<![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-usSat, 27 Aug 2016 07:11:40 -0500Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:11:40 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Rain Chances Continue This Weekend]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 05:41:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Brian+James+2.jpg

We are not quite done with the rain chances just yet. We still have plenty of low-level moisture hanging around and, with a weak tropical wave moving westward in the NE Gulf of Mexico, we will have at least a slight chance for a few more showers and storms around today, tomorrow, and Monday. Rain chances taper off as the upcoming week wears on. Afternoon temperatures will stay close to seasonal levels ... mostly in the lower 90s ... over the next 10 days.

Whenever active weather moves into DFW, you can keep up with it by downloading the NBC DFW APP!


  • SATURDAY: Mostly to partly cloudy with only a 30% chance for isolated showers and storms. High: 91. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.
  • TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and mild.  Low: 74.  Wind: SE/NE 5 mph.
  • SUNDAY: Mostly to partly cloudy with only a 30% chance for isolated showers and storms. High: 92. Wind: NE/E 5-10 mph.
  • MONDAY: Mostly to partly cloudy and warm with a 30% chance for isolated showers and storms. Low: 74. High: 92. Wind: E 5 mph.
  • TUESDAY: Partly cloudy and warm. A stray shower or storm still possible. Low: 74. High: 92. Wind: NE 5-10 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy and warm. A stray shower or storm still possible. Low: 74. High: 93. Wind: E 5-10 mph.
  • THURSDAY: Partly cloudy and warm. Low: 75. High: 93. Wind: NE 5-10 mph.
  • FRIDAY: Partly cloudy and warm. Low: 75. High: 93. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.
  • SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. Low: 76. High: 94. Wind: S 10 mph.
  • SUNDAY: Partly cloudy and warm. Low: 76. High: 93. Wind: S 10 mph.
  • LABOR DAY: Partly cloudy and warm. Low: 75. High: 92. Wind: S 10-15 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[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[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[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[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[Live Video From NBC 5's Thunder Truck]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 19:08:52 -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.

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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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:36:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/3dbf7d8af5514e3084a771ead1754b19.JPG.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!

    Photo Credit: Annette Ramos]]>
    <![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.

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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.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![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.

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    <![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.

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    <![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.

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    <![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]]>
    <![CDATA[Child Dies After Being Left in Hot Car: Dallas Police]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:45:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/0721416+Hot+car.jpg

    Dallas police have identified a 2-year-old boy who died after being left in a hot vehicle.
       Police on Monday said the victim was Boi Lei Sang.
       Officers on Sunday afternoon responded to a report of a child left in a vehicle. The toddler was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
       Police initially said the victim was 3 years old, but later amended the information to say he was 2 years old.
       The National Weather Service says the high in Dallas on Sunday hit 100 degrees

    A 2-year-old boy, who was left in a car outside a church has died, a Dallas police spokesman said.

    Police on Monday said the victim was Boi Lei Sang, according to the Associated Press. 

    Dallas police spent several hours at Dallas Matu Christian Church, located on the 1100 block of Shiloh Road, questioning church members and analyzing a Honda Pilot in the parking lot.

    Services were taking place at the church when the boy's father rushed outside.

    "I think he wanted to call police but he doesn't speak English," said Reng Om.

    The church is dominated with families from Burma, Om said. Despite a language barrier, church members were able to call 911.

    "They are a perfect family. I'm very upset for him," Om said.

    The child was taken to Baylor Medical Center White rock and later pronounced dead, Dallas Fire-Rescue said.

    Originally, police said the boy was 3, but he was actually 2 years old.

    <![CDATA[MedStar Increases Priority Responses Due to Heat]]> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:12:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/072316+MedStar+Heat+Response.jpg

    Due to this weekend's triple digit temperatures, Fort Worth's MedStar Mobile Healthcare implemented its extreme weather response procedures.

    Any patient outside in an unprotected environment will receive a higher priority response, said MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky.

    MedStar had an emergency shelter set up at Slide the City in Fort Worth. The giant slip n' slide transformed Main Street and Hulen Street into a giant block party.

    "We've got our ambulance out here," said MedStar supervisor Richard Brooks. "We've got our ambulance bus to bring people in to coll down if they need to. We can start IV's, give them fluids and ultimately transport them out of here. We can handle just about anything in here."

    MedStar estimated a crowd of 3,000 people at Slide the City. Nobody at the event needed treatment, a spokesman said.

    In other parts of Fort Worth, MedStar responded to eight heat related calls. Seven people were transported to area hospitals, a spokesman said.

    Photo Credit: Noah Bullard, NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Thousands in Fort Worth Enjoy Large Water Slide]]> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:53:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/072316+Fort+Worth+Slide+The+City.jpg Thousands in Fort Worth take part in "Slide The City" -- a huge water slide set up on Main Street.

    Photo Credit: John Thompson, NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Hot, Hot, Hot for the Week Ahead!]]> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 18:14:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WX-RS-071716_1200x675_726825027569.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Lightning Sparks Two Fires in House Plano]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 18:29:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/plano-house-fire-lightning.jpg

    Lightning is being blamed for at least two house fires in Collin County.

    Smoke and flames shot through the roof of a row of townhomes on Fawnwood Drive in west Plano at about 9:30 a.m. Friday.

    Officials say lightning struck of the townhomes, but the fire spread to at least four more.

    Neighbors heard the strike. Bob Glick said it was so close he thought it hit his home until he walked outside and saw smoke.

    He said he’s become increasingly concerned something like this would happen because there have been so many fires sparked by lightning in recent months.

    "We're all coming together and I think now they see how close the lightning is and I think we'll reconsider the lightning rods now,” Glick said.

    Shortly after firefighters began battling the flames, crews were called to another fire on Covinton Lane, about 10 miles away.

    "We pretty much had every unit in town on an emergency call because of the two fires we were working at the same time."

    Lightning is being blamed for both fires.

    The damage to the home on Covinton was mainly confined to the attic, firefighters say.

    No one was injured.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[What is a Heat Burst?]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 22:30:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/drought10.jpg NBC 5 Weather Expert meteorologist Rick Mitchell explains what a heat burst is. And he shows us the only video around of one that occurred in Texas back in 1960.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images/File]]>
    <![CDATA[Computer Outage Disrupts National Weather Service Offices]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:57:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/National-Weather-Service-AP_938407475458.jpg

    A massive nationwide computer outage on Wednesday prevented the National Weather Service from distributing important warnings and other basic information to pilots, boaters, and the public, according to an internal document obtained by NBC 5.

    The outage did not prevent any warnings from being issued in North Texas because no storms were in the area at the time.

    But it was a different story in the central United States, where severe storms were rolling across parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, resulting in “widespread media and partner confusion about the warnings and products not being received,” the report said.

    Other information including radar data and river levels did not go out.

    In some cases, forecasters used Twitter and Facebook accounts to disseminate information about severe storms.

    A statement from the National Weather Service said the outage started at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and lasted four hours.

    “The National Weather Service is in the process of executing network and infrastructure upgrades that will reduce the likelihood of a similar outage in the future,” the statement said.

    A spokeswoman did not immediately respond to questions about the cause of the outage or how common such problems are.

    Some of the most serious issues came in Missouri as a line of thunderstorms rolled through, producing winds of up to 70 miles per hour.

    “Most of the warnings issued for the KC metro were not received by outside users which resulted in significant impacts to our office and to other partners,” the report said.

    In New York, air traffic controllers noticed they were not getting updates.

    “Workarounds include increased phone coordination,” the report said.

    In Louisville, pilots did not receive the latest weather information.

    “Louisville airport is a major hub for UPS, which delivers Amazon packages, and with Amazon Prime day yesterday this is going to be an unusually high-volume night for them,” the report noted.

    The outage affected National Weather Service offices from Pago Pago, American Samoa, to Anchorage, Alaska.

    In Anchorage, for example, information about ice were missing from the service’s website.

    Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene “called to report they could not see their (radar) data,” the report said.

    During the outage, watches and warnings still were available on weather radios and the website weather.gov, the service said.

    Photo Credit: AP]]>
    <![CDATA[Thunderstorm Moves Through North Texas]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:34:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-wx-071516.jpg

    The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for parts of North Texas as a storm moved in Friday morning.

    Warnings were issued for Tarrant, Denton, Collin, Parker and Wise counties until just after 10 a.m. Authorities said quarter-sized hail and wind gusts up to 65 mph were expected.

    A ground stop was issued at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport due to the storms. As of 10:30 a.m., the airport reported 146 flights were delayed and 71 more were canceled.

    Dallas Love Field reported 15 canceled flights and 29 more delayed as of 10:30 a.m.

    The NWS also issued Flash Flood Warnings for Wise, Montague and Jack counties until 10:15 a.m.

    Whenever active weather moves into DFW, you can keep up with it by downloading the NBC DFW APP!

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News
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    <![CDATA[Hundreds Without Power Across North Texas]]> Sat, 09 Jul 2016 17:07:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/236*120/oncor1.PNG

    Hundreds of North Texas are without power Saturday evening as heavy storms rolled in from the North.

    Oncor had reported the following counties with severe outages:

    • Grayson County - 21,588 homes without power
    • Dallas County - 11,822 homes without power
    • Denton county - 9,019 homes without power
    • Tarrant County - 3,803 homes without power
    • Collin County - 2,881 homes without power

    Oncor has estimated that power may be returned starting at 8 p.m.

    Photo Credit: Oncor]]>
    <![CDATA[How To View StormRanger Radar Data Online]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:38:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SRfullshot.jpg

    Our exclusive StormRanger mobile radar truck is a one-of-a-kind vehicle that has a live, high-powered Doppler Radar on board that enables StormRanger to get out ahead of a storm.

    The StormRanger can track storms wherever they are with a higher degree of accuracy and with more detail than ever before.

    When StormRanger's powerful radar is turned on and tracking storms, you can access the live radar feed on all of our digital platforms. Here's how:

    On Desktop:

    • Open a browser and navigate to the station’s weather page
      • If the interactive radar is not on the Weather Landing Page, then navigate to the Maps and Radar page from the sub-navigation at the top of the page
    • Scroll down on the page to the “Interactive Radar and Maps” content
    • In the bottom right corner of the interactive radar map, click on “Layers”
    • A fly-out menu will appear. Click on the StormRanger layer icon
    • To close the menu, click on the “x” in the top right corner of the menu
    • When the menu closes, the StormRanger radar layer will be active on the map
      • If the StormRanger is not on, then “No Data” will appear on the interactive map layer
      • If the StormRanger is on, then precipitation images should appear on the map, if there are any detected in the area

    On Mobile Web:

    • Open a browser and navigate to the station’s weather page
    • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Interactive Radar and Maps” menu option
    • In the bottom right corner of the radar map, click on the layers icon. This icon looks like 3 sheets of paper stacked on top of one another
    • A fly-out menu will appear. Click on the StormRanger layer icon
    • To close the menu, click on the “x” in the top right corner. When the menu closes, the StormRanger radar layer will be active on the map
      • If the StormRanger is not on, then “No Data” will appear on the interactive map layer
      • If the StormRanger is on, then precipitation images should appear on the map, if there are any detected in the area

    On Mobile Apps:

    • Open 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 gray arrow on the edge of the half moon map to expand the interactive radar
    • In the top right corner of the radar map, click on the layers icon. This icon looks like 3 sheets of paper stacked on top of one another
    • In the “Layers” section of the menu that appears, you will see an option for StormRanger
      • On Android, click the checkbox next to StormRanger
      • On iOS, tap the right edge of the StormRanger menu item. This should place a blue checkmark next to StormRanger
    • To go back to the interactive radar map:
      • On Android, click the back arrow in the top left corner of the menu
      • On iOS click the “Done” button in the top right corner of the menu
    • When the menu closes, the StormRanger radar layer will be active on the map
      • If the StormRanger is not on, then “No Data” will appear on the interactive map layer
      • If the StormRanger is on, then precipitation images should appear on the map, if there are any detected in the area

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    <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Continued Sunny & Hot]]> Fri, 08 Jul 2016 16:03:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DF-3PM-WX-070816_1200x675_721466947769.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Irving Apartment Complex Suffers Storm, Wind Damage]]> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:50:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IrvingDamage.jpg

    Tuesday's early-morning storms left behind damage across North Texas.

    In Irving, a carport at the Promenade at Valley Ridge apartments was ripped from its supports. The National Weather Service received a report that the wind damaged the carport around 12:50 a.m. as thunderstorms rolled through the area.

    The metal roofing of the carport was pushed up against an apartment building as well.

    No injuries have been reported with the damage.

    It's unclear how many vehicles may have been under the carport and how man of them suffered damage.

    The apartment complex is located just east of D/FW International Airport on Valley View Lane.

    Photo Credit: Chris Van Horne, NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Heavy Rain, Lightning Impact North Texas]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 11:06:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-rain.gif

    A Flood Advisory was issued for parts of North Texas as thunderstorms brought heavy rain and lightning to the area Monday morning.

    The National Weather Service originally issued the advisory until 6:30 a.m., but extended it to 9:30 a.m. Parts of Dallas remain under a Flood Warning until Monday night.

    Due to the storms, a ground stop was in effect at D/FW International Airport until about 6:30 a.m.

    City of Coppell officials said they cancelled their Indpendence Day parade due to heavy rain.

    Arlington city officials said they delayed the start of their parade until 10 a.m. The City of Burleson said they postponed their parade until July 9.

    NBC 5 meteorologist Remeisha Shade said a few more storms may pop back up during the afternoon, but most of the storms should move out before evening fireworks displays get underway.

    Whenever active weather moves into DFW, you can keep up with it by downloading the NBC DFW APP!

      Photo Credit: NBC 5 News
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      <![CDATA[Courtesy Patrol to the Rescue in Summer Heat]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 23:08:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/courtesy+patrol.jpg

      A record number of people are expected to travel over the 4th of July holiday weekend. AAA estimated 43 million will travel.

      The majority of them will hit the road and when they do, the Dallas County Courtesy Patrol is there to help.

      "It feels good to help somebody," said Courtesy Patrol driver Paul Parchem.

      He and Julio Jaramillo travel Dallas County highways looking for drivers in distress.

      They're like guardian angels and Batman, rolled into one.

      "It kind of feels that way," said Jaramillo. "Because you're coming in and saving the day."

      They do it at no charge. 

      NBC 5 rode along Friday evening as the pair stopped to check on abandoned cars, overheated vehicles and even stopped to change a tire blowout.

      "People don't realize the concrete gets so hot," Parchem said. "Those tires blow out!"

      They said a little basic vehicle maintenance goes a long way to safer driving. Checking tire tread and pressure are key.

      They stopped to help one driver driver who was trying to change a flat on the side of the freeway. Ten minutes later, he was back on the road.

      "Sometimes we can get them off the side of the road. Sometimes that's the next exit. Sometimes that's all the way home," explained Jaramillo. "Feels good."

      Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
      <![CDATA[Your Storm Photos - Jun 27, 2016]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:58:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/e60cbd79ed434473b5cad376e5d1f758.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared their photos from the storms on Monday, June 27, 2016 via isee@nbcdfw.com or uploaded through the NBCDFW app.

      Photo Credit: Bryce Workings]]>
      <![CDATA[Your Storm Videos - June 27, 2016]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:57:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/0d26173a-d6db-4ced-abb8-c2356b8545b0.jpg

      NBC 5 viewers shared their storm photos and videos via the NBCDFW app as well as isee@nbcdfw.com on Monday, June 26, 2016.