<![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-usTue, 24 Jan 2017 16:02:55 -0600Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:02:55 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Big Warm-Up Today]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:35:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Samantha-Davies-bio.jpg

Sunny and warm weather is in store today.  The combination of sunshine, warm temperatures, low humidity and an increasing southwesterly breeze will lead to an enhanced grass fire threat.  After a cold front arrives tonight, cooler weather will return on Wednesday.

You can keep up with the weather by downloading the NBC DFW APP!

10 DAY FORECAST

  • TODAY: Mostly sunny, breezy, and warmer. High: 76. Wind: SW 10-20 mph.
  • TONIGHT:  Partly cloudy with a slight chance of drizzle (mainly east of DFW).  Low: 43.  Wind: S/W 10-15 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY: Sunny to partly cloudy and turning cooler. Low: 43. High: 57. Wind: NW 10-20 mph.
  • THURSDAY: Sunny and cool. Low: 35. High: 54. Wind: NE 5 mph.
  • FRIDAY: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy and cool. Low: 36. High: 56. Wind: S 10-15 mph, shifting NW during the afternoon.
  • SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and cool. Low: 33. High: 54. Wind: NW 10-15 mph.
  • SUNDAY: Sunny and cool. Low: 34. High: 57. Wind: NW 10 mph.
  • MONDAY: Mostly sunny and mild. Low: 37. High: 64. Wind: SW 10-15 mph.
  • TUESDAY: Sunny and a little cooler. Low: 35. High: 59. Wind: NW 10 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and mild. Low: 36. High: 61. Wind: SE 5 mph.
  • THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and mild. Low: 41. High: 65. Wind: SW 10-15 mph.



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      <![CDATA[Texas StormRanger: Delivering You Accurate Weather Forecasts]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:51:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stormrangerrain.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?

      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[Big Warm-up Tuesday]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 04:49:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-01-24-04h49m02s229.jpg Sunny and warm weather is in store Tuesday. The combination of sunshine, warm temperatures, low humidity and an increasing southwesterly breeze will lead to an enhanced grassfire threat. ]]> <![CDATA[Striking First Images Released from New Weather Satellite]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:42:46 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/184*120/goes4dfw.jpg

      Last fall, the GOES-R satellite launched, promising a huge upgrade in resolution for satellite photos of weather systems. After a few months of calibrations, it has been renamed GOES-16 and is beginning its work.

      GOES stands for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite. And this is the first of a series of four new GOES satellites to be launched in the coming years.

      Now, the first photographs of the earth's surface have been released to the public, and they are spectacular. This one shows a view of the entire continental United States at much higher resolution than has been available in the past. The detail and the natural color show up particularly well in the shallow water of the Bahamas.

      The International Space Station orbits about 250 miles above the earth. But from its perch in orbit, 22,300 miles above the earth, GOES-16 is high enough to take in the entire western hemisphere.

      And when the camera looks over the rim of the earth, it can sometimes spot the moon.

      The GOES-16 satellite should become a real boon to weather forecasters. With its greater detail and resolution, it should be able to aid in identifying developing storms before they are producing precipitation and are still invisible on radar.

      A press release from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, stated:

      "It can provide a full disk image of the Earth every 15 minutes, one of the continental U.S. every five minutes, and has the ability to target regional areas where severe weather, hurricanes, wildfires, volcanic eruptions or other high-impact environmental phenomena are occurring as often as every 30 seconds. It covers the Earth five-times faster than the current generation GOES imagers, and has four-times greater spatial resolution, allowing meteorologists to see smaller features."

      You can read more about GOES-16 directly from NOAA.



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      <![CDATA[Register for NBCDFW's Closing System]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:09:05 -0600 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[40 Years of Finfrock]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:23:42 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Finfrock-401.jpg NBC5 celebrates forty years of Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock, reflecting on his long career and some of the big weather stories he has covered.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Surf's Up in SoCal's Streets]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:12:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/01-23-2017-surf-boogie-board-flooding-storm.gif Storms provided rare opportunities to boogie board, surf and swim in the streets of Southern California Sunday Jan. 23, 2017. The strongest storm in seven years brought record rainfall across the region, but residents still found ways to have fun without the sun.

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      <![CDATA[North Texas' Spring Tornado Outlook]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:52:22 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17022710640567-%281%29.jpg

      After the Storm Prediction Center issued a rare, high-risk for severe weather last weekend, 41 tornadoes were recorded that killed at least 19 people in the southeastern United States.

