<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Weather News and Coverage]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usTue, 21 Feb 2017 02:02:11 -0600Tue, 21 Feb 2017 02:02:11 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Clearing Skies and a Warm-up]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:37:50 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/David-Finfrock-bio.jpg

Skies began to clear Monday afternoon.  After a cool night, it will be sunny and warmer Tuesday through Thursday before the next cold front arrives Friday. Rain chances return with another cold front early next week.

See the full 10-Day Forecast below.

The latest video forecast from NBC DFW's team of Weather Experts will appear in the player above. Keep up with the latest changes to the weather by downloading the NBC DFW smartphone app!


  • TONIGHT: Clearing skies and a bit cooler. Low: 51. Wind: Shifting NW 10 mph.
  • TUESDAY: Sunny and mild. High: 73. Wind: NW 10-15 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY: Sunny and warmer. Low: 52. High: 79. Wind: SW 10 mph.
  • THURSDAY: Sunny, breezy, and very warm. Low: 57. High: 81. Wind: S 10-20 mph.
  • FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, breezy, and cooler. Low: 54. High: 69. Wind: NW 10-20 mph.
  • SATURDAY: Sunny and cooler. Low: 42. High: 61. Wind: E 10 mph.
  • SUNDAY: Partly cloudy and mild. Low: 45. High: 69. Wind: S 10-15 mph.
  • MONDAY: Partly cloudy and mild. Low: 49. High: 70. Wind: W 5-10 mph.
  • TUESDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for showers or thunderstorms. Low: 54. High: 72. Wind: S 10-15 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for showers or thunderstorms. Low: 53. High: 67. Wind: NW 10-15 mph.
  • THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and cooler. Low: 45. High: 63. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.

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          <![CDATA[Texas StormRanger: Delivering You Accurate Weather Forecasts]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:51:51 -0600 //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[Early Week Storms Add to Wet Start to 2017]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:10:55 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-20-20h59m59s43.jpg

          Severe weather blew through much of central Texas and parts of Oklahoma Sunday night into Monday morning. But here in DFW we were spared the worst storms. Instead, we just saw lightning, thunder and beneficial rains.

          This short video demonstrates how much rain fell across North Texas, and explains how wet the start to 2017 has been. It also looks ahead to the rain chances for The Cowtown races in Fort Worth next weekend.

          Photo Credit: NBC 5 Weather]]>
          <![CDATA[Rain Ending This Morning]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:56:56 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-20-04h56m37s99.jpg

          rain will taper off around sunrise in DFW with mostly cloudy skies through the morning.  Partial sunshine is expected late in the day.

          <![CDATA[Register for NBCDFW's Closing System]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:09:05 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/snowflake.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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          <![CDATA[40 Years of Finfrock]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:23:42 -0600 //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[Within an Area of Low Pressure, the Air Is Always?]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:29:06 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather-Why-21717.jpg

          Rick's Weather Why: within an area of low pressure, the air is always?

          <![CDATA[Historic California Floods in Photos]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:32:49 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/190*120/BM_Oroville_Flood_2438-2_Color_12_23_1964.jpg From the Great Flood of 1862 to this winter's soaking rains in Northern California, take a look back at some of the state's major floods.

          Photo Credit: California Department of Water Resources]]>
          <![CDATA[When to Expect Weekend Rain, Storms]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:30:35 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-17-09h29m50s243.jpg

          NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston has an in-depth look at chances for rain and storms expected to move into North Texas Sunday into Monday.

          <![CDATA[Warmer Weather Ahead]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:24:30 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-17-05h23m53s138.jpg

          A few sprinkles will be possible today, otherwise it will be mild with highs in the 70s.

          <![CDATA[What Brings Moist Air From Hawaii to the Western U.S.]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:16:31 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather+Why+21617.jpg

          What is a jet stream pattern that brings moist air from Hawaii to the western U.S.?

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          <![CDATA[Warm Weather Could Mean More Bugs]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:10:38 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/c52aae37f50e4dee9ca11d41a4feb745.jpg

          Unseasonably warm winter continues in North Texas.

          We haven't dipped below 32 degrees once this month at D/FW Airport. We haven't had a frost-free February since 1999.

          While people may like it, so do bugs.

          Experts say insects typically die or migrate to warmer climates during the winter months.

          But because of recent warm weather, they're staying put and could begin to hatch sooner than usual.

          All of it is good for business at Calloway's Nursery in Plano.

          Gardeners with green thumbs are already stocking up on plants and insecticides.

          "Fire ants are already on the move, starting to forage,” said manager Jenny Moots.

          Mosquitoes and caterpillars are big concerns, so growers are planning ahead to protect themselves and plants from pests.

          While we may have more insects sooner than normal, Texas A&M Agrilife Entomologist Dr. Allen Knutson says that doesn't necessarily mean more bugs come summer.

          “It depends so much on the weather,” he said. "It’s very hard to predict because we don't know what's going to happen between now and the next couple of months."

          A freeze, he says, would keep bugs at bay.

          But with warm weather ahead, insects may soon be enjoying your new flowers just as much as you do.

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          <![CDATA[Preparing for Severe Weather Season]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:48:24 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/severe+wx+gfx.jpg

          Do you know what to do and where to go when severe weather hits? How prepared are you when Mother Nature throws her worst our way?

          Whether you’ve lived in North Texas for decades or just moved to the area in the last few months, having a severe weather plan of action is critical. And now is the time to start planning and preparing!

          Meteorologists Rick Mitchell and Brian James will be live on the NBC DFW Facebook page starting at about 6:40 this evening to answer your questions and give you the information you need to prepare for this upcoming severe weather season.

          Join us as we take that first step in keeping you ahead of the storm!

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          <![CDATA[Warmer by Afternoon]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:36:36 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-16-04h35m02s35.jpg

          Sunny and milder weather will return today after a cold start this morning.

          <![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Radiation from the Earth]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:20:47 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-WXquiz-4p-021517_1200x675_878322243905.jpg

          NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: what do you call the radiation that is given off by the Earth?

          <![CDATA[Valentine's Day Rain Brings Allergy Relief]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:21:13 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pollen-021517.jpg

          A record breaking amount of rain fell at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Valentine's Day.

          The rain was widespread, with totals ranging from 1-2" across North Texas. While the rain made for a dreary Valentine's Day and a messy commute, it was a good thing if you suffer from allergies! The pollen count is down. This break is only temporary -- gusty south winds will have you sneezing and sniffling again by the end of the week.

          <![CDATA[Sunshine Returns Today]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:49:50 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-15-04h49m06s246.jpg

          Sunshine returns today with the chilly weather sticking around. A brisk north wind will be in place holding the temperature in the 50s this afternoon.

          <![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Meteorological Day Starts Where?]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:16:24 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-14-16h58m11s183.jpg

          NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: the new meteorological day begins worldwide when it is midnight in which city?

          <![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Terminology for a Mostly Cloudy Sky]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:05:54 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-13-17h04m16s169.jpg

          NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: what is the meteorological term for a mostly cloudy sky?

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          <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Rain Coming]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:03:45 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-13-05h03m01s67.jpg

          The best chance of rain will be tonight and Tuesday when one to two inches of rain will fall.

          <![CDATA[Looking Ahead: Summer Temps May Be Above Average]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:01:58 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Wx+Lookahead.jpg

          NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell says it's possible that summer temperatures may be hotter than average.

          <![CDATA[Which of the Following is True About Heat Lightning?]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:44:54 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rick+Wx+Question+21017.jpg

          NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: Which of the following is true about heat lightning?

          <![CDATA[Look Up: 3 Things to Look for Friday Night]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:12:43 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/218*120/sammoon.PNG

          There will be three things in the sky worth looking up for this weekend.

          <![CDATA[Look Up: 3 Things to Look for Friday Night]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:11:29 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/218*120/sammoon.PNG

          Friday night, you will be able to see the Snow Moon, a lunar eclipse and the New Year Comet.

          When to Look Up
          The penumbral lunar eclipse can be seen this evening as the moon is rising. The first 40 minutes of the eclipse may not be visible.

          A penumbral eclipse is when the Earth passes between the moon and sun. The light from the sun is blocked, casting a shadow on the moon.

          The moon will first enter the earth's shadow at 4:32 p.m., the eclipse peaks at 6:47 p.m. and ends at about 8:55 p.m. Look towards the eastern horizon to find the moon.

          New Year Comet
          After the eclipse, the New Year Comet will make its closest pass to earth since 2011. The comet will be visible early Saturday morning. A telescope or binoculars are recommended for viewing. The comet will have a greenish hue to it.


          What's a Snow Moon?
          Every month has a full moon and every moon has a nickname. Across the country, February is usually the snowiest month (including in North Texas). So, the Native Americans called the February full moon the "snow moon."

          <![CDATA[Warmer Weather Ahead]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 05:01:28 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-10-05h00m55s138.jpg

          An impressive warm-up is scheduled for this afternoon and tomorrow.

          <![CDATA[Staying Informed During Severe Weather Season]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:17:17 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tormentas-Lluvias-Tornados-Estados-Unidos-Muertos-Heridos.jpg

          Do you have an interest in severe weather and tornadoes?

          With spring storm season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to learn all about the crazy weather we often see between March and June here in North Texas.

          There are still several opportunities to attend one of the Skywarn seminars hosted by the National Weather Service. These educational seminars provide valuable insight in how to become a storm spotter for the NWS, and they serve to satisfy the weather enthusiast in all of us.

          The basics of storm development are covered, along with an explanation of how tornadoes form. The folks from the National Weather Service do an excellent job explaining the science and always provide exciting pictures and video clips.

          Many of the sessions are divided into basic and advanced training.

          It’s always a lively bunch and a great learning environment. Questions are always welcome.

          Below are a few pictures from the Tarrant County Skywarn seminar in late January.

          NBC 5 sponsored this particular session at South Hills High School in Fort Worth. We had a great turn-out in the auditorium with a few hundred in attendance.

          If you're interested in attending one of these free seminars, there are still several sessions remaining in other counties. The Dallas and Denton county sessions are later this month and include advanced training.

          A complete list of the remaining sessions: ONLINE

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          <![CDATA[Brief Cold-Snap]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 04:45:21 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wx-web-gj-020917_1200x675_873339459952.jpg

          Sunny and cool weather will stick around this afternoon with warmer weather set to return Friday.

          <![CDATA[Weak Cold Front Wednesday]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 04:55:22 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-08-04h54m32s208.jpg

          Slightly cooler weather will arrive with a weak cold front Wednesday evening into Thursday, before another warm-up into the weekend.

          <![CDATA[Tornadoes Bring Damage in South Louisiana Storms]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:32:55 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-634172434.jpg Tornadoes, hail and thunderstorms hit Southern Louisiana on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, bringing severe damage to buildings and infrastructure to parts of New Orleans, Donaldsonville and Killian.

          Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images]]>
          <![CDATA[Big Warm-Up Today]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 04:41:35 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-07-04h40m34s151.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Fire Weather Watch Issued for North Texas Tuesday]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:02:02 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/C4A9rarWYAEoOBR.jpg

          Forecasters are warning of dangerous wildfire conditions Monday and Tuesday in parts of Texas and Oklahoma.

          The National Weather Service issued a Fire Weather Watch for several North Texas counties effective Tuesday afternoon from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

          The counties involved are -- Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Hunt, Jack, Johnson, Kaufman, Lamar, Montague, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rains, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, Van Zandt and Wise.

          The NWS says the affected area is along and northwest of a line from Canton to Corsicana to Mexia and Rockdale.

          The NWS reports that the relative humidity will drop and winds will increase creating a perfect recipe for grass fires.

          Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged.

          Red flag warnings were already issued Monday for the Texas Panhandle, parts of West Texas and western Oklahoma.

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          <![CDATA[Why So Warm in February?]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:51:54 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Why_So_Warm_in_February_1200x675_871112259554.jpg

          Why so warm? The jet stream is positioned well to our north. The jet stream is a fast flowing river of air that basically separates the cold air to the north and the warm air to the south. With the jet stream in near the US/Canadian border the cold air is well to the north of North Texas.

          <![CDATA[Warming Trend Continues]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 04:46:58 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-06-04h45m06s110.jpg Monday will be cloudy with a few sprinkles possible in the morning. High of 78.]]> <![CDATA[Chilly Weather in Place]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 05:12:59 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-03-05h08m27s190.jpg Chilly and cloudy early today before some late-day sunshine. Temperatures will stay in the upper 40s and low 50s this afternoon across North Texas. ]]> <![CDATA[Groundhog Day Marks Anniversary of Coldest Temp in DFW]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 20:02:50 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-633510168_master.jpg

          Thursday was Groundhog Day.

          I am one of those meteorologists who doesn't particularly care for Groundhog Day. I prefer to keep our forecasting scientific and don't much trust the opinion of a rodent from Pennsylvania.

          But Rick Mitchell's wife, Kim, made these wonderful confections that I just can't ignore. It's a no-bake chocolate-oatmeal-peanut butter no-bake cookie with a Tootsie Roll groundhog peeking out!

          In addition to being Groundhog Day, Feb. 2 marks the anniversary of the coldest temperature ever recorded in North Texas since records began in 1898. On Feb. 2, 1899, the temperature dropped to minus-8 degrees. It was so cold in Texas on that date that ice formed on parts of Galveston Bay.

          Since then, Dallas-Fort Worth has dropped below 0 on only three other occasions:

          • Minus-1 on Jan. 18, 1930
          • Minus-2 on Jan. 31, 1949
          • Minus-1 on Dec. 23, 1989

          So, in the past 67 years, DFW has dropped below 0 only once.

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          <![CDATA[Details About Groundhog Day, Shadow Announcement]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:50:14 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/groundhog-day-johnston_1200x675_868481603695.jpg NBC 5 meteorologist Grant Johnston provides details about Groundhog Day as the Punxsutawney groundhog says whether or not he sees his shadow. ]]> <![CDATA[Cold Front Arrives]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 04:39:31 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-02-04h38m12s3.jpg Thursday will be cloudy and quite chilly all day long.]]> <![CDATA[Warm Start to February]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:14:58 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-01-05h14m20s73.jpg Today will be another unseasonably warm day across North Texas with temperatures back into the 70s this afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[January Ends as 11th Warmest on Record in DFW]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 20:20:58 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ice-scraper.jpg

          January 2017 is in the record books as being the 11th warmest out of 117 years of records in Dallas-Fort Worth.

          The coldest part of the month was Jan. 4-8, when temperatures remained below normal. The coldest day had a high temperature of only 28 degrees on Jan. 6. The following morning, the temperature fell to a low of 14 degrees.

          After that, much of the rest of the month featured above-normal temperatures. The high temperature reached or exceeded 75 degrees on seven different days. The average temperature for the month was 51.3 degrees, and that is what made it the 11th warmest January on record.

          January was also a wet month with 4.39 inches of precipitation, making it the 10th wettest on record. Most of the rain fell on Jan. 15, when severe thunderstorms moved across much of North and Central Texas, producing six tornadoes. There was also one-tenth of snow that fell on Jan. 6.

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          Looking ahead to February, average temperatures slowly increase through the month. By the end of February, the normal high is in the mid 60s. Daylight increases by 50 minutes during the month.

          Of course, we know February can still bring bitter cold and snow. In 1978, D-FW recorded 13.5 inches of February snow, and in 2010 we had 12.6 inches. Out of 117 years of records, 81 of them recorded at least a trace of snow in February.

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          <![CDATA[Warm End to January]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 04:55:26 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-01-31-04h54m15s23.jpg Another unseasonably warm day is on tap for this final day of January. Highs will again top out in the mid to upper 70s across North Texas under sunny skies. ]]> <![CDATA[Moon, Mars, Venus Shine in the North Texas Sky]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 21:30:05 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DF-MoonWX-013017_1200x675_866345027514.jpg NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock explains the collaboration of Mars, Venus and the moon in the North Texas night sky.]]> <![CDATA[What to Expect in North Texas February]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 10:12:29 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/feb-precip-outlook.jpg

          February can be one of the coldest and snowiest months in North Texas, but the long range outlook suggests February 2017 won't be that way.

          The current La Niña is fading and should be gone for the month. There is some uncertainty in the long range temperatures models, so there is no clear sign to whether or not temperatures will be above or below normal.

          The only parts of the country that may see below normal temperatures are the northern plains and the upper Mississippi Valley mainly due to the deep snow pack.

          January was a very wet month for most of North Texas. D/FW International Airport received 4.39 inches of rain, nearly 2.5 more than normal. Far northeast counties in North Texas are sliding back into drought conditions, while the entire area is expected to see below normal precipitation in February.

          How about this for a long range forecast: Thursday, all eyes will be on Punxsutawney, Pa. for Groundhog Day. It will be mostly cloudy and if the ground hog does not see his shadow, spring is only six weeks away.

          <![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Air Pressure Behind Cold Fronts]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:50:07 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-WXquiz-4p-020817_1200x675_872968259717.jpg

          NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: just behind a cold front, what does the air pressure do?

          <![CDATA[A Warm to End January]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 04:47:43 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-01-30-04h46m16s194.jpg The next cold front will arrive Wednesday evening, but it doesn't look to be particularly strong.]]> <![CDATA[Forecast: A Warm to End January!]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 05:22:38 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/012917+web7day.jpg The next cold front arrives Wednesday night and will bring the temperature down into the 50s late in the week. Rain chances increase by Saturday.]]> <![CDATA[Storm Spotter Training Sponsored by NBC 5]]> Sat, 28 Jan 2017 20:26:33 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Spotter+Training.jpg The National Weather Service held Skywarn Spotter Training in Fort Worth Saturday, the event for storm spotters was sponsored by NBC 5.

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          <![CDATA[Forecast: Dry but Chilly Weekend]]> Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:23:27 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/178*120/012817+daypart.jpg Outside of being chilly with a bit of a northwest breeze to battle the next couple of days, there won't be anything else to worry about. Warmer weather returns for most of next week]]> <![CDATA[Sunny, Cool Weekend Ahead]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 04:48:32 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-01-27-04h47m55s61.jpg Once again, temperatures are flirting with the freezing mark this Friday morning. After a frosty start, temperatures will climb into the mid 50s this afternoon under sunny skies.]]> <![CDATA[Wanting to See Snow This Year? There's Still Hope]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:45:08 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rm+snow+chances+012617.jpg NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell says people in North Texas who would love to see snow should still have hope.]]>