelers and redheads are at record populations. Pintails are up more than 25 percent from last year, and their population is higher than in any year since 1980.

As those ducks get to Texas, they find very few places to support them. Many of the places where water is available offer little in the way of food. While some areas in north and northeast Texas recently were blessed with much-needed rain, it did little to improve conditions. Crucial submerged aquatic vegetation that grows in shallow water was left high and dry with the drought. With nothing for the birds to eat, their visit will be short before moving on in search of better conditions.