      The number of people killed by tornadoes over the weekend was more than the total number of people killed by tornadoes in all of 2016.

      On Jan. 2, 43 reported tornadoes hit the southeast, killing four people.  Another four were killed in Mississippi Jan. 21 and another 15 have been confirmed, so far, in southern Georgia.

      In North Texas we have had a few rounds of severe weather this year, but nothing to this magnitude.

      On Jan. 2, strong storms moved through during the morning hours with 60 mph winds. Jan. 15, a large supercell produced brief tornadoes in Bosque, Hill, Johnson, Tarrant and Dallas counties.

      It is too soon to tell, but it could be an active severe weather year for North Texas.

      The reason: La Niña.

      In 2015, Nature Geoscience studied the influence of hail storms and tornado occurrences in La Niña versus El Niño years. What they found was that from March through May, tornado and hail storms happened more frequently in our area.

      Hail and tornado events happen less frequent during El Niño years.

      During La Niña years, the position of the jet stream allows for hot and humid air to sit over the Southern Plains while cold, dry air hovers over northern states. This difference creates a boundary favorable for storm development.

      This doesn't necessarily mean North Texas is going to have a bad severe weather season. This theory proved to be more accurate during strong and moderate La Niña years. This year the La Niña is weaker.



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      <![CDATA[Lower Winds & Cooler Temps]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:53:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-01-23-04h51m28s223.jpg Temperatures will be cooler Monday before warming back into the 70s Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Wind Advisory in Effect Through 6pm]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:48:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/012217+Wind+Advisory.jpg Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph and wind gusts up to 40 mph can be expected for all of the area today. The wind will quickly drop off this evening and we can look forward to a pleasant Monday.]]> <![CDATA[2 Things to Watch Out for This Weekend]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:18:16 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-01-20-09h04m47s0.jpg

      Today will be beautiful! It will be sunny with highs in the mid-70s, but this weekend is a different story with storms and high winds in the forecast.

      A strong jet stream over the southern plain will allow for an area of low pressure to strengthen and as the associated cold front moves into North Texas we could see some storms.

      The chance for storms on Saturday is low, but the biggest threat from these storms would be for downburst winds (the strong winds coming out of a thunderstorm as the storm collapses). While those winds are a concern, the greatest risk for severe weather will be east of Texas.

      Sunday will be very windy! In the wake of Saturdays cold front northwest winds will gust 30-35mph. The National Weather Service may have to issue a wind advisory.



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      <![CDATA[Warm Weekend With a Chance of Rain]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:57:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/01-20-17+am+wx.jpg Warmer weather for Friday and a bit breezy. Expect a slight chance of storms on Saturday.

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      <![CDATA[The Significance of Jan. 19 Temperature in DFW]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:56:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rm+jan+19+temps.jpg What makes the temperature on Jan. 19 so significant? NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell explains.

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      <![CDATA[Morning Fog, then Sunshine]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:54:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-01-19-10h52m26s176.jpg Warmer weather arrives Thursday, with Friday warming up to the mid 70s. ]]> <![CDATA[Cool Experiment in Alaska's Bitter Cold]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:37:28 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wx-image-gj.jpg A woman performs an experiment in Alaska where she throws boiling water into the air and it freezes instantly and vaporizes.]]> <![CDATA[Sunny Warmer Weather Returning]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:42:32 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-01-19-04h35m48s13.jpg The clouds will break Thursday morning, and with sunshine and a southwest breeze returning, we can expect a big warm-up in the coming days.]]> <![CDATA[Lingering Morning Rain, then Dry]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:24:30 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-01-18-05h22m29s254.jpg The rain will mainly be a factor for areas southeast of DFW today. There's still a chance for a few more showers in the metroplex this morning, with just cloudy skies this afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Your Storm Photos - January 15, 2017]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:22:32 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*213/cc6f8d0020594f0396536649ab432eb2.JPG.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared their photos from storms that moved through North Texas on Sunday, January 15, 2017.

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      <![CDATA[Wet Roads Possible Through Wednesday Afternoon]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:06:04 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/1-3-17-slick-roads-bay-area.jpg

      The next two commutes will be wet across North Texas.

      Rain will move in Tuesday afternoon and last through Wednesday afternoon. A half inch to an inch of rain can be expected in DFW and areas southeast of the Metroplex could pick up 1 to 2 inches.

