<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Weather News and Coverage]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:20:55 -0500 Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:20:55 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Sensational Sunday Across North Texas]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 05:40:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Brian+James+2.jpg

Spectacular fall weather is in store for North Texas today with highs near 80 this afternoon.  The sky will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy through today with more clouds rolling into the area tonight. The new work and school week will begin with a mostly cloudy sky but no rain. Our next chance for rain won't be until Thursday and Friday with the approach of a storm system from the west. A cold front will also drop high temperatures back down into the 70s late in the week and next weekend.


TODAY:  Mostly sunny to partly cloudy and pleasant. High: 81.  Wind: NE/N 5-10 mph.

TONIGHT:  Increasing clouds.  Low: 59.  Wind: N 5-10 mph.

MONDAY:  Mostly cloudy and mild.  High 82.  Wind:  N 5-10 mph.

TUESDAY:  Some clouds in the morning, then mostly sunny the rest of the day.  Low 63.  High 86.  Wind:  NE 5-10 mph.

WEDNESDAY:  Partly cloudy and warmer.  Low: 65.  High: 89. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy and warm with a 40% chance of storms late in the day.  Low: 68.  High: 85.  Wind:  SE 10 mph.

FRIDAY:  Mostly cloudy and cooler with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Low: 65.  High: 75.  Wind:  N 10-15 mph.

SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for an isolated shower or two.  Low: 62.  High: 76.  Wind: N 10 mph.

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<![CDATA[Saturday Morning Weather Oct 3, 2015]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 07:49:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WX+10-3-15.jpg Brian James shows that temperatures could continue to get colder this week.]]> <![CDATA[Enable Severe Weather Alerts on Our News Apps]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 07:34:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/alerts2.jpg

If you've upgraded to the latest version of our iPhone and iPad news app, you have the option of enabling push alerts for a number of severe weather situations.

To enable the alerts, just go to the weather section of the news app and tap on the city name at the top of the page. You will see an "Alerts" toggle on the right side for each city you enter (you can search to add more cities).

Tap on the "Preferences" tab to view all of the different types of alerts you can receive.

The following types of alerts are currently available:

Severe Weather Alerts:

  • Dangerous Storm Approaching
  • Lightning in Area
  • NWS Flash Flood Warning
  • NWS Flood Warning
  • NWS Thunderstorm Warning
  • NWS Tornado Warning
  • Storms in Area
  • Twisting Storm Approaching

You can also receive personal alerts from our station's meteorologists via the "Message from Trained Personnel" option.

If you haven't downloaded our app, or would like to upgrade, tap here. (Note: Ability to enable severe weather alerts on our Android app is coming soon.)

<![CDATA[Register for NBCDFW's Closing System]]> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 19:36:04 -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 and over the phone 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.

Additionally, NBCDFW offers email and SMS alerts for school and business closings. For more information 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[TX Autumn Apple Crops Ruined Due to Spring Floods]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 23:21:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rotten+apple.jpg

On a farm where beauty prevails, there is an ugly site at Henrietta Creek Orchard in Roanoke, one that makes owner Sue Stone sick to her stomach.

Dozens of her apple trees are dead and rotting. The majority of their fruit is far from edible.

“It’ll be a little spot and then it gets bigger and bigger till it turns to mush and it dries it,” said Stone holding up a rotting apple.

“This is kinda how they wind up at the end, it’s a mummified apple,” she said.

Stone said the problem is the tremendous amount of rain that fell across North Texas in the late spring.

Not only did it soak her crops, but the creek on her property flooded, leaving her rows of trees in standing water.

Stone said fungus like bitter rot settled in, as did the disease fire blight.

“We took a wagon full after wagon full to our burn pile back here. Talk about being sick, and by the time we got through, there's just hardly anything left,” Stone said.

She said the problem isn’t just on her farm, but across North Texas.

She’s heard of people losing acres upon acres of crops and plants because of the flooding, leaving many farmers in distress.

“I think it affected all of us that try to grow things really, really bad,” she said.

Stone said financially she and her husband will take a hit.

But just like her orchard, she’s optimistic things will be in full bloom next year.

Stone said Henrietta Creek Orchard is still open for several activities, including field trips for students.

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<![CDATA[Supermoon and Lunar Eclipse ]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:39:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Amanda_Donihoo_Supermoon1.jpg

North Texas skies were the host of a reddish supermoon and a lunar eclipse, a combination that hasn't happened for 30 years and won't happen again until 2033.

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History's Noble Planetarium and the Fort Worth Astronomical Society hosted a watch party.

With mostly clear skies, hundreds of NBC 5 viewers emailed us their photos to iSee@nbcdfw.com.

It's the first time the events have made a twin appearance since 1982, and they won't again until 2033.
When a full moon makes its closest approach to Earth, it appears bigger and brighter than usual and is known as a supermoon.

That will coincide with a full lunar eclipse where the moon, Earth and sun will be lined up, with Earth's shadow totally obscuring the moon.

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<![CDATA[Chopper 5 Captures Dust Devil]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:51:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dust+Devil+090415.jpg Chopper 5 captured a dust devil on camera Friday afternoon. Watch as Meteorologist Rick Mitchell talks about it, then watch again as it forms and dissipates.]]> <![CDATA[ERCOT Expects Plenty of Power Available in Fall, Winter]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:26:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/power_lines_generic1.jpg

Texas should have sufficient electricity generation to serve peak demands in the fall and winter months, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas says.

