<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Weather News and Coverage]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:21:19 -0600 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:21:19 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Warmer Monday ]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:18:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Remeisha-Shade-2012.jpg

With some sunshine, expect temperatures to climb into the 60s on Monday ahead of our next cold front.  A cold front arrives Monday night and will bring cooler temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday.  A few showers are also possible Tuesday morning and afternoon with the best chance SE of DFW. Mild weather briefly returns Christmas Day with cooler weather arriving next weekend.

TONIGHT:  Mostly cloudy, cool and breezy.  Low: 47.  Wind:  S 10-15 mph.

MONDAY:  Partly sunny and warmer.  Low 47.  High 66.  Wind: SW 10-20 mph.

TUESDAY:  Mostly cloudy and cooler with a 20% chance of showers.  Low 45.  High 51.  Wind:  NW 10-20.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly sunny.  Low 34.  High 55.  Wind:  NW 5-15 mph.

THURSDAY:  Mostly sunny, windy and mild.  Low 40.  High 65.  Wind:  S 15-25 mph.

FRIDAY:  Partly cloudy & cooler.  Low 46.  High 57.  Wind: becoming N 10-20 mph.

SATURDAY:  Mostly sunny, cool and dry.  Low: 35.  High 49.  Wind: N 10-15 mph.

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny, cool and dry.  Low: 32.  High: 52.  Wind: NE/S 5-10 mph.

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<![CDATA[2.6 Magnitude Earthquake Reported in Irving]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:12:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/irving-earthquake-generic.jpg

Another earthquake hit Irving Wednesday afternoon.

It's the 12th quake in less than two months to shake the city. The last reported earthquake occurred two days ago, just east of the one on Wednesday.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the 2.6 magnitude earthquake at 4:19 p.m. near Spur 482 and U.s Highway 114.

There have been no reports of any damage.

The epicenter was detected at a depth of 5 km.

The earthquake is the 12th registered in Irving and the 13th in North Texas since Oct. 28. A Google map showing the quake locations is embedded below.



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<![CDATA[How Foggy Was it Tuesday? Take a Look From Above]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:22:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lee-Evans-photo-Dec.-9-2014-shot-of-downtown-Dallas.jpg

Mike Alvstad was flying into Dallas/Fort Worth on Tuesday morning and took a photo as his flight from Tampa, Fla., passed south and west of downtown Dallas. He shared it with Lee Evans, who shared it with us, and we liked it a lot.

In the sea of clouds, you can see the top of Reunion Tower a bit lower to the right. There’s the wedge-topped Fountain Place in the lower center of the downtown cluster. Off to the left by itself is Cityplace, we believe.

To read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News, click here.



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<![CDATA[Register for NBCDFW's Closing System]]> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 18:36:04 -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 and over the phone for school and business administrators.

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

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

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

Additionally, NBCDFW offers email and SMS alerts for school and business closings. For more information click here.

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



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<![CDATA[Extended North Texas Dense Fog Delays Flights]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:35:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fog-reunion.jpg

The National Weather Service extended a Dense Fog Advisory for North Texas until noon Tuesday.

NBC 5's Grant Johnson said visibility in most areas ranges from 1/2 mile to less than 1/4 mile. Visibility improved by late morning.

Officials urged North Texans to drive more slowly, use low-beam headlights and leave more distance between other drivers.

Flights Delayed

Tuesday’s heavy fog causes some major problems for those trying to fly in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

The FAA issued a traffic management program, including a ground stop for incoming airplanes, which caused about dozens of departure cancellations and inbound flights to be diverted to other airports. Delays are expected throughout the day at the airport.

As of noon, 139 flights had been cancelled and 157 more delayed in and out of D/FW International Airport. Dallas Love Field had 36 cancellations and 48 delays.

Most passengers we spoke did not have a problem with issues.

"We thought about it,” said passenger Ellen Nelms. “We thought about it being delayed, but my son didn't call us and he lives out here so I guess he figured they were taking off."

Many of the planes diverted this morning have already returned to the airport.

If you are flying out of the airport Tuesday you are asked to check ahead to make sure your flight is still on schedule.

Emergency Responders Cautious

Medstar spokesman Matt Zavadsky confirmed that their crews will not use lights and sirens when responding to emergency scenes because of the fog.

"Our goal is to get to the scene," he said. "Even if it takes a minute or two longer."

Zavadsky urged drivers to drive reasonably in the fog, including not making sudden movements and using blinkers. 



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<![CDATA[Oncor Works to Protect Power Lines From Tree Limbs]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:16:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/oncor+tree+trim.jpg

Oncor is "doubling down" in efforts to protect power lines from falling tree limbs.

"We're taking a more proactive approach to maybe cut off some of those severe weather elements that have caused outages and reliability issues in our communities," said Oncor spokesman Justin Ozuna.

Oncor came under fire last month, when about 500,000 customers lost power over four days in early October, when two strong storms with high winds felled countless trees and limbs.

"Some of these severe storms that have come through have really affected our area," said Ozuna. "So what we've done is increase our budget and we're doubling down on tree trimming so we can get ahead of the next severe storm."

Oncor increased its tree trimming budget by 40 percent, putting somewhere around 1,000 tree trimmers in the field throughout North Texas.

Crews have been working in East Dallas and Pleasant Grove, among other areas.

"They haven't really done a terrific job, hopefully they'll be able to dig out," said Dallas City Councilman Phillip Kingston. "They only have two jobs, deliver power in a reliable way and cut trees in a sensitive way, that's the whole job."

Oncor acknowledges that not everyone is happy with the way some trees get cut.

"It's a challenge to balance the environmental and reliability needs of our customers, but we want our customers to know that we're committed to doing that," said Ozuna.

Oncor plans to keep the extra crews in place through all of 2015.



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<![CDATA[Light Snow Falls On North Texas]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:27:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/111614+Decatur+Snowfall.jpg

It was a November night to remember when light snow fell across North Texas.

A cold blast brought snow from Dallas to Denton, Fort Worth to Frisco on Sunday night. The dusting to trace was enough to cover lawns and roofs but not stick to roads.

DALLAS

A band of snow made its way through Dallas just after 9 p.m. Sunday, lasting for about 40 minutes in the city.

A Texas Department of Transportation official said they already pre-treated many spots in Collin, Denton and Dallas counties earlier in the day, but would keep a close eye on roads and bridges, which are prone to freezing faster. Additional TXDOT crews are on standby in case road conditions worsen. 

There was not enough snow to accumulate on highways and the weather had little impact on traffic, but there was a thin coating of snow on some surfaces. 

TARRANT, WISE COUNTIES

Three brief bands of snow moved through Decatur Sunday night.

Moisture remaining from those bands of snow dried on most roadways, but Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Val Lopez said crews treated bridges north of Decatur as a precaution. There are no reports of ice south of Decatur in Wise County. 

COLLIN COUNTY

The North Texas Tollway Authority told NBC DFW Collin County Reporter Catherine Ross that 24 NTTA trucks monitored the roads late Sunday to spread de-icer if needed.

Most of the snow that fell in Frisco also stuck to grassy areas and parked cars. The snow fell from 8:30 p.m. until about 10:30 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Your Snow Photos - November 16, 2014]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:56:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snow-thumb-111714.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared their photos of the first snowfall of the season on November 16, 2014. Send your photos to isee@nbcdfw.com.]]> <![CDATA[NTTA Using New Solution to Keep Roads Safe]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:47:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/brine.jpg

This year, the North Texas Tollway Authority is introducing a new solution to prevent freezing on roads.

They’re using brine, a specific combination of salt and water, to pretreat bridges and overpasses before a weather event.

Brining, which the Texas Department of of Transportation has already introduced to its routine, is relatively new to North Texas, but has been a common practice in northern states for years.

“It’s another tool in our toolbox,” said Eric Hemphill, the NTTA’s director of maintenance. “Every year, we say – 'what can we do better?'”

The brine, which is water saturated with salt, has a lower freezing point than water.

NTTA crews will pretreat troublesome bridges and overpasses with brine, with the hope that it’ll keep ice from sticking.

Hemphill compares it to greasing a baking sheet.

“If you’re making cookies and you throw them in the oven and try to pry them off, you can’t pry those cookies off very well,” he said. “But a little thin treatment of cooking spray, they usually slide right off without any issue. That’s what we’re trying to get – to keep the ice from bonding to the concrete.”

The NTTA is still planning on using all of its other conventional weather preparation tools, like sand, plows and trucks.
 

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<![CDATA[Tarrant County Road Preps for Winter Weather]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:38:41 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/icy-roads.jpg Tarrant County leaders say they're prepared for cold, wintry weather.

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<![CDATA[Al Roker Talks DFW Weather During the "Rokerthon"]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:47:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rokerthon_4p_1200x675_357617731977.jpg As the Today Show's Al Roker attempts to break a Guinness World Record for the longest uninterrupted live weather report broadcast, he talked about DFW weather with NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell.]]> <![CDATA[Arctic Blast Hits North Texas Hard]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:36:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-cold-02.jpg Despite the sun finally coming out on Thursday afternoon, North Texans tried to bundle up for the arctic blast.

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<![CDATA[Dotty Woodson: Protecting Plants From Freeze]]> Sun, 09 Nov 2014 15:46:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/6am_Dotty_Woodson_1200x675_355802691715.jpg With the first freeze of the season around the corner, Dotty Woodson talked with NBC 5's Chris Van Horne about protecting your outdoor plants from winter cold.]]> <![CDATA[Ragweed Season Could Get Boost From Rain]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 23:16:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/ragweed+allergies.jpg

It’s fall in North Texas and that means high ragweed counts, which isn’t good news for seasonal allergy sufferers.

Tuesday is expected to bring a good amount of rain, which will temporarily bring down those ragweed counts, but experts said the keyword here is temporary.

“As that rain comes in, it's going to wash that pollen out and drop those levels temporarily until the rain stops and the temperature rises,” said Dr. Kenny Carter Jr., an ear, nose and throat doctor at Collin County ENT.

As soon as the rain clears, the ragweed plants will grow and release blooms, which will mean more pollen in the air and more sneezes for allergy sufferers.

“Try to stay inside when it's warm and breezy. A daily nasal steroid spray is a good maintenance medication. Irrigation sprays and antihistamines can make a big difference, too,” said Carter.

The typical ragweed season ranges from mid-August through November or until the first frost.



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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Crews Prepare for Flooding Potential]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:26:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rain16.jpg

North Texas will see some much needed rain on Tuesday, according to forecasts. And while that rain is something badly needed across the area, it could pose some flood risks.

On Monday afternoon, the Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management warned residents via text message about the impending storm.

"Forecast for heavy rains Tue/Wed, up to 3 inches with local flooding possible," the text read.

With the warnings out to the public, residents in the Central Arlington Heights neighborhood are keeping a close eye on the sky and on their streets.

"If it's a lot of water in a short period of time and the underground can't handle it then it becomes a problem," said Dave Herman.

The city knows that the capacity for storm water runoff in the area isn't large, but has several projects completed and ready to start in the area to help mitigate the flooding danger. The latest project, though, isn't set to start until next March and it was too late for some residents along Western Avenue back in late June, where high flood waters hit several homes and cars.

"It's the second time in the 20 years we've lived here that it's been that bad," Herman said.

While there's no way of telling just how much rain my fall this week, the prospect of more than 1-inch has residents like Herman ready and watching.

"We do keep an eye on the weather and warn the neighbors that are lower than us if we see something coming that looks like they might want to move the cars," Herman said.

After June's surprise storm and flooding, residents asked the city in a neighborhood meeting what they could do to reduce the flooding problem. One suggestion was to make sure storm drains were kept clear of yard debris.

"We go and check and make sure that everything is clear. We don't have anything obstructing our underground pipes and our inlets," said storm water superintendent Juan Cadena.

City crews are still cleaning up bulk debris from October's damaging wind storm, but the city said such debris was cleared in the last few days from the Western Avenue area.

Cadena said his crews check drainage systems before and after big rain events. He said once the rain starts, workers will visit the 300 known flood spots in the city.

"They just keep an eye on the areas that are flooding, making sure we can do whatever we can to protect people and property," Cadena said.

Some residents told NBC 5 they do have sandbags at the ready, just in case, but others said they will simply be minding the radar and watching for water on their street.

"Better safe than sorry," Herman said.

The city said it is also looking at creating flood maps of the neighborhood so that any future development can have a better idea as to the impacts water can have on a home. There has been talk about making the area part of a designated flood area by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but that could be costly to residents and is still being evaluated and discussed.



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<![CDATA[Low Lakes Hope to Benefit From Tuesday's Rain]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 18:34:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Eagle+Mountain+Lake.jpg

NBC 5 meteorologists are calling for rain Tuesday, and that's good news for Eagle Mountain Lake and other North Texas lakes experiencing dangerously low water levels.

And those low lake levels are creating a buyer's market for lakefront property across North Texas.

"This is the lowest I think that most people have ever seen it in their lifetimes of living on the lake," said real estate agent Ginger Trimble Knox, who specializes in lakefront property.

Eagle Mountain Lake is down more than 10 feet, now just more than half full.

The shoreline at Eagle Mountain Lake has been pushed out hundreds of feet, leaving boats and backyard docks on dry land, covered in weeds.

That's driving down lakefront home prices by 10 percent or more.

"This is probably the only part of the real estate right now that you could say it's a buyers market," said Knox. "Somebody in the lower price range, it's a great way to get on the lake for less money than what you normally would be spending."

"For buying a home, it's good thing because, of course, you're taking advantage of a market that isn't as valuable as it would be," said Knox. "Because it can make 25 [thousand dollars] to $50,000 difference sometimes in the price of a home."

Many owners have now taken their homes off the market, hoping that lake levels rise in the spring, sending home prices rising along with them.

"I think this is just been such an extended long drought period that it really has made people nervous that it's ever going to come back," Knox said.



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<![CDATA[Your Fall Photos: Gallery II]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:37:48 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fall-Vid-110714.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared their fall photos via isee@nbcdfw.com.]]> <![CDATA[Gov. Perry Renews Texas Drought Declaration]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:27:31 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/drought5.jpg

Texas Gov. Rick Perry renewed a 2011 drought declaration for much of the state due to continued, prolonged drought conditions.

The renewal of the proclamation said the exceptional drought conditions pose an imminent disaster in a number of Texas counties. 

The counties named in the proclamation are: Archer, Armstrong, Bandera, Baylor, Bexar, Blanco, Bosque, Briscoe, Burnet, Callahan, Carson, Childress, Clay, Collin, Collingsworth, Colorado, Comal, Comanche, Cooke, Cottle, Crosby, Dallam, Dallas, Denton, DeWitt, Dickens, Donley, Eastland, Edwards, Ellis, El Paso, Erath, Fisher, Floyd, Foard, Fno, Garua, Gillespie, Gray, Grayson, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Haskell, Hemphill, Hidalgo, Hood, Hudspeth, Hutchinson, Irion, Jack, Johnson, Jones, Kendall, Kerr, King, Knox, Lamb, Lipscomb, Llano, Matagorda, Mclennan, Medina, Montague, Moore, Motley, Nolan, Palo Pinto, Parker, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Real, Shackelford, Sherman, Somervell, Stephens, Stonewall, Swisher, Tarrant, Taylor, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Travis, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Walker, Wharton, Wheeler, Wichita, Wilbarger, Willacy, Williamson, Wise, Young and Zavala.

According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, based on information from the U.S. Drought Monitor and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, much of North Texas and areas to the west remain under extreme or exceptional drought. Most of the state is at least under abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions.

NBC 5's Rick Mitchell said last week that measurable rain for 2014 totaled 18.06 inches and that normal rain through Oct 23 would total 29.72 inches. Mitchell added that this has been the 14th driest year on record out of 116 years of recorded measurements.

A slight chance for rain exists for North Texas Monday night into Tuesday. Beyond that, the next best chance for rain comes just before Election Day.


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<![CDATA[Tarrant County Native Wins 2014 Harold Taft Scholarship]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:47:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/102414+Holly+Mallinson+Taft.jpg

A North Richland Hills native won the scholarship named for NBC 5's first chief meteorologist Harold Taft.

Holly Mallinson is studying atmospheric sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

The award was created by NBC 5 and the Lone Star EMMY Educational Foundation.  Mallinson will be recognized at the Lone Star EMMY Awards Gala in Houston on Saturday, October 25.

Students must attend a Texas university or they must have four years of high school in Texas prior to college. Scholarship applicants and winners must study meteorology, atmospheric sciences or a related field.

Past recipients include Jorge Torres, chief meteorologist at KOB-TV, the NBC affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Mallinson is researching severe wind climatology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. After earning her Bachelor's degree, she wants to pursue graduate school and focus on severe weather climatology.

"You'll find few people who think Calculus III is easy and thermodynamics is nothing to sneeze at either," wrote Mallinson in her application letter. "But despite hours spent deriving equations and analyzing skew-T diagrams, I love it.  I majored in atmospheric sciences because I love weather."

NBC 5 /KXAS-TV made the Harold Taft Scholarship possible thanks to a generous donation several years ago. The namesake of the program is Harold Taft, who served as Chief Meteorologist at NBC 5 (WBAP and KXAS-TV) from 1949 until 1991. 

NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock serves as chair of the committee for the Scholarship program.



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<![CDATA[Stolen Storm Drain Grates Leave Holes in FW Streets]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:52:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stolen-Storm-Grates-102314.jpg

More than 15 storm drain grates are missing in Fort Worth, causing dangerous holes in some streets.

City officials believe thieves are stealing the grates and selling them as scrap metal.

According to Storm Water Management, barriers have been placed around the holes at several different locations, warning people about the hazards.

The locations are:

4300 block of Oak Park Lane

2500 block of Oak Hill Circle

2900 block of Oak Hill Circle

“It is a five-foot hole that if somebody is not paying attention, they can fall into,” said Juan Cadena, superintendent of Storm Water Field Operations near one of the locations.

For people who live near the affected streets, it is quite a headache.

Avery McGrath rides his bike to Texas Christian University, and says the first time he came across the barriers, he almost fell in the hole.

“It gets scary, especially when I am riding behind cars. I have to swerve in,” said McGrath.

“For drivers, of course, it’s terrible, but for kids, as well dogs, pets. People are crazy. They will do anything for a quick buck,” said Marilyn McGee, who also lives nearby.

This is not a cheap problem to fix.

Each grate costs about $500, and it take between six and eight weeks to manufacture them.

Fort Worth police officers are investigating.



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<![CDATA[NBC 5's Weather App Available Now!]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:38:22 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NBC+5+App+1200x675.jpg

The most trusted local weather information for Dallas-Fort Worth is now available whenever and wherever you want it.

NBC 5's Weather Experts app is available for download for iPhone, iPad and Android and it's FREE.

Just search NBC 5 or NBC DFW in the App Store or in Google Play.

You can keep radar literally at your fingertips and zoom in on your neighborhood.

You'll also find the NBC 5 meteorologists' written and video forecasts along with weather stories from the NBC 5 news team.

Turn push notifications on when you launch the app and you'll know when severe weather is moving in.

Plus, you'll get hourly, daily and 10-day forecasts and can pinpoint your location via GPS for precise conditions as well as save favorite locations.

Download and rate the NBC 5 First Alert Weather Radar App today!

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<![CDATA[Watch Partial Solar Eclipse in DFW]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:00:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/eclipse+photo+monitor.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Three North Texas Locations Offer Safe View of the Partial Solar Eclipse]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:48:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Eclipse-Thumb.jpg

People wanting to safely catch a glimpse of Thursday's partial solar eclipse will get their opportunity at events hosted by The Planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Brookhaven College.

Experts say the peak time to see the partial eclipse -- when the moon will cover half of the sun -- will be around 4:45 p.m. As much as 70 percent of the sun will be blocked as the moon passes between Earth and the sun.

The Planetarium at UT Arlington says in contrast to a lunar eclipse, a solar filter is needed to safely observe a solar eclipse. Staring directly at the eclipse without the proper protection can harm a person's eyes.

The Planetarium at UTA will host a watch party from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chemistry Physics Building at 700 Planetarium Place.

Inexpensive solar viewing glasses will be made available at the planetarium's gift shop and several solar telescopes will be available for the public to view this rare event.

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is bringing together local experts and the Fort Worth Astronomical Society for a viewing party from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

The event is free and will take place in the member parking lot at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Lunar expert Ken Murphy of The Moon Society will answer questions about moon exploration past, present and future.

Brookhaven College's astronomy department and the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas will host a viewing party from 4:30 p.mm. to 6:45 p.m. Thursday. It's free and open to the public.

Telescopes will be set up for people to view the eclipse on the west side of Building J near parking lot P5 on the campus located at 3939 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch.

We've collected a couple of websites with information on how to construct a pinhole viewer to see the eclipse (there are tons online):


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<![CDATA[Debris Lingers Weeks After North Texas Storm]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:24:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+storm+cleanup.jpg

The cleanup continues nearly three weeks after an early October storm swept through North Texas, knocking out power to thousands and downing trees and limbs at a rate approaching that of the ice storm from December 2013.

"I think this storm, at the end of the day, will be similar to that storm in terms of tonnage," said Kelly High, director of sanitation for the city of Dallas.

High said Monday that his crews have been working 12-hour days, six to seven days a week, since Oct. 2 when a powerful squall tore through the metroplex.

In addition to the regular dumping sites for storm debris in the city, Dallas has opened a temporary site, off Plano Road and northeast of Interstate 635, where sanitation workers and private contractors can take downed trees and fallen tree limbs to be ground into sawdust.

Bulk trash pickup in the city is done all month on a rotating basis, depending upon where one lives in the city.

As it turns out, the areas hardest hit by the early October storm are in Northeast Dallas, which are largely slated to have bulk pickup done during the third and fourth weeks of the month.

"I understand when those piles are sitting in front of your house it doesn't seem like we're doing much, but I assure you we're working very hard," High said.

It is a similar scene in some Fort Worth neighborhoods, where piles of limbs and brush built up along the curbs.

In east Fort Worth, the White Lake Hills neighborhood was scheduled to have its bulk trash and storm debris hauled off last week, between Oct. 13 and 17.

"[But] here it is," said Rich Fox, of the debris pile still sitting at the edge of his property. "One neighbor got hers picked up, but everybody else, there's a few more houses where I still see brush."

A special section on the city of Fort Worth website's home page is dedicated to "Storm Cleanup." In that section, it states that the city is "making collection of tree and yard debris a priority."

The site makes mention of piles "roughly the size of a Volkswagon Bug" requiring a phone call to the city so as to allow a better understanding of the collection needs.

In Arlington, sanitation workers are trying to keep up with what has become a demanding schedule since the storm hit, according to Reggie Lewis, with the city of Arlington's office of communications.

A concern for the workers has been the size of many of the individual debris piles, Lewis said, which are to be no more than four feet tall.



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<![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 15, 2014]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:57:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/school_forecast_1200x675_342763075686.jpg Kids likely need a light jacket in the morning, but weather should be ideal when the bus drops them off this afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 14, 2014]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:48:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/busstop_tuesday_1200x675_342279235999.jpg Children share their artwork depicting North Texas weather. Hico Elementary School third grader Jayden Stone.]]> <![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 13, 2014]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:09:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/busstop_wx_for_monday_1200x675_341310531710.jpg Rain gear will be needed for the morning bus ride, but the afternoon will be cool and windy.]]> <![CDATA[School Districts Watching Severe Weather Closely]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:54:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lightning+detection+app+DFW.jpg

When you live in Texas, there are certain truths you learn to accept: high school football reigns supreme on Friday nights and Mother Nature can sack you at any given moment.

That's why Arlington ISD stresses the importance of being prepared for days like Friday when bad weather and football might collide.

“We monitor the weather all day long,” said Leslie Johnston, spokesperson for Arlington ISD. “We’re getting updates from the National Weather Service and monitoring how it’s moving in.”

They’re also keeping a close eye on their phones. The district’s athletics staff uses a special app that will alert them any time lightning strikes within 30 miles of a stadium. Once it’s detected within 10 miles of a stadium, the game is stopped and the stadium is cleared.

“We’ll meet with the coaches and the administrators prior to the game and make any decisions that haven’t already been made to that point about where people will go,” said Johnston. “They’ll make an announcement at the beginning of the game.”

The Mansfield ISD Athletic Department has also been watching the forecast all day. They decided to start three games early to try to beat the storms.

“We’re hoping by starting a little bit early tonight. We can get our game in and get everybody home safely,” said Eric White, assistant athletic director for Mansfield ISD. “Then we don’t have to worry about delays or coming back tomorrow or any of those kinds of things.”

The Lake Ridge vs. Timberview and Summit vs. Waxahachie games will now kick off at 6:30 p.m. Mansfield vs. DeSoto will start at 7 p.m.



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<![CDATA[School District Uses Special Lightning App]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:53:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lightning+detection+app+DFW.jpg When you live in Texas, there are certain truths you learn to accept – high school football reigns supreme on Friday nights and Mother Nature can sack you at any given moment.

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<![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 8, 2014]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:19:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/busstop_for_wednesday_1200x675_338986563890.jpg Mild morning and a unseasonably warm afternoon ahead for North Texas students.]]> <![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 7, 2014]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 06:05:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bus_Stop_6a_100714_1200x675_338570819871.jpg The school day starts off mild and muggy, but warms up by recess and heats up for the afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Arlington Getting Back to Normal After Storms]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:03:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Arlington+storm+cleanup+image.jpg

Leaders in Arlington said the city is finally getting back to normal, as cleanup efforts continue in the wake of Thursday’s powerful storms.

It was another busy morning Monday for power crews, as they worked to restore power to the last handful of residents still in the dark.

As of Monday afternoon, fewer than 200 homes in Arlington were experiencing outages – and officials said not all of those were storm-related.

“We’re pretty close to back to normal,” said David Carroll, Assistant Chief for the Arlington Fire Department. “We’re still monitoring things. And our Emergency Operations Center is still activated.”

Things are also getting back to normal at Arlington Baptist College, which suffered some of the heaviest damage in Thursday’s storms.

Powerful winds ripped a section of the roof off a women’s dorm building and threw it into a nearby parking lot, crushing several cars.

By Monday afternoon, most of the mess was gone and blue tarps covered the damaged areas of the building.

“We’ve had an incredible response from everybody who was involved,” said Dr. Dan Moody, President of Arlington Baptist College. “We’re so grateful.”

Over the weekend, students, staff members, local churches and community members helped clear debris and clean up the campus.

Moody says they’re already working with contractors to repair the building and later this week, a structural engineer will examine it to determine if it’s structurally sound. If they’re given the all clear, students will be allowed to move back into a section of the building that wasn’t damaged.

“You never like to see things like this happen,” said Moody. “But what a beautiful response.”

Classes have already been canceled through Tuesday while cleanup continues. Moody says if all goes well, they will resume classes Wednesday.

Many of the students who lived in the damaged part of the building lost all their possessions during the storm.

The college has set up a Go Fund Me page, where anyone can make donations to help replace some of those items.
 



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<![CDATA[Your Fall Photos 2014]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:42:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/eleanor-air-holley.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared their fall photos via isee@nbcdfw.com.

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<![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 6, 2014]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 07:00:42 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bus_stop_6a_wx_100614_1200x675_338217539749.jpg Kids will need umbrellas on the way to school Monday morning and there's a low chance of more rain this afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[North Texas Storm Victims Spend Weekend Cleaning Up]]> Sat, 04 Oct 2014 23:18:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/100414+Tree+damage.jpg

Lester Jones has had a busy Saturday morning cleaning up after the storm in his front yard.

“Mighty large tree, probably 60 foot tall, 50% of it came down, had half the street covered up,” he said.

But despite having to take care of the giant pile of work, he said he’s staying positive.

“I got lucky. It missed the house, and it hit the street,” he said.

As of Saturday night, ONCOR said 26,276 customers in Dallas county and 17,469 customers in Tarrant County remain without power. The outages follow Thursday's heavy rains and hurricane force winds that swept across North Texas.

North Arlington was one of the hardest hit areas. Down the street Jones’ neighbors aren’t as lucky. They’ve had to clean up and live without power for two days.

“It’s kind of like, very primitive. We don’t have any coffee, no eggs and bacon. Have to eat out every meal right now,” said Robert Staley.

In Dallas, a giant awning fell off of a building and into a storage facility.

“It was like a parachute up there, just brr brr brr you could just hear it. It sounded like it was going to rip the roof off the building. It was really loud, really scary,” said Bruce Bersch, who was working at Cobblestone Shoe Repair, the building where the awning flew off.

The awning also dented Bersch’s car, embedding countless pieces of glass onto his hood. Still, he said he was thankful the damage stopped there.

“Luckily it didn’t go the other way, there was a lot of traffic here that day, and if it went the other way, it could’ve been a lot worse,” he said.



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<![CDATA[Garland Man Dies After Thursday's Storms]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 19:57:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/e1621feff32d4a059793989cb84b620c.jpg

A Garland man has died after Thursday's storms.

Officials said when police and fire crews arrived at the 100 block of Kenwood Drive around 5:00 p.m. Friday afternoon, they found the body of Gustavo Garza, 68, in the backyard.

Officers said there were fallen tree limbs, a downed power line and a chainsaw near Garza's body.

It is unclear if Garza died sometime Thursday night after the storm or earlier Friday.

Police are waiting the medical examiner's report to determine Garza's cause of death.
 

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<![CDATA[Squall Line to Blame for Storm Damage: NWS]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:46:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Arlington+Tree+Down+100314.JPG

North Texas was hit by a large squall line Thursday that resulted in numerous reports of damage in the Dallas-Fort Worth area according to The National Weather Service.

The preliminary NWS count shows 47 reports of hail, 92 severe wind reports, 67 different reports of thunderstorm wind damage and 25 direct observations of wind gusts over 58 miles per hour.

While there were unconfirmed reports of tornadoes Thursday, the National Weather Service says all evidence suggests that straight line winds are to blame for the damage across North Texas.

Looking at damage evidence the NWS found in Tarrant County, wind speeds were likely around 80 mph in Fort Worth, while in Arlington wind speeds were closer to 90 mph near the University of Texas at Arlington campus and at Arlington Baptist College.

In southwestern Dallas County wind speeds were estimated close to 85 mph. Garland and Lake Ray Hubbard experienced winds at 70 to 80 mph. At the top of a broadcast tower at Cedar Hill the winds were near 100 mph.

As for Rockwall County, the NWS says wind speeds were strongest near Fate, where observations and radar data suggest wind speeds of 70 to 80 mph. Wind speeds were close to 80 mph near Terrell in Kaufman County.



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<![CDATA[Power Outages Close Tarrant County Schools]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:20:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/storm-damage4.jpg

Several Arlington schools were forced to close Friday after severe storms hit the city Thursday evening.

Arlington ISD

Arlington Independent School District official Leslie Johnston said several of their campuses will be closed Friday.

Classes were canceled at all 75 campuses that were still without power Friday morning, Johnston said.

Grand Prairie ISD

District officials said they will release South Grand Prairie High School students early.

Head Start Program

The Head Start Program closed four schools in Fort Worth and two in Arlington due to power outage, officials said.

Mansfield ISD

James Coble Middle School is the only Mansfield Independent School District campus to be closed today, officials said.

University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington will also be closed Friday because of a partial power outage, school officials said.

All Friday classes were canceled and all offices will be closed after severe storms knocked out the university's power Thursday, university Assistant Vice President for Media Relations Kristin Sullivan said. The university's Fort Worth Center and Research Institute will also will be closed. All daytime activities are canceled as well.

The E.H. Hereford University Center and Dining Services will be open. Events and activities scheduled for Friday evening will likely proceed on schedule, Sullivan said. The university should be open for all classes and campus operations Saturday.

All classes are closed at the Newman Inernational Academy of Arlington, according to Assistant Superintendent Betty Sims.



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<![CDATA[Students Escape After Storm Rips Roof Off Dorm]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 11:21:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington-baptist-college-06.jpg

Freshman Courtney Garcia is feeling lucky tonight.

Hours after a storm ripped the roof off her dorm at Arlington Baptist College, she returned to the place she called home this semester, with a cast and bandages.

She was among about two dozen young women inside the dormitory Thursday afternoon when the roof was violently slapped off the building by intense winds.

“I was like, 'I need to move,' and right when I moved, the glass just broke in and shattered. I had to put my hand up to see like it wouldn’t get in my face and I had a really deep gash on my ankle,” Garcia said.

The girls huddled in a bathroom as the storm passed. Fellow neighbors helped her wrap her wounds to stop the bleeding.

Now, as she surveys the damage, she feels lucky. Lucky she’s not hurt worse, and that her friends and neighbors are all safe.

“I think God had His hand on us, and it could have been a lot worse if we didn’t get out on time. I just feel like we're all really lucky,” she said.

The young women will be placed in other dorms or hotels while Arlington Baptist College figures out what to do with the building.

Usually around 60 girls live in the dorm, but many were gone for a long weekend, since the school is closed on Friday.



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<![CDATA[Severe Storms Cause Damage in North Texas]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:45:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington-baptist-college-06.jpg

Severe thunderstorms packing winds of up to 90 mph tore through the Dallas-Fort Worth area Thursday, ripping a roof from a college building in Arlington, toppling a brick wall in historic Fort Worth and leaving thousands in the dark.

The fast-moving storms left widespread damage and power outages in the their wake Thursday afternoon across North Texas, as winds downed utility poles and large tree limbs.

Arlington

Winds ripped the roof from the girls' dorm on the Arlington Baptist College campus. Lt. Lee Tovar with the Arlington Fire Department said one student was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"Right when I moved, the glass just broke in and shattered," freshman Courtney Garcia. "I had to put my hand up to see."

Junior basketball player Shanice Hill, 21, said her vehicle was one of six that was damaged during the storm. She said her insurance company told her it was likely an Act of God and the damage would not be covered. She said her laptop, TV and most of her clothes were also destroyed during the storm.

"I’m going through a lot right now," she said. "The bottom floor is flooded, a lot of my clothes are wet, and so, it’s a hard time for everybody."

Many of the students had gone home for the weekend, but those who were there said they ran into the lobby as the roof started to peel away. The debris damaged several cars in the parking lot.

Until the building is fixed, no one will be allowed to stay there. Family, friends and churches in the area are helping the displaced girls until a long-term solution is found.

The Arlington Independent School District canceled all classes and closed their offices, officials said.

The University of Texas at Arlington also closed Friday due to a partial power outage. School officials said all classes are canceled and all offices closed.

Chopper 5 also spotted major damage at JD Higgins Company in the 1600 block of Industrial Court in Arlington. The roof was ripped off exposing the inside of the building to the elements.

Fort Worth

Storms also triggered a building collapse in the Stockyards in Fort Worth during the height of the storm, the fire department said.

The back wall of the old Stage Coach Hotel at 2408 North Main Street collapsed during the storm. The collapse sent nearly 100 old bricks smashing down onto eight cars parked below.

Fort Worth Fire is concerned the other three walls may not be stable and have evacuated neighboring buildings, including the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Maverick Fine Western Wear, Elephant Saloon and Love Shack.

North Main Street is closed between NW 23rd Street and NW 25th Street. It’s unclear how long the closure will be in place. No one was injured, but eight vehicles were damaged, some totaled.

Numerous sheet metal sheds were mangled, and a limb crushed an unoccupied car in eastern Fort Worth.

Dallas

The Dallas County Sheriff's Office says wind is to blame for power lines and a fiber optic line being torn down across Interstate 20 at Cockrell Hill Road. No injuries were reported, from Chopper 5 one car could be seen with the power line across its hood.

The lines came down around 4:25 p.m. and the roadway was closed for nearly four hours. NBC 5's Amanda Guerra reported the roadway reopened around 8 p.m. but not before mothers and their children abandoned their cars on the highway to go to a nearby gas station for food, water and restrooms.

In Dallas, traffic lights were out for a large section of Lake Highlands and along Greenville Avenue, east of US-75 Central Expressway, Thursday evening.

The stop arms at several DART light rail crossings were down for hours, including the crossing at Audelia Road, just south of I-635, causing lengthy traffic delays.

NBC 5 crews came across two massive trees that were uprooted buy the storm. Power poles and large street signs were knocked down in the area around Southern Methodist University.

The Dallas Independent School District closed at least 48 schools that were still without power Friday morning.

Grand Prairie

Some Grand Prairie residents spent the day off work cleaning up after the storm. Fences and trees were torn off due to high winds.

The Grand Prairie Municipal Airport was secure and operational despite damages to hangars and planes.

Hong Kong Market Place inside Asia Times Square had to close due to a power outage.

Multiple intersections didn't have working signals, so temporary generators or stop signs had to be placed there instead.

A billboard along Pioneer Parkway west of 161 bowed low as it gave from the pressure from Thursday's severe weather.

As of Friday afternoon 7,000 residents were still without power. Crews from the city and Oncor have been working around the clock to restore power.

Frisco

Frisco firefighters said a house fire in the 12200 block of Blue Ridge Drive may have been caused by lightning. The City of Frisco said a neighbor who called 911 reported seeing lightning strike the two-story home at around 4:25 p.m. No one was at home at the time of the fire. One firefighter was treated for a minor injury.

Denton County

Denton County was hit early in the storm seeing heavy downpours and up-to baseball sized hail reported in some areas. Besides some flash flooding and tree damage though, the area dodged the worst of the storm.

Grayson County

A North Texas teacher was hurt by lightning during the storms.

A fourth-grade teacher at Lamar Elementary School in  Denison, about 60 miles north of Dallas, was hospitalized after she was hit by lightning while holding an umbrella and helping a student get to a parent's vehicle Thursday afternoon, according to Henry Scott, superintendent of the Denison Independent School District.

"She reached out to get the door handle, the lightning struck and it either came through the metal part of the umbrella, we don't know for sure, it affected her, it kind of knocked her backwards," Scott said Friday. The child wasn't hurt.

The teacher, whose name was not released, managed to return to the building and the principal called 911. She's expected to recover, Scott said.



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<![CDATA[Storm Damage in University Park]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:48:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/up+damage.jpg Severe storms rip through North Texas, causing damage in several areas, including University Park.

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<![CDATA[Storm Damage Gallery, Oct. 2, 2014]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 14:07:22 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/f59077d0f51343d5809c3b722c9991c7.JPG.jpg A severe thunderstorm blew through North Texas, Oct. 2, 2014, dropping rain and hail while leaving plenty of damage in it's wake.]]>