      High water is a concern because the ground is already saturated from Sunday's rainfall, when a record 3.16 inches fell at D/FW International Airport.

      The biggest threats on the roads tonight and tomorrow will be for areas of high water and low visibility.

      Rain total this month is 3.96 inches so far, which is 2.96 inches more than normal.



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      <![CDATA[Record Store Tries to Get Back in a Groove After Storms]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:25:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/forever+young+storm+damage.jpg

      The Shop-Vac and heavy duty fans were in harmony at Forever Young Records in Grand Prairie on Monday, a day after the family-owned business took a hit from Sunday night's storm.

      "We're getting water in the racks," said Tavia Muzzi. "I really didn't think it was as bad as I'm discovering now."

      The storm ripped away part of the roof and caused flooding inside, damaging some of the 250,000 vinyl, cassette and 8-track tape recordings.

      "And that's just the stuff that's organized," Eckstrom explained. "You would die before you could listen to all of it."

      "Here's a sad record," said David Eckstrom, holding up a damp vinyl album. "It's the size of a sandwich. For $35, but completely water damaged."

      Family, friends and employees helped dry off record after record, one at a time. It's tedious work.

      "How do you organize this place?" Eckstrom asked. "One album, one CD at a time."

      "Makes me sad," Muzzi said, wiping off albums. "There's a strip down the center where the water just kept going."

      Eckstrom said it will probably take a week to get it all cleaned up and sorted.

      "There's tons of albums that still remain," Eckstrom said, smiling. "We'll be ready to roll with some awesome music for our awesome customers."



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      <![CDATA[Watch: Oregon Zoo Animals Enjoy Snow Day]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:17:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zoo-animals.jpg Animals at the Oregon Zoo had a fun snow day.

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      <![CDATA[Cold Front Could Bring Temperature Changes, Rain By Weekend]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:00:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/friday-temps.jpg

      The weekend forecast continues to feature some uncertainties regarding rain chances and just exactly how warm — or cold — it's going to be across North Texas.

      We are carefully watching a cold front that will stall, providing a sharp dividing line in temperatures. Where exactly this front stalls out is the uncertain part. Right now, the computer models are keeping it just north and northwest of DFW, which means the Metroplex and areas south will stay mild Friday and Saturday.

      Areas to the northwest will be much colder, though. One of the computer models (image above) shows the sharp dividing line. Notice how close it is to DFW.

      If this front pushes farther south, DFW will end up in the cold air too. At this time, we'll hold the high in the 60s Friday with 40s and 50s to the northwest.

      As for Saturday, there's a bit more confidence in the cold air retreating farther north. This will result in highs in the 60s and low 70s for most.

      As always though, stay tuned, as this front will be a bit tricky to forecast with precision until about 24 hours out.

      Farther north, there could be a significant ice event for northern Oklahoma, Kansas and parts of Missouri. Some of this may build into the panhandle, as well. Traveling to the north could be quite hazardous if this plays out late Friday and Saturday. Here's one of the models showing icy conditions Friday into Saturday (pink shading).

      As for rain chances in North Texas, there may be a few brief, scattered showers Friday or Saturday, but the best chance of rain appears to be late Sunday when the upper low draws near. Widespread showers and thunderstorms (90 percent chance) are expected Sunday evening into Sunday night.

      Rain totals Sunday night into Monday morning may be close to two inches!


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      <![CDATA[Allergy Problems? Blame Wind, Hill Country Mountain Cedar]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:26:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mountain_cedar_pollen.jpg

      For the second straight day North Texas is under a wind advisory. Wednesday the advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., south winds will gust up to 35 mph. Tuesday the winds gusted up to 40 mph.

      Air flows from high to low pressure and this week strong winds are being funneled into an area of low pressure to our north. When areas of high and low pressure are close to each other, that is when the winds are the strongest.

      If you have allergies the south winds are probably making you feel worse.

      Mountain Cedar pollen is being carried into North Texas. Mountain Cedar is from the Juniper Tree and is mostly found in the Hill Country. Here is why your allergies are so bad:

      • The high surface winds are pulling the pollen off the trees.
      • Warm temperatures are lifting the pollen high into the air.
      • The south winds bring the pollen to us.

      The winds will die down Friday as the chance for rain increases across North Texas.



