<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Weather News and Coverage]]>Copyright 2016http://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-usWed, 07 Dec 2016 09:09:04 -0600Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:09:04 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Arctic Blast Coming]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:44:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Samantha-Davies-bio.jpg

The coldest air NTX has seen in almost 2 years moves in tonight.  Temperatures will drop below freezing Thursday morning, with gusty north winds leading to wind chills in the teens! Areas west and south of DFW may see some light wintry precipation early Thursday. Little to no accumulation expected.

 Expect a windy and very cold day Thursday.  It will be even colder Friday morning, with temperatures dipping into the low 20s across DFW, and into the teens in most surrounding counties.  But at least the wind will die down by then.

Temperatures will be milder by the weekend. Highs Sunday will be back in the 60s.

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


  • TODAY: Cloudy. Isolated shower possible. High: 55. Wind: S 5 mph.
  • TONIGHT: Cloudy. Turning windy and sharply colder. Low: 28. Wind: N 20-30 mph.
  • THURSDAY: Freeze in the morning. Sunny, windy and cold. High: 38, but it will feel like the teens and 20s. Wind: N 15-25 mph.
  • FRIDAY: Hard freeze in the morning, then sunny and cold. Low: 21. High: 44. Wind: N 5 mph.
  • SATURDAY: Partly cloudy and breezy, milder by afternoon. Low: 32. High: 56. Wind: S 10-20 mph.
  • SUNDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy and mild. Low: 48. High: 63. Wind: S 10-15 mph.
  • MONDAY: Mostly sunny and cooler. Low: 38. High: 57. Wind: N 10-15 mph.
  • TUESDAY: Sunny and cool. Low: 37. High: 60.  Wind: S 10-15 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and a little cooler. Low: 40. High: 57. Wind N 10 mph.
  • THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and cool. Low: 37. High: 55. Wind: N 10-15 mph.
  • FRIDAY: Partly cloudy and cooler. Low: 33. High: 50. Wind: N 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[Cobblestone Ice Three-Year Anniversary]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:51:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-CobblestoneIce-120516_1200x675_825598531613.jpg NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell discusses the three-year anniversary of the Cobblestone Ice storm in North Texas.]]> <![CDATA[First Arctic Intrusion on Track, Round 2 Near]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:15:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/15391216_1568093849874763_4870690949211237871_n.jpg

      Get ready, North Texas! I'm tracking the coldest air so far this season. It'll pay us a visit late Wednesday night into Thursday and Friday!

      Here's the set-up:

      Very cold, Arctic air is loading up way to the north in Canada and Alaska.  Below is a look at the temperature map this morning. Note the single digits in Canada and the sub-zero temperatures in Alaska — 25 below zero in Fairbanks!

      This is a significant batch of cold air, even by December standards.

      This Arctic air wouldn't stand a chance making it this far south into Texas if the jet stream wasn't expected to undergo a big change. That's exactly what's going to happen later this week.

      Below is a map of the upper level wind pattern (jet stream) by late in the week. The upper level winds will push the Arctic air deep to the south and east. Parts of the country will only see highs in the teens and 20s.

      Here in North Texas, the front will start moving in Wednesday night. By Thursday I'm expecting the morning wind chill to be down into the teens!

      At this point it looks like the front will come through dry, so there's not much hope for snow.

      With lows in the mid 20s, it will be the coldest temperature at DFW in 21 months!

      Looking ahead, temperatures should moderate a bit into the weekend (50s and low 60s). Further down the road, another batch of potent Arctic air may be lurking in the 10-12 day timeframe.

      The GFS model is showing this air (note the purple) of -24 degrees at about 5,000 thousand feet off the ground. This would be even colder than this first batch.

      The timeframe for the image below is Thursday, Dec. 15, in which the Arctic air is still to our north but likely to push farther south.

      In summary, it looks like it's going to be a cold start to winter despite a very warm end to November (warmest on record for DFW).

      In addition, many of the winter forecasts may prove to be wrong, which were suggesting a warm start based on the remnants of La Nina. At this point, I'm putting my money on the cold!