ERCOT, which operates the power grid that serves most of the state, released its seasonal assessment Tuesday.

"As we head into the fall and winter seasons, ERCOT expects to meet systemwide peak demands in a broad range of operating conditions," said Director of System Planning Warren Lasher. "Because weather conditions and resource availability vary widely during these months, actual peak demand conditions could fall in the more extreme scenarios we study for this season."

ERCOT bases their seasonal assessment on forecasts and average weather patterns while considering emergency scenarios that include abnormal periods of high demand or outages at generation plants.

"We have seen some unusual weather patterns associated with warm ocean temperatures, but I currently expect somewhat average weather this fall, with the possibility of below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation in most of the state," said ERCOT Senior Meteorologist Chris Coleman, describing the warm ocean temperatures associated with an El Nino.[[323688861,R,400,534]]

In Texas, an El Nino typically means cooler temperatures in the winter and fall and more precipitation -- if the temperatures are cold enough, that could mean more snow or ice in the winter months.

In North Texas, an average of 2.5 inches of rain can be expected from an El Nino event, in other parts of the state, the numbers vary from 2 to 5 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

"With more than 77,000 megawatts (MW) of generation available overall, ERCOT expects to be well-prepared for the anticipated peak demand of just under 50,000 MW this fall. One MW of demand is typically enough to power about 500 homes during mild weather conditions and about 200 homes during summer peak demand," ERCOT said in a news release Tuesday.

ERCOT added that power plants requiring maintenance are typically taken offline in the fall when demand is lower and that it was common to lose 9,000 MW of generation during maintenance periods.

Even during extreme conditions, ERCOT expects to have sufficient capacity to serve customers during times of peak demand.

The all-time winter peak demand record of 57,265 MW, set in February 2011, was nearly matched in January 2014. Conditions that occurred during the 2014 weather event are reflected in the extreme scenarios included in the preliminary winter seasonal assessment.

A final seasonal assessment will be released Nov. 3.

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<![CDATA[Finfrock's "Mic Drop"]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:55:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/David-Mic-Drop-082715.jpg "Mic drop" was added to the dictionary, so Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock "dropped the mic" after the 7-day forecast to prove a point made by NBC 5's Eric King.]]> <![CDATA[Plan Now for a Fall-Winter Garden]]> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 13:53:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cms653.jpg Texas AgriLife Extension agent Dotty Woodson talks about planning for your fall or winter garden. ]]> <![CDATA[Flash Flood Warning Issued for Navarro County]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:30:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Navarro+EOM.JPG

Heavy rain from thunderstorms Thursday resulted in flooding in Navarro County, the National Weather Service to issues a Flash Flood Warning for the area until 5:15 p.m.

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The Navarro County Office of Emergency Management reported flooded roads near Corsicana and Emhouse. The Navarro County OEM tweeted out photos showing flooding in northern parts of the county.

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Heavy rain is expected to continue over the next few hours that could bring one to two inches of rain and flash flooding. Excessive runoff from the heavy rainfall could also cause small creeks and streams to rise.

Residents are urged to "Turn Around, Don't Drown" when encountering roads that may be covered in water.

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<![CDATA[Rain Provides Little Relief From Dry Conditions]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:28:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Denton+community+garden.jpg

It was a welcomed sight for Denton residents as Wednesday morning at about 9 a.m. rain began to downpour in many areas throughout town.

The rain was enough to break the 40-plus day dry streak for many areas of the county, unfortunately though it only lasted about 20 minutes to a half hour in Denton, and when it was done, it was back to dry conditions by the afternoon.

Denton County Agrilife Extension Agent David Annis said despite the spring flooding the area is technically back into the first stage of drought, and while the Wednesday rain did help, it’s far from enough to fix the problem.

"We probably got somewhere around a tenth and a quarter of an inch,” said Annis. “To give you an idea, in the last week just looking at the evapotranspiration, that's how much water the plants use, we've lost about 1.9 inches."

The dry streak recently prompted Denton County and most of the other counties in the Metroplex to put burn bans into effect due to the high fire conditions created by dry vegetation, winds and humidity.

All of this, while most lakes in the area still remain over their capacity from that spring flooding.

Annis, like many in the agriculture business, is hopeful though that forecasts of a wet fall and winter will play out to return some moisture to the fields and gardens throughout the area.

For now, though, he said water conservation remains a concern and he advises everyone to keep watching how much water they’re using.

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<![CDATA[Burn Bans Expand Across North Texas]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:35:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fire+threat+ken.jpg

Burn bans expanded Tuesday across North Texas as Tarrant, Denton, Greyson and Hunt counties joined 13 other counties that had already implemented bans. Meanwhile, Dallas County Commissioners were briefed on plans to impose one next week.

More than three weeks without measurable rain at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, along with triple-digit temperatures on many days during that time, has left the region parched and dry, ripe for fire.

Denton County Fire Marshal Jody Gonzalez said the smallest spark could be enough to start a fire, including, "any type of welding or cutting operations, or even small outdoor cooking where embers could fall out of a fire pit."

"What we want to do is minimize that," said Dallas County Fire Marshal Robert DelosSantos. "So if people are out there welding, or trying to burn brush and limbs like that, that's what we're trying to do, is control that."

Rain in the forecast Wednesday does not eliminate Dallas County's plan to join the others restricting outdoor burning.

"We'd have to have another 20, 30 days of rain so we can get out of the burn ban," DelosSantos said. "The ground is looking for water, and hopefully we'll get some of that tomorrow."

The 90-day ban on outdoor burning would apply to unincorporated areas of Dallas County, but cities in the county are expected to follow up with bans of their own.

NBC 5's Brian Scott contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Lewisville Lake Park Reopens After Flooding]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:46:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LAKE+LEWISVILLE+PARKS.jpg

Nearly three months after the spring floods began and after weeks of dry conditions in the area, Lewisville's Lake Park is finally back open for business.

The city announced late last week that the park was once again ready for the public, and on Monday morning the gates reopened to boaters and park goers eager to finally get into the popular lake park.

"We're probably taking 40 calls a day, asking who's got boat ramps open,” said Lewisville Parks Manager Larry Apple. "So it's really great that we can tell them, yeah, come to Lake Park."

Right now only one boat ramp at the park is reopened and several other areas of the park are still closed off due to waters remaining high or damage that needs to be addressed.

As of Monday Lewisville Lake remained about 3.5 feet above conservation pools according to the Army Corps of Engineers; a drastic improvement over the nearly 12.5 feet above recorded in June.

Since then, the Corps has gradually released water from the lake and others in the area in an effort to normalize levels slowly without overflowing other water bodies downstream.

There's still a long way to go, Grapevine Lake remains about 12 feet above normal levels and, despite the opening of Lake Park and others like Little Elm Beach Park, many around Lewisville Lake remain closed due to high water.

Even those opening still have a long road ahead to get back to "normal."

Apple said they are still working to fix damage from the floods as they can and will likely be cleaning up the entire mess for months to come.

However, those back at the lake Monday were just glad to have something open at Lake Park before the summer is over.

Carl Burmeister who runs Aloha Hydro-Sports said his rental business has essentially been moth-balled for months as he's waited out the flood waters.

"It's been a buzz kill. We closed June 3 and haven't been open until three days ago," said Burmeister. "I've been doing it for 23 years and this is the worst year I've ever had, but, ya know, we're back now."

The cities and state leaders who run those parks have also missed out on significant revenue this summer due to the closures.

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<![CDATA[Flower Mound Firefighters Warn of Wildfire Hazards]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:30:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flower+mound+dry.jpg

Flower Mound firefighters went door-to-door Monday morning in the Franklin Hills subdivision because the area has been identified as an extreme risk for wildfires.

Flower Mound Emergency Management, Denton County and the Texas Fire Service discovered the risk during a wildfire protection plan.

On Monday, firefighters handed out literature aimed at keeping the homes and property of residents safe.

Emergency Management Specialist Brandon Barth explained the extreme conditions.

“It was flooding earlier this year. Spring and early summer we had a lot of rain. Vegetation grew abundantly. Now 38-plus days without rain and everything is drying out. A lot of the vegetation is about to die, so we have a heavy fuel load in the area,” Barth said.

He is advising residents clean all debris around their homes, as well as clear the gutters. He said grass should be cut to eight inches or less, and there should always be room for firefighters to get in if need be.

“Wildfire affects a lot of areas and it can happen very quickly, and be catastrophic to multiple homes at once,” he added.

Betsy Johns lives in the Franklin Hills neighborhood. She said just a few months ago they were dealing with copperhead snakes and water moccasins after flooding, but now they are in a high-risk area for wildfires. They clear all debris and make sure to take care of vegetation.

“We have really tried to be aware. We have decking that is Trex, which is a non-wood substance. Like I said water regularly,” said Johns. “In Texas, we are always looking for rain."

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<![CDATA[Heat Relief for North Texas Life Savers]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 18:19:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Heat+Help+081315.jpg

Even the life savers need a little help sometimes, and that’s where Kim Groff comes in.

Groff is the president of Box 620: a group of about 12 volunteers out of Little Elm who provide rehab to fire departments and first responders in eastern Denton County.

"We try to have everything that any first responder, that we can provide extra service to them,” said Groff.

The group has their own rehab truck that they custom built out on a small bus and stock with everything from water, Gatorade, and food to fans, chairs and even a mobile bathroom.

Box 620 has worked with about 10 different agencies in Denton County, generally responding to calls in Little Elm’s mutual aid district, but rehab teams like theirs exist in or work with most Metroplex fire departments.

Many own their own rehab trucks, but often rely on retired firefighters or other volunteers to staff and run them while the firefighter respond to calls.

This time of year, it couldn’t be more crucial.

Groff’s team saw that first hand when responding to a fatal house fire in Oak Point last Friday.

Box 620 was working almost non-stop at the six-plus hour call to provide firefighters and police with essential fluids, shaded cooling areas and to help coordinate break shifts every 10 minutes or so for the life savers who were wearing full firefighting gear in the 100-plus degree weather.

"They are crucial to what we do and those people that volunteer are very important to the task and job that we have at hand,” said Deputy Chief Michael Ross from the Lake Cities Fire Department.