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      <![CDATA[Winter Weather Coming North of Red River]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:42:30 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snow_coming_ok_1200x675_852143171941.jpg Meteorologist Rick Mitchell talks about the winter weather for North Texans as they travel north of the Red River.]]> <![CDATA[How Wild Texas Weather Affects Businesses]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 04:19:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bike-shops-warmer-weather.jpg

      If you live in Texas, in January, you have to dress for any weather occasion.

      "I dress in layers," said Renee Boydstun, who rides her bike along the Trinity River in Fort Worth three days a week.

      "I'm out here with my friends. We are reconnecting with our childhood. Cycling is so much fun," said Boydstun.

      The warm winter weather is drawing more people out to outdoor fun for families.

      "You have 40 degree weather, then 60 degree weather, you put on your shirts and then go back to finding your winter wear again. Its just normal in Texas," said Boydstun.

      Businesses that would normally get the cold shoulder in January are feeling the heat. Athletic shops and restaurants with patio dining are hot spots.

      "When it's 20 degrees there's nobody renting a bike," said Randy Sullivan, who runs Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop in Fort Worth. "When its 70 degrees we rent 20 at a time. Rental traffic goes up when the weather is nice," said Sullivan.

      NBC 5's team of Weather Experts forecast temperatures to reach the upper 70s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before a cold front this weekend.

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      <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Get Ready for a Big Warm Up!]]> Sun, 08 Jan 2017 08:51:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/010817+daypart.jpg Today's temperatures will climb back up into the 40s with a stronger south breeze developing in the afternoon. Temperatures will really shoot up Tuesday through Thursday with highs in the 60s and 70s.]]> <![CDATA[Rick Mitchell Sits Down with Jimmy Fallon]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 23:04:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Full_Mitchell_Fallon_Interview_1200x675_848376387571.jpg NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell got a chance to sit down and talk to the Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon about weather, his new Universal Studios ride, hosting the Golden Globes and more.]]> <![CDATA[Your Snow Photos - January 6, 2017]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 21:48:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/194*120/snow65.jpg North Texans shared photos of the snowfall on January 6, 2017.]]> <![CDATA[Winter Weather Advisory: Road Conditions Could be Slick]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:52:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/davies-drving-in-snow-tips_1200x675_849107011801.jpg As winter weather pushes into North Texas Friday afternoon, drivers are warned to watch out for slick spots on elevated roadways.]]> <![CDATA[3 Steps to Protect Your Home When it's Freezing Outside]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 03:48:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ColdShowerMcDonalds.jpg

      While preparing for this cold bout of weather in North Texas, it's also important to make sure your homes are ready, too.

      If you live in an apartment complex, you may have gotten a letter from management -- freezing weather advisory.

      Some of you may have blown it off, but there are some things you really need to know to protect your home in this weather.  

      First, you need to make sure your thermostat is set no lower than 55 degrees. If you're going out of town, have someone check your place daily to make sure the heat is still on to prevent freezing.

      Then there are the faucets. A lot of people forget to do this, but make sure there's a steady drip and keep that going all day until it gets warmer. You'll also want to open the cabinet doors under the kitchen sink and bathroom sinks to allow heat to get to the plumbing.

      Lastly, before you head out the door in the morning, bring a blanket and some extra clothes with you. Keep it in your trunk just in case something happens on the road - and make sure you have at least a fourth of a tank of gas.  



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      <![CDATA[Recipe for a Winter Storm]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 21:18:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rick+winter+wx+logo.jpg NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell explains the three key elements necessary for a winter storm.

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      <![CDATA[Will North Texas See Snow This Week?]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 09:36:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Snow-Flurries-Generic.jpg

      The big question this week is whether it will snow on Friday.

      The answer: Maybe. Forecast models are hinting at the possibility.

      An arctic cold front will drop temperatures into the 20s by Thursday night. A shortwave trough will head towards North Texas on Friday.

      Most of the energy with this disturbance will stay north of the Red River, but there will be some moisture and lift in the atmosphere to result in a few flurries for the northern half of North Texas.

      The models have been hinting at the possibly of snow since this past weekend.

      The European Model (ECMWF) shows accumulated snow on Friday confined to areas near the Red River.

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      The GFS Model looks much different. It brings the chance for light snow as far south as Waco. Accumulation 1” or less.

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      Bottom line, the models are showing two different outcomes for Friday’s weather. This system bears watching. With each model run we will get a better idea of what will happen on Friday. The one thing we know for sure, it is going to get cold!


