rain http://kut.org en 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 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 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 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 How You Can Help Austin's Flood Victims (Update) http://kut.org/post/how-you-can-help-austins-flood-victims-update <p><strong>Update (Monday)</strong>: The city has released new information regarding the <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-travis-county-works-rebuild-devastating-halloween-floods">Halloween floods that claimed five lives</a>. Here’s some numbers conveying the extent of the damage:</p><ul><li>659: Number of homes damaged</li><li>259: Number of homes that received major damage&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>15: &nbsp;Number of homes destroyed</li><li>1,300: Tons of debris removed from the affected area</li></ul><p>Residents of southeast and southwest Austin are still in need of help. Fortunately, there’s several ways you can lend a hand.</p><p><strong>Volunteer: </strong></p><p>The Austin Disaster Relief Network is looking for volunteers to help with demolition and cleanup of affected areas. Volunteers are asked to wear jeans, gloves, masks, and hard sole shoes, and bring shovels, utility knives, and hammers if possible.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:38:42 +0000 KUT Staff 9080 at http://kut.org How You Can Help Austin's Flood Victims (Update) 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 Barton Springs Pool's Re-reopening http://kut.org/post/barton-springs-pools-re-reopening <p><a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool">Barton Springs Pool</a> is <a href="http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1861810ce1dca1a4c1673747c&amp;id=d2e8aeefad&amp;e=fde33afff2">reopening</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Sunday after a few days of clean-up.</span></p><p>The pool had to be <a href="http://austintexas.gov/news/overnight-flooding-temporarily-closes-barton-springs-pool">closed on Tuesday</a> because of Barton Creek run-off from this week’s rain storm.</p><p>The pool had reopened just <a href="http://austintexas.gov/blog/barton-springs-pool-reopen-saturday-march-30">last weekend</a> after being closed since December for repair and renovation work.</p><p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 23:48:52 +0000 Trey Shaar 7253 at http://kut.org Barton Springs Pool's Re-reopening 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 Rain, Hail Over Central Texas on First Day of Spring http://kut.org/post/rain-hail-over-central-texas-first-day-spring <p>The calendar now says spring!</p><p>Some much-needed rain fell over Central Texas last night and this morning. Rain totals could range from a tenth of an inch to one inch.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:34:40 +0000 Laura Rice 7012 at http://kut.org Rain, Hail Over Central Texas on First Day of Spring Drought Forecast Still Worrisome http://kut.org/post/drought-forecast-still-worrisome <p></p><p>A new reading on the Texas drought shows rains from last week helped drought severity fall for the first time since October. But it wasn’t a large decline, and as&nbsp;KUT’s&nbsp;Mose&nbsp;Buchele&nbsp;reports for&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/">StateImpact&nbsp;Texas</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/01/17/this-week-in-drought-slight-improvement-but-a-worrying-forecast/">long-term outlook is not good</a>.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:57:52 +0000 Mose Buchele 6236 at http://kut.org Drought Forecast Still Worrisome Austin Finishes its Driest November in 100-Plus Years http://kut.org/post/austin-finishes-its-driest-november-100-plus-years <p>It<a href="http://austin.ynn.com/content/weather/" target="_blank"> didn’t rain at all in Austin this month</a>,&nbsp;making it the driest November in more than 100 years. Only three other years on record show no rainfall for the month, all in the 1800’s: 1861, 1894 and 1897.</p><p>In fact, it hasn't rained 0.03 inches or less in Austin in November since 1950.</p><p>So will the dry weather stick around? The latest forecasts don’t indicate either an unusually dry or an unusually wet winter for Texas. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:25:49 +0000 Laura Rice 5790 at http://kut.org Austin Finishes its Driest November in 100-Plus Years AM Update: Immigrant Housing Law Under Review, Huston-Tillotson Grant, Rain Helps Edwards Aquifer http://kut.org/post/am-update-immigrant-housing-law-under-review-huston-tillotson-grant-rain-helps-edwards-aquifer <p>The first day of autumn is still a few days away but Central Texas is already enjoying more fall-like temperatures <a href="http://austin.ynn.com/content/weather/" target="_blank">thanks to a weak cold front</a>. Here's a look at today's morning headlines:</p><p><strong>Appeals Court to Review Immigration Housing Law </strong></p><p>The <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/carrollton-farmers-branch/headlines/20120918-farmers-branch-s-rental-ban-to-get-second-hearing-wednesday.ece" target="_blank">5<sup>th</sup> Circuit US Court of appeals is set to review</a> a proposed law that would ban illegal immigrants from renting homes in Farmer’s Branch, a suburb of Dallas.</p><p>The law requires that all renters in Farmer’s Branch fill out paperwork proving their immigration status.