weather http://kut.org en Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? http://kut.org/post/pop-quiz-20-percent-chance-rain-do-you-need-umbrella This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> is exploring <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/333708682/risk-and-reason" target="_blank">how people interpret probability</a>. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/21/332074963/what-the-odds-fail-to-capture-when-a-health-crisis-hits" target="_blank">70 percent chance of success?</a><p>One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take a moment to consider the question below. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:36:50 +0000 10840 at http://kut.org Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? Austin Recovers From Overnight Rains http://kut.org/post/austin-recovers-overnight-rains <p>Half a foot of rain pelted the city of Austin and the surrounding area last night, with rainfall totals topping out at seven inches in the Walnut Creek area and Downtown Austin receiving a bit less than five inches of rain.</p><p>The National Weather Service’s flash flood warning for Travis and Williamson Counties expired before 5 a.m., but the city’s still tackling flooded roadways in Spicewood Springs. Additionally, Austin-Travis County EMS used a helicopter to evacuate 13 campers stranded on the Colorado River, dropping them safely near Webberville Road. Below, you can view the latest flood updates, and a list of downed trees, delayed public transportation and power outages in Austin. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:59:45 +0000 Audrey McGlinchy 10810 at http://kut.org Austin Recovers From Overnight Rains Study: The Hottest and Coldest U.S. Places are Also the Fattest http://kut.org/post/study-hottest-and-coldest-us-places-are-also-fattest <p>Rising summer temperatures could lead to expanded waistlines, according to a study announced today by University of Texas researchers.</p><p>Research from Paul von Hippel, an assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, has shown that adults living in counties with the highest and lowest temperatures are the least active and by extension, the most obese. This especially holds true for areas with humid summers and dark winters.</p><p>Hippel and co-author Rebecca Benson, a UT doctoral student, studied each of the 3,000 counties in the United States, assessing different variables that could predict why some counties were more obese than others. Many of the counties in the Southeast account for areas with the highest rates of obesity. The mountain West, with cool, dry summers, represents the lowest proportion of obese adults.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:40:58 +0000 Joseph Baucum 10678 at http://kut.org Study: The Hottest and Coldest U.S. Places are Also the Fattest Another Round Of Tornadoes Rakes Through The South http://kut.org/post/another-round-tornadoes-rakes-through-south A day after a line of severe storms spawned tornadoes blamed for the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/28/307636103/tornadoes-rip-through-arkansas-oklahoma-killing-at-least-17">death of at least 15 people in Arkansas and Oklahoma</a>, the South was raked again.<p>This time, Mississippi and Alabama were hard hit.<p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/28/us/severe-weather/index.html">CNN reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Mississippi Gov. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:16:44 +0000 Eyder Peralta 10319 at http://kut.org Another Round Of Tornadoes Rakes Through The South Winter Storm Delays Schools, Primary Voting in Central Texas http://kut.org/post/winter-storm-delays-schools-primary-voting-central-texas <p><strong>UPDATE: </strong>The National Weather Service curtailed the <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=ewx&amp;wwa=winter%20storm%20warning">winter storm warning</a> issued Monday. It is now in effect until 9 a.m. for Bastrop, Burnet, Travis, and Williamson Counties.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>K-12 SCHOOL DELAYS:</strong></p><p>School districts in the Austin area are announcing delayed starts for Tuesday morning, due to the winter weather.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:07:42 +0000 KUT Staff 9889 at http://kut.org Winter Storm Delays Schools, Primary Voting in Central Texas Another Round of Wintry Weather for Central Texas; AISD, UT and Others Delay Start Times http://kut.org/post/another-round-wintry-weather-central-texas-aisd-ut-and-others-delay-start-times <p>A <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=ewx&amp;wwa=winter%20weather%20advisory">winter weather advisory</a> is in effect for Central Texas, including Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties, until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. A winter weather advisory means periods of freezing rain, sleet, or even snow could cause some travel difficulties. We have about a 40% chance of a light wintry mix of precipitation during the morning. Read more for a list of delayed start times.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:46:29 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 9759 at http://kut.org Another Round of Wintry Weather for Central Texas; AISD, UT and Others Delay Start Times Central Texas' Latest 'Snow Day' Ending as Winter Advisory Expires http://kut.org/post/central-texas-latest-snow-day-ending-winter-advisory-expires <p><strong>Update</strong>: As Austin's winter weather advisory is set to expire, Austin roads are all clear. (<a href="http://www.drivetexas.org/Full/">See an interactive map from&nbsp;TxDOT</a>.)&nbsp;</p><p>The National Weather Service says Saturday morning will be mostly cloudy, but skies clear and grow sunny during the afternoon. Warm winds will bring highs to up into the low 70s Saturday afternoon.