However from Box 620 to department run rehab units, most rely on volunteers and community support to help those first responders out.

Aside from fundraising events, Groff said supply donations are welcomed by most fire departments, especially theirs in Little Elm, to help make what they do possible.

"So that these guys can do their job and then come back to get home safely,” she said.

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<![CDATA[DallasNews com 081315 PM Forecast]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 16:26:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather+Experts+1200x675.png Air Quality Alert is in effect Thursday for unhealthy levels of ozone. Sunny and hot weather will hold across North Texas with highs in the upper 90s, which is close to normal for this time of year. Lower humidity will keep the heat index close to the actual temperature.]]> <![CDATA[FWPD, Home Depot Team Up to Help Beat Summer Heat]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 17:57:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AC+UNIT.jpg

Beating the North Texas heat isn't easy for everyone, especially those who don't have air conditioning.

But a collaboration between The Home Depot and Fort Worth Police Department is making a difference for some who need the help the most.

The sound of an A/C unit humming might be one some folks take for granted, but not Thomas Hunter.

"We just grateful for what we have, even grateful now we can cool off a little," Hunter said.

Days after their lone working window A/C unit bit the dust, the family of seven in east Fort Worth can finally chill.

"It got so hot, my fishes wanted to move out," Hunter joked.

That chill is courtesy of the collaboration, which started last summer, between the Lake Worth Home Depot store and the Fort Worth Police Department.

Hunter's new air conditioning unit is thanks to Fort Worth Police Officer Chris Munday.

"There's more to being a police officer than writing tickets and arresting people and this is part of it," Munday said.

Wednesday morning's install is the fourth so far this summer, where neighborhood officers identify families in need and the Home Depot provides the new unit.

"When you’ve got children trying to study at night and they can’t study because of the heat, it’s just heartbreaking and what we can do, we’re going to do," said The Home Depot employee Warren G.

What they did means as much to Hunter and his children as it does Warren and Officer Munday.

"I’m grateful that they thought about me and mine, you know, 'cuz there’s other people you know, like i said, doing way worse, but they thought about us knowing that we trying to do our best," Hunter said.

"It puts so much joy in my heart," Warren said.

Officer Munday has known Hunter for years. In fact, he called to check-in to see if his family may be in need. Munday first met Hunter when he was on the wrong side of the law and has followed him ever since he turned his life around and offers help whenever he can.

"With Thomas helping his kids and showing them the right way, it really makes me feel like I’ve done a better job that way, helping them out (rather) then hurting them," he said.

There are two more installations scheduled for this week. The department says none of this would be possible without The Home Depot.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Woman Urges Others To Be Careful in Heat ]]> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:26:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hot+wx.jpg

For more than 20 years, Janice Womble has mowed 22 acres of her peaceful Mansfield property. The heat has never been a problem – until it was.

“You don’t think about the heat,” said Womble. “You know it’s hot in Texas.”

Womble said she went out early one morning on her riding lawn mower. She mowed the property in four hours and even took a break.

She came indoors, took a shower and then went to sit on her patio.

“I stood up to go in the house and get some more water and when I did, I passed out and hit my head on this patio,” said Womble. “It happened that fast, that fast.”

Four hours on the mower turned into a two-day stay at Mansfield Methodist.

Dr. Ketan Trivedi has seen a spike in the number of patients suffering heat-related illnesses in the last two weeks.

“Heat illness can affect anyone,” said Dr. Trivedi. “Kids that are athletic. Older people that are working outside - male, female, gender difference, it doesn’t really matter.”

Womble thought she did everything right. She started mowing in the morning and even took a break.

“When you’re on a riding mower you think it’s not that bad, so you can really get in trouble in a hurry,” said Womble. “I thought I was fine. I’d already been in the shower and everything, but when it hits you, it hits you.”

Trivedi said multiple breaks are key along with steady hydration.

“Go out there for 30 to 40 minutes and take a break, and then 30 to 40 minutes again and take a break,” said Trivedi. “Avoid overexertion.”

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<![CDATA[Dog Days of Summer VII]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:48:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dd-thumb-090415.jpg NBC 5 viewers share photos of their pets staying cool during Texas summer.]]> <![CDATA[TRE Trains Slowed Monday Due to Intense Heat]]> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:41:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tre-generic.jpg

Riders of the Trinity Railway Express are being warned afternoon trains may be running slower than normal due to heat.

With temperatures expected to climb to 106 degrees, TRE trains will operate at reduced speeds between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

In 2010, the TRE said when temperatures climb over 100 degrees trains are kept below 65 mph, which is up to 20 mph slower than normal.

The reason is that the intense heat can cause additional stress on the train's diesel engines and make it difficult for the radiator to cool them. The trains are slowed down as a precaution to keep them from overheating.

In a statement Monday, DART said passengers may experience minor delays and they apologized for the inconvenience.

<![CDATA[Johnson County Commissioners Approve Burn Ban]]> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:23:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/7AY_VO_BURN_BAN_KNSD4A1O_1200x675_292378179589.jpg

Johnson County is under a burn ban.

Monday, the Johnson County Commissioner's Court approved an outdoor burn ban for the county effective immediately, according to a message posted on the county's web site.

The ban includes campfires and burning trash and will be removed only with improved conditions, county officials said.

