<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Weather News and Coverage]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usSat, 19 Aug 2017 13:52:25 -0500Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:52:25 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Hot & Humid, Isolated Storms]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:38:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/brian-james-2017.jpg

Another hot and humid day is in store for North Texas today. Highs will be in the upper 90s and heat index values near 105°. If you have any outdoor plans today, be mindful that a couple showers and thunderstorms could pop up this afternoon. Any storms that do develop this afternoon should come to an end this evening with mostly clear skies expected tonight into Sunday. 

Viewing conditions for the solar eclipse on Monday look good, with a mostly sunny sky expected. The peak of the eclipse will be around 1:10 PM with 75% of the sun covered in/around DFW. The next weak cold front will move through North Texas mid-week bringing a drop in temperatures and a shot at some showers and storms.

See the full 10-Day Forecast below.

  • TODAY: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy and hot with isolated pop-up storms possible this afternoon. High: 98. Wind: SW/SE 5-10 mph.
  • TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Low: 79. Wind: SE/S 5-10 mph.
  • SUNDAY: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy and hot. High: 97. Wind: S/SE 10 mph.
  • MONDAY (ECLIPSE DAY): Mostly sunny. Good visibility for the eclipse! Low: 78. High: 96. Wind: S 10 mph.
  • TUESDAY: Partly cloudy and hot. Low: 78. High: 97. Wind: S/SE 10 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for scattered showers and storms. Low: 77. High: 93. Wind: N/NE 10 mph.
  • THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for isolated showers and storms. Low: 75. High: 90. Wind: NE 10-15 mph.
  • FRIDAY: Mostly to partly cloudy. Low: 73. High: 89. Wind: E 10 mph.
  • SATURDAY: Partly cloudy. Low: 72. High: 89. Wind: E 10 mph.
  • SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. Low: 73. High: 91. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.
  • MONDAY: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms possible. Low: 72. High: 87. Wind: N 10-15 mph.
  • TUESDAY: Partly cloudy and pleasant. Low: 71. High: 86. Wind: NE 10 mph.

Latest Video Forecast

See the full 10-Day Forecast below.

Latest Video Forecast

  • TODAY: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy and hot. High: 98. Wind: SW/SE 5-10 mph.
  • TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Low: 79. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.
  • SUNDAY: Partly cloudy and hot. High: 97. Wind: S 5-10 mph.
  • MONDAY (ECLIPSE DAY): Mostly sunny. Good visibility for the eclipse! Low: 79. High: 96. Wind: S 10 mph.
  • TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and hot. Low: 78. High: 97. Wind: S 10 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for scattered showers and storms. Low: 77. High: 93. Wind: N/NE 10 mph.
  • THURSDAY: Mostly to partly cloudy. A few showers and storms possible well south of DFW. Low: 75. High: 92. Wind: NE 10-15 mph.
  • FRIDAY: Partly cloudy. Low: 74. High: 92. Wind: E 10 mph.
  • SATURDAY: Partly cloudy. Low: 72. High: 91. Wind: NE 10 mph.
  • SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. Low: 73. High: 91. Wind: E 10 mph.
  • MONDAY: Partly cloudy. A few showers an storms possible. Low: 72. High: 90. Wind: NE 10 mph.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Forecast for Solar Eclipse]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:12:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ntx-eclipse-forecast-friday.png

NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston updates the forecast for Monday's solar eclipse.

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<![CDATA[Scattered Storms Today]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:13:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-08-17-04h41m11s60.jpg

Scattered thunderstorms have developed this morning and will persist for much of the morning for many locations.

<![CDATA[What to Expect With the Solar Eclipse in North Texas]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:29:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Finfrock-Eclipse-081617_1200x675_1026229315736.jpg

It is almost time for the solar eclipse, and NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock has a look at what you can expect and the places where you can view it with a group in North Texas.

<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Hurricane Synonyms]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:24:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz_Hurricane_Synonyms.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: Which of these is not another name for a hurricane?

<![CDATA[Texas StormRanger Handbook with 360 Tour]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 10:12:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rick-stormranger-360.JPG

NBC’s exclusive Texas StormRanger mobile radar truck is a one-of-a-kind vehicle that has a live, high-powered Doppler Radar that enables Texas StormRanger to get out ahead of a storm. The Texas StormRanger can track storms wherever they are with a higher degree of accuracy and with more detail than ever before.

