<![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-usSat, 25 Mar 2017 01:21:26 -0500Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:21:26 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Nice Saturday, But Storm Chances Sunday]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:52:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ntx-radar-145p.jpg

We can expect a beautiful Saturday with low humidity and plenty of sunshine.  Much of Sunday will be dry, but low storm chances return to the forecast Sunday evening.  More rain and storms are likely by mid next week.. See the full 10-Day Forecast below.

Updated Video Forecast

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!

10-Day Forecast
  • TONIGHT: Mostly clear with diminishing wind.  Turning cooler.  Low: 52. Wind: SW 15-20.
  • SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and mild. Low: 52. High: 73. Wind: NW 10-15 mph.
  • SUNDAY: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy and warmer. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms by evening. Any storm that develops could be strong. Low: 56. High: 84. Wind: S 10-20 mph.
  • MONDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. Low: 60. High: 80. Wind: N 5-10 mph.
  • TUESDAY: Increasing clouds with a 30% chance of storms. Low: 59. High: 82. Wind: SE 10-20 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 60 percent chance for thunderstorms. Low: 62. High: 78. Wind: SE 10-20 mph.
  • THURSDAY: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy by afternoon. Low: 57. High: 72. Wind: NW 10-15 mph.
  • FRIDAY: Sunny and a little cooler. Low: 53. High: 78. Wind: S 10-15 mph.
  • SATURDAY: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and storms. Low: 55. High: 78. Wind: SE 10-15 mph.
  • SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. Low: 57. High: 76. Wind: NW 5-10 mph.
  • MONDAY:  Sunny.  Low 55.  High 78.  Wind:  S 5-10 mph.


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<![CDATA[Texas StormRanger Handbook with 360 Tour]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 10:12:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rick-stormranger-360.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?

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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[Weather Quiz: Thunderstorm Updrafts]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:15:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-WXquiz-4p-032417_1200x675_905985603726.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: how fast can the air travel when rising in a strong thunderstorm updraft?

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<![CDATA[Rain Helps Firefighters Contain Panhandle Wildfire]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:38:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Panhandle-Wildfires.jpg

Stiff winds quickly spread a wildfire in the Texas Panhandle across 94 square miles before rain helped firefighters contain the flames.

The Texas A&M Forest Service says the wildfire spread Thursday across Ochiltree and Roberts counties in the northeast corner of the Panhandle near the Oklahoma border.

Firefighters were able to save at least three homes as the fast-moving flames forced the closure of roads and prompted authorities to call in air tankers to assist.

There were no apparent injuries.

The fire broke out in the same area ravaged earlier this month by two wildfires that burned more than 750 square miles and killed four people.

Texas ranchers are facing at least $21 million in agricultural damages from those earlier wildfires.

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<![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[Live Video From NBC 5's Thunder Truck]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:52:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ttt-1115-022717.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.



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<![CDATA[North Texas Cities Offer Additional Weather Alert Systems]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:32:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cell_phone_alert_042011_722x406_1891162255.jpg

While emergency sirens are in place in most areas, many North Texas cities have begun supplementing that familiar sound with a cell phone alert system.

Denton County offers phone, text and email notifications. It's an "opt-in" service, so you have to go on the county's website to register.

The same goes for many Collin County cities.

Fort Worth also has a phone system that residents can sign up for on the city's website since officials said the warning sirens are designed for those who are outside during a weather emergency

"Basically we want people to be prepared for what could happen, so we suggest people turn on the TV in the morning before they go to work, turn on the radio on the way to work and find out what the weather forecast is that day," City of Fort Worth spokesman Randy Westerman said. "Don't let severe weather catch you off guard."

Fort Worth also has what's called an accessible alert system for people who are deaf or blind. Messages can come through smartphones in sign language and with captions.

In Dallas County, sirens go off based on criteria like wind speed, hail of a certain diameter or if a tornado is spotted. County emergency manager Judge Clay Jenkins added that one the best alert systems is an app on your phone.

"Have a plan," he said. "Know ahead of time where you and your family should go and what you should do if you're in the path of a tornado or if there is flooding that is affecting your house."

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<![CDATA[Storms Today & Windy]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:56:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-03-24-04h54m19s130.jpg

A line of thunderstorms will develop this morning and move east across North Texas through the day. The showers and storms will be east of Dallas by noon.

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<![CDATA[Repairs Continue One Year After Collin County Hailstorms]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:44:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hail+insurance+image.jpg

Extensive damage remains from severe hailstorms that ripped through Collin County last spring.

“It’s a little scary, coming to the spring season of storms,” said Jennifer Brokaw of Wylie, whose home was badly damaged in the April 11 storm.

She got a new roof, but repairs came to a halt after her out-of-state insurance company stopped paying for them.

“After you pay insurance policies, or premiums, you think everything will be taken care of in a timely fashion, and it has not.” said Brokaw.

Many other homes in Wylie are still waiting to be repaired.

“You never know about the next storm, what will it bring,” said Brokaw.

Auto body shops remain busy repairing hail damaged vehicles a year after the first hailstorm March 23, 2016.

“The next day we were already booked out for 8 months,” said Fly Scheel of J&B Paint and Body, “then two weeks later the big hail storm hit, and we’re still booked out now for another month and a half or two months and we stay that booked out”.



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<![CDATA[Texas Thunder Truck at the DFW Auto Show]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:22:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Texas+Thunder+Truck+at+the+DFW+Auto+Show.jpg

Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock showed off the Texas Thunder Truck on display at the DFW Auto Show in Dallas.



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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Layer of Warm Air Thousands of Feet Above the Ground]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:50:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ricks_Weather_question_1200x675_905148995553.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Repairs Continue One Year After Costly Hail Storm]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:43:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hail+insurance+image.jpg

Repairs for hundreds of homeowners continue exactly one year after a massive hail storm pounded Collin County and parts of Far North Dallas on March 23, 2016.

Many of the homes along Westgrove Drive in Dallas now have new roofs, but it has been a long process for some.

Mark Greer owns Midwestern Construction, a storm restoration contractor based out of Carrollton.

In an average year, Greer’s company typically works on 200 homes. In 2016, that number doubled.

And the work from the March 23, 2016 storm is still going strong.

“That night the hailstorm came through, my phone started to blow up with texts, calls, emails,” Greer said. “We’ve been busy ever since, it hasn’t slowed down for a year.”

Greer said they still have about 100 homes with hail-damage to repair and they receive about 15 calls a week from clients regarding repairs related to the March 23 storm.

There are several reasons the process has taken so long. Insurance claims can drag on and there is a shortage of materials and labor initially after a storm that size.

People also put it off, or in the case of homeowner Howard Cohen, don’t even realize there is damage to their roofs.

“Not being a roof inspector, I made my own inspection and said, ‘Well there’s nothing wrong here, looks beautiful,’” Cohen said.

Little did he know his roof was badly damaged and it wasn’t until nearly a year later that he got it inspected and repaired.

“There was hail damage all over, to the gutters, to the roof,” Cohen said, that could have led to leaking and costly repairs down the line.

According to the Insurance Council of Texas, the March 23 hail storm resulted in about $700 million in insured losses, making it one of the costliest storms in state history.



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<![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Windy Thursday, Stormy Friday]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:13:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/03-22-2017+pm+forecast.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell updates forecast for Wednesday, March 22, 2017.



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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Which is Not Precipitation?]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:07:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-Wxquiz-4p-032217_1200x675_904172611681.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: which of these options is not considered a type of precipitation?

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<![CDATA[Tour Inside AA's Integrated Operations Center]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:45:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/american-airlines-integrated-operations-center.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston reports from inside American Airlines' Integrated Operations Center in Fort Worth.



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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Dry Line Winds]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:12:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-Wxquiz-032117_1200x675_903285315784.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: the wind is most likely coming from which direction after a dry line passes?

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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: El Nino Water Temperatures]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:23:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-WXquiz-4p-032017_1200x675_902438979749.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: El Nino occurs when water temperatures rise in which ocean?

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<![CDATA[Launching Spring Week With #TXStormFleet]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:53:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/storm-fleet-one.JPG NBC 5 Today launched spring week from the DeSoto Heliport with the Texas Storm Fleet.]]> <![CDATA[Meet 2 NBC 5 Storm Chasers]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:18:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/storm-chasers.jpg

Bryan Draper and Brian Patterson talk about why they became storm chasers and how they know when they're too close to a tornado.



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<![CDATA[Storm Chaser Discusses Memorable Storm, Harold Taft]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:10:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/barricklow.jpg

Sam Barricklow discusses why he became a storm chaser, recalls a memorable storm and talks about being a weather watcher for Harold Taft.



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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Thunderstorm Cloud]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:39:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-WXquiz-4p-031717_1200x675_900765251883.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: what is the name of the cloud that is a thunderstorm?

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<![CDATA[Drought Returning to North Texas, Spring Outlook]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:44:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw+drought+031617.jpg

Drought is creeping back into North Texas, so what does our spring have in store? NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell takes a look ahead.



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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Electrical Charge Before Lightning]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:45:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-03-16-18h39m33s86.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: what do you call the electrical charge that precedes a visible lightning strike?



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<![CDATA[Denton Homeless Man Drowns in Flood]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:28:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Denton-flood-victim.jpg

Manny Abrego, 53, died after being swept away in Denton's flood canal Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Dew Point Temperature]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:34:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-WXquiz-4p-031517_1200x675_898900547820.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: can the dew point temperature ever be greater than the air temperature?

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<![CDATA[Bluebonnets in Bloom 2017]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:44:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/puppies-in-bluebonnets.jpg It's a Texas tradition like no other, taking your photos in the bluebonnets. NBC 5 viewers shared their photos of the state flower via iSee@nbcdfw.com or the NBCDFW app.]]> <![CDATA[New Features Available in NBCDFW's Interactive Radar]]> http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Smart-Radar.jpg

The interactive radar on NBCDFW's digital platforms just got a little smarter, with an exclusive presentation you can't find anywhere else.

When you visit the interactive radar on NBCDFW.com, or in NBCDFW's iOS or Android* app, you'll see a unique new feature -- Live Radar.

When Live Radar is selected in layers, you'll see NBC 5's S Band Radar, but when you zoom out to look at the entire country, you'll have the opportunity to view any available fixed NBC-owned radar in the country. 

The radar presentation also shows any of the three StormRanger vehicles that are active in the country.

When the unique new Live Radar feature was launched Tuesday, one of NBC's StormRanger vehicles could be seen on the map near Boston. (See video above.)

Tapping any of the icons on the map takes you to that radar sweep.

NBC is the only network to have this unique radar presentation.

Along with the Texas Storm Fleet, the new layer added to the interactive S Band radar is the latest tool aimed at bringing you the best storm coverage in North Texas.

1. How can I access the Live Radar?

You can access the Live Radar in our iOS app or the weather section on our desktop and mobile sites.

On the iOS app:

  • Make sure you have the most recent version of the app installed. If the below instructions don't work, visit the app store and update the app
  • If weather is NOT set as the homepage, navigate to the weather page by tapping on the weather icon and temperature in the top right of the app header
  • Tap your finger on the white circle with four arrows to expand the interactive radar
  • New app users, or users who did not set a default layer on the old version of the app, will see Live Radar right away
  • Existing users who set a default layer on the Interactive Radar will need to choose the Live Radar layer. In the top right corner of the radar map, click on the layers icon, which looks like 3 sheets of paper stacked on top of one another, and select Live Radar

On mobile web:

  • Open a browser and navigate to the station’s weather page
  • At the top of the page, you will see the interactive radar view
  • Live Radar is the default radar in the “layers” menu (the icon at the bottom right that looks like 3 sheets of paper stacked on top of one another)
  • To change layers, click on icon at the bottom right that looks like three sheets of paper stacked on top of one another, select your desired layer, then click "close"

On desktop:

  • Click here to go to the weather page
  • On the right, you will see the interactive radar view
  • Live Radar is the default radar in the “layers” menu (the icon at the bottom right that looks like 3 sheets of paper stacked on top of one another)
  • To change layers, click on icon at the bottom right that looks like three sheets of paper stacked on top of one another, select your desired layer, then click "close"

2. What are the blue icons on the radar screen?

  • The blue icons indicate local, fixed Doppler radars. Black icons indicate StormRangers, NBC's exclusive mobile Doppler radars.

3. How can I see other NBC radars?

  • Zoom out to view the entire US map, and you will be able to see all radars in the NBC Radar Network. You can click on any radar and you will be zoomed into that region.

4. When will I see the sweep from my local radar?

  • Zoom in so that the entire area in view is within the radar area. The sweep has a defined range, so, if you have zoomed out too far the sweep will disappear. When this happens, you’ll notice that the radar header at the top of the screen changes.

*Android app availability is expected Wednesday afternoon, March 15.

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<![CDATA[How Wind Direction Affects Humidity]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:52:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ntx-wind-humidity.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston explains why wind direction impacts humidity levels.

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<![CDATA[Why Do Cold Fronts Arrive from Different Directions?]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:49:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-ColdFront-031417_1200x675_898089539782.jpg

Why do cold fronts enter North Texas from all different directions? NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell explains in this short video.

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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Blizzard Winds and Visibility]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:34:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-03-14-19h32m01s106.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: how long must a storm produce strong winds and low visibility in order to be considered a blizzard.



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<![CDATA[How to Walk on Ice]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:36:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_WEA_WALKONICE2_031417-148952203139000001.jpg

The trick to walking safely on ice is to walk like a penguin. Infographic by Tablet Infographics  

 

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<![CDATA[March Nor'easter Grounds Flights, Closes Schools]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:31:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_170735913308681.jpg A powerful March nor'easter dumped more than a foot of snow in cities along the East Coast, shuttering schools, knocking out power and grounding thousands of flights from Washington, D.C., to Boston. See the photos.

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<![CDATA[Snow Removal Safety Tips]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:22:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snowblowers.jpg

Follow these safety tips while shoveling or using a snowblower outside your home after a snowstorm.

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<![CDATA[When Can I Plant My Spring Flowers?]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:15:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/219*120/Tuesday-Morning-Temperatures.PNG

Several North Texas cities saw temperatures at or below freezing this morning. Bridgeport dropped into the 20s!

In advance of these cold temperatures, the National Weather Service issued a frost advisory Monday afternoon. The cooler temperatures were pretty much right on schedule. The average date of our last freeze is March 13.

Coming off of the warmest February on record you may have spring fever and want to get a jump start on your spring plants. When is it safe to plant without the threat of a freeze?

The absolute latest we have ever had a freeze is April 13.

The forecast does call for warm temperatures with 80s returning by the end of the weekend, and the long range forecast keeps North Texas warmer than normal.

While it doesn't look likely, this forecast doesn't guarantee any more cold snaps. So if you want to be 100 percent sure there are no more freezes I'd wait until April 13 to do your planting.



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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: March Snow in DFW]]> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:07:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-WXquiz-4p-031317_1200x675_897086019540.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: how many times has DFW recorded at least a trace of snow in March since 1898?

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<![CDATA[Powerful Nor-Easter Disrupts North Texas Students' Plans]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:36:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/prosper-journalism-students-winter.jpg

The winter storm plowing through the northeast this week is affecting about 200 high school students from North Texas who are set to attend the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Spring Convention in New York City.

“It’s kind of heartbreaking," said Brady Powers, a student at Prosper High School.

Powers is among 24 students there hoping to attend the journalism conference.

Their early morning flight Tuesday has been canceled because of the winter storm.

“I was, of course, shocked," said Kaitlyn Wessels, another Prosper High School student planning to attend. “I was, like, 'oh no, what’s going to happen? Are we going to be there the full week? And of course, I was heartbroken."

The flight cancellation sent their teachers scrambling Monday morning.

“What do we do? How do we change the flight, the hotels? We’ve already paid for the trip, so now what to we do?” said Brian Kennedy, the broadcast journalism teacher at Prosper High School.

“This is the 25th time I’ve taken kids on this trip, and I’ve never been delayed because of weather," said another Prosper High School teacher Lori Oglesbee. "So I guess it has to happen sometime sooner or later."

They managed to re-book seats on Southwest Airlines for Wednesday morning. That's when the airlines expect to resume normal operations after the storm passes.

“I have faith we’re going to get in. I know it, I know it,” Oglesbee said.

Still, the students and teachers will miss the first day of the conference, after each spent about $1,300 for their flight, hotel rooms and conference fee.

“I’m excited," said another student Tich Cama. "So, if we are still are able to get there, then it’s going to be a really good trip and I know even if we’re there for a day or two, it’s still going to be a fun trip. But, I don’t know. It’s kind of disappointing."

In addition to the conference, the Prosper High School students have plans to attend Wednesday’s taping of "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on NBC.

“I’m sure we’ll have the same experience, even if it’s cut [by] a day,” said Wessels.

More than a dozen schools in North Texas are sending students to the annual conference.

NBC 5's Courtney Gilmore contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Missing the Northeast Snowstorm? Look Back at DFW Snow ]]> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:01:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Snow1.jpg

While the Northeast prepares for a snow storm of epic snow storm, North Texans have enjoyed a mild winter. That was not the case two years ago when record-setting snow closed schools and caused travel troubles in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Take a look back at some of the photos and videos from that winter weather event in February and March 2015:

Still nothing beats January and February of 2011:



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<![CDATA[6 Tips to Keep You Safe in a Snowstorm]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:45:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Thumb_Snow-Safety.png

Here are six things that may help keep you and your loved ones safe in a snowstorm.



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<![CDATA[Weekend Rain: Again!]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:38:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/weekend-rain-forecast-davies-030917.jpg

A cold front will cause widespread showers and a few storms to have an impact on another weekend in North Texas.

The chance is fairly high too, being at about 60 percent. If you feel like it has rained every weekend, you are right.

Since the start of the year seven out of the past 10 weekends were wet. At least a trace or more of rain was recorded at D/FW International Airport or south in the Waco area on these weekends:

Jan. 1; Jan. 7; Jan. 14; Jan. 21; Feb. 4; Feb. 19; March 4.

Rain expected on Saturday will make for 11 wet weekends this year.

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<![CDATA[Ever Wonder Which Direction Lightning Travels?]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 11:09:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lightning-ugc.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston explains spectacular lightning footage taken during recent severe storms in the Midwest.



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<![CDATA[Mansfield Residents Concerned Over Lack of Sirens]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:13:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tornado+siren+generic.jpg

Living in tornado alley, it is important you know the signs for danger, especially as we enter storm season.

Good indicators are outdoor warning sirens. You’ll hear them loud and clear when severe weather is in your area.

But people in Mansfield don’t have sirens, and some are concerned their new emergency communication system won’t keep their families safe.

Mansfield covers 39 square miles, and it’s one of the fastest growing cities in the Metroplex.

Instead of an outdoor warning siren system, a phone system, called CodeRED, is used.

A city spokesperson says it is tied directly to the National Weather Service and can provide very specific information on the weather event. The system can also give instructions to residents on how to proceed in case of emergency.

According to the city’s website, the CodeRED system is capable of dialing 50,000 phone numbers per hour. It then delivers a recorded message to a live person or a voice mail making three attempts to connect to any number.

Mansfield resident Donna Berthold says she and some of her neighbors don’t think that’s enough, and they feel a siren system in a city the size of Mansfield should be in place.

“What if your phone is dead? What if you don’t have your phone with you? What if you don’t have a telephone? What if your power is down because of the weather, so you can’t see if there is a tornado coming?” said Berthold.

"It's disappointing that Mansfield prefers to use this system rather than the alert system that everyone is accustomed to, which is the sirens. So if you move there, and you're accustomed to the sirens, you don't know that you telephone is going to be your alert system, that's concerning to me,” she said.

In response to Donna’s concerns, the city told her it has explored the feasibility of the use of sirens and high cost related to installing an outdoor warning siren system. They have also consulted public safety professionals regarding new technology being developed for emergency notification.

"Outdoor warning sirens were developed primarily to provide warning on impending emergencies to people in outside areas," a city official said in a statement. "Some sirens can be heard indoors, some cannot. The sirens cannot provide specific information on the emergency or provide instructions on how to respond. The City of Mansfield, like thousands of other cities around the country, currently uses an automated system to provide emergency information.”

Residents have to register their phone to be used in the CodeRED System on the city’s website.

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<![CDATA[Tornado Season Off to a Busy Start]]> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:11:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/naplate+tornado.jpg

Monday was a devastating severe weather day across the Midwest.

There were 531 severe weather reports with widespread damage and injuries. Thirty of those reports were tornadoes.

So far this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Storm Prediction Center have recorded 298 preliminary tornado reports, almost double the average (average from Jan. 1 through Mar. 5 over the past 11 years).

The 2017 tornado season has been off to an active start. There have been several fast-moving weather systems to the north tapping into moist unstable air from the Gulf of Mexico.

We have talked several times about the record warmth across much of the country, but the Gulf of Mexico has also broken a record. This is the first winter the average temperature never dropped below 73 degrees.

The extra warmth, moisture and instability has help lead to the increased severe weather this year.



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<![CDATA[The NBC 5 Texas Storm Fleet]]> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:05:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/finfrock-storm-fleet-wx-convoy.jpg

The NBC 5 Texas Storm Fleet, the biggest, baddest bunch of weather vehicles around. Taking you to AND inside the storm with life-saving information in real time. Not only can we see the storm in more detail, but also minutes faster than other radars. And in North Texas, minutes count. The Texas Thunder Truck™, Texas StormRanger®, Texas Sky Ranger, Weather-1 and Weather-2 make up the Texas Storm Fleet. The NBC 5 Storm Fleet, keeping North Texas safe.

If you thought the Texas Storm Fleet video looked familiar, you may be remembering the intro for the 1978 film Convoy.

The movie was based on the 1975 country and western novelty song, “ convoy” by C.W. McCall and Chip Davis.

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The film was made when the CB Radio/trucking craze was at its peak the United States.

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The Texas Storm Fleet promotion is an homage to the trucking craze of the 70’s.



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<![CDATA[Behind the Scenes with the NBC 5 Storm Fleet]]> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 13:27:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/storm-fleet-shoot-17.jpg Go behind the scenes with the NBC 5 Texas Storm Fleet, the biggest, baddest bunch of weather vehicles around. The Texas Thunder Truck™, Texas StormRanger®, Texas Sky Ranger, Weather-1 and Weather-2 make up the Texas Storm Fleet. ]]> <![CDATA[Wildfire Season in North Texas]]> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:39:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wildfire-danger.jpg

We’re getting into that time of year when the wildfire concern increases across North Texas.

Of course, the wind is mostly to blame. March is notorious for windy days across the Plains as the jet stream transitions farther south and areas of low pressure quickly develop out west.

While the increase in wind is the primary driver to the wildfire danger, low humidity is a close second. The critical humidity threshold is about 20 percent. When the humidity drops below this level the wildfire danger skyrockets, especially on those windy days. Warm weather and dry soil conditions also factor in.

March generally sees a culmination of all of these ingredients, with higher winds and temperatures leading the charge. Furthermore, much of the landscape is still in the final stages of dormancy, thus producing a tinderbox waiting to ignite.

The wildfire season generally lessens slightly in April in May as the humidity returns along with the spring rains and resulting “green-up” of vegetation.  Late summer and fall often brings a return of wildfire conditions with low humidity and stronger winds once again.

Fortunately for today (Friday), the wildfire danger is not critical in North Texas. This is primarily because the wind is only expected to be in the 5 to 12 mph range.

However, stronger winds out in the Panhandle (to 35 MPH) have that part of the state under a Red Flag Warning. Notice the “critical” Fire Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service for that part of the state today. We won’t let our guard down though, as part of North Texas is in the “elevated” category.

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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Freezing Rain]]> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 18:19:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-03-02-17h14m02s57.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: What is the abbreviation for "freezing rain" on a weather map?



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