Most of North Texas hasn't received measurable rain in 33 days, as of Monday. Dry grass mixed with wind and intense sumer heat make the conditions ideal for fast-moving wildfires.

A weak cold front moving into North Texas Tuesday will bring a slight 20 percent chance of rain, according to NBC 5 meteorologists.

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, burn bans are already in place in several North Texas counties inlcluding Kaufman, Palo Pinto, Somervell, Ellis and Navarro.

<![CDATA[Heat Advisory Ends for Most of North Texas]]> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:54:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Heat_Generic_Sun_Generic.jpg

A heat advisory was allowed to expire for most of North Texas at 7 p.m. Monday, but people are still urged to use extreme caution while outside in the heat as temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s Tuesday.

The heat advisory was extended until 7 p.m. Tuesday for counties in southeastern North Texas, including Anderson, Freestone, Henderson and Navarro counties.

The high temperature Monday at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was 106 degrees, with a heat index as high as 110 degrees across much of North Texas.

"A weak cold front will approach the area on Tuesday and shave off a couple degrees from the high with a more noticeable drop by Wednesday. There will also be a slight chance of rain accompanying the front," said NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston.

NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock said temperatures are measured in the shade -- if you're working outside in direct sunlight, you can add 10-15 degrees to the temperature.

So far this month, MedStar Ambulance said they've responded to more than 30 heat-related calls.

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<![CDATA[Construction Worker Killed by Heat Stroke: ME]]> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 14:49:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/heat+generic+sept+2014_6.jpg

Heat stroke is being blamed for killing a residential construction worker last month.

Roendy Granillo, 25, of Haltom City, was working at a home on the 3400 block of Hawthorne Lane in Melissa when he began to suffer symptoms related to heat stroke.

Granillo was taken to the Medical Center of McKinney where he was later pronounced dead.

The Collin County medical examiner confirmed Granillo's cause of death Friday.


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<![CDATA[Heat and Mosquitoes: What Does it Mean?]]> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 17:57:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-Cropped.jpg

The recent streak of triple digit temperatures is creating good conditions for mosquitoes that can carry the West Nile virus, but that doesn’t mean we’re in for an outbreak.

Cities and counties continue the fight against West Nile, trapping and spraying for mosquitoes across the Metroplex.

In Dallas, crews set and later collect 90 traps weekly. The mosquitoes are sent to county and state health leaders for testing.

Sanitarian Jonathan Thompson says it’s an important step in the fight against the virus.

“The general trend is the higher the temperature, the more breeding you will see, and the more active the mosquitoes will be breeding,” Thompson said.

Dr. Robert Haley, director of the Division of Epidemiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, says the insects that have the ability to carry the virus are also more active and bite more often in the heat.

“Hotter temperatures are a little bit worrisome for West Nile infection,” Haley said.

Haley says the numbers of culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes was higher than normal early in the season, but there wasn’t much virus present. Now, the number of culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes is dropping, according to Haley.

“Warm temperatures like that in June and early July would be prime conditions for producing an epidemic of West Nile," said Haley. "However, by late July, the number of culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes, which are the ones that produce West Nile, those numbers are plummeting right now. "So if the mosquito infection rate and the heat and so forth come up in early August, that’s too late to generate an epidemic – so we don’t think there will be an epidemic this year.”

Haley does note there is an uptick in the mosquito infection rate right now, but still doesn’t see it leading to a human epidemic.

“Now, it’s probably too late, although that’s why city and county health departments continue mosquito surveillance,” said Haley. "We don’t know everything about this virus and we could get a surprise, and if so, we want to be prepared and recognize it early so we can intervene and not have a big human epidemic.”

<![CDATA[North Texas Again 'Abnormally Dry': Drought Monitor]]> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 16:51:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sprinklers-generic.jpg

For the first time since May 19, part of North Texas is once again under abnormally dry conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Record rainfall in May ended the drought, but since then the percentage of the state under dry conditions continues to increase.

A week ago, 13.55 percent of the state was under abnormally dry conditions and only .65 percent was under a moderate drought. This week, 27.67 percent of the state is abnormally dry and 4.61 percent are under a moderate drought.

In East Texas, parts of Marion and Harrison counties are under a severe drought.

The Piney Woods region of the state is largely the most impacted by dry weather at this point, though part of the abnormally dry areas do extend into the Gulf Coast and Prairies and Lakes region, where North Texas is located.

The Panhandle, Big Bend Country, South Texas Plains and Hill Country are largely not yet impacted by dry weather.

With no rain in the forecast and temperatures well above 100 degrees for the next week, conditions aren't expected to improve in East and North Texas.

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<![CDATA[Dog Days of Summer VI]]> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:20:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DACHIES.JPG NBC 5 viewers share photos of their pets staying cool during Texas summer.]]> <![CDATA[Heat Advisory Issued as NTX Temps Rise Above 100]]> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 21:27:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Heat+advisory+080415.jpg

More than two dozen North Texas counties including Dallas and Tarrant counties are under a heat advisory beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said the heat advisory, which lasts until 8 p.m. Thursday, was issued because high temperatures will approach triple-digits, with heat index values exceeding 105 degrees across North Texas.