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      <![CDATA[Examining January Snowfall Records in DFW]]> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 21:44:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-01-02-21h34m25s173.jpg When was the last time DFW recorded more than one inch of snow in January? NBC 5 Rick Mitchell digs into the weather record book.]]> <![CDATA[Lightning Sparks Fire at Collin County Home]]> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 16:31:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Allen-House-Fire.jpg

      Strong storms brought heavy rain, high winds and hail through North Texas Monday morning.

      The storms ended before 8 a.m. in the Metroplex. Areas east may see storms until 10 a.m., and a Tornado Watch was in effect for several counties until 1 p.m.

      Lightning was suspected to have sparked a fire at a home in Parker. The homeowner told NBC DFW his family heard a loud lightning strike before their smoke alarms started beeping.

      Everyone made it out safely as firefighters from Allen, Lucas and Parker put out the flames.

      The Federal Aviation Administration said there was a ground stop in effect at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport until nearly 7 a.m. As of 7 a.m., four flights were canceled and 16 more were delayed.

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      Two flights were canceled and six more were delayed at Dallas Love Field.

      A strong cold front will arrive Tuesday so much of the new week will be progressively colder. The threat for any winter precipitation is slim to none.

      You can keep up with the weather by downloading the NBC DFW APP!

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          <![CDATA[DFW Below-Normal Rainfall Lowest in North Texas]]> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 22:41:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/109249579_rain_umbrella.jpg

          The year 2016 is ending, and DFW is reporting below normal rainfall. The annual total at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was 35.48 inches. That is a bit below the average annual rainfall of 36.14 inches.

          But interestingly, that was also the lowest rainfall total of anywhere in North Texas.

          As this map of radar-estimated rainfall for the entire year shows, there is a "doughnut hole" of lower rainfall across Dallas and Tarrant counties. But surrounding areas received much more.

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          That graphic is corroborated by actual rainfall reports from across North Texas. D/FW Airport actually had the lowest total in the area.

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          Storms are likely to return at the start of the New Year, from Sunday night into Monday morning. You can read the full forecast here.



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          <![CDATA[Dry December Leads to Return of Drought Conditions]]> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:51:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/decdrought-dfw.jpg

          2016 is now drawing to a close, and the last week of 2016 has been very dry. In fact, it has been dry all December.

          Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has recorded only 0.60 inches of rain this month. That is well below the average December rainfall of 2.55 inches. The result is a return of drought conditions to parts of the area.

          Extreme drought is showing up in southeast Oklahoma, and moderate drought has even returned to parts of Dallas.

          The combination of the lack of rain, gusty north winds and low humidity led to several grass fires across North Texas Thursday.

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          Rainfall for the year has had its ups and downs. Rainfall was above average in April, May, July, August and November. But it was below normal the other seven months of the year. As a result, the Metroplex will finish the year a little drier than normal, with a total of 35.48 inches. That's below the average of 36.14 inches we expect in a normal year.

          This final week of 2016 has also been very warm. From Dec. 24-28, DFW was in the 70s or 80s every day. We even broke records with a high of 80 degrees on Christmas Day and 83 degrees on Wednesday. Compare that to the average high temperature of 56 degrees at this time of year.

          Temperatures will remain mild through New Year's Day, but we will see another blast of Arctic air arriving Tuesday night. There may even be a chance for some freezing rain, sleet or snow next week!

          You can see the detailed NBC 5 forecast for the next 10 days here.



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          <![CDATA[Grant's Weather Wonders: How Wind Affects Airplane Landings]]> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:32:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jet-windsock.jpg

          Perhaps you've driven by the airport and wondered why airplanes land a certain direction one day and the opposite direction another day.

          It's an excellent observation and the answer is in the wind. Airplanes always take off and land into the wind.

          If a warm south wind is blowing across D/FW International Airport, airplanes will line up on the north end of the runway and point south in order to take off into the wind.  

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          The same is true for landing. Airplanes will approach from the north — over Grapevine Lake or Lewisville — and land pointing south.

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          When the wind switches direction to the north, like it did Thursday morning, it's the opposite. Planes will approach from the south and land pointing north into the wind.

          The scientific principle in place is this: When a plane takes off into the wind, it achieves lift faster as the wind blows over the wings. As for landings, the wind helps to slow the plane, especially when the flaps are extended.

