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What causes cities to grow and prosper – or not? Why does one side defeat another in war? Those are complex situations with a lot of contributing factors. One factor that history doesn’t often point out is weather.

From Texas Standard.

What can we learn from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria? To answer that question, and to facilitate planning for future storms, seven universities in Florida, Louisiana and Texas are pooling their money to put together what could be a first-of-its-kind center for hurricane research.

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Parts of now-Tropical Storm Harvey are drenching Central Texas this weekend, bringing several inches of rain and possible flooding.

A flash flood watch is in effect for Travis and surrounding counties. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell counties — along with many counties to the east.

To keep you up-to-date, we've collated a list of handy resources during severe weather.

Take a look at this radar image of Central Texas. What do you see?

Do you see what look like green explosions? You can see the circles radiating from single points.

But that’s not rain — it’s bats.

Image via Stella M. Chávez/KERA News

From Texas Standard:

Emotions can run high after a natural disaster. After the Christmas weekend twisters in North Texas, many have been asking what could have been done to better prepare for such an event.

The answer may be much more than previously thought.