5:01 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

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3:33 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

City Activates Heat Emergency Plan

This National Weather Service map shows the temperatures over Texas as of 3:30 p.m.
Photo by National Weather Service

With a heat advisory in effect until Friday night, the City of Austin is initiating Phase 1 of its heat emergency plan. Phase 1 involves monitoring “at-risk” people for signs of heat-related illness.

These are people the city defines as at-risk:

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11:51 am
Mon August 1, 2011

This July Was The Hottest Month Ever in Austin

Photo by Callie Hernandez for KUT News

Crack open an ice cold drink and give yourself a pat on the back: you just survived the hottest month in Austin history.

The average daily temperature for July 2011 was 89.7 degrees. The previous record for the hottest month was set in July 2009, when the average daily temperature was 89.5 degrees.

Don't expect it to get cooler anytime soon. The National Weather Service forecasts highs of 104 degrees or higher all week long.

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7:10 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Top Morning Stories August 1, 2011

Central Texans face possible record-breaking temperatures this week.
Photo by KUT News.

High Temperatures in Forecast, Hopes of Rain

Triple-digit temperatures are welcoming us into August with the 48th day of highs over 100. Austin residents had hopes Tropical Storm Don would bring rain over the weekend, but no such luck. Expect the next few days to be near record levels, around 104-106 degrees.

Perry's Inner Circle

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11:55 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Chance of Tropical Rain Looks Slim

The exceptional drought could get worse with no chance of significant rainfall in the near term.
Photo by KUT News

In case you haven't noticed, it is hot, hot, hot outside and Central Texas is in need of some showers. Late July and early August are normally the driest and hottest parts of the summer, so the chance of rain is slim.

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3:05 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Drought predicted to worsen

Lake Travis' diminishing shoreline. Lake Travis is a popular recreational water source for swimmers, boaters and water sports of all kinds.
KUT News

Fireworks displays have been banned, lakes drying up and crops scorched. It's safe to say the drought in Central Texas is bad. And it's not over yet.

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12:32 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

UT Fountains To Be Turned Off Monday

Photo by jdeeringdavis

Water fountains at the University of Texas at Austin will go dry on Monday as UT begins implementing voluntary Stage 2 water conservation measures. UT expects doing this will save more than 300,000 gallons each month on the 40 acres.

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4:12 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

People Still Stuck At DFW, Three Austin-Dallas Flights Canceled

This is what the sky looked like in Red Oak, Texas last night just outside Dallas. An intense storm dumped large hail and spawned tornadoes.
Photo by pedroesteban86

Travel may be slowly returning to normal at Dallas' largest airport, but many people are still stranded after hail storms suspended service last night. NBC Dallas-Fort Worth says about 10,000 people got stuck when airport officials took tornado precautions and pulled passengers off planes.

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5:26 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

High Winds Cause Power Outages Across The City

High winds ripped this branch off a tree located on 32nd St. off Tom Green St. The branch then tore down a power line. Austin Energy crews are working to fix problems like this across town.
Photo by Mose Buchele for KUT News

Update at 8:50 am Friday: Austin Energy says power was completely restored to customers at 3 am. Here's their final release.

The majority of outages were due to either tree limbs on power lines or lightning strikes. In all repairs had to be made at more than 260 locations. Many of those repairs were on lines located at the rear of properties rather than at the street. This prevents the use of bucket trucks and requires materials be carried in through backyards, tree trimmers climb trees to remove limbs in power lines and linemen climb poles to make the necessary repairs. About half of the Austin Energy electric system is located at the back of lots rather than at the street.

Update at 5:26 pm: Austin Energy now says the number of people without power is down to 2,400.

Update at 4:50 pm: Austin Energy says the number of people without power is now below 5,000.

Earlier: Austin Energy says it currently has about 11,500 customers without power at 140 different locations across the city. The worst affected area is this part of southeast Austin, where more than 1,700 people are without electricity.

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12:18 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Rain Drenches Central Texas, Delays Flights, Cuts Power

Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

A large area of rain and thunderstorms moved into Central Texas this morning bringing much needed moisture to our drought stricken region.  Almost two inches of rain fell at Camp Mabry this morning with another one to two inches on the way. A flood advisory was issued until noon.

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10:46 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Austin's Reaction Online To Storm Drenching

Thunder rumbled and heavy rains fell in Austin today.
Photo by Mose Buchele for KUT News
4:46 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Farmers Sound Alarm On Drought Disaster

Photo by Whatknot

Historically dry conditions have brought the the Texas agriculture industry to its knees, according to the Texas Farm Bureau's board of directors. The board met for its quarterly meeting in Waco today and released this statement.

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1:11 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

Central Texans Head to Mississippi To Help With Tornado Relief

Storm damage in Smithville, one of the worst hit areas in Mississippi. Red Cross volunteers from Central Texas area headed to Mississippi to help.
Photo by Mississippi Emergency Management Agency

Five Central Texas residents left Austin for Jackson, Mississippi this morning to help provide food, first aid and mental health services to people whose communities were devastated by storms that spawned tornadoes. At least 32 people in north and central Mississippi were killed, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

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8:40 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Amazing Cloud Fascinates Central Texans

A strange and unusual cloud rolled in over Central Texas last night, and people took out their cell phones to capture video of it. One person even set up a Facebook fan page that already has more than 2,000 "likes".

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4:18 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

Austin and Parts of Central Texas Under Tornado Watch

Tornado watch areas as of 4 pm are in yellow. Pink zones represent fire weather warnings.
Image by National Weather Service

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a tornado watch for Travis, Bastrop, Williamson, Hays and other Central Texas counties. As of this posting, the tornado watch was due to expire at 10 pm.  You can find the latest information from the NWS here.

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12:02 pm
Sat March 5, 2011

News Brief for Saturday, March 5, 2011

Wind Advisory for Central Texas
Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service


The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the Austin area until 4 p.m.  The advisory warns of 30 mph winds, with wind gusts up to 40 mph. As the cold front moves through south central Texas, winds are expected to gradually die down throughout the evening.

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9:56 am
Tue December 28, 2010

Flights Still Canceled At Austin Airport

A few flights are still canceled at ABIA after a winter blizzard blanketed the northeast with snow.
Image by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

The two-day winter storm has ended in the northeast, but the effort to dig out from the snow is still going strong. Some flights to the region from Austin are still being canceled and the Wall Street Journal reports that it could take days to clear the backlog of travelers.

Several factors stood to delay a full resumption of flights, including the need to plow gates and get airport staff and flight crews back in place.


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11:32 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Drought Conditions Threaten Texas

A dry lakebed near Dallas in 2005. Latest weather data indicates most of Texas is "abnormally dry" right now.
Image courtesy Whatknot

The latest US Drought Monitor Map, released this morning, shows 85 percent of Texas is "abnormally dry."

Eighty Texas counties currently have burn bans in effect, according to a Texas Parks and Wildlife map. Travis County is not currently under a burn ban but the neighboring counties of Williamson, Lee, Burnet, and Blanco are.

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10:28 am
Fri December 3, 2010

This is Why We Live in Texas

Winter weather pounded several areas in the northeast yesterday, especially Buffalo, NY. Storm warnings are being issued all over the colder parts of the United States, including our doppelganger, Austin, Minnesota.

Here's some video to keep that slightly chilly Central Texas weather in context.