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From increased visibility in the heart of a storm to the ability to alert people in real time that a tornado has touched down because it can detect actual debris on the ground, Texas StormRanger is the latest addition to NBC 5’s expanding weather arsenal designed to keep you and your family safe when severe weather strikes.

"This radar technology and mobile configuration is a first for any TV station or network of stations in the U.S," said Richard Stedronsky, a meteorologist and director of strategic business development and partnerships at Enterprise Electronics Corporation. "NBC-Telemundo is the first to deploy this fleet of mobile doppler radars in the nation."

"We are boosting our weather forecasting capabilities by building, from scratch, the first-of-its-kind fleet of mobile weather radars in the country because we know how important weather is to our viewers," said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. "All of our stations will have access to this groundbreaking weather technology so they can deliver even more lifesaving weather information to their communities."

So what makes the Texas StormRanger so unique in delivering you the most accurate forecast?

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When severe weather approaches, NBC 5 now has the ability to dispatch Texas StormRanger to wherever the storm is going to strike. Using X-band, dual-polarization Doppler radar, Texas StormRanger can provide our meteorologists with more detailed observations than any normal fixed radar can provide, giving them — and you — a hyperlocal look at the storm.

See Texas StormRanger radar in action here »

"When you start to get over 100 miles away from the radar, the radar beam from a fixed radar is too high in the atmosphere to see lower weather phenomena,” said Stedronsky, whose company provides the new radar system in Texas StormRanger. "But that’s where severe weather takes place -- in the lowest parts of the atmosphere. With StormRanger, you can take your viewers to the weather and gather information that a traditional fixed radar could be missing.”

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Texas StormRanger's radar, which has a maximum range of about 100 miles, will update about once every 60 seconds. These updates mean you'll be up-to-the-minute when tracking how and when the weather will impact you in your crucial locations such as your home and where you currently are. Our app users will receive push alerts when Texas StormRanger is activated, allowing them to get a closer -- and more accurate -- look at the weather in their neighborhoods.

By driving Texas StormRanger close to actual storms, NBC 5 will be able to give a detailed look that TV stations never have been able to do before. Fixed radars may miss certain weather events due to terrain or blockages due to buildings in a downtown area. But Texas StormRanger can fill in those gaps in coverage, and in turn provide a more complete picture of what is happening now and what those immediately in the crosshairs of a severe storm can expect.

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Mobility is Texas StormRanger’s big advantage over fixed radar during severe thunderstorms. By positioning Texas StormRanger wherever severe storms are about to strike, meteorologists will get a better idea of how the storms are forming, how severe they are and where and how fast they’re moving.

"This advanced look that you’ll get from a StormRanger means you’re giving more accurate and timely information to a viewer,” Stedronsky said.

Get accurate 10-day and hourly forecasts here »

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In addition to radar, Texas StormRanger has a two cameras to give you an up-close look at conditions - one on the dashboard, and one pointed at a reporter riding in the vehicle.

“The information you're going to get on a local level is going to be unprecedented,” said Tom Jennings, president of Accelerated Media Technologies, which did the customization required to integrate the radar system into Texas StormRanger. “You’re going to get such high-resolution weather telemetry out of these trucks that you’ll know exactly what the weather’s doing in your neighborhood, not just theoretically what it’s doing across your state or county."

See how you can view Texas StormRanger online »

Stedronsky says the key to it all is having full control of a mobile radar unit that can be sent to any storm, at any time.

“That’s going to be huge for protecting people and assets and saving lives,” Stedronsky said.

NBC 5 is committed to bringing you the most accurate weather information possible, and Texas StormRanger is just the latest investment we’re making into weather-related technologies to do just that. Texas StormRanger is here to serve your community, and ensure that the NBC 5 Weather Experts are your most-trusted source when severe storms strike.

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<![CDATA[Register for NBCDFW's Closing System]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:09:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/snowflake.jpg

NBCDFW and NBC 5 offer an automated system for school and business closings and delays that can be accessed ONLINE ONLY for school and business administrators.

Due to the size of the Metroplex, only closings and delays for schools and large businesses with more than 500 employees will air on television. The status of religious facilities, day care centers, small businesses and other establishments will only be posted on NBCDFW.com.

To register, please send an email to Sharla.Alford@nbcuni.com with the name of your institution, the main contact name, phone number and email, as well as the physical address of the school, church or business.

To see a complete listing of current closing and delays, click here.

We will not sign up new clients during an inclement weather event, so please sign up before your school or business needs to use our services.