&nbsp; Illegal immigrants could be denied housing or be evicted from their current home. Under the law, landlords who knowingly continue rent to illegal immigrants would be subject to fines and revocation of their renter’s license.</p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund <a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/appeals-court-rules-anti-immigrant-housing-law-farmers-branch-texas" target="_blank">sued the city </a>to prevent the law from being enforced. A district court ruled that the law was unconstitutional on the grounds that regulating immigration law is a federal prerogative.&nbsp; A three-judge panel from the US 5<sup>th</sup> Circuit Court of Appeals <a href="http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov:8081/isysquery/irl90f3/5/doc" target="_blank">upheld the district court’s decision in March</a><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/immigration-in-texas/immigration/what-does-farmers-branch-case-mean-texas/" target="_blank">.</a> The full membership of the court <a href="http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/clerk/calendar/1209%5C09-19.htm" target="_blank">will review the earlier decision today.</a></p><p><strong>Huston-Tillotson Gets Nearly $2 Million Grant</strong></p><p><a href="http://htu.edu/" target="_blank">Huston-Tillotson University</a> in Austin is getting more than <font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="2"><span style="font-size:16px;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;"><font color="black" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">$1.9</span></font></span></font></span></font></span></font> million in federal funding. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:57:30 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth & Laura Rice 5103 at http://kut.org AM Update: Immigrant Housing Law Under Review, Huston-Tillotson Grant, Rain Helps Edwards Aquifer Rain Could Boost Mosquito Population http://kut.org/post/rain-could-boost-mosquito-population <p>The <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/am-update-rainfall-totals-health-mosquito-spraying-diez-y-seis-events" target="_blank">weekend rain</a> may have killed off some adult mosquitoes. But now it means a potential boom for mosquito breeding as standing water collects.</p><p>Experts say it’s a good idea to dump any standing water around your home—especially as <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/third-travis-county-west-nile-death-confirmed" target="_blank">West Nile virus continues to be a problem</a> in the area.</p><p>“One thing that we may have going for us right now is that the temperature has dropped which will take a longer period for those mosquitoes to develop and so the water might dry up in time so that we don’t have quite as many emerging out,” Texas AgriLife Extension Office Program Specialist Wizzie Brown says.</p><p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 18:17:39 +0000 Laura Rice 5094 at http://kut.org Rain Could Boost Mosquito Population Lake Levels Up Slightly After Rainfall http://kut.org/post/lake-levels-slightly-after-rainfall <p><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/travis-county-burn-ban-lifted-0" target="_blank">Recent rainfall</a> is helping to fill the Highland Lakes—at least a little bit.</p><p>Parts of Central Texas received more than two inches of rain on Sunday. Combined with rainfall from earlier last week, rainfall totals for some areas topped nine inches.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.lcra.org/water/conditions/river_report.html" target="_blank">Lower Colorado River Authority</a> says the water level of Lake Travis is up a little over a foot. Lake Buchanan only saw a gain of a few hundredths of an inch.</p><p>"The location of the rain makes all the difference and, in this case, the vast majority of the rain fell over the Highland Lakes basin," LCRA river operations center supervisor Dan Yates says.</p><p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:28:23 +0000 Laura Rice 5092 at http://kut.org Lake Levels Up Slightly After Rainfall AM Update: Rainfall Totals, Health & Mosquito Spraying, Diez y Seis Events http://kut.org/post/am-update-rainfall-totals-health-mosquito-spraying-diez-y-seis-events <p>Good morning! Grab your galoshes and umbrella, it's raining! After a <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/travis-county-extends-burn-ban" target="_blank">dry couple of weeks</a>, that's our top story in today's AM Update:</p><p><strong>Rain and More Rain</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://austin.ynn.com/content/weather/" target="_blank">rain will continue to fall</a> across Central Texas this morning. Most of the showers are expected to be light to moderate but downpours are possible.</p><p><a href="http://www.lcra.org/water/conditions/rainfall.html" target="_blank">Leander has received</a> more than 7.6 inches in the past 24 hours. Marble Falls has received more than 5 inches and Dripping Springs seen more than 2 inches.</p><p><a href="http://www.lcra.org/water/conditions/weather/weather_column.html" target="_blank">Our rain chances</a> will stay at about 70 percent throughout the day and then fall to about 40 percent overnight.</p><p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:43:32 +0000 Laura Rice 5079 at http://kut.org AM Update: Rainfall Totals, Health & Mosquito Spraying, Diez y Seis Events Drought Map Shows No Significant Changes http://kut.org/post/drought-map-shows-no-significant-changes <p>As far as the Texas drought goes, no news might be good news.