Weather http://kut.org en Severe Thunderstorms Roll Through Austin http://kut.org/post/severe-thunderstorms-roll-through-austin <p><strong>Update: </strong>The National Weather Service will be out in Burnet County today to investigate reports of a possible tornado. There are reports of damage in Briggs – which is off of U.S. 183 between Leander and Lampasas.</p><p>Last night’s storms brought high winds, hail and heavy rain in some places. Here are some of the highest 24-hour rain totals:</p><ul><li>Downtown Austin: 2.54</li><li>Marble Falls: 2.34</li><li>Burnet: 1.58</li><li>Manchaca: 1.52</li><li>Elgin: 0.98 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:56:01 +0000 KUT Staff 10591 at http://kut.org Severe Thunderstorms Roll Through Austin Study: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms Named After Women http://kut.org/post/study-americans-less-fearful-storms-named-after-women A study published Monday suggests Americans are less afraid of hurricanes with female names.<p><a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/05/29/1402786111.abstract?sid=79a9dd5a-51c7-4dfe-95b0-25c41fec04e9" target="_blank">This is a real study</a> in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</em> — not <em>The Onion</em>.<p>Researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State looked at deaths caused by hurricanes between 1950 — when storms were first named — and 2012.<p>Even after tossing out <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/125938823/hurricane-katrina" target="_blank" Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:47:07 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 10529 at http://kut.org Study: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms Named After Women Where to Go for Information on Road Closures, Rain Totals and Power Outages http://kut.org/post/where-go-information-road-closures-rain-totals-and-power-outages <p><strong>Update: </strong>A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for much of Central Texas until noon.</p><p><strong>Original Story (5:44 a.m.): </strong>Central Texas is getting some much-needed rain. The numbers and affected areas are changing constantly. So here's a roundup of how to find the latest information for your neighborhood:</p><p><strong>1. Road Closures/Low Water Crossing Closures</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.atxfloods.com/index.php" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">ATXfloods.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: </span><span class="textTagLine" style="line-height: 1.5;">Current flood information and emergency road closures in the City of Austin, Travis County, Sunset Valley and Cedar Park</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Information is automatically updated. Red dots indicate low water crossing closures and the list on the right provides details. Updates are also posted </span><a href="https://twitter.com/ATXfloods" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">to Twitter</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><strong>2. Rain Totals</strong></p><p>Some parts of Central Texas have received as much as an inch and a half of rain since midnight – including Llano and Elgin. Tue, 27 May 2014 11:55:57 +0000 Laura Rice 10498 at http://kut.org Where to Go for Information on Road Closures, Rain Totals and Power Outages Oklahoma's Latino Community Prepares For The Next Tornado http://kut.org/post/oklahomas-latino-community-prepares-next-tornado A devastating EF-5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., a year ago Tuesday. Just 11 days later, another twister ravaged the Oklahoma City metro area.<p>Nine of the 23 people who died as a result of the second storm were members of the local Latino community. Tue, 20 May 2014 12:31:50 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 10452 at http://kut.org Oklahoma's Latino Community Prepares For The Next Tornado Whoa! Watch A Spectacular Supercell Take Form In Wyoming http://kut.org/post/whoa-watch-spectacular-supercell-take-form-wyoming <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoO89cqDgJU</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 18:26:53 +0000 10443 at http://kut.org Whoa! Watch A Spectacular Supercell Take Form In Wyoming Flash Flood Watch Canceled, All Low Water Crossings Now Open http://kut.org/post/flash-flood-watch-canceled-all-low-water-crossings-now-open <p><strong>Update 6:45 a.m.: </strong>The City of Austin has now opened all of the low water crossings on Spicewood Springs Road around Loop 360. <a href="http://www.atxfloods.com/index.php" target="_blank">Low water crossings</a> at Terry-o Lane near Ben White Boulevard.</p><p>The Lower Colorado River Authority says some rain did fall in the watershed, which will help with low lake levels. Right now, Lakes Travis and Buchanan are still sitting at about 36 percent full.</p><p>Austin Firefighters are blaming lightning on at least three overnight fires – including one at an apartment building in southeast Austin. No one was injured in the fires.</p><p>About 1,500 Austin Energy customers are without power this morning.