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<![CDATA[Winter Outlook From the Farmers' Almanac Explained]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:41:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/winter+wx+outlook.jpg

It’s finally here…the Winter Outlook from the Farmers’ Almanac!

Okay, truth be told as professional meteorologists we don’t exactly wait on the edge of our seat for the Farmers’ Almanac forecast. Nonetheless, it’s still fun to look at the weather folklore forecast for comparison's sake.

Without further ado, here’s the Farmers’ Almanac 2018 Winter Outlook:

Notice here in Texas the forecast calls for wild temperature and precipitation swings with a steady flow of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. In North Texas this corresponds to what we would expect during a “normal” winter.

Big temperature swings are common in North Texas during the winter months. Strong December cold fronts (affectionately known as Blue Northers) have been known to drop the temperature over 40 degrees in a single swoop! 

In addition, it’s not uncommon to experience an abrupt transition in precipitation.

Specifically for Texas, the Farmers’ Almanac says, “Winter will be colder than normal, with above-normal precipitation. The coldest periods will be from late November into early December, from late December into early January, and in early February. Snowfall will be near to above normal, with the snowiest periods in late December and early to mid-February.” 

The NBC 5 Weather Experts cannot agree entirely with the Farmers’ Almanac prognostication.

Instead of weather folklore, we rely heavily on the El Nino/La Nina pattern when making seasonal forecasts. The current El Nino/La Nina phase is neutral, meaning neither one is taking precedence. This pattern is expected to hold and would likely bring a near normal winter to North Texas. That's when we usually see crazy winter weather there’s a link to El Nino or La Nina.

In a normal North Texas winter one can expect around 33 freezes and 1-2” of snow.

Stay tuned!

Online: Farmer's Almanac for North Texas

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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Measurable Rain]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:25:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz_Measurable_Rain.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: How much rain must fall for it to be considered measurable?

<![CDATA[Lightning Is Killing Fewer Americans Than Ever: Analysis]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:32:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lightning29.jpg

Lightning is killing fewer Americans than ever, according to analysis from the Associated Press and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. In 2017, only 13 people have died after being struck by lightning.

<![CDATA[What to Do With a Deflated NWS Weather Balloon]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:20:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Ballon_Explainer_4p_08142017.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Brian James explains what to do if you find a National Weather Service weather balloon.

<![CDATA[Storms Moving Across North Texas; Some Severe]]> Sat, 12 Aug 2017 21:41:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/940+radar.JPG

Thunderstorms are beginning to develop this afternoon across North Texas. Some hail may accompany some of the stronger storms. Heavy rainfall and gusty winds will be the primary threat through the overnight hours. Greatest potential for flooding may occur in our NE counties where the highest rainfall totals are expected.

Get the latest forecast information from NBC 5's team of Weather Experts here.

Latest Video Forecast

Interactive Radar



Above: A view of Fort Worth from The Stayton at Museum Way. Below, Dallas from Lake Cliff Tower.

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<![CDATA[This Summer is North Texas' 7th Wettest on Record]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:38:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/191*120/rain-generic-umbrella-raindrops.jpg

The 0.62 inches of rain recorded at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Monday morning makes this summer the seventh wettest on record.

The wettest summer ever recorded at the airport, where official rainfall records are kept, was in 2004 when 18.89 inches of rain fell between June 1 and Aug. 31 -- the dates for the summer season.

There are two weeks remaining during this year's summer season, but the weather pattern does appear to be changing.

A ridge of high pressure is building, allowing for hot and dry weather into next week with head indexes into the triple digits.

No real rain chances are forecast for the next 10 days. See the latest forecast from NBC 5 here.

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<![CDATA[Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:30:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-483761258.jpg

The Perseid Meteor Shower will happen this weekend, with the best viewing in the pre-dawn hours on Saturday August 12.

The showers actual peak is at 12 p.m. on Saturday, so that means the night before and the night after will be the best times to get out and look for a few meteors.

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<![CDATA[Storms Leave Hundreds in New Orleans With Flooded Homes, Businesses]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:13:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2017-08-11+at+11.24.48+AM.png

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in New Orleans Thursday after heavy storms flooded homes and businesses across the city. Officials say the rate of rainfall in many neighborhoods was one of the highest recorded in recent history. Rain remains in the forecast for the region through the weekend.

<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Bad for Hurricane Development]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:39:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz_Bad_for_Hurricane_Development.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: Which is bad for the development of a hurricane?