</p><p>After steadily improving for months, <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_state.htm?TX,S">the U.S. Drought Monitor map</a> shows statewide drought conditions have reached a plateau.</p><p><a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/recent-rain-barely-boosts-lake-levels">Heavy rains two weeks ago</a> brought more than 10 percent of the state out of any drought. That number remains steady.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:26:19 +0000 Olivia Gordon 4766 at http://kut.org Drought Map Shows No Significant Changes Drought Conditions Improve Across Central Texas http://kut.org/post/drought-conditions-improve-across-central-texas <p><a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/recent-rain-barely-boosts-lake-levels" target="_blank">Recent rain</a> has lifted much of the Austin area from &ldquo;severe&rdquo; to &ldquo;moderate&rdquo; drought.</p><p>The <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/archive.html" target="_blank">latest U.S. Drought Monitor map</a> shows an improvement across almost all of Central Texas. Williamson County went from extreme drought down to severe. And areas around Bastrop have improved to abnormally dry.</p><p>In fact, 12 percent of the state &ndash; much of Eastern Texas &ndash; is now classified as completely out of drought conditions.</p><p>Victor Murphy is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He says it will still be a while before all of Texas sees long-term drought recovery. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:36:57 +0000 Laura Rice & Mary Mattia 4724 at http://kut.org Drought Conditions Improve Across Central Texas Recent Rain Barely Boosts Lake Levels http://kut.org/post/recent-rain-barely-boosts-lake-levels <p>Parts of North Austin and Round Rock received more than four inches of rain in last night&rsquo;s storm. But Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan are only up a couple of inches. That&rsquo;s because most of the rain fell downstream of the watershed.</p><p>Bob Rose is the chief meteorologist with the <a href="http://www.lcra.org/water/conditions/weather/weather_column.html" target="_blank">Lower Colorado River Authority</a>. He says the recent rain has been great, but is no drought-buster.</p><p>&ldquo;To really start re-filling the lakes, we kind of need an overall change in the whole weather pattern,&quot; Rose says. &quot;Where we start getting more rain more frequently and the rain falls all across the area, including the Hill Country.&quot; Mon, 16 Jul 2012 18:03:55 +0000 Laura Rice 4691 at http://kut.org Recent Rain Barely Boosts Lake Levels Hoping for a Hurricane? Central Texas Needs Rain http://kut.org/post/hoping-hurricane-central-texas-needs-rain <p>The new <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_state.htm?TX,S" target="_blank">U.S. Drought Monitor map</a> shows Central Texas is getting drier. In just a little over a month, parts of Travis and Williamson Counties have moved from <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/archive.html" target="_blank">&ldquo;abnormally dry&rdquo; to &ldquo;extreme drought.&rdquo;</a></p><p>It&rsquo;s been more than six weeks since the Austin area&#39;s seen a good rain.</p><p>&quot;For the period from May 16 to July 5, a period of almost 7 weeks, the Austin area has seen only 0.44 of an inch,&quot;&nbsp;Victor Murphy, National Weather Service Regional Climate Service program manager, writes via email. &quot;This is the driest such period on record there in Austin in over 100 years (since 1911).&nbsp; Normal for this period should be about six inches.&nbsp; Thus, Austin has received less than 10 percent of normal rainfall during what should be one of the wettest time of the year.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 18:35:39 +0000 Laura Rice 4625 at http://kut.org Hoping for a Hurricane? Central Texas Needs Rain Texas Helping Out with New Mexico Wildfires http://kut.org/post/texas-helping-out-new-mexico-wildfires <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; background-color: white; line-height: 12pt; ">A little more than nine months after wildfires devastated parts of Central Texas, new fires are spreading through New Mexico, burning over 278,000 acres of forest. Twenty-five states, including Texas, have sent support to help fight the blaze.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 12pt; background-color: white; vertical-align: baseline; "><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); ">April&nbsp;Saginor&nbsp;with the Texas Forest Service says some cities in Texas like San Antonio can afford to send firefighters and aid because the state has fewer fires to battle themselves.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 12pt; background-color: white; vertical-align: baseline; ">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 12pt; background-color: white; vertical-align: baseline; "><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 12pt; ">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s happening, but they&rsquo;re much smaller than they were last year, and we were able to contain them rather quickly,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;So we&rsquo;re in good shape right now, but we&rsquo;re waiting to see what kind of rain we get later this month.&rdquo;</span></p><p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 20:32:34 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4456 at http://kut.org Texas Helping Out with New Mexico Wildfires