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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[Autumn 2016 Warmest on Record in DFW]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:14:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/df+autumn+records.jpg

      While astronomical fall doesn't end until Dec. 21, the fall season for meteorologists ends on Wednesday.

      Meteorological fall extends from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, and for that three month period, we can now say unequivocally that autumn 2016 is the warmest recorded for Dallas-Fort Worth since records began in 1898.

      The mean temperature for the entire fall season was 73.1 degrees.

      This past month was likewise the warmest November ever recorded, with an average temperature of 63.6 degrees.

      November was wetter than normal, with rainfall of 3.17 inches, after a very dry September and October.

      Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
      <![CDATA[2016 Hurricane Season Ends Wednesday]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:56:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/060116+hurricane+generic.jpg

      The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season ends Wednesday and, for the first time since 2012, the NOAA reports it was above average.

      There were 15 names storms, 7 of which were Hurricanes. Hurricanes Gaston, Matthew and Nicole were classified as major hurricanes — category 3 or higher.

      The worst and most memorable storm was Matthew, the first category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic since 2007. The strongest winds were 160 mph for 8 days, damaging the east cost from Florida to North Carolina.

      The forecast from NOAA for the 2016 was for a nearly average season. The increase this year was due to low wind shear and warm water temperatures.

      The season began on June 1. None of the named storms hit Texas.

      <![CDATA[More Severe Weather Possible After Tornadoes Hit Southeast]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:34:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tornado+alabama.jpg More severe weather is possible in the southeast U.S. after tornadoes touched down overnight, leaving a trail of death and destruction in Mississippi and Alabama.]]> <![CDATA[ERCOT Reports Record Amount of Wind Energy Produced]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:03:29 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wind+energy+west+texas.jpg

      Last Sunday, a record amount of wind energy was produced.

      This happened in the ERCOT regions where 15,000 megawatts of energy were recorded. The previous record was 14,122 megawatts on Nov. 17.

      Sunday's highest wind gust at D/FW International Airport was 31 mph. Abilene and San Angelo had gusts over 45 mph.

      North and West Texas produced 8,800 megawatts of the wind energy, while 3,800 came from the southern regions and 2,300 came from the Panhandle.

      One megawatt is enough electricity to service about 500 homes during mild weather conditions or 200 homes during peak usage times in the summer.

      ERCOT predicts there will enough electricity to meet the demand for this upcoming winter and spring. The long range forecast through the winter is for above normal temperatures in North Texas. Despite the warm outlook North Texas is expected to see a few very cold days which would increase demand.

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      <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Rain Possible Late Sunday-Monday]]> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 18:35:55 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Brian+James.jpg There will be a chance of rain late Sunday into early Monday. Much of next week will be mild.]]> <![CDATA[Severe Storms Predicted Tuesday in Texas, Ark., Okla.]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:49:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/int-radar.JPG

      Forecasters say severe weather is possible in the Southern Plains, with strong winds, hail and even a few tornadoes possible.

      The Storm Prediction Center said the greatest risk for bad weather is possible Tuesday in eastern Texas, eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. Other storms are possible elsewhere in Texas and the Ozarks.

      A cold front is approaching from the west. Forecasters say potentially severe storms could develop late Tuesday afternoon in Oklahoma and Texas, then merge with another set of storms later and shift into Arkansas and far western Louisiana.

      NBC 5 Meteorologist Samantha Davies said Tuesday, "A low chance of rain is in the forecast for most of the day with higher storm chances east of Dallas by late afternoon and evening. Some of these storms could be severe. Cooler weather and sunshine returns Wednesday."

      Get the latest NBC 5 Forecast here.

      Wind shear could aid tornado development, but mainly in isolated storms and before nightfall. The threat will last longest in an area from south-central to eastern to southeastern Texas.

      Wind gusts could reach 60 mph and hail could be quarter-sized.

      Photo Credit: NBC 5 Weather
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      <![CDATA[What Makes for a Severe Storm Warning?]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:36:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/severe-weather-tuesday.jpg

      It has been a while since North Texans have seen severe weather in the area.

      The Storm Prediction Center has placed areas of North Texas under a risk for severe weather Tuesday evening. A cold front and dry line will merge, triggering storms.