</p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:55:44 +0000 KUT Staff 9726 at http://kut.org Central Texas' Latest 'Snow Day' Ending as Winter Advisory Expires Winter Weather Advisory in Effect for Austin Area; Winter Storm Warning Canceled (Update) http://kut.org/post/winter-weather-advisory-effect-austin-area-winter-storm-warning-canceled-update <p><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>The National Weather Service has removed a winter storm warning&nbsp;from the Austin area forecast. It had been scheduled to go into effect Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. and last until Monday at noon. However, 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#.UpIcDKXlLu4">winter weather advisory </a>is now in effect for Central Texas until 9 a.m. on Tuesday.</p><p>The National Weather Service says we could get some light sleet through Monday evening and some light snow flurries from Monday evening into Tuesday morning. &nbsp;The advisory area covers Comal, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. A <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=TXZ186&amp;warncounty=TXC265&amp;firewxzone=TXZ186&amp;local_place1=&amp;product1=Winter+Weather+Advisory#.UpIdRKXlLu4">winter weather advisory </a>is also in effect for the Hill Country until 9 a.m. on Tuesday.</p><p><strong>Original story&nbsp;</strong>(Nov. 23): The <a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">National Weather Service</a> has issued a winter storm warning for the Austin region, beginning tomorrow. It's an upgrade from the winter storm watch the NWS previously forecast for the region.</p><p> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 15:45:52 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9252 at http://kut.org Winter Weather Advisory in Effect for Austin Area; Winter Storm Warning Canceled (Update) Austin Under Freeze Warning as Cold Front Hits Central Texas http://kut.org/post/austin-under-freeze-warning-cold-front-hits-central-texas <p></p><p></p><p>Austin is expected to get its first freeze of the season tonight, with temperatures dropping as low as the upper 20s overnight.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">National Weather Service</a> says a strong Canadian cold front is moving across the Hill Country and the Austin metro area. A freeze warning has been issued for Austin, from midnight through 9 a.m. tomorrow.</p><p>“It’s not going to be that long-lived of a freezing temperature, maybe an hour or two, so I would not worry about pipes at this time,” says National Weather Service meteorologist Pat McDonald. “But if you have any tender vegetation, you may want to cover or cover them tonight.”</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 23:00:43 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9172 at http://kut.org Austin Under Freeze Warning as Cold Front Hits Central Texas For Rain Barrel Users, Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Water? http://kut.org/post/rain-barrel-users-there-such-thing-too-much-water <p>Austin&#39;s recent rains have caused <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-dries-after-storm-flooding-more-rain-way-update">a fair amount of trouble</a>. But some folks made out like bandits during the recent deluge.</p><p>Many urban rain collectors watched recent downpours overwhelm their <a href="http://rainwaterharvesting.tamu.edu/">rain barrels and cisterns</a>. It raises a question: Can too much rain be a bad thing, even for rainwater harvesters?<br /><br />Most rain harvesters say: Nope.<br /><br />Karen Collins, who collects rain at her home in Austin and on farmland north of Liberty Hill, is optimistic about the surge in rain. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s wonderful,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;My tanks are completely full. I am in great shape. There are times in the summer when I don&rsquo;t have any rainwater.&rdquo;</p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:23:48 +0000 Carrie Powell 8932 at http://kut.org For Rain Barrel Users, Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Water? From Ghana to Austin: An African Journalist on ACL, Floods & More http://kut.org/post/ghana-austin-african-journalist-acl-floods-more <p><em>Each year, KUT is fortunate enough to host traveling journalists from around the world. Recently arrived in Austin is Lorrencia Nkrumah, a broadcast journalist at Citi 97.3 FM in the Republic of Ghana. What follows are her thoughts on her first weekend in Austin.&nbsp;</em></p><p>As a visiting journalist from Ghana, it is not surprising to wake up and find some parts of my capital <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accra">Accra</a> &ndash; or anywhere else, flooded. So when I came to the United States &ndash; and to Austin for the first time &ndash; I was a bit surprised by the rains that led to flooding in several areas.</p><p>In the midst of a multi- year drought, many locals were surprised too.</p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 20:54:59 +0000 Lorrencia Nkrumah 8933 at http://kut.org From Ghana to Austin: An African Journalist on ACL, Floods & More This Was Austin's 40th Day of Triple Digit Heat in 2013 http://kut.org/post/was-austins-40th-day-triple-digit-heat-2013 <p>When the temperature at Camp Mabry ticked up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit&nbsp;<a href="http://w1.weather.gov/data/obhistory/KATT.html">sometime after 2 p.m.</a> this afternoon, it marked the 40<sup>th</sup> day this year of triple digit temperatures in Austin.</p><p>That’s more than the 35 triple digit days we saw last year but still not as high as the record-breaking 90 triple digit days in 2011.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The average number of triple digit days recorded annually at Camp Mabry is 13.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 00:55:27 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8605 at http://kut.org This Was Austin's 40th Day of Triple Digit Heat in 2013 When Will Austin Reach its First Triple Digit Day? http://kut.org/post/when-will-austin-reach-its-first-triple-digit-day <p></p><p>Today marks the anniversary of Austin’s first 100-degree day in 2012, but&nbsp;Austinites&nbsp;have yet to face temperatures in the triple digits this year.