          Potential problems arise when gusty winds blow perpendicular to the runway, which is called a "crosswind." In some cases, if a crosswind is too strong, 40 or 50 mph, air traffic may be diverted to another airport for safer conditions.

          It's quite rare, though, for crosswinds to be that strong. Airport runways are intentionally designed to minimize strong crosswinds. Runways are always planned in alignment with the prevailing wind direction for that location in mind.

          Most runways in North Texas are aligned north to south with a secondary runway from northwest to southeast. These runway alignments are ideal for 90 to 95 percent of our North Texas weather.


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          <![CDATA[New Perspective Inside Copeville Tornado]]> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 17:44:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Deputy+Tornado+Dashcam.jpg

          A year after a tornado hit the community of Copeville, there's a new perspective, never seen before, from inside the tornado on Dec. 26, 2015.

          Dash cam video from Collin County Deputy Chuck Sibley's squad car shows the moments Copeville was hit by an EF-2 tornado.

          Sibley was driving toward the storm and quickly made a U-turn when he realized a tornado was headed straight for him.

          He traveled north, trying to outrun the twister.

          The dash cam showed metal flying sideways in front of his vehicle, a sure sign of a tornado. The rain was also so strong he could barely see.

          "The tornado ran right over my vehicle," said Sibley.

          The dash cam then shows trees and power lines scattered across the highway.

          Sibley's headlines reveal the worst damage of all, in an area he had left 10 minutes earlier.

          "There's not really a lot of words that can describe it," said Sibley. "It's just like, 'wow, it's gone.' And that's what I told someone on the phone I said 'it's just gone.'"

          The store was gone, two people were dead.

          Video from that night showed cars buried and stores and home reduced to rubble.

          A year later the area is a ghost town, empty foundations are the only sign of where homes once stood.

          Many in Copeville rebuilt, but for others, the tornado was too much to overcome.

          James and Marie Turner did come back. They hid in the closet as the tornado destroyed their home around them.

          "When we opened the door, it was just destroyed," said James Turner.

          One year later, their new home is about one third complete.

          Insurance is paying for the place they're staying in as they watch and wait for the day they can return home.

          "We're ready to be back home," said James Turner. "This was our home, we've been here 35 years. We want to be home."

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          <![CDATA[NBC 5 Invests in Storm-Tracking Technology to Keep You Safe]]> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 18:24:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-11-16-11h56m20s96.jpg The December 2015 severe weather outbreak proved that we have to be weather aware even on the day after Christmas. Fortunately we have the NBC 5 Weather Experts and our new S-band radar for the next outbreak.

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          <![CDATA[What Caused the Dec. 2015 Tornadoes?]]> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 11:34:55 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/ddb398398d1649df834cc8ba9555a33d.png.jpg

          Monday marked the one year anniversary of the deadly tornado outbreak that killed 13 people.

          A total of 12 tornadoes hit eight counties in North Texas. Three of the tornadoes were rated EF2 or higher, with most of the fatalities occurring at the Interstate-30 interchange with President George Bush Turnpike.

          CONDITIONS ON DEC. 26, 2015

          There was a very strong cold front draped across Texas and Oklahoma with an area of low pressure near the Red River. Ahead of the front, dew points were in the 70s. It was cloudy, but instability and wind shear values were favorable for severe storms.

          During the morning hours the National Weather Service, The Storm Prediction Center and meteorologists at NBC 5 issued warnings about the potential for severe weather that day.

          At noon, the National Weather Service launched a special weather balloon to gather additional data (this is typically done only twice a day- morning and night).

          The new information was not good news.

          Instability levels were three times higher than normal December standards, there was no cap (a cap prevents storms from forming) and low level winds and shear were increasing (wind shear is wind in different directions with height. Winds turn, like a tornado). With this new data, a Tornado watch was issued.

          Below is the map of watches and warnings.

          While north Texas was under a Tornado Watch, areas to the west had Blizzard Warnings.

          The first Tornado Warning was issued at 1:43 p.m. The outbreak lasted all evening with the last warning issued at 11:30 p.m.



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          <![CDATA[Tornado That Tore Apart Rowlett is Now Making It Stronger]]> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 22:30:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/122516+Rowlett+home.jpg

          It's a few days before Christmas 2016 and Julie Tomko is building gingerbread houses with her niece and nephew. She prefers to spend the holidays this way.