<![CDATA[NOAA Releases Updated Hurricane Outlook]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:46:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/noaa-hurricane-outlook-081017-davies_1200x675_1021682755763.jpg

As we enter the peak of hurricane season, the NOAA released an updated storm outlook forecast predicting a higher chance of an above-normal season.

<![CDATA[Tips to Prepare for the Total Solar Eclipse]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:00:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/eclipse+approved+glasses+1.jpg

The big event, Monday, August 21, is the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 99 years.

In North Texas we will see a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.

This can last for more than an hour. Forecast viewing conditions are poor. This could change, but this summer we have seen several disturbances providing North Texas with cloud cover.

If this trend continues, it could be partly to mostly cloudy come Aug. 21.

If you are traveling west, weather conditions may in your favor. Good viewing conditions are predicted.

In order to view the eclipse you will need to wear glasses with special-purpose solar filters.

Looking directly at the sun can cause temporary or permanent damage to the retinas. When buying special glasses, look for an ISO 12312-2 compliant and CE certified pair of these special glasses. These special glasses block about 99.99 percent of light rays compared to regular sunglasses that only block about 60 percent of light rays.

The special glasses can be purchased at (some) Kroger stores, Lowe's Home Improvement, ACE Hardware or Walmart, to name a few. You can also look online. Places like Amazon have them.

Meteorologist Rick Mitchell recently purchased his.

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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Lightning Development in a Thunderstorm]]> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:59:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz_Lightning_Development_in_a_Thunderstorm.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: What is essential for lightning development in a thunderstorm?

<![CDATA[Weather Alerts FAQ]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:49:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/app-alerts.jpg

If you upgraded to the 5.5 version of our Android, iPhone and iPad news apps, you will notice we updated and streamlined the weather alerts. You can choose to receive alerts from our station’s meteorologists, get severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and sign up for lightning and precipitation alerts for up to 25 locations.

Adding Weather Locations Alerts

If you’ve been using our app and then downloaded the 5.5 version, the weather location alerts you had picked did not transfer to the new app version. We know this might be inconvenient but choosing locations alerts is easy to do. 

To set up the alerts, just tap on the app logo in the top left corner then tap on Weather Forecast. Tap the plus sign next to the location under the radar. This will allow you to add or delete locations (you cannot delete the Default location or the Current Location).

To control the alert settings for the cities, click the three dots next to the city. You can set it as your location and enable or disable alerts for it. You can also remove the city from your list. Under the city name it’ll tell you if the alerts are on or off.

Next, tap on "Alert Settings,” which is the second tab at the top. This is where you can control the alerts you get:

  • Station Alerts — Important updates from our station’s meteorologists, including the daily forecast information.
  • NWS Severe Weather Alerts — Notifications from the National Weather Service about watches and warnings for severe weather like thunderstorms, tornadoes, snow and more.
  • Lighting Alerts — Alerts that are triggered when lightning has been detected in your area.
  • Precipitation Alerts — Alerts about rain, snow and hail approaching your location. 

After you change the settings, it’s best to close your app and then reopen it to ensure the app saved your settings.

Setting Weather as Start Screen

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You can customize the start screen of our app to highlight news or weather when you open it.

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If weather information is crucial for you and your family, we want you to see it immediately on the app to make your life easier. If you’re more interested in local and national news, you can continue to see that first when the app opens if you want.

To make a change, tap the app logo in the top left corner, and tap "Set Your Start Screen." You will see a preview of how the app will look with Top Stories or Weather as the start screen. You can also change the start screen by tapping the gear icon in the upper right corner and choosing between Top Stories and Weather.

<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Charge From a Lightning Strike]]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:12:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-08-07-17h11m09s116.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: Will the charge from a lightning strike travel farther on land or in the water?

<![CDATA[Video Shows Lightning Strike a San Antonio Home]]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:20:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lightningstike.jpg

A strong storm passing through the San Antonio area has caused flash floods and lightning storms. This cellphone footage captures an incredible lightning strike in the Heritage neighborhood.

<![CDATA[Tropical Storm Franklin Churns in Caribbean]]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:43:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TS-Franklin-GJ-080717_1200x675_1019013187741.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston forecasts the path of Tropical Storm Franklin forming in the Caribbean Sea.

<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Most Lightning Strikes]]> Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:16:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz_Most_Lightning_Strikes.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: In the last 10 years, which state averaged the most cloud to ground lightning strikes?

