<![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-usThu, 29 Sep 2016 15:47:00 -0500Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:47:00 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Cooler today.]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:35:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Samantha-Davies-bio.jpg

Yesterday DFW Airport hit 91 degrees, today highs will be in the mid 70's. A cold front came through North Texas this morning bringing a northerly wind. Tonight temperatures will drop into the 50's. Plenty of sunshine is expected today and straight into the weekend for the start of the State Fair of Texas!

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  • TODAY: Sunny, breezy, and a bit cooler. High: 76. Wind: N 10-20 mph.
  • TONIGHT:  Clear and chilly.  Low: 55.  Wind: N 5 mph.
  • FRIDAY: Chilly in the morning then sunny and pleasant afternoon. Low: 55. High: 78. Wind: N 5 mph.
  • SATURDAY: Sunny and mild. Low: 58. High: 82. Wind: NE 5 mph.
  • SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. Low: 62. High: 84. Wind: SE 15 mph.
  • MONDAY: Sunny and warm. Low: 64. High: 86. Wind: S 15 mph.
  • TUESDAY: Partly cloudy and warm with a 20% chance of rain late. Low: 67. High: 87. Wind: S 10 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY:  Partly sunny with a 30% chance for showers and storms.  Low 66.  High 84.  Wind: SE 10 mph.
  • THURSDAY:  Partly sunny.  Low 62.  High 81.  Wind:  N 10 mph.
  • FRIDAY:  Partly cloudy and dry.  Low: 62.  High: 82.  Wind: SE 10 mph.
  • SATURDAY:  Mostly sunny and dry.  Low: 62.  High: 83.  Wind: SE 10 mph.

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    <![CDATA[Texas StormRanger: Delivering You Accurate Weather Forecasts]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:51:51 -0500 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[NBC 5 Forecast: Weekend of Transition]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:40:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/a1_air_wx_9-24_1200x675_772459075748.jpg Today will still be very warm to downright hot (depending on your heat threshold) with a chance for a few widely scattered showers and storms, but the best chance for rain will come during the day Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[Warmer & Drier Winter Likely This Year]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:07:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Winter-outlook.jpg

    The Climate Prediction Center has released the Winter Outlook for North Texas.

    This year, temperatures are looking warmer and drier than average. This doesn't mean that we will not see any cold air or winter storms, just that the number and strength will be lower.

    Over the past decade, winter in the southern plains has been warmer and this trend is likely to continue.

    Below normal precipitation is expected and may cause a return to drought conditions. Right now, most North Texas Lakes are full. There will be a slight drop in lake levels, but nothing significant.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    <![CDATA[40 Years of Finfrock]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:23:42 -0500 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[NBC 5 Forecast: Still Hot Through Friday]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:14:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WX-DF-0921_1200x675_770433603581.jpg Temperatures will stay in the 90's through the end of the work week.]]> <![CDATA['Autumn' at the Arboretum in 100 Degree Heat]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:11:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Autumn+at+the+Arboretum1.jpg

    Fall starts this week, but in Dallas the season gets a head start at the Arboretum when their autumn festival begins.

    It's kind of hard to get excited about pumpkins though, when it's nearly a hundred degrees out. NBC 5 headed to the Arboretum to see for ourselves.

    "Look at the pumpkin!" one Dallas mother said to her baby at the Arboretum.

    When the calendar flips to September and 90,000 pumpkins come out at the Dallas Arboretum, the mind can start to play tricks.

    "We were looking for a cool breeze and some changing leaves," said Arboretum visitor Jennifer Ortiz.

    But in Texas, it takes us a little while for the weather to catch up with that autumn state of mind.

    "It is a little bit warmer than we expected and we're not dressed appropriately," said visitor Amy Hughes.

    It's just September number three for little Azalea Babidge but she can sum it up already: "Like hot!"

    But it's not stopping anyone from enjoying: "The art of the pumpkin," as Dave Forehand put it. He’s Vice President of Gardens for the Dallas Arboretum.

    There are 50 different kinds of pumpkins, squash and gourds on display for this year's "Autumn at the Arboretum."

    "A lot of these are actually edible and quite tasty," said Forehand.

    And they all do well in hot, dry weather.

    "We always expect one of these last little sneak heats coming in on us," said Forehand.

    So as long as this is the last, Dallas families will keep on smiling, with visions of autumn leaves dancing in their heads.

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    <![CDATA[David Finfrock Explains NBC 5's State-of-the-Art Radar]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:50:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/finfrock+radar.jpg Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock was on the road in Alabama to get a glimpse at NBC 5's new state-of-the-art radar.

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    <![CDATA[David Finfrock Shows Off NBC 5's New Advanced Radar]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 20:21:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/David_in_Alabama_1200x675_765323331530.jpg NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock is in Alabama, where NBC 5's new high frequency s-band dual-pol radar is being built.]]> <![CDATA[Tropical Storm Julia Soaks Southeast U.S. Coast]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:55:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tropical-storm-julia.jpg Tropical Storm Julia brings the threat of heavy rain and flooding along the coast of Florida and Georgia.]]> <![CDATA[Dotty Woodson: Cutting Back Water Use For Fall]]> Sun, 11 Sep 2016 12:17:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091116_Dotty_Woodson_1200x675_762590275740.jpg In an autumn our lawns and yards need less water than fall. Texas Agrilife Specialist Dotty Woodson shows NBC 5's Katy Blakey how to track your water and irrigation systems.]]> <![CDATA[Rain Delays Traffic Changes in Denton County]]> Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:23:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Chopper_Lewisville_Lake_Near_Drowning_1200x675_749116995750.jpg

    Saturday's early morning rain may have cooled down North Texas but it will delay traffic changes at two places in Denton County.


    According to the 35Express project, work to shift southbound traffic onto the new Lewisville Lake bridge is now on hold. Crews will return to the site on Saturday night weather permitting.

    Drivers can expect various lanes closures along southbound I-35E between Turbeville Road and FM 407 on Saturday night.


    35Express project said rain delayed the reopening of the I-35E frontage road between Swisher Road and Oak Drive until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

    Both the Lewisville Lake and Hickory Creek projects are part of a $1.4 billion expansion of I-35E between U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County and I-635 LBJ Freeway in North Dallas.

    <![CDATA[Live Video From NBC 5's Thunder Truck]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:55:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Thunder-Truck-Promo.jpg

    Live video from NBC 5's Texas Thunder Truck will appear in the player above.

    If you do not see video in the player above, the truck is not currently streaming live video. But don't worry, if we're not live, we'll replace the video feed with some super cool photos of our truck!

    Follow @TXThunderTruck on Twitter and on Facebook for the latest on location.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News
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    <![CDATA[Florida Man Water Skis Flood Waters From Hermine]]> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:19:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-09-02-at-12.16.14-PM-%282%29.jpg Wesley Chapel resident Robby McLaughlin went water skiing on roadside flood waters on Sept. 2, 2016.

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    <![CDATA[Hurricane Newton Strikes Mexican Coast]]> Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:59:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/060116+hurricane+generic.jpg Hurricane Newton makes landfall on Mexico's western coast Tuesday morning.]]> <![CDATA[Hermine Hits Redington Shores in Florida]]> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:28:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-09-02-at-12.24.33-PM-%282%29.jpg Strong winds, heavy rain in Redington Shores, Florida, on Sept. 1, 2016.

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    <![CDATA[Rowlett Tornado Victims Sue Over Demolished Home]]> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 20:42:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Wrong+House+Demo.jpg

    A demolition company that admits wrecking the wrong house after the December tornado in Rowlett is now the target of a lawsuit over the mistake.

    Nabors Demolition Company wrecked a house a block away from the one it was permitted to demolish in March.

    A company statement posted on Facebook in March accepted responsibility.

    "We understand the significance of our mistake and we have taken the necessary steps to address the loss to the homeowners," the statement said. "We are proud of our strong Christian values and our unwavering integrity."

    The house could have been repaired and that’s what insurance had agreed to cover according to Matthew McCarley, attorney for owner Lindsay Diaz.

    McCarley said Nabors Demolition even ruined the slab, leaving the owner responsible for the extra cost of total reconstruction. He said insurance representatives for Nabors Construction have refused a full settlement.

    “If you’re in a business of demolition, especially of homes, you need to have more due diligence. I think it was gross negligence. I think they should have taken additional steps to make sure they were tearing down the right home,” McCarley said.

    A spokesman for Nabors Construction Friday said the company has not seen the lawsuit filed this week and cannot comment at this time.

    <![CDATA[Hurricane Lester Approaches Hawaii]]> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:57:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lester-graphic.jpg Days after Medeline -- recently downgraded to a tropical storm -- hit Hawaii, the state braces for the approaching Hurricane Lester.]]> <![CDATA[Sept. 1 Marks Beginning of Meteorological Fall]]> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:53:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Meteorological-Seasons_Davies.jpg

    Today is the first day of Meteorological Fall. This is different from astronomical fall which begins Sept. 22.

    What is the difference? Astronomical seasons are based on the position of the Earth in relation to the sun. They are most commonly used and known. The seasons are defined by two solstices and two equinoxes.

    Meteorological seasons are based on the annual temperature cycle and the calendar.

    • Winter is typically the coldest months of the year and summer the hottest. Spring and fall are transition months
    • Spring- March, April, May
    • Summer- June, July, August
    • Fall- September, October, November
    • Winter- December, January, February

    Since the Meteorological seasons fall on the same date every year, it is easier to compare seasonal and monthly statistics.

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    <![CDATA[Dog Days of Summer - Gallery VIII]]> Mon, 05 Sep 2016 22:58:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DD-thumb-090516.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared their photos of their pets staying cool in the Texas sun. You can send your photos to isee@nbcdfw.com!]]> <![CDATA[Volunteers in Louisiana Helping Pets Left Homeless]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:09:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Louisiana_Dogs.jpg North Texas animal shelters are reaching out to help pets left homeless after the disastrous flooding in Louisiana.]]> <![CDATA[Triple Storm Threat Looms Near U.S.]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:02:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/davies-storms-083116.jpg The East Coast braces for a tropical depression while Hawaii prepares for two hurricanes.]]> <![CDATA[Invest 99-L Could Head Toward U.S. Soon]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:13:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tropical-082416.jpg

    An area of low pressure over the Leeward Islands could be our next Tropical Storm.

    Showers and storms are starting to organize but as of this morning there are no signs of circulation. Hurricane Hunters will further investigate the disturbance this morning.

    Gusty winds, heavy rains, flash floods and mudslides will be the biggest threats for the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and the southeastern and central Bahamas in the coming days.

    This storm could pose a threat to the U.S. early next week. An area of high pressure will steer the disturbance towards Florida and possibly the Gulf of Mexico. It is too early to know for sure if this will play out, but it is certainly something to watch.

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    <![CDATA[North Texas Has Had a Tale of Two Augusts]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:49:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-AugustRecap-082216_1200x675_748862019817.jpg NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell takes a look at a tale of two Augusts this summer.]]> <![CDATA[DallasNews com Aug 20 PM Forecast]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:53:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather+Experts+1200x675.png Flash Flood Watch South Of DFW]]> <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Flash Flood Watch South Of DFW]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:55:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/082016+web7day.jpg FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR AREAS SOUTH OF DFW THROUGH 7 P.M. SUNDAY]]> <![CDATA[Westbound SH 183 Blocked By High Water in Irving]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:41:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-08-19-23h00m06s119.jpg

    A thorough soaking from Mother Nature Friday shut down a handful of roads in Dallas County.

    Westbound lanes of State Highway 183 were blocked at Story Road in Irving, as crews worked to pump water from the main lanes and onto the frontage road. Several hundred cars were stuck in the backup late Friday.

    At Goodnight Lane near Walnut Hill only 18-wheelers could make it across the flooded roadway. The drivers were confident enough in the size of their vehicle that they ignored the signs alerting them that the road was closed.

    It was a similar scene on Luna Road in northwest Dallas, where the steady downpour sent water rushing over the road and into the Luna Vista Golf Course. Several cars struggled to make the crossing, but ultimately succeeded.

    Other drivers took a somewhat cautious approach to make their crossing. A construction crew trying to make it through Tantor Road let a bulldozer go first to gauge how high the water was. They too ignored the "road closed" signs flashing nearby in order make the treacherous journey.

    As of 10 p.m. Friday night there were no reports of high-water rescues. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Sunday.

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    <![CDATA[Wet Weekend, But Unusual Pattern Won’t Last]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:32:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/night-rain-generic-120314.jpg

    The weather pattern lately has been anything but “normal” for North Texas for this time of year!

    Typically, mid- to late-August features some of the hottest and driest weather of the year. So the rain and cooler temperatures have certainly been welcome relief from the heat.

    Looking ahead, this unusual pattern will hold into the weekend, but then more typical August weather is set to return next week.

    The upper air pattern features a big dip around the Great Lakes this weekend. This upper low will draw down some much cooler air from Canada and provide the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest with a taste of fall. Lows by Saturday night are expected to be in the 40s for the Dakotas and much of Minnesota.

    The result here in North Texas will be a slow moving cold front that will bring more rain. This front will arrive late Saturday and stall out on Sunday. This means we’ll see two days (Saturday and Sunday) with high rain chances. The combined rain totals over the weekend could exceed two inches in some locations!

    The pattern next week is looking much different though. While still not a true “August” pattern, it will resemble more of an early summer pattern. A subtropical high will establish itself over the Southeast U.S. and push humidity and heat back into North Texas Sunshine, dry weather and highs in the 90s can be expected Tuesday through next weekend.

    So are we done with the 100s this year? Probably not, but we're getting close!

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    <![CDATA[How Accurate is the Farmer's Almanac Forecasting?]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 23:05:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-Farmer-081716_1200x675_746312259814.jpg NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell gets a lot of questions about the Farmer's Almanac, so how accurate is its forecasting? ]]> <![CDATA[Texas StormRanger Shows Storm Before NEXRAD]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:59:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nbc+5+storm+ranger.jpg Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock and Meteorologist Rick Mitchell show off the capabilities of Texas StormRanger, our new portable radar truck that offers radar images faster and with a higher degree of accuracy and detail than what's been offered before. In this example, NBC 5's Texas StormRanger shows storm cells developing over Lake Grapevine minutes before they're picked up by NEXRAD radar.

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    <![CDATA[What's Causing the Torrential Rain in Louisiana?]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:17:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-589932050_master.jpg

    Radar estimated over 20-30 inches of rain fell over Louisiana in 48 hours, leading to devastating flooding. What caused the torrential amounts of rain?

    The weather feature was an "inland sheared tropical depression." The National Weather Service says the moisture in the system was at an all time record level.

    High amounts of moisture was drawn into the system from the Gulf of Mexico and the northwestern Atlantic Ocean. The combination of the of the tropical moisture and the area of low pressure led to several inches of rain falling every hour.

    The amount of precipitation in Louisiana is extremely rare, with a likelihood of happening every 1,000 years. The area saw as much rain in one day as they usually do during hurricane season.

    Flood Warnings remain in effect in the Baton Rouge area through Friday morning.

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    <![CDATA[Dog Days of Summer - Gallery VII]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:54:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/sadie-dd.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared their photos of their pets staying cool in the Texas sun. You can send your photos to isee@nbcdfw.com!]]> <![CDATA[North Texans Feeling a Month of Extremes]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:50:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/Generic+Sun+Generic+Hot+Generic+Hot+Sun.JPG

    The month of August has been one extreme to another! Last Friday D/FW International Airport reported a record high of 107, and this morning, some North Texas cities were in the 60's.

    The normal high for this time of year is 97, but the extremes aren't that unusual. I took a look back at Aug. 2015. We had a very similar change mid-month.

    Here is the side by side comparison (slide the bar to compare):

    So far this year we have seen 12 triple-digit days compared to nine last year. The hottest temperature last Aug. was 106.

    On Aug. 19, 2015, a cold front came through North Texas, dropping temperatures. The next day the morning low was 65 with an afternoon high of 75.

    The week of Aug. 24th, parts of north Texas saw severe storms with reports of wind damage and hail.

    This rest of this week looks unsettled with several rain chances and unseasonably cool temperatures.

    If you like this break from the heat, enjoy it. I don't think we are quite done with the 100 degree heat yet.

    Photo Credit: NBC10
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    <![CDATA[Heavy Winds Cause Major Damage in Irving]]> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:06:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/irving+storms+0812.jpg

    Residents in Irving spent their Friday night cleaning up after a fast-moving storm left a trail of destruction Friday afternoon.

    "The wind just started picking up and picking up. It seemed like it was just a big burst all of a sudden," said Justin Walker. "I've lived in Irving 58 years so we've seen a lot of awkward weather come through, but this was the weirdest one."

    Walker said the storm passed in just a matter of minutes, but wind gusts of more than 50 miles per hour snapped tree limbs and downed several utility poles. Oncor technicians were on the ground shortly after the storm trying to return power to the affected areas.

    Lance Wilson rode out the storm with coworkers at Freeman Mazda. At one point he thought they were in the middle of a tornado.

    "Everything just started spinning. We just saw debris. We thought it was hail at first. Everyone started going into the restroom because (the building) has glass everywhere," he said.

    When Wilson returned home the damage in his neighborhood was extensive.

    "My neighbor's tree, literally, it's almost out of the ground. He got lucky that it fell forward," he said.

    Resident at the Spanish Trace apartments were not as lucky. The high winds blew the roof off one unit. Residents were forced to salvage all the belongings they could and find shelter elsewhere.

    After the storm passed Walker started rebuilding his fence. He said it's the only silver lining he could find after such turbulent weather.

    "I needed a new fence anyway," he said.

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    <![CDATA[Texas StormRanger at Globe Life Park in Arlington]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 19:35:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stormranger+rick+mitchell.jpg Meteorologist Rick Mitchell and the Texas StormRanger, NBC 5's state-of-the-art weather forecasting vehicle, visit Globe Life Park in Arlington.

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    <![CDATA[Explaining Rio's Opposite Weather Systems]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:43:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rio-weather-brian-curtis.jpg

    When you watch the Olympics you can't help but notice how beautiful the weather is.

    Afternoon temperatures today in Rio are in the 70's. It is winter in the southern hemisphere, but because Rio De Janeiro is near the equator it has a tropical climate.

    Texas and Rio De Janeiro have opposite seasons and our storms flow in opposite directions. The air around a low pressure systems swirls counter clockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere.

    The reason for this - the Coriolis Effect. Air moves from high pressure systems to low, but because the earth rotates, the wind doesn't flow in a straight line.

    The winds bend to the right in the Northern Hemisphere and to the left in the Southern Hemisphere. This causes the air around low pressure systems to swirl counter clockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere.

    Click here to read and watch more from the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio.

    Photo Credit: Brian Curtis]]>
    <![CDATA[Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Thursday Night]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 22:27:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-Perseid-081016_1200x675_742049347844.jpg NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell talks about the Perseid Meteor shower, which peaks Thursday night, and what you can expect when watching the sky.]]> <![CDATA[Dallas Arboretum Drops Prices to Draw Visitors in August ]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 18:56:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/Dallas-Arboretum-Sun.jpg

    While everyone else's yard may be turning brown, the gardens of the Dallas Arboretum are lush and attendance is steady despite the triple-digit heat.

    For the month of August, admission at the Dallas Arboretum is just $1.

    "There's a lot going on," said Dave Forehand, Vice President of Gardens. "We are still gorgeous."

    Forehand says that's due to plant selection.

    Gardeners test small batches of new plants every year to determine if they will hold up in the North Texas heat. If the plants survive, they get a special designation and may pop up in the gardens the following year.

    We found many people taking advantage of the early morning hours in the garden.

    "Even though it's hot, you can't stay indoors all the time, ya know? You can't be trapped you still have to get out and do stuff," said visitor Jin Chong.

    Jordan Henry drove from Plano to bring her daughter Charlotte for the low admission price.

    "If you come early in the day, it's really not that bad," said Henry. "The water features cool you down and it's just something different to do with your kid."

    Along with admission, drinks are $1 and root beer floats and hot dogs are $2 for the month.

    During the warm months, little kids in their swimsuits can enjoy the 8,000 square feet of misters and fountains inside the Fern Garden and the Children's Garden Plaza.

    "I have a trick. I always stay in the shade. I know how to walk through the entire arboretum and never have the sun hit me," said Forehand. "Staying cool and staying hydrated is the main thing."

    While the warm days may still be here for a while, autumn is coming.

    The first pumpkins will arrive at the Dallas Arboretum in three weeks.

    For a look at the plants the have been tested in the North Texas heat, visit dallasplanttrials.org.

    <![CDATA[Texas StormRanger Visits Frisco]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 17:38:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+stormranger+remeisha.jpg Meteorologist Remeisha Shade is showing off NBC 5's latest storm forecasting tool, the state-of-the-art Texas Storm Ranger, in Frisco.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Texas StormRanger in Sundance Square]]> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 18:47:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/StormRanger.jpg NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock shows off the Texas StormRanger at Sundance Square in Fort Worth.]]> <![CDATA[Texas StormRanger Makes Its Debut]]> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 18:46:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rick+mitchell+stormranger.jpg NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell discusses the Texas StormRanger, a first-of-its-kind weather vehicle with a mobile Doppler radar and other storm tracking equipment. Click here to see more about the Texas StormRanger.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Meteorologist Rick Mitchell Looks at Summer Weather in North Texas]]> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:37:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-AugustPreview-072916_1200x675_735089731889.jpg NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell takes a look back and peers forward at the summer weather in North Texas.]]> <![CDATA[Earl Makes Landfall, Downgraded to Tropical Storm]]> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:09:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Earl_Tulum_Mexico.jpg

    Hurricane Earl made landfall near Belize City early Thursday morning as a Category 1 storm before weakening to a Tropical Storm.

    Winds were about 80 mph at 7 a.m. U.S. Central time. The biggest threat in the coming days for Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and the Yucatan Peninsula will be flash flooding and mudslides.

    Earl is forecast to be downgraded to a tropical depression Thursday night or Friday morning.

    The good news— there are no other tropical systems in the Atlantic.

    In the Pacific, Tropical storm Ivette continues to move west. Ivette may strengthen into a hurricane by Friday, but will then weaken in cooler waters before reaching Hawaii.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Tropical Wave Could Become Tropical Storm Earl]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 09:44:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tropical-weather-davies_1200x675_736632899844.jpg

    UPDATE: A tropical wave was named Tropical Storm Earl late Tuesday morning. Get the latest from the National Hurricane Center.

    A tropical wave moving south of Jamaica could become Tropical Storm Earl Tuesday.

    The National Hurricane Center gives the wave — moving west at 20 mph — an 80 percent chance for development into a tropical storm, which would be named Earl.

    The wave is producing winds of 40-45 mph. Hurricane hunters will fly into the storm this afternoon to see if the storm has a closed circulation.

    Tropical Storm watches and warning may be issued for Honduras, Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula.

    There are a few things in the storms favor for developing. Wind shear will stay light for the next few days and the water in the Caribbean is about 85 degrees.

    High pressure to the north will steer this storm to the west-northwest for the next few days. On this current path the storm would cross over the Yucatan Peninsula.

    In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Howard will weaken as it heads north of the Hawaiian Islands.

    International Weather

    Typhoon Nida made landfall near Hong Kong early Tuesday at about 3 a.m. local time. Winds were as high as 94 mph and 3.05 inches of rain fell at Hong Kong International Airport. Nida was the equivalent to a Category 1. Hundreds of flights were canceled. No reports of any deaths or injuries.

    Nida is now a Tropical Storm, but still producing heavy rain west of Hong Kong.

    <![CDATA[Arlington ISD to Get 'Cool' Relief Soon]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 17:32:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AISD+band.jpg

    'Two-a-days' in Texas are a must for many athletes and those involved in marching band, but some districts have offered a bit of relief for those who have to hit the field in the form of indoor practice facilities.

    Arlington ISD is the latest district to add them to campuses.

    Six indoor facilities, including a 70-yard practice field in each, are under construction at all six traditional high schools in Arlington. 

    In Arlington, the need to create the facilities was driven by two things: a desire for extra space due to growth and the need to protect students from weather, like the extreme heat.

    Inside the facilities, offices, weight rooms and locker rooms will be air conditioned, but the practice field will not. Large fans will be used to keep temperatures down, according to Arlington ISD Spokeswoman Leslie Johnson. 

    The shared facility will allow various sports and arts to schedule time indoors.

    "We're excited about it," said Arlington High School Director of Bands Michael Hejny. "We have a wonderful head football coach, Scott Peach, and we've already had multiple meetings where we sat down and came up with a game plan on how we're going to make sure all fine arts and athletics have an opportunity to use the facility." 

    The facilities are a part of a multi-million dollar bond package passed by voters in 2014. 

    The first facility to open will be at Arlington High School in a couple weeks. The remaining five facilities under construction will be completed in the fall.

    Some districts with similar facilities include Frisco, Plano, HEB and Carroll, to name a few. However, the largest district in the metroplex, Dallas ISD, does not, according to spokesman Andre Riley.

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    <![CDATA[Dog Days of Summer - Gallery VI]]> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:39:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/163*120/gypsy4.JPG NBC 5 viewers shared their photos of their pets staying cool in the Texas sun. You can send your photos to isee@nbcdfw.com!]]> <![CDATA[Pantego Police Trying to Prevent Child Hot Car Deaths]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:26:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pantego+hot+car+sign.jpg

    It's a story we have to tell you about all too often, children dying after they're left in a hot car.

    Across the country there have been four more deaths in just the last few days, including one in Dallas.

    That's raised the total to 23 deaths this year and that matches the number from all of last year.

    The news is especially tough here in Texas because we lead the country in the number of these heat-related deaths.

    Now, one local police department is doing what it can proactively to prevent another tragedy.

    Walk into just about any business in the town of Pantego right now, and you'll see a sign asking "Where's baby? Look before you lock."

    Public Safety Chief Tom Griffith recently had to break a window himself to save a child and he hopes the message will catch on before the next case turns deadly.

    It happens every summer, sure as the Texas sun, children left in a hot car.

    It's easy to ask, ‘How could that happen?’

    "We're hearing about this more often and it's surprising to me," said Pantego mother Kimberly See.

    Instead, Chief Griffith asked, ‘What can I do?’

    "I got to thinking, you know, you really don't see a lot of proactive steps to stop this," said Griffith.

    So Pantego police started their own steps. With a logo borrowed from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a few pieces of tape, the message is spreading, posted on more than 100 local businesses.

    "Put it right in front of their face, so that when they come and go right to the door, there's that poster," said Griffith.

    It's a simple idea, in a small department.

    "To raise awareness and pretty much bring attention to the fact that people leave their children in the car," said one Pantego officer as she hung one of the signs from a business.

    "You have to start somewhere," added Griffith and he hopes others will follow.

    "If we can be the first to try to get a ball rolling and have others follow suit with this same campaign, we can have everybody involved," said Griffith.

    Because he knows the stakes are high.

    "Who knows what that child could have been and you're devastating a family," said Griffith.

    Pantego's looking ahead, by asking people for one more look back.

    "Maybe what we just need to do is train people into a new way of thinking and form a new habit," said Griffith.

    Griffith said even in a town that small, they respond to a couple of these calls every month in the summer. Fortunately they've never had a death and Griffith hopes the campaign will keep it that way.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>