          But on the night of Dec. 26, 2015, there was a time when she wondered when her home in Rowlett would be rebuilt.

          "We turned on the TV and they said 'If you're in Rowlett, you need to take cover,'" said Tomko.

          As an EF4 tornado barreled towards her home, Tomko and her husband hid in a closet. 

          "At one point I looked at my husband [and said] 'Do your ears feel funny?'" said Tomko. "And he said, 'Yeah.' I said, 'I don't think its a good thing.'"

          Tomko heard glass breaking but didn't hear the "freight train" noise that many other tornado survivors recall. Still, the damage was clear when she stepped outside.

          "The best thing I can compare it to is 'The Wizard of Oz,'" said Tomko. "It was like you walked out and everything was gray and it was so silent. Just this gray midst from the dust."

          With her neighborhood in shambles, Tomko reached out to her pastor, Cole Hedgecock of First Baptist Church of Rowlett.

          "We heard stories about families that really had experienced the miraculous," said Hedgecock. "There was a story of some teenagers who were home alone. And [after the tornado] they ran out of their house, and they turned around and the only part of that house that was remaining was four stairs and the bottom of the stairwell where they happened to be."

          By 1 p.m. the next day the church was set up to receive donations. Donations of diapers, baby food and more items poured into the church, which coordinated relief efforts with four other churches in Rowlett.

          Volunteers from as far away as California also showed up. They slept in many quarters of the church's rooms not being used for relief. 

          "We had people take off work from Texas, Oklahoma," said Hedgecock. "We had a guy from California come in. People literally from all over the country came in."

          The church also provided counselors in addition to supplies and food.

          "We had people coming in distraught," said Hedgecock. "Really, they were in shock. They didn't know where they are, where they were, what they were doing, what they needed. They left with a sense of hope. They knew that people cared about them. They knew that people loved them."

          "It was a very humbling and exciting thing for us to be able to help those in need," Hedgecock added. "We always felt like we were the ones being blessed by just being in a position to help those."

          Tomko also felt the generosity of strangers. She said the tiniest of gestures made a major difference.

          "The people who would walk by and say 'Can I go charge your cell phone?'" said Tomko. "We didn't have any cars. Our cars were all totaled. So for someone to sit outside and charge your cell phone, that doesn't seem like a big deal. But it is a big deal in this situation." 

          Tomko moved into her rebuilt home just weeks ago. Many of her neighbors will return soon. She said the storm has already inspired them to have more meaningful dialogues.

          "Our conversations changed," said Tomko. "It was a deeper conversation of 'Where are you going to live, what are you doing, what do you need?'"

          "It was connection on a level of pure human need instead of the quaint little waves and nods as you go back and forth," she said.

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          First Baptist Church of Rowlett still operates its relief center and will keep it open permanently. The pastor said anyone in need is welcome, their religion does not matter.

          "We want it to be a constant place where people in need can come and they can receive help," said Pastor Hedgecock. "We still help people who survived the tornado. But we also have expanded this ministry to where somebody needs potatoes or chicken or macaroni and cheese; or towels or blankets or pillows. Anything from diapers or baby wipes to cleaning supplies, rakes and shovels."

          Click on this sentence to link to FBC of Rowlett. The address is 4309 Main Street in Rowlett, Texas.



          Photo Credit: Linda Angelle, NBC 5 News (left picture), Julie Tomko (right picture)]]>
          <![CDATA[Effort to Rebuild Glenn Heights After Tornado]]> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 18:37:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Glenn_Heights_image_1200x675_841330243645.jpg

          As NBCDFW warned of a tornado closing in on Ovilla and Glenn Heights on December 26, 2015, Zachary James, Sr. was at ground zero.

          "First it got really quiet and then my wife, her ears popped, and she said 'baby, it's here!," said Glenn Heights resident Zachary James, Sr. "The whole house shook, the windows blew out."

          After the twister passed over, James walked outside to see his neighborhood along Trishia Lane in ruins. Many homes were leveled by the EF3 tornado. Several vehicles were turned over. While people in other parts of North Texas had been seriously injured or killed, no one in Glenn Heights or Ovilla died as a result of the storm.

          In the year since, James, Sr. had more than his own house to worry about. He is a general contractor who owns Zack's Construction Company.

          "I've rebuilt 15 homes right here in Glenn Heights that were tornado damaged," said James, Sr.

          Many homes have been rebuilt but where homeowners owed more on their mortgages than they had in insurance coverage, empty foundation slabs remain.

          Down the street, Omar Campos was more fortunate than some of his neighbors. His reconstruction was completed last August. He and his wife watched in horror as power lines fell and transformers exploded as the tornado passed through.

          "The tree ridge line [behind his house], it just literally looked like bombs were going off... blue, purple,yellow, green," said Campos. 

          He and his wife raced back inside and took cover in the bathroom.

          "Fifteen seconds are fast but those were probably the longest 15 seconds of our lives," said Campos.

          Campos' mother stayed with them at the time of the storm. She was devastated when her pet cat disappeared.. for awhile.

          "It took about, almost two weeks, but she finally came back," said Campos. 



          Photo Credit: Steve Stewart, NBC 5 News]]>
          <![CDATA[Rowlett Man Moving Into New Home One Year After Tornado]]> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 04:12:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/032616+Rowlett+Tornado+Damage.jpg A Rowlett man will soon move into his new home one year after the Dec. 26, 2015 tornadoes that killed 13 people.

          Photo Credit: Brian Scott, NBC 5 News]]>
          <![CDATA[A Warm, Soupy Holiday Weekend]]> Sat, 24 Dec 2016 19:35:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/022416+daypart.jpg A warm front is moving through North Texas and the lift associated with it will help keep showers around the area. That warm front will open the door to a surge of warmer and more humid air for both today and Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[Rowlett Mayor Remembers Deadly Tornado of December 2015]]> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 20:36:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rowlett+fema.jpg

          Mayor Todd Gottel of Rowlett recalls December 26, 2015 well.

          "I remember going outside and standing outside and you literally could taste the air," said Mayor Gottel. "It was very thick. It was different from a normal day."

          On the morning of the 26th, NBC 5 meteorologists and the National Weather Service warned about the threat of severe weather in the afternoon.

          "You always do the best you can to be prepared," said Mayor Gottel.

          At 6:45 p.m., preparation was put to the test.

          "We had sirens going off," said Mayor Gottel. "We had emergency alert notifications going out."

          Around the same time, NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock shared an ominous observation from the National Weather Service chat room.

          "We're getting reports of a large and dangerous tornado around Rowlett," said Finfrock at 5:50 p.m.

          At that time, a half-mile wide EF4 tornado tore through Rowlett. In it's 3-and-a-half mile long path, more than 1200 homes and businesses were damaged.

          The city of Rowlett said a man died days after his home collapsed on him. Twenty-three people were injured.

          The mayor has heard stories of survival from dozens others, including a man trying to protect his family in the upstairs powder room of his home.

          "He said, 'I got to the closet, I held the door shut as tight as I could - and at one point my 9 year old daughter was being lifted off the ground [by the suction of the tornado]'."

          "This is the worst incident we've [city of Rowlett] ever had," said the mayor.

          Just as Rowlett began digging out from the rubble, helping hands arrived.

          "Home Home Depot called immediately," said Mayor Gottel. "[The manager] called me immediately and said we'll stay all night if we have to... whatever you need."

          "And others like Chick Fil A, for the first time in the history of the company, they were open on a Sunday. They wanted to create a shelter that people could go in and charge their phones."

          The mayor said only ten percent of the city remains in shambles after the tornado of December 26, 2015.

          He said the biggest lesson for all of homeowners is to be prepared.

          "The importance of having a plan in place at a personal level to make sure should something happen that you can react pretty quickly," said Mayor Gottel.

          That includes keeping a kit handy with food, water, medicine, important insurance papers and more. Click on this sentence for the American Red Cross suggestions of what to pack in a survival kit.

          He said thinking ahead will help save lives the next time the big storm hits.



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          <![CDATA[Weather Conditions Good for Weekend Travel]]> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 09:30:29 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Love-Holiday-Travel.jpg

          Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airports are both busy Friday morning with a few delays and cancellations.

          Other than a few showers, the weather in North Texas is good for traveling. The airports with the most delays Friday morning are Chicago O'Hare, Newark Liberty and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport, according to FlightAware.

          If you are traveling on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, a large storm system will impact the center of the country.

          On Christmas Eve heavy snow will fall over the Rocky Mountains. On Christmas Day the storm moves east, bringing blizzard conditions to the upper Midwest.

          Rain and thunderstorms are expected in cities from Chicago southward into North Texas.

          Safe travels!

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