</p><p>If current weather patterns continue, Austin may only experience a few 100-degree days this summer. That’s according to Cory Van Pelt, a forecaster with <a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">the National Weather Service</a> for Austin/San Antonio.</p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:30:00 +0000 Syeda Hasan 8062 at http://kut.org When Will Austin Reach its First Triple Digit Day? NASA: Warming Climate Likely Means More Floods, Droughts http://kut.org/post/nasa-warming-climate-likely-means-more-floods-droughts The Earth's wettest regions are likely to get wetter while the most arid will get drier due to warming of the atmosphere caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, according to a new NASA analysis of more than a dozen climate models.<p>Scientists ran simulations of 14 different models, starting with CO2<sub></sub> concentrations at about 280 parts per million, which is similar to preindustrial levels but well below the 400 parts per million today. Fri, 03 May 2013 19:49:11 +0000 Scott Neuman 7615 at http://kut.org NASA: Warming Climate Likely Means More Floods, Droughts Weather Roundup: Inches of Rain Fall on Central Texas http://kut.org/post/weather-roundup-inches-rain-fall-central-texas <p>Rain fell hard on Central Texas Tuesday evening and again last night. And, according to our weather partner, more is in the forecast. <a href="http://austin.ynn.com/content/weather/" target="_blank">YNN reports</a> there's a 50 percent chance for showers and storms later today.</p><p>The National Weather Service reports the 24-hour rain total was 2.88 inches at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. One of the highest reported totals was 5.03 inches at the Colorado River in Smithville.</p><p>You can check the precipitation report for the last 24 hours from the National Weather Service <a href="https://nwschat.weather.gov/p.php?pid=201304031215-KEWX-NOUS44-PNSEWX">here</a>. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:51:16 +0000 Austin Feldman 7200 at http://kut.org Weather Roundup: Inches of Rain Fall on Central Texas Severe Weather for Central Texas http://kut.org/post/severe-weather-central-texas <p>Some severe weather is bearing down on Central Texas.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">National Weather Service</a> currently has a severe thunderstorm warning in effect for northwestern Travis County and Southwestern Williamson County. Some locations in that area include Lago Vista, Lakeway, Mansfield Dam, Bee Cave and Cedar Park. There are reports of large damaging hail up to golf ball size. The storm earlier produced baseball sized hail in Marble Falls.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 21:21:03 +0000 KUT Staff 7192 at http://kut.org Severe Weather for Central Texas Warm Weather May Mean Premature Blooms http://kut.org/post/warm-weather-may-mean-premature-blooms <p>Temperatures in Central Texas approached record levels today. But after a few days of warmer-than-normal weather, many of the area’s plants are at risk of blooming too soon.</p><p>When the soil starts to warm, that’s a signal to many trees, shrubs, and flowers that spring is here, said Daphne Richards, a horticulturist with <a href="http://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/">Texas A&amp;M AgriLife</a>.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:24:04 +0000 Mark Dewey 6340 at http://kut.org Warm Weather May Mean Premature Blooms Texas Insurers Tally Their Losses in the 'War on Hail' http://kut.org/post/texas-insurers-tally-their-losses-war-hail <p>Insurance companies doing business in Texas have counted their losses after reviewing the state’s&nbsp; catastrophic weather events last year.</p><p>According to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.iso.com/">Insurance Services Office</a>, a catastrophic event is a weather or man-made event that causes at least $25 million or more in insured property losses and affects a significant number of people. Texas had seven catastrophic events in 2012, and it cost insurance companies some $2.3 billion in losses.<img alt="Description: --break-&gt;" border="0" height="3" src="file://localhost/Users/wd285/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0/clip_image002.png" width="3"></p><p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:39:05 +0000 Brandon Mulder 6084 at http://kut.org Texas Insurers Tally Their Losses in the 'War on Hail' Drought Likely to Continue in Central Texas http://kut.org/post/drought-likely-continue-central-texas <p>After tonight and tomorrow’s wintry weather passes through, we’re not expected to see a lot of moisture.</p><p>The National Weather Service updated its <a href="http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/seasonal_drought.html">3-month drought outlook</a> this morning. It shows the drought will likely continue in Central Texas and the Hill Country… at least through March.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 00:56:04 +0000 Laura Rice 6055 at http://kut.org Drought Likely to Continue in Central Texas La Niña Could Bring More Drought to Texas http://kut.org/post/la-ni-could-bring-more-drought-texas <p>After the brutal drought of 2011, welcome rains this year put minds at ease in many parts of Texas. But any respite may be short-lived.</p><p>The best hope Texas had for a full recovery from its long drought was a wet upcoming winter. But recent weather models show that’s growing less and less likely. The reason? The El Niño weather pattern meteorologists expected is not forming in the Atlantic.</p><p><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/11/01/el-nino-changed-his-mind-cooler-wetter-winter-no-longer-forecast/#more-20437" target="_blank">State Climatologist John Neilsen-Gammon tell <em>StateImpact Texas</em></a> the bad news doesn’t end there. Fri, 02 Nov 2012 12:07:29 +0000 Mose Buchele & Terrence Henry 5499 at http://kut.org La Niña Could Bring More Drought to Texas