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 11:47:08 +0000 Matt Largey & Laura Rice 10405 at http://kut.org Flash Flood Watch Canceled, All Low Water Crossings Now Open Austin Area Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 7pm http://kut.org/post/austin-area-under-severe-thunderstorm-watch-until-7pm <p>The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Bastrop, Burnet, Blanco, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties until 7 p.m.&nbsp;</p><p>The watch means conditions are right for strong winds and large hail, if storms develop.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:42:54 +0000 Matt Largey 10056 at http://kut.org Austin Area Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 7pm Winter Storm Warning for Monday Evening, Tuesday Morning http://kut.org/post/winter-storm-warning-monday-evening-tuesday-morning <p>The Austin area could see freezing rain and sleet tonight and tomorrow. There’s a <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=TXZ192&amp;warncounty=TXC453&amp;firewxzone=TXZ192&amp;local_place1=&amp;product1=Winter+Storm+Warning#.UxRq54V00Rc" target="_blank">Winter Storm Warning</a> in effect from 8 p.m. on Monday until noon on Tuesday.</p><p>Many Texans may be cranking up their thermostats to fight the cold. But the operator of the state’s electric grid hopes people won’t turn the heat up higher than 68 degrees.</p><p>The Electric Reliability Council of Texas – or ERCOT – is <a href="http://www.ercot.com/news/press_releases/show/26600" target="_blank">asking Texans to conserve </a>so that there’s enough energy to meet the increased demand. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:12:54 +0000 Laura Rice 9880 at http://kut.org Winter Storm Warning for Monday Evening, Tuesday Morning Weather Delays Have Austin Asking: Why Are We So Bad at Winter? http://kut.org/post/weather-delays-have-austin-asking-why-are-we-so-bad-winter <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Morning delays at Austin schools are receiving some ribbing online.</span></p><p>Austin ISD, the University of Texas, the City of Austin and dozens of other school districts and government agencies <a href="http://kut.org/post/winter-weather-worries-lead-austin-school-delays">postponed start times</a> until 10 a.m. this morning.</p><p>Some districts, like Round Rock ISD, also posted <a href="https://www.roundrockisd.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=32799&amp;pageId=2985204">through explanations of their thinking</a> in making the decision to issue late starts.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 18:37:50 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9730 at http://kut.org Weather Delays Have Austin Asking: Why Are We So Bad at Winter? Delays & Closures Mount as Winter Weather Tangles Austin Traffic (Update) http://kut.org/post/delays-closures-mount-winter-weather-tangles-austin-traffic-update <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Update: </strong>Temperatures went up above freezing this afternoon, giving the roads a chance to thaw out and dry up. Skies have cleared, setting us up for another cold night with a hard freeze, but with no precipitation in the forecast.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Earlier:</strong> UT Austin has announced it will remain closed the rest of the day.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(110, 113, 115); font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;">"Student and employee safety is our top concern and we understand the frustration that many on the Forty Acres feel about today’s weather-related delays," UT said in a statement <a href="http://utaustin.tumblr.com/post/74850319792/todays-decision-to-close-campus">published </a>on its Tumblr page. "</span><span style="color: rgb(110, 113, 115); font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;">We’re very sorry for any trouble, inconvenience or problems that our students and employees faced related to our decisions."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Read on for more information on closures and delays.</span></p><p><strong>Previously</strong>: Freezing rain began falling on the Austin area this morning after local school and government officials had announced their initial decisions about whether to operate today and when. In some cases, people already had set out on the roads for work and/or school when officials reconsidered earlier decisions and announced&nbsp;closures and delays.</p><p>Austin Police reported responding to 80 crashes between 5:00 and 7:30 A.M. By later in the morning, that number had grown to 214 crashes – about 40 per hour,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/ArtAcevedo" target="_blank">according to Austin Police Chief Art&nbsp;<span style="padding-bottom: 0px !important; background-color: transparent !important;">Acevedo</span></a>. At last check, that number had rose to 260.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:55:33 +0000 Trey Shaar & Kate McGee 9654 at http://kut.org Delays & Closures Mount as Winter Weather Tangles Austin Traffic (Update) School Districts, UT Apologize as Late Weather Cancellations Are Criticized http://kut.org/post/school-districts-ut-apologize-late-weather-cancellations-are-criticized <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/delays-closures-mount-winter-weather-tangles-austin-traffic-update" style="line-height: 1.5;">strong blast of wintry weather</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> wasn’t the only irritant for many </span>Austinites<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> today: many were inconvenienced and frustrated by changing decisions from local officials on whether to open and when.</span></p><p>It seems the weather got unexpectedly worse at about the worst possible time: when many had already set on the roads. Adding to traffic were entities including the University of Texas and City of Austin, which did not initially alter their schedules.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/131879069&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:54:29 +0000 Kate McGee 9662 at http://kut.org School Districts, UT Apologize as Late Weather Cancellations Are Criticized Meet the Austin Ice Scraper: a Credit Card, CD or Spatula http://kut.org/post/meet-austin-ice-scraper-credit-card-cd-or-spatula <p>The Austin area’s freeze this morning is no laughing matter: The wintry weather – which worsened in tandem with the city’s morning rush hour – snarled traffic and caught schools and government offices by surprise. (<a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-delays-closures-mount-winter-weather-tangles-morning-traffic-update">See a list of delays and closures here</a>.)</p><p>But it’s also provided ample fodder on social media, where&nbsp;Austinites&nbsp;are sharing stories and images of their morning commute – or their snow days.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:19:50 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9660 at http://kut.org Meet the Austin Ice Scraper: a Credit Card, CD or Spatula Winter Weather Snarls Austin; Schools and Universities Cancel Classes http://kut.org/post/winter-weather-snarls-austin-schools-and-universities-cancel-classes <p><strong>Update</strong>: The winter weather advisory for the region has expired.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">While temperatures are rising about freezing this afternoon, and freezing temperatures are expected again tonight, which will re-freeze any leftover wet spots.</span></p><p>While emergency services say they’ve responded to more than 250 crashes since the freeze began, no fatal crashes have been reported.</p><p>Capital Metro will remain on a Saturday schedule for the rest of the day.</p><p>The Austin school district says it will resume normal operations at 5 p.m. &nbsp;The district also says it will make up today’s cancellation on June 6. Austin Community College says it will reopen tomorrow.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:05:11 +0000 KUT Staff 9631 at http://kut.org Winter Weather Snarls Austin; Schools and Universities Cancel Classes Update: Winter Weather Advisory Issued, Roads May Be Hazardous http://kut.org/post/update-winter-weather-advisory-issued-roads-may-be-hazardous <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update, Saturday PM:</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Late Saturday evening, the National Weather Service issued a <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=TXZ192&amp;warncounty=TXC453&amp;firewxzone=TXZ192&amp;local_place1=&amp;product1=Winter+Weather+Advisory#.UqP4lyuAeYA">Winter Weather Advisory</a> for Austin and the surrounding area. Light ice accumulation and freezing drizzle are making road conditions hazardous. The Austin Police Department is urging people to stay off the roads as much as they can, and if you must drive, to do so slowly and with caution, avoiding bridges and overpasses. APD is reporting nearly two dozen crashes. The weather advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>DELAYS:</strong></p><ul><li>The Austin Independent School District is delaying classes &amp; bus routes by two hours. The district says tardies due to weather will be excused.</li><li>Other area districts on two-hour delays: Manor, Eanes, Del Valle, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto and Leander -- all morning Pre-K has also been canceled at Leander. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 13:24:34 +0000 Laura Rice 9316 at http://kut.org Update: Winter Weather Advisory Issued, Roads May Be Hazardous Winter Weather Advisory Canceled; Warmer, Drier Weather Ahead (Update) http://kut.org/post/winter-weather-advisory-canceled-warmer-drier-weather-ahead-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Rain is expected to continue today through the Austin area but our chances of freezing precipitation have gone down considerably.</p><p>While sleet is still possible, forecasters don’t expect any of that frozen precipitation to accumulate.</p><p>Corey Van Pelt is a meteorologist with the <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Austin&amp;state=TX&amp;site=EWX&amp;textField1=30.267&amp;textField2=-97.743&amp;e=1#.UpN5lBAXvNn" target="_blank">National Weather Service in Austin/San Antonio</a>. He says the outlook is warmer and drier as the week continues.</p><p>“It looks like by tomorrow afternoon this upper low moves through, so then we’ll get some drier weather behind it. It’ll still be cool though, Wednesday and Thursday mornings we’re expecting temperatures down in the 20's in the morning but then they warm back up into the 50's during the today. And it looks like by next weekend we’re back in the 60's, close to 70.” Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:27:08 +0000 Laura Rice & Jennifer Stayton 9256 at http://kut.org Winter Weather Advisory Canceled; Warmer, Drier Weather Ahead (Update) VIDEO: The Hidden Face of Austin's Homeless http://kut.org/post/video-hidden-face-austins-homeless <p>While the visible face of homelessness tends to be a single person by the side of the road in the downtown area, homelessness is so much more – it can be your cousin, your neighbor, your childhood friend, families with little children.</p><p>KUT’s Jorge Sanheuza-Lyon put together this video on the hidden face of homelessness in Austin:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="329" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/X3RK8FRgPF8" width="585"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:45:00 +0000 Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon 9257 at http://kut.org VIDEO: The Hidden Face of Austin's Homeless Cold, Wet Weather in the Forecast http://kut.org/post/cold-wet-weather-forecast <p>Parts of the Northern and Western Hill Country are under a winter weather advisory beginning at noon today. This includes the cities of Kerrville and Fredericksburg.</p><p>The <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=TXZ192&amp;warncounty=TXC453&amp;firewxzone=TXZ192&amp;local_place1=&amp;product1=Hazardous+Weather+Outlook#.Uo9E4xAXvNk" target="_blank">National Weather Service</a> says an Arctic blast of cold air is bringing near-freezing temperatures and light rain to the area. That could turn into light freezing rain tonight and into tomorrow morning. The weather service doesn’t expect the ice to accumulate – but still warns roads could be slick – especially bridges and overpasses.</p><p>The winter weather advisory is in effect for parts of the Hill Country through noon on Saturday. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:15:37 +0000 Laura Rice 9242 at http://kut.org Cold, Wet Weather in the Forecast Austin, Travis County Works to Rebuild From Devastating Halloween Floods http://kut.org/post/austin-travis-county-works-rebuild-devastating-halloween-floods <p></p><p><strong>Update (Monday):</strong>&nbsp;Austin Mayor Lee&nbsp;Leffingwell&nbsp;has<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=141963">&nbsp;filed a resolution</a>&nbsp;to declare a state of disaster in Austin in an effort to secure state and federal funding for affected areas.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:01:17 +0000 KUT Staff 9056 at http://kut.org Austin, Travis County Works to Rebuild From Devastating Halloween Floods Video: Floodwaters Overtake Barton Springs This Morning http://kut.org/post/video-floodwaters-overtake-barton-springs-morning <p>Barton Springs Pool was supposed to re-open today. The beloved swimming hole had closed <a href="http://kut.org/post/heavy-rains-soak-austin-central-texas-acl-festival-cancels-final-day">following heavy rains and flooding</a> two weeks ago.</p><p>Cleanup at the pool was finally complete. But in the video below, you’ll see rain this morning has flooded the pool again:&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="439" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YqQbR7-p_wE" width="585"></iframe></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:54:25 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9068 at http://kut.org Austin Showers Taper Off; City Opens Roads, Parks Still Closed; APD Officer Killed in Crash http://kut.org/post/austin-showers-taper-city-opens-roads-parks-still-closed-apd-officer-killed-crash <p><strong>Update: </strong>While Central Texas did not receive another deluge of rain like it saw over the weekend, rainfall Tuesday night and Wednesday morning still created dangerous flooding and driving conditions that forced some road closures, and left Austin&rsquo;s parks shuttered until at least later this afternoon.</p><p>An off-duty APD officer died earlier this morning in a collision, according to <a href="http://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/1-dead-in-wreck-at-us-290-and-sawyer-ranch">KXAN</a>.</p><p>Several low water crossings closed this morning, but as of now, they have all reopened. <a href="http://Austintexas.gov">City of Austin</a> and Travis County officials ask drivers to proceed with caution, and urge drivers not to cross flooded roads. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:00:19 +0000 KUT Staff 8943 at http://kut.org Austin Showers Taper Off; City Opens Roads, Parks Still Closed; APD Officer Killed in Crash