Weather experts warn that overexertion in these temperatures will lead to dehydration, which could then result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Anyone who spends time outside should wear light-weight, loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water. If possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or late evening hours, the National Weather Service suggested.

They also advise checking on people with health problems and the elderly, as they are the most at risk of illness related to the heat, and never leaving children or pets in an enclosed vehicle, even for a short time.

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<![CDATA[Extra Precautions Taken to Protect Athletes in the Heat]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 23:00:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-08-03-16h27m54s216.jpg

Precautions are being taken and extra measures are in place to keep student athletes and others safe in the heat.

In Dallas, students are not allowed to practice outside from noon to 6 p.m., according to Dallas independent School District spokeswoman Robyn Harris. It’s referred to as the 'No Fly Zone.’

It’s why football players at David W. Carter High School took to the practice field early this morning, and moved their workout inside later.

“What we do all throughout practice, they get water any time they want and we have water breaks every 20 minutes,” said head coach Patrick Williams. “And what I encourage them to do is the night before drink plenty of water.”

In Frisco, the Centennial High School Titans football team started practice Monday evening. All the tools to keep the athletes safe were used, including watering stations with chilled water, cold towels, ice baths and breaks.

Still, some players were overcome and showed signs of heat illness including light-headedness, weakness and cramping. Anyone who appeared to be struggling was immediately treated with cooling devices.

“We just want to make sure we keep them safe, we don’t want to lose anybody to the heat,” said head coach Ronny Mullin. “You gotta get them prepared.”

The team was on the field for only 20 minutes, when the temperature high 96 degrees at 5 p.m. Monday.

The players were overcome running conditioning shuttle sprints, 50 yards at a time for a total of 300 yards.

“There wasn’t much wind at the time either, so it felt, you know, 100 degrees. It was warm,” said Craig Martin, whose son is a kicker on the team.

“Trainers were on top of it. I was really impressed,” Martin added. “The head coach was checking in on the guys on the side and working with the guys who were out running. He was really concerned about the guys that were struggling.”

No one was seriously hurt, but several of the affected players did not return to practice.

“We’ll keep an eye on kids and those that have trouble the first day, we’ll watch them. We’ll probably limit the things that they’ll do the next day,” said Mullins.

The coaching staff plans to move the conditioning drill to the end of Tuesday’s afternoon practice, when temperatures should be lower.

It’s not just school athletics sending athletes out into the heat.

The JCC Maccabi games are currently underway in Dallas. Hundreds of teenaged athletes from across the U.S. and four other countries are taking part in both indoor and outdoor competitions. An entire medical staff is working with the athletes to ensure they’re safe in the North Texas heat, including encouraging them to stay hydrated.

"The most important thing, especially in heat like this, you can see the sun is bright, it’s beating down on us, it’s in the mid 90s, and we are expecting temperatures to hit 100. The most important thing is to stay hydrated,” said Dr. Shelley Weiss, medical director for the Maccabi Games and a pediatrician at Medical City. "It’s number one, number two and number three.”

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Shady Shores Still Swamped After Spring Floods]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:02:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/shady+shores1.jpg

The spring floods may be a distant memory by now for many who don't live near North Texas lakes, but one spot in Denton County just can't seem to shake its water problem.

Despite the 100-degree days, Shady Shores Road remains flooded and closed in two spots on the border of Shady Shores and Lake Dallas.

The southernmost flooded area is showing a lot of improvement with the water nearly dried up.

Some residents are hopeful that spot will reopen to traffic in the coming weeks, though they say it will require some cleanup first as it is littered with leftover debris.

The real problem spot remains over the Shady Shores Road Bridge just down the street from the Town Hall.

There, the water has also fallen back significantly, but still has a long way to go before it will be dry.

Even once the water's gone, Denton County Commissioner Hugh Coleman said there will likely be repair work that needs to be done on the bridge that has now sat under water for at least two months.

He said the cities, county and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to inspect the stretch fully before it reopens to traffic.

That continues to be a burden for residents in the area like Casey Mayer.

Mayer and his neighbors are currently living between the two closures and are left with only one way in or out of their neighborhood, adding time and stress to their daily routine.

"Over here it's still swamped. We can't get a break," said Mayer. "A little bit more heat I guess. I don't want it, but if it takes that to dry it up, let's get it."

At this point Coleman said many of the other former flood spots that have dried up in the county are in need of repairs, and his team is working to address them all.

Coleman urges residents to continue to observe and follow barricades closing off roads as the stretch ahead, while maybe visibly OK, likely contains damage or other hazards that could put people in danger.

It is also illegal to drive around a barricade.

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<![CDATA[Beating the Heat in the Metroplex]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:51:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+is+hot.jpg

When temperatures in North Texas reach the triple digits, people do whatever they can to cool off.

For welder Michael Gomez, that includes hydration and fans.

“We just deal with it every day, and we try to get as many fans as we can blowing in our direction,” said Gomez.

In addition to fans, Gomez said he brings a case of water with him to work and downs one bottle about every 15 minutes. He also mixes in some Gatorade, too.

“Once you start working your mind just blows off the heat,” he added.

Some who were not at work Thursday found cool refuge at Burger's Lake in Fort Worth.

Leslie Wilbert found it's a great place to keep her 2-year-old son to keep busy.

“It’s hard being inside all day with a little one. They need to get out. He needs to get out, run and play and jump, so this is a perfect place to do it,” said Wilbert.

None of those cooling off at the spring-fed water park seemed in a rush to leave.

“We went to an indoor amusement park and stayed 10-and-a-half hours, so I’m sure we will close this place, too,” said Jane Rich.

Temperatures Thursday reached 104 degrees at D/FW International Airport. While a weak cold front is expected Friday, temperatures are still expected to climb close to 100 degrees.

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<![CDATA[Year's First Heat Advisory Issued for North Texas]]> Wed, 05 Aug 2015 17:41:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/heat-advisory1.jpg

Health officials urge the public to be cautious as several North Texas counties are under its first Heat Advisory of the year as of 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said the heat advisory, which lasts until 7 p.m. Saturday, was issued because temperatures will approach triple-digits, with heat index values reaching 109 across North Texas.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said that's hot enough to cause heat stroke.

NBC 5 Meteorologist Remeisha Shade forecasts a high Wednesday of 102 with a heat index between 105-109. Excessive heat is expected for the next week with highs well into the triple digits each day and peaking at 106 on Sunday.

Water is the cornerstone to staying safe this week, according to the CDC. Officials said it's important to start drinking before becoming thirsty.

Officials recommend staying indoors, but anyone who must be outside should drink a cup of water about every 20 minutes.

Online: Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness

NBC 5's Jeff Smith contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Blue Moon Rises Over North Texas Thursday, Friday]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:50:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/moon-GettyImages-169149710.jpg

Be sure to set your gaze skyward Friday to catch a glimpse of the rare blue moon.

According to NBC 5 Meteorologist Brian James, the moon will rise over Dallas at 7:48 p.m. this evening and will set at 6:54 a.m. Friday. The moon will rise again at 8:36 p.m. Friday and set at 8:01 a.m. Saturday. 

Astronomer Larry Ciupik from Chicago's Adler Planetarium said while the moon can be seen both nights, the peak time for viewing will be early Friday morning, in Dallas that'll be at 5:43 a.m. Viewing across North Texas should be very good with a mostly clear sky expected both tonight and Friday night.

Don't be fooled by the name "blue moon," however. Most likely, the moon will look gray or white as usual, but it will be a full moon.

Blue moons are not actually defined by their color. Instead, by popular definition, a blue moon is the second full moon in a month. The phenomenon only happens every few years, making it a relatively rare occurrence. The first full moon of the month happened July 2 — or technically July 1.

A moon that appears blue is caused by dust in the atmosphere, according to Ciupik. If the atmospheric conditions are just right on Friday, then the blue moon may appear slightly blue in color, but Ciupik said that isn't likely to happen.

The popular definition of a blue moon is as incorrect as the assumption that the moon will actually look blue, however, according to Ciupik. The Farmers' Almanac definition of a blue moon is the third full moon in a calendar season, which is just as rare as the second full moon in a month. The two kinds of blue moons do not usually align, however.

The last blue moon — by popular definition — happened in August 2012, and the next one will not appear until January 2018. The phenomenon can happen any month except February, even during  a Leap Year, because the month does not have enough days, according to Ciupik.

Although Friday's moon may not look any different than any other full moon, Ciupik believes the popularity of the blue moon is due to the general mystery of the moon, including the faces some people see in the orb and the myths that proliferate about full moons causing strange events.

"It's also a kind of romantic thing," Ciupik said. "I think it's kind of primal. You look at the moon, and it's kind of primal. You could be seeing this a thousand years ago, the same thing."

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<![CDATA[Arlington Campers Not Sweating Summer Heat]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:56:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hot+parks+wx.jpg

On the shores of Lake Arlington, there are no iPads, computers, or TVs – and a group of about 50 kids who spent the day there Tuesday couldn't care less.

“I really enjoy sitting out in the sun,” said 9-year-old Shepard Collins.

They’ll spend the entire week at the lake with Camp Kitsu, an outdoor adventure camp run by Arlington Parks & Recreation.

During that time, they’ll learn how to fish, how to canoe, and how to shoot a bow-and-arrow.

“It gives them a chance to do something they wouldn’t have otherwise gotten maybe to experience being here in Arlington,” said Diana Younts, Recreation Program Coordinator for Arlington Parks & Rec.

Doing those things means kids and counselors will spend a great deal of time out in the Texas heat – but they’re not sweating it. There are plenty of shaded spots around, there is always water on hand and the kids know when enough is enough.

“They get their breaks, they get water days, they get to go swimming, and on some of their field trips, they get to go to water parks,” said Younts. “So, they get some relief.”

“Sometimes [the heat bothers me] like when it’s really hot,” said 10-year-old Eivhlin Steele. “But most of the time it doesn’t.”

Besides, there are plenty of other things for the kids to focus on besides the heat – like hitting a bullseye, reeling in a fish and paddling back to land.

“I love the outdoors,” said Steele.

The kids do spend some time indoors each day to get a break from the heat.

There are still spots left for the final two weeks of Camp Kitsu.

For more information, click here.

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<![CDATA[Dog Days of Summer V]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:58:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DD-Thumb-072815.jpg NBC 5 viewers share photos of their pets staying cool during Texas summer.]]> <![CDATA[Solar Car Challenge 2015]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:41:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SCC+2015.jpg

NBC 5 and the Solar Car Challenge Foundation invite you to the 2015 Solar Car Challenge July 20 through 23 at Texas Motor Speedway. Come share the fun, meet the kids and see their solar cars.

The Solar Car Challenge is a closed-track event held at the world famous Texas Motor Speedway that helps to motivate students in Science, Engineering, and Alternative Energy. We teach high school students around the country how to plan, design, engineer, build, race, and evaluate roadworthy solar cars.

There are 151 on-going high school solar car projects in 29 states, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Uzbekistan. There are more than 400 schools lined up to enter this project in the future. 31 of these teams have announced that they are going to race in this summer’s race at the Texas Motor Speedway.

The Solar Car Challenge was established in 1993 to help motivate students in science and engineering, and to increase alternative energy awareness. The challenge teaches high school students around the world how to build roadworthy solar cars.

Each team’s solar car is an individual project; they are not provided a kit. Students learn to choose materials for their solar car based on their plan, financial resources, and capabilities.  This helps makes the Solar Car Challenge a unique “turn key” project. 

The Solar Education Program provides a safe environment for teams to display their solar cars. On alternating years, they share the fun of the world-famous Texas Motor Speedway or drive cross-country to share their projects with millions of people.

For more information, visit http://www.solarcarchallenge.org.

Solar Car Challenge 2015
July 20 – 23
Texas Motor Speedway
3545 Lone Star Cir
Fort Worth, TX 76177

<![CDATA[Dog Days of Summer IV]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:57:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dd-thumb-072215.jpg NBC 5 viewers share photos of their pets staying cool during Texas summer. ]]> <![CDATA[The Salvation Army Helps North Texas Keep Cool]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:51:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/salvation+army+marshall+house.jpg

The Salvation Army is helping North Texas beat the heat with the installation of 13 cooling stations across the metroplex.

In a release issued on July 13, The Salvation Army said they will be opening air-conditioned cooling stations, located inside their community  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, to provide a safe place for people to stay during extreme, hot weather.

The Salvation Army said these centers will provide the following:

  • A Cool Place to Sit During the Day
  • Ice-Cold Water for Hydration
  • Hot-Weather Survival Tips
  • Free Electric Fans

Social Workers will also be available to meet with anyone who needs financial assistance with their utility bills during extremely high temperatures, according to The Salvation Army.

The cooling stations inside the Dallas and Fort Worth emergency homeless shelters will remain open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week due to high foot traffic.

For more information or exact locations of cooling stations, click HERE.

<![CDATA[My Weather Story]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:22:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather+story+images1.jpg

Weather is something that connects us all.  We all have meaningful stories to share about how Texas weather has impacted our lives.

The NBC 5 Weather Experts shared their stories below.  You can share your weather story by sending an email to MyWeatherStory@NBCDFW.com 

David Finfrock -- "That was the most horrific night we've had."

Rick Mitchell -- "All of a sudden the doors to the station blew open."

Remeisha Shade -- "It was definitely terrifying."

Grant Johnston -- "We're talking about 100 mph wind heading into the vehicle."

Samantha Davies -- "It was something out of a movie."

Brian James -- "We should have got insurance for this vacation."

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<![CDATA[Heat-Related Illnesses On the Rise]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 23:01:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/heat+wave+90.jpg

Doctors are hearing more complaints about the heat as temperatures rise toward triple digits.

"We are seeing more heat illnesses here at the clinic right now," said Dr. Vicki Yang at Children's Health Dallas. "Usually it's a combination of some nausea or the child is feeling a little bit overheated."

Dallas County tracks heat-related illness, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
The number is rising, but so far there have been no deaths this year.

"This Texas heat is very deadly," said Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson.

Running the air conditioning at night, when many people may turn them off to save money, is just as important as keeping cool during the day.

"Everybody's always concerned about the daytime temperatures, but it's really the nighttime temperatures," said Thompson. "When you start talking 80 degrees and above as a nighttime temperature, your body does not cool down, and that contributes to heat illnesses."

Doctors have a simple prescription for parents of young children.

"As long as the children are out there drinking enough fluids, wearing loose fitting clothing should help with the increased heat," said Yang.

Doctors recommend sports drinks like Gatorade to replace essential nutrients lost in the heat.

In anticipation for triple-digit temperatures in North Texas, Dallas County Health and Human Services issued a Heat-Related Illness Surveillance Report July 13.

DCHHS said 75 heat-related illnesses have been documented so far in 2015, including 26 cases of heat cramps, 39 cases of heat exhaustion and 10 cases of heat stroke.

No heat-related deaths have been reported.

The report also mentioned that men aged 18-35 are most likely to suffer from a heat-related illness with 20 documented cases. However, men and women of all ages are at risk.

DCHHS reminds everyone that these illnesses are preventable by drinking plenty of water and spending time in air-conditioned locations.

The Salvation Army is helping North Texas beat the heat with the installation of 13 cooling stations across the metroplex.

The cooling stations inside the Dallas and Fort Worth emergency homeless shelters will remain open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week due to high foot traffic.

For more information or exact locations of cooling stations, click HERE.

NBC 5's Jamie Weiss contributed to this report.

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