<![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-usThu, 29 Jun 2017 01:13:15 -0500Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:13:15 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Increasing Heat]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:55:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rick-Mitchell-bio.jpg

After some pop-up thunderstorms the past few days, the pattern has shifted enough to remove the chance of rain through Friday.  Highs will be climbing into the mid 90s Thursday, with perhaps the upper 90s by Friday.  A weak cold front will approach North Texas Friday night and could trigger some thunderstorms to start the weekend.  The main chance of rain this weekend will be early Saturday.  The rest of the holiday weekend should be mostly dry. See the full 10-Day Forecast below.

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10-Day Forecast
  • TONIGHT: Increasing clouds toward sunrise. Low: 75. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.
  • THURSDAY: Brief morning clouds, then mostly sunny and hot. High: 94. Wind: SE 10-15 mph.
  • FRIDAY: Partly cloudy and hot. Low: 76. High: 97. Wind: S 10-15 mph.
  • SATURDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy, with a 30% chance of thunderstorms. Low: 72. High: 91. Wind: S 10 mph.
  • SUNDAY: Partly cloudy and hot. Low: 76. High: 95. Wind: S 10-15 mph.
  • MONDAY: Partly cloudy and hot. Low: 77. High: 96. Wind: S 10-15 mph.
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY: Partly cloudy and hot. Low: 79. High: 96. Wind: S 10-15 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy and hot. Low: 78. High: 97. Wind: S 10-15 mph.
  • THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and hot. Low: 78. High: 97. Wind: S 10-15 mph.
  • FRIDAY: Mostly sunny. Low: 78. High: 97. Wind: S 10-15 mph. 
  • SATURDAY: Partly cloudy and hot. Low: 78. High: 96. Wind: S 10-15 mph.

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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: What is a Monsoon?]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:53:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wednesday_rick_wx_question.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell ask: What is a monsoon?

<![CDATA[How Rain Percentage is Calculated]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:35:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Umbrella_Generic_Image.jpg

NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock explains how the percentage of rain is calculated in a forecast.

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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Some Aircraft Can Not Fly in This Condition]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:32:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wx+quiz.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell ask: Some aircraft are unable to fly in which of the following weather conditions: Extreme heat, very cold air, high humidity, very dry air.

<![CDATA[Storms Move Across North Texas Tuesday Afternoon]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:40:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Flooding+062717.JPG



The National Weather Service issued a Flood Advisory for northeastern Dallas County until 6:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Minor flooding in areas with poor drainage was expected as storms dumped heavy rain Tuesday. The NWS reported three quarters of an inch to one inch of rain has fallen in 30 minutes and runoff from the thunderstorms could cause urban and small stream flooding.

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Get the latest forecast information from NBC 5's team of Weather Experts here.

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Flight Delays

The Federal Aviation Administration reports departure and arrival delays at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport due to weather. The airport plans to keep dining, shopping and TSA checkpoints open later to help with any delays from the storm. Departure and arrival delays at Dallas Love Field are running between 16 minutes and 30 minutes.

Power Outages

At 6:30 p.m., Oncor reported nearly 1,800 customers are without power in Dallas and Tarrant Counties.



Above: A view of Fort Worth from The Stayton at Museum Way. Below, Dallas from Lake Cliff Tower.


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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[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[Could Your Workplace Air Conditioning Be Sexist?]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:24:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/thermostat.gif

It's summertime in Texas, that means the temperature outside is sweltering, but for some office workers the temperature inside is either just right, or ice cold.

The issue was chronicled by USA Today and even quotes Australian science commentator Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki's February article in Great Moments in Science.

"Modern air conditioning set-ups all have a fundamental flaw – they are sexist," Karl Kruszelnicki wrote. "You see, men love aircon, but women often shiver."

He goes not to explain the temperature guideline in offices – set in the 1960s – don't take into account human factors, like women's metabolic rates and that fact that women tend to wear lighter clothing with more exposed skin. "In an office you don't often see a man's naked knees," Kruszelnicki wrote.

Kruszelnicki goes on to suggest turning the A/C up for other reasons. "If we just set the thermostat to a slightly higher temperature, we can save energy and money," he wrote.

In the end, this issue will probably never be resolved, so women of the workplace, do what some of us do at NBC 5, bring a cardigan, a blanket and gloves.

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<![CDATA[Summer Days Get Hotter Even as Daylight Gets Shorter]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:46:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

The hottest weather is yet to come this summer, even long after the days of maximum solar radiation.

The first day of summer was Wednesday, June 21. Also called the "summer solstice," this was the day when the sun was at its highest point over the northern hemisphere. It's the day that delivers the longest amount of daylight.

Here in North Texas we received a whopping 14 hours and 20 minutes of daylight. Farther north up in Alaska, daylight extends to near 24 hours on the first day of summer!

With the solstice now passed, daylight will slowly be getting shorter (by a couple minutes each day) as we head toward fall and eventually the winter solstice.

The interesting fact though, is that the hottest weather is yet to come.

Just because the amount of sunlight is less, this doesn't translate to less heat.  It's quite the opposite here in North Texas.

The map below shows the average "Warmest Day of the Year." You can see here in North Texas that typically arrives in early-mid August. By then, we will have lost almost an hour of sunlight compared to June 21.

So why the lag-time from the longest daylight of the year in June to the hottest weather in August?

This is because it takes several weeks for the heat transfer from the Earth into the atmosphere. Consider it a "heat build-up" that takes time to transfer to the atmosphere.

This slow, gradual process starts during the spring and early summer and reaches its maximum by late summer. This "thermal lag" in the atmosphere is the same reason it takes a while to cool-down too. September and October are proof of this in North Texas, as it stays quite warm well into fall.