      What is a severe storm, and what are watches and warnings? To outline the risk, a scale of 1-5 is used:

      1. Marginal
      2. Slight
      3. Enhanced
      4. Moderate
      5. High

      These values are based on the probability of a severe weather outbreak.

      What classifies a storm as severe? A severe thunderstorm must contain at least one of the following:

      • Hail larger than one inch in diameter
      • Winds gusting over 58 mph
      • Tornado

      Watches or warnings may be issued Tuesday. Remember, there are big differences between the two.


      Conditions are favorable for severe storm development. During a watch you need to watch and prepare for the weather.


      Severe storm has been reported or detected on radar. During a warning is when you need to take action.

      The NBC 5 Weather Experts will have you covered on air, on line & through social media. You can also download the NBC DFW App for automatic notifications for weather alerts in your area.

      <![CDATA['Frost Flowers' Form As Temps Drop But Ground Still Warm]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:23:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ice+ribbons.jpg

      Sunday morning, D/FW Airport dipped to 37 degrees, the coldest temperature recorded so far this fall season. And much of rural North Texas dropped to freezing for the first time.

      Remember, the official temperature is recorded at six feet above the ground, at about head height. But cold air is dense and sinks, so the temperature will almost always be colder at ground level. Whenever you see ice, you can be sure that the temperature is at 32 degrees or colder, no matter what the official temperature reads.

      So frost is common, even when official temperatures are in the middle or even upper 30s. But not all frost is the same.

      This weekend, Jamie Moore, the emergency management coordinator for Johnson County, captured a few exquisite photos of frost flowers that he saw at his farm.

      These frost flowers typically form only in late fall or early winter, when the air drops to freezing. But the ground is still warm, and living plants have not previously been subjected to freezing temperatures. Water in the plants' stems is still liquid, and as the temperature first reached freezing, that water began to freeze, opening tears in the stem. The water then slowly oozes out, forming the shapes of flowers, swirls and amazingly beautiful ice sculptures.

      Here is a link to some more examples of frost flowers.

      Photo Credit: Jamie Moore]]>
      <![CDATA[New, Advanced Weather Satellite Launched]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:17:32 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wx-feature-gj-112116.jpg An unmanned NASA rocket launches a new National Weather Service satellite called GOES-R into space. Experts say the new satellite will return more data in the first six months than all U.S. satellites combined during the last 41 years.]]> <![CDATA[Texas StormRanger Brings Focus Closer to the Storm]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:08:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nbc5stormranger.jpg The Texas StormRanger is a first-of-its-kind mobile radar that compliments NBC 5's S-band radar for more accurate storm forecasting.]]> <![CDATA[State-of-the-Art Weather Satellite Launching Saturday]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 21:40:04 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/goes+r+satellite+rm.jpg The GOES R satellite is scheduled to launch Saturday evening from Florida. The state-of-the-art equipment will greatly enhance weather forecasting abilities in the U.S.

      Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
      <![CDATA[Frost, And Possible Freeze, in Parts of DFW This Weekend]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:28:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/cold+front+111716.jpg

      It's not hard to find the cold front this evening! Dallas-Fort Worth has been in the 80s all week, but that strong cold front will arrive here around dawn on Friday.

      The front will bring a few brief showers in the pre-dawn hours, but they should move east of Dallas by 7 a.m. Then it will be breezy and much cooler. In fact, DFW may see frost this weekend. And some areas along the Red River may dip to freezing in the early morning hours.

      The biggest threat for a freeze Saturday morning will be northwest of Fort Worth, between Bowie and Wichita Falls.

      Sunday morning, freezing temperatures will be more likely northeast of Dallas, from Bonham to Paris and Clarksville.

      You can find the latest forecast here.

      Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
      <![CDATA[Northern U.S. Bracing for Winter Storms]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:59:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/north-us-storm-warning.jpg A massive snow storm is sweeping across the northern U.S. Thursday and Friday, prompting warnings in Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota.]]> <![CDATA[NBC 5's New S-Band Radar Could Detect Carolinas' Smoke]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:01:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-11-16-11h56m20s96.jpg

      Wildfires in the Mountains of North Carolina have caused thick smoke and poor air quality over the Carolinas.

      A Code Red air quality alert is in effect until midnight for fine particulates from smoke. The poor air quality is also a concern for the fans and players of the Carolina Panthers Football game on NBC tonight.

      The smoke from the wildfires can been seen on this NASA satellite imagery.

      If these fires were in Texas we would be tracking them on our new S-Band Radar. Smoke can be seen on our S-Band Radar with dual-pol technology.

      Dual-Polarized Radar

      In the doppler radar you are used to seeing, a vertical beam is sent out. The beam bounces off an object, such as rain, then is sent back to the radar.

      Dual-pol radars send out horizontal and vertical beams. The perpendicular beams bounce off an object, the radar then processes the information giving meteorologist the size and shape of the object. When meteorologist have more information, we can then determine if precipitation or non-precipitation objects are being detected by radar.

      The additional information put out by the dual-pol radar is called Correlation-Coefficient. The colors are a little different from traditional Doppler radar.

      Highly correlated objects are rain, hail and snow. Moderately correlated objects are weather events with mixed precipitation. When objects have a low correlation, they are typically non-meteorological, like smoke particles or tornado debris.

      In addition to our S-Band radar, StormRanger also uses a dual-pol technology.

      Photo Credit: NBC 5 News
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      <![CDATA[The Texas Thunder Truck Up Close]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:26:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Thunder+Truck+CJ+4.jpg

      NBC 5's severe storm tracking arsenal keeps getting better.

      We now have the S-Band Radar, which is the most powerful radar in Texas. We also have the Texas StormRanger, which drives to the storm to get a closer, more accurate look.

      But we can't forget the Texas Thunder Truck, NBC 5's premiere storm chasing vehicle. It's a weather lab and TV station on four wheels.

      The customized extended Ford F-250 Super Duty truck is loaded with its own onboard radar system that can show exact weather conditions at the trucks location.

      It also has three HD cameras that can point in any direction. We use them to show you what's ahead and to the side while driving on or off the road.

      The Texas Thunder Truck's crew can send back video via cell service, but it also has a satellite dish in case it ends up in a place without electricity.

      Since it's debut in 2015, the Texas Thunder Truck has captured Texas weather in action, like the terrible tornado outbreak on Dec. 26, 2015.

      In April, moments after a tornado warning was issued for Parker County, Texas Thunder Truck arrived to capture the damage after the twister moved through.

      The Texas Thunder Truck isn't just used during sever weather.

      During the winter months, Texas Thunder Truck can show which part of North Texas is seeing falling snow or icy roads.

      And don't forget Texas Thunder Truck's big personality, it shows up at various parades around town and even the auto show.

      The Texas Thunder Truck even has its own Twitter and Facebook accounts.

      Follow Texas Thunder Truck on Twitter Like Texas Thunder Truck on Facebook

      Photo Credit: Charles Johnson/NBC 5 News ]]>
      <![CDATA[Small Grass Fire Burns Near Homes in Ellis County]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:07:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ellis_County_Grassfire_Aerials_for_Article_1200x675_810691139607.jpg

      Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of a small grass fire that erupted Wednesday afternoon. 

      The fire started around 2:30 p.m. near IH-45 and Tom Sawyer / FM 1182 in Ellis County. 

      NBC Chopper 5 got video of flames burning through the dry grass, that appeared to get close to a few homes, but the Ellis County Sheriff's Office said no structures ended up being damaged. 

      Crews had the fire out within an hour. 

      <![CDATA[NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 Unveil "Big S Radar"]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:57:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-11-16-11h56m20s96.jpg

      NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 announced another weather forecasting first for North Texas. The stations introduced Big S Radar, the first and only state-of-the-art, commercial high-frequency dual-polarization fixed S-Band radar in the region.

      The new radar will give both stations a faster and more accurate long-range view into approaching severe weather threats like tornados.

      As intense weather phenomena approach North Texas, NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 will have the ability to access critical weather data without any delays to help keep viewers all across the region informed, first.

      “As North Texans, we know weather can be a matter of life and death,” said Tom Ehlmann, President and General Manager of NBC 5. “That’s why we’ve researched and invested in the best available forecasting tools for NBC 5 and our sister station, Telemundo 39. We are committed to delivering complete and accurate weather coverage on the air and online at nbcdfw.com and Telemundo39.com.”

      Together, Big S Radar, Texas StormRanger and Texas Thunder Truck will help the stations’ combined team of eight certified meteorologists better predict severe weather to help their viewers better prepare and keep their families safe.

      “S-Band technology was previously out of reach for most commercial applications. Now that the stations have full control of this advanced technology through Big S Radar, we’ll be able to identify severe weather threats much faster,” said John Trevino, President and General Manager of Telemundo 39. “Speedier access to data coupled with more accurate details about the type of precipitation that may be headed our way – including a tornado’s debris field – will help us better inform our viewers, so they can keep their families out of harm’s way.”

      The new dual polarization radar has an Effective Radiated Power of 10.4 Gigawatts to provide detailed information about water droplets, debris from a tornado on the ground, hail, ice or snow that is approaching.

      Strategically located southeast of Dallas and Fort Worth, Big S Radar will provide meteorologists with a clear view into the most densely populated sections of North Texas.

      This advanced technology will help the stations’ weather teams have immediate access to crucial weather information to help them forecast severe storms, including tornados, with greater precision.

      NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 are the only stations in Texas to be licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate weather radar in the high-frequency S-Band.

      Earlier this year, NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 unveiled a new and first-of-its-kind mobile Doppler weather radar truck named Texas StormRanger in English and CazaTormentas 39 in Spanish.

      Texas StormRanger’s game-changing technology gathers, in real-time, weather and meteorological information that fixed radars can miss. This technology helps the stations’ weather teams have access to important weather information by filling in known gaps in the National Weather Service’s coverage.

      The high-resolution and narrow-pulse radar can also scan storms at the lowest atmospheric layers, allowing NBC 5 and Telemundo39’s meteorologists to determine the exact location of a storm, including its strength, its speed and where it’s headed.

      Viewers can access their hyper-local weather forecasts, including interactive weather radar maps, and track Texas StormRanger and CazaTormentas 39 through the stations’ desktop and mobile websites and individual station apps.

      App users will also receive push notifications when the mobile radar trucks are tracking storms and severe weather in their local area. Having real-time access to this crucial weather information may help local audiences better prepare for and keep their families safe from severe weather.

      Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
      <![CDATA[Explaining Why It'll Be So Windy Thursday]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:33:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/thursday-wind.jpg

      A strong ridge of high pressure has been in place over North Texas. The ridge has pushed the jet stream to the north, providing near record heat.

      Today, highs will be in the mid 80s; the record high for today is 86.

      Big weather changes are coming.

      The coldest air of the season will begin to invade North Texas Friday with the passage of a cold front. Temperatures will be in the 50s on Saturday. Sunday morning, North Texans will see our first 30 degree readings of the season.

      Before the colder air arrives this weekend, the winds will pick up on Thursday. South winds will be gusty with speeds around 30 mph.

      Why? The rapidly changing pressure.

      A strong 1023 millibar surface high will be east of Texas, while a 991 mbar surface low will be to our west. Air moves from high to low pressure, allowing for a southerly wind.

      As the low pressure replaces the high pressure, the pressure gradient will tighten. A tight pressure gradient increases the wind speed.

      You can see this on a weather map when isobars (lines of equal pressure) are really close to each other.

      <![CDATA[How NBC 5's S-Band Radar Helps You]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:26:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/daycare-tornado-drill.jpg

      The NBC 5 Weather Experts have complete control of the new S-band radar.

      Faster, more accurate information constantly streams into the Weather Center so meteorologists will be able to give more warning when dangerous weather is approaching.

      For Primrose School in Plano, that speed and accuracy is critical.

      In a severe weather situation, it takes some coordination to get children as young as 6 weeks old to a safe spot. The ultimate goal is to secure students and staff in five minutes or less.

      The 2-year-olds bring their toys and huddle into a bathroom. Teachers have to keep them distracted while singing a happy song. Meanwhile, the 5-year-olds, who have done this before, line up in the hallway.

      Infants love routines, but a tornado drill can happen at nap time, playtime or lunch. To evacuate the infants, four babies are places in a crib and wheeled into an interior bathroom.

      “It can be challenging because, of course, we are doing different things throughout the day," infant teacher Janee Redd said. "They could be eating in a highchair and you have to take them out."

      Susan Andersen, the Executive Director at Primrose School of West Plano, oversees the severe weather drills and would love more warning in life threatening weather events.

      “Time is of the essence when you have Mother Nature, and never knowing exactly what her wrath might be," she said. "So when you are working with children and its your responsibility to keep them safe you just want to make sure that you have everything in place and as much warning as possible."

      Lives are precious and every parent wants to know their children are safe and sound when threatening weather strikes.

      “I'm not too concerned about anything else," said Huey Pfeiffer, a mother of two. "Items can be replaced, but people can’t so I just want them to be safe.”

      <![CDATA[First Winter Storm Arrives in Northern U.S.]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:58:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/first-freeze-north.jpg The first winter storm in the northern parts of the country brings cold air and snow. Freezing temperatures drop farther south, close to Texas during the weekend.

      Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
      <![CDATA[So Far, Warmest Fall Ever Recorded in North Texas]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:52:13 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sunshine3.jpg

      The temperature hit 81 degrees at D/FW International Airport Monday afternoon, and temperatures will remain in the 80s through Thursday. That's about 15 degrees above normal for this time of year. So it should come as no surprise that, so far, from Sept. 1 through Nov. 14, this has been the warmest fall season ever recorded in North Texas.

      The Fort Worth office of the National Weather Service notes that since Sept. 1 – the beginning of meteorological fall – there have been only 19 days with temperatures below normal, and 54 days with temperatures above normal.

      But it does appear that the strongest cold front this fall will arrive on Friday, and it will actually be a bit chilly this weekend. That is the first time this fall I have been able to use "chilly" as a descriptor of weather in our forecast!

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      <![CDATA[Introducing S Band Radar]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:06:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Introducing_S_Band_Radar_4p_111416_1200x675_808708675638.jpg This radar is unique to Texas in that it will be the first S-Band radar that is owned and operated by a television station in all of Texas and it's only the third high-frequency S-band radar in the United States.]]> <![CDATA[Coldest Air So Far This Season Coming]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:59:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Coldest_Air_So_Far_This_Season_Coming_1200x675_808654915786.jpg Get ready for some big temperature swings this week! It will be unseasonably warm for most of this week. But a big change in the weather pattern late week will allow a strong cold front to bring some major changes. This video explains what will be happening with our weather this week.]]> <![CDATA[NBC 5 Debuts Big S-Band Radar]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:07:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/s-band-radar-nbc5.jpg

      The NBC 5 S-band Radar is now online.

      This radar is unique to Texas in that it will be the first S-Band radar that is owned and operated by a television station in all of Texas and it's only the third high-frequency S-band radar in the United States.


      Traditionally television radars were only allowed to operate on the C-band, with the S-band only regulated for government and military use. However, the S-band has now been opened up for broadcast use.

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      Because it is operating in the S-band, the radar signal will not be diminished by heavy rain, a problem common to C-band radars.

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      In addition, this radar is a dual-polarity radar. That means the signal is sent out both horizontally and vertically, allowing us to be able to differentiate between heavy rain and hail, or rain and snow, much more easily than before.

      Dual-polarity can also distinguish between rain and tornado debris.

      Finally, NBC 5 will be the only station in the state to have its own S-band radar that can be controlled solely by our meteorologists.

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      This means if we want to focus strictly on one storm, we can direct the radar beam to constantly scan that storm for instantaneous information -- No more waiting up to six minutes for new radar data to come into the station from the National Weather Service radar.

      Photo Credit: NBC 5]]>
      <![CDATA[Your Nov. Supermoon Photos]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:37:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/815317204b10409d9a38bbc1ae33b1f5.JPG.jpg

      Photo Credit: gil cortez]]>
      <![CDATA[The Biggest Supermoon in Nearly 70 Years]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 23:19:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/super-moon-ugc-Bruce-Dotterer.jpg

      The moon is fascinating on a normal night, but it’s even more awesome when it comes in the form of a Supermoon.

      If you missed the last Supermoon on Oct. 16, you will get another chance to enjoy a Supermoon sighting on Nov. 14.

      The Supermoon is a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90 percent of its closest approach to earth in its elliptical orbit. When the moon is at its closest point to earth in its orbit, this is called lunar perigee.


      So when the moon is closer to earth than average, it appears much larger than it normally does and is an awesome sight to see.

      A Supermoon can appear as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the average full moon.

      The Supermoon Monday, Nov. 14 is special because it will be the largest super moon of 2016. This will also be the closest the full moon has been to earth since Jan. 26, 1948.

      The full moon likely will not get this close to earth again in its orbit until Nov. 25, 2034.


      The best time to view the November Supermoon will be right around around moonrise time -- 6:02 p.m.

      The final Supermoon of 2016 will occur on Dec. 14, so mark your calendars, dust off your cameras and enjoy the sensational view.


      Photo Credit: Bruce Dotterer]]>
      <![CDATA[Big S-Band Radar Debuts Tomorrow!]]> Sun, 13 Nov 2016 19:17:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/s-band-radar-nbc5.jpg The number one goal of the NBC 5 Weather Team is to keep you safe during severe weather and our brand new Big S-Band Radar will go a long way in doing that. Watch this video to find out why it is so special.

      Photo Credit: NBC 5]]>
      <![CDATA[Cowboys vs. Steelers Forecast]]> Sat, 12 Nov 2016 18:59:28 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Steelers_Forecast_1200x675_807601219674.jpg The Dallas Cowboys are on a roll and hope to continue their winning ways in Pittsburgh Sunday. Check out my forecast for the big game tomorrow afternoon!]]> <![CDATA[Weather Pattern Change Coming For DFW]]> Sat, 12 Nov 2016 18:56:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Pattern_Change_1200x675_807601219871.jpg Get ready for a big pattern change coming for DFW next week that will bring the coolest temperatures so far this season and a chance for storms!]]> <![CDATA[Catching A Glimpse of Rare Supermoon]]> Sun, 13 Nov 2016 12:10:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453461488.jpg Monday morning you might get a chance to see the Supermoon. Monday at 5:15 a.m., the moon will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter when it makes its closest pass to Earth. The moon will also be completely full. This hasn't happened since 1948. The moon will not appear this big or bright again until 2034.

      Photo Credit: Michael Loccisano, Getty Images]]>
      <![CDATA[Updated Winter Outlook Comes Out Next Week]]> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:12:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/twitter+thermometer+cold+schools+adoptdogs1.jpg

      This morning NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center discussed the La Nina Forecast with the media.

      The updated forecast comes out next week, but forecasters will not be making any big changes. For Texas, the winter is still forecasted to be warmer than normal with below normal precipitation.

      A weak La Nina is developing and was observed in October. La Nina conditions will influence our weather from December through February before its impact weakens in the spring.

      Currently North Texas is in the midst of a warmer than normal fall. Dallas-Fort Worth hasn’t seen a low in the 40s this season, the latest on record. Next week, it is possible highs may reach 80 degrees.

      Severe drought conditions are present in East Texas with a moderate drought in eastern parts of North Texas.


      Photo Credit: Twitter/@adoptdogs1
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      <![CDATA[Recent Rain Provides Some Drought Relief]]> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:25:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/drought-monitor-111016.jpg Recent rain reduces drought conditions in some parts of North Texas and brings area lake levels into normal range.]]> <![CDATA[How Cooler Temps Affect Air Pressure in Your Tires]]> Wed, 09 Nov 2016 21:47:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-Tires-110916_1200x675_805353027892.jpg NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell describes how cooler temperatures affect the air pressure in your vehicle's tires.]]> <![CDATA[Late-November Outlook and November Tornadoes]]> Wed, 09 Nov 2016 21:39:42 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-NovTor-110916_1200x675_805315139857.jpg NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell has a late November weather outlook and talks about November tornadoes in North Texas.]]> <![CDATA[Early Start to Winter on Other Side of the Globe]]> Wed, 09 Nov 2016 10:13:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/world-wx-update-gj-110916_1200x675_804731459656.jpg People on the other side of the world are seeing winter much earlier than we are. NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston explains why.]]> <![CDATA[40s in North Texas? Not Anytime Soon]]> Wed, 09 Nov 2016 06:25:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/20140106+Live+Thermometer.jpg

      October 2016 was the warmest on record and November has been off to a warmer than normal start too.

      D/FW International Airport has yet to drop into the 40s this fall, which is the latest on record. Here is a look at previous records of the latest 40 degree temperatures:

      1. 2016 (hasn't happened yet)
      2. Nov. 8, 2015
      3. Nov. 3, 2004, 1950 and 1947

      Looking at the forecast into mid November, it doesn't look like we will see a 40 degree temperature. The jet stream is positioned to our north keeping the colder air away from North Texas. This is a look at the forecast for Nov. 16 from the GFS model - it shows the jet stream in Canada.


      The European model has a temperature forecast through Nov. 19. The coldest temperature forecasted is 51 degrees on Nov. 13.

      The Climate Prediction Center is also forecasting a warmer than normal November.


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      <![CDATA[Everything You Wanted to Know About DFW Freezes]]> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 21:04:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-Freezes-110716_1200x675_803297859948.jpg NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell takes a look at everything you wanted to know about DFW freezes but were afraid to ask.]]> <![CDATA[What's Causing All the Rain?]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:17:36 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/web-wx-110816-shade.jpg The last few days across DFW have been pretty cloudy, wet and unsettled. Find out what's been causing all this rain and how long the rain chances will stick around for the Dallas-Fort Worth area.]]> <![CDATA[Tornado Kills 2, Injures 1 in Italy Sunday]]> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:52:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tornado-italy.jpg

      Two people died when a tornado struck near Rome Sunday.

      One person was killed when a building collapsed in Florence, Italy. Another was crushed by a tree.

      One person was injured when the wind slammed them into a glass window.

      Farther north, the Arno River that runs through Florence flooded.

      <![CDATA[Local and National Election Day Forecast]]> Sun, 06 Nov 2016 20:31:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/Remeisha+Shade+2014.jpg Our big Election Day is almost here and I have a detailed look at the weather expected across the Dallas-Fort Worth area and a look at the national forecast for Election Day on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[What Is An S-Band Radar?]]> Thu, 03 Nov 2016 21:10:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/s+band+rick.jpg NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell explains the science behind the S-band radar, NBC 5's state-of-the-art weather tool that makes its debut Monday, Nov. 14.

      Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
      <![CDATA[A Look Back At North/Central Texas Tornadoes 1950-2016]]> Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:43:35 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tornado-generic-722.jpg Tornadoes can happen at any time of year across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. That’s why it is so important to be ready for severe weather and have a severe weather plan in place before severe storms strike. DFW has recorded tornadoes in every single month of the year with the highest number of tornadoes occurring in April and May which is our main severe weather season. The North/Central Texas area recorded 486 tornadoes in April & 464 tornadoes in May from 1950-2016. 127 tornadoes were reported in the North/Central Texas area during the month of October from 1950-2016. This is the time of the year when we usually have a secondary spike in tornadoes across the area.

      Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
      <![CDATA[Cold Fronts Bring More Than Just Cool Temperatures]]> Thu, 03 Nov 2016 10:54:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wx-cold-front-SD-110316.jpg

      A cold front moved through North Texas Thursday morning, so it's no surprise that it will be cooler.

      But a cold front does more to our weather than just drop temperatures.

      Before a front passes the weather conditions look like this:
      Winds - South or Southwest
      Temperature - Warm
      Pressure - Falling steadily
      Clouds - Increasing
      Precipitation - Showers, storms. Especially along the leading edge of the front
      Dew Point - High

      Wind - North or Northwest
      Temperature - Dropping
      Pressure - Rising steadily
      Clouds - Fair weather cumulus or clearing
      Precipitation - Showers, clearing
      Dew Point - Lowering

      Every weather event is different, but this is a good generalization of what a cold front does.