<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Hottest Planet]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 17:07:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz_Hottest_Planet.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: Which planet is the hottest?

<![CDATA[What is an Air Quality Alert?]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:02:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/air-quality-alert.jpg

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has issued
an Ozone Action Day, also known as an Air Quality Alert, for the Dallas-Fort Worth area Thursday.

Air Quality Alerts were designed by the government to communicate to the public on how much pollution there is in the low levels of our atmosphere, the air we breathe. They are common across North Texas this time of year.

An Air Quality Alert is issued when there is a high level of pollutants, such as ozone, near the surface that can potentially affect your health. Ozone at the surface is harmful to your lungs and health and breathing it can trigger asthma attacks and other respiratory issues. The elderly and very young are most at risk.

Ozone in the upper levels of our atmosphere helps protect us from harmful rays from the sun. This is the good ozone.

Pollution from ozone occurs when oxide nitrogen gasses and chemical reactions from volatile organic compounds mix together. Sunlight and heat help to combine oxide nitrogen gasses and volatile organic compounds together forming smog. Cars, trucks and factories are all big contributors to ozone pollution.

You can do your part in preventing pollution by carpooling, walking, riding a bicycle, taking your lunch to work, avoiding drive-through lanes, conserving energy and keeping your vehicle properly tuned.

<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Petrichor (And Bonus David Finfrock Sighting)]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:09:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz_Petrichor.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: What is "petrichor?"

<![CDATA[5 Things You Need to Know About the Total Solar Eclipse]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:33:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Eclipse.jpg

A total solar eclipse is going to be visible across parts of the U.S. this August. But what is a total solar eclipse, exactly? When was the last time one happened? What should you look for? Find out all that and more.

<![CDATA[How Safe is a Plane Struck By Lightning?]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 10:09:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lightning-planes-gj-080217_1200x675_1015432259859.jpg

Newly released video shows the moment lightning struck a Florida airport ground worker. It raises the question, how safe is it to be inside a plane during a storm?

<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Cloudiest City in the U.S.]]> Tue, 01 Aug 2017 17:29:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz_Cloudiest_City_in_the_US.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: How many cloudy days does Juneau, Alaska, have on average each year?

<![CDATA[Solar Eclipse Will Affect Air Temperature]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:59:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-solar+eclipse.jpg

A total solar eclipse expected to happen Aug. 21 will have an effect on the air temperature.

Areas in the path of totality will see the moon completely cover the sun. During this time, it will go from full daylight to darkness and back in a 2 to 3 minute span.

When the sun sets overnight, our temperature drops. The same thing happens during a total eclipse as the moon's shadow will cause a temporary drop in temperature. Here is an example from 2001 when a total eclipse passed over Zambia and dropped the air temperature almost 15 degrees.

The graph shows temperature measurements made by NASA astronomer Mitzi Adams using a Thermochron Temperature Logger. You can clearly see the temperature drop during totality, then the rise once the sun reappears.

North Texas is not in the path of totality, but we will see a partial solar eclipse.

If you are traveling somewhere along the path of totality it may be hard for you to measure the temperature drop on your own. The eclipse will be quick and your thermometer may not register the temperature change quickly enough.

If this is something you want to try, NASA recommends you test your thermometer ahead of time. Measure your indoor air temperature, then carry the thermometer outside and measure how long it takes to make a stable reading on the outdoor temperature. This will help you gauge how quickly your thermometer can respond to the temperature change.

Photo Credit: National Astronomical Observatory of Japan via Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Tropical Depression Emily Moves Away From U.S. Coast]]> Tue, 01 Aug 2017 10:50:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/tropical-depression-emily-tues.PNG

Emily initially made landfall near Tampa Monday as a tropical storm. Since then, Emily has traveled over land and has weakened to a Tropical Depression.

The center of Emily will continue to move away from the east-central coast of Florida Tuesday. Currently there are no tropical watches or warnings in place.

Emily is moving northeast at 14 mph with sustained winds of 30 mph. On this current path the storm will move and remain well off the southeast U.S. coast, that is where the core of heavy rain will stay.


Emily may strengthen slightly before Wednesday. Later, the storm will move into an area of increased wind shear, the storm will weaken once again. Emily is expected to become an extratropical storm or dissipate altogether by Thursday or Friday.

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<![CDATA[August Weather Outlook Calls for 'Cooler' Temperatures]]> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 22:24:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW-Recut-RM-AugustWX-073117_1200x675_1014286403736.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell takes a look at what is normal for North Texas' weather in August and what we can expect in the next month.

<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Speed of Moon's Shadow]]> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:21:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz_Speed_of_Moons_Shadow.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: How fast will the moon's shadow be moving across the United States during the solar eclipse?

<![CDATA[Watering Your Lawn 101]]> Sun, 30 Jul 2017 08:26:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dotty_Woodson_Sunday_morning_show.jpg

Texas Agrilife Specialist Dotty Woodson talks about how to know when to water your lawn and when your lawn is protecting itself from the Texas heat.

<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Determining Heat Index]]> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:27:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/wx+question.JPG

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: Which of these is not taken into consideration when determining the heat index?

<![CDATA[How Do Wave-Like Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds Form?]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:50:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-Clouds-072717_1200x675_1011792451848.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell explains how distinct wave-like clouds are formed in the atmosphere, called Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds.

<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Behind a Cold Front]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:16:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz_Behind_a_Cold_Front.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: Which of these does not occur behind a cold front?

<![CDATA[US Postal Service Celebrates Upcoming Eclipse]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:25:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_ECLIPSE_STAMPS_072717_1-150119042024300001.jpg

A new postage stamp has been issued by the United States Postal Service commemorating the upcoming total solar eclipse, which will take place on Aug. 21. It is the first time a U.S. postage stamp has used thermochromic ink.

<![CDATA[Dallas Bars, Restaurants Host 'Cool' Block Party]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:07:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-525397795+%281%29.jpg

A Dallas-area community group plans to host a block party Saturday to help raise money for senior citizens in need of air conditioning.

The Lowest Greenville Collective partnered with the City of Dallas Office of Senior Affairs and Dallas County Adult Protective Services to raise donations for fans, window units and portable A/C units for low income and disabled seniors around Dallas.

Equipment and funds collected will be taken to the Silver Star Room, Dallas fire and police departments and other agencies that help seniors, the group said.

People can donate at the check-in area at Blind Butcher anytime during the day. Wristbands will be given to anyone who donates a fan, A/C unit or more than $20. The wristband serves as a pass for special deals at 24 businesses in the Lowest Greenville Collective, as well as an after party at Truck Yard between 8-9 p.m.

Participating businesses include boutique stores, restaurants, bars, and other services on Greenville Avenue from Belmont Avenue to Ross Avenue. Some of members include Dude, Sweet Chocolate, Singlewide Bar, Crisp Salad Co., Bonafide Barber Shop, Bullzerk, Blind Butcher, Greenville Avenue Pizza Co., Steel City Pops, HG Sply Co, Good Records, Ragin' Crab and more.

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<![CDATA[Explaining the Southwest Monsoon Season]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:04:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arizonaflashflood.jpg

Chances are you've seen some dramatic video showing flooding in the U.S. Desert Southwest recently. This is all connected to the Southwest Monsoon.

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<![CDATA[How Do Crickets Tell You About Triple-Digit Temperatures?]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:04:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rm+cricketwx.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell explains how crickets are nature's thermometers. And he looks ahead to see how many triple-digit days we could have left this summer.

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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Insect Thermometer]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:33:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz_Insect_Thermometer.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: Which insect can be used as a thermometer?

<![CDATA[D/FW Ground Crews Train for Winter Weather]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:11:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/dfw-snowplows.jpg

People traveling through Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport were treated to a peculiar sight Wednesday morning.

Ground crews broke out their snowplows to begin training for winter weather — two seasons ahead of time.

It's not just a matter of de-icing. Training teams learned how to drive snowplows in side-by-side formations on runways and taxiways.

Crews were out training during the morning hours and were scheduled to finish before noon, officials said.

Wednesday's high temperature was forecast to reach 99 with a heat index between 105 and 109, according to NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston.

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<![CDATA[Rick Mitchell's Way-Too-Early Winter Weather Outlook]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:47:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-07-25-21h41m39s33.jpg

Dreaming of snowy weather? NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell has a look at the way-too-early winter outlook from the U.S. Climate Prediction Center.

<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Aviation Weather]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:58:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz_Aviation_Weather.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: In aviation weather, what does IFR stand for?

<![CDATA[Solar Car Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:25:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Solar_Car_Challenge_4p_72117.jpg

Hundreds of high school students are spending their weekend in the sun at Texas Motor Speedway for the annual Solar Car Challenge.