Here's the bottom line: pace yourself, the hottest weather is yet to come!

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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: How Many 100° Days in June]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:13:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rick_Monday_Weather_Question.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell ask: On average, how many 100° days are there in June?

<![CDATA[Charity Donates New Bikes to Tornado Victims]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:47:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/canton+bikes.jpg

Spokes 4 Hope donated new bikes to the children who live near Canton, after many of the childrens’ homes were damaged in the tornado outbreak.

After the donation, several of the children shared what it was like as those deadly storms approached them.

"We saw a tree and it was going in a circle and we all ran into the bathroom and when my dad shut the door, that's when you could hear it," Launa said.

"Your ears started popping, and it sounded like you were getting deaf for a second or two," Tucker said.

"It picked our house up and set it back down a few feet away from where it was," Launa said. "It kind of felt like, when it picked us up, you were in an elevator or airplane."

"Everyone was really scared," Joshua said.

"It kind of scares me a lot and it makes my stomach hurt," Junie said.

"They had everything concrete and cemented, then all of a sudden everything changes," said Spokes 4 Hope founder, Alton Wells. "Even though it's just a piece of metal and it's just a tangible thing, it gives them a little bit of freedom," Wells said.

"They don't just care about the adults, they care about the kids and I'm thankful for what they did," Tucker said.

The bike donations continued in Martin's Mill, Lone Star Santas helped deliver even more bikes outside Martin's Mill Elementary School. It was the Lone Star Santas' fourth delivery of toys in two weeks in East Texas.

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<![CDATA[Record Rain in North Texas This Weekend]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 03:57:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/011016+rain+weather+generic.jpg

Wow! Talk about a wet Saturday, DFW Airport received 3.84” of rain, a record for the day. The rain began Friday night and continued on and off through Saturday.

Here is a look at the radar from early Saturday morning.

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Here are some the rainfall totals across North Texas. Stephenville in Erath County saw some of the highest totals with almost 5 inches of rain!

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DFW Airport saw more rain this weekend than is usually received during the entire month! This rain event put our yearly rainfall total at a surplus.

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DFW Airport now stands at 19.79” of rain for the year, 0.37” above normal. Normally during the month of June we see 3.79” of rain. So far June 2017 has recorded 7.93”. This puts North Texas at the fifth wettest June on record.

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As we enter the last week of June it doesn’t look like we will see any more rain. Starting July some forecast models are hinting at a slight chance for a few storms, but nothing as significant as we saw on June 24.

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<![CDATA[Texas Youth Baseball Teams Snarled in TS Cindy]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:32:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gulf_Shores_Kids.jpg

A youth baseball team in McKinney got creative when they were forced inside by Tropical Storm Cindy while traveling for a world series tournament.

<![CDATA[Tropical Storm Cindy Approaches Texas Coast]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:03:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tropical_Storm_Cindy.jpg

Tropical Storm Cindy is inching closer to the Gulf Coast with dangerous winds and heavy rainfall.

<![CDATA[NBC 5's Grant Johnston Has a Big Announcement]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:43:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/baby-two.jpg

NBC 5's Grant Johnston has an announcement to share with our viewers.

<![CDATA[Dos and Don'ts in Extreme Heat]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:13:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_EXTREME_HEAT_DOS_DONTS_062017_1-149798518809100001.jpg

When the temperatures begin to rise, it's important to know what you should and shouldn't do to keep you and your loved ones safe. Here are some tips.

<![CDATA[Free Shade Trees for North Texas Oncor Customers]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:24:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/oak-tree.jpg

Oncor is once again teaming up with the Arbor Day Foundation to give away free shade trees for North Texas Oncor electric customers.

It's all part of the 2017 Energy-Saving Trees program.

All homeowners who have Oncor are eligible for two free shade trees just in time for the planting season.

Oncor says the program not only provides shade trees but the website also includes an interactive feature to educate customers on the best kind of trees and the best place to plant the trees in order to lower cooling costs in the summer and at the same time avoiding power lines.

Oncor will start giving away trees this coming fall.

Available trees included Texas Redbud, Bur Oak, Cedar Elm, Mexican Buckeye, Mexican White Oak and Pecan trees.

More: ArborDay.org/Oncor

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<![CDATA[Protect Yourself From Lightning Strikes]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:43:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/thunderstorm1.jpg

Do you know how to stay safe when a thunderstorm hits? Learn what to do, and what not to do, to protect yourself when lightning strikes.

<![CDATA[Summer Begins Tuesday Night; Temps to Warm Up]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:11:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/summer-solstice-sd.jpg

This week brings in the first day of summer. But what is the official start of summer?

Summer officially begins when the summer solstice happens. The summer solstice is when the sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. This is also the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year.

This year the first day of summer depends on which time zone you live in. Here in Texas summer begins at 11:24 p.m. Tuesday June 20. In the Eastern Time zone summer begins on Wednesday at 12:24 a.m.

Here is when summer begins across the country:

  • Wednesday, June 21, 12:24 a.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, June 20, 11:24 p.m. CDT
  • Tuesday, June 20, 10:24 p.m. MDT
  • Tuesday, June 20, 9:24 p.m. PDT

The first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere ranges in date from June 20 to 22 every year.

The forecast does call for typical summer weather in North Texas. It will be sunny with highs in the mid-90s. The average high for the start of summer is 92.

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<![CDATA[Cold Front Brings Needed Rain; Storms to End by Noon]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:59:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Raindrops-Storm-generic.jpg

A cold front will continue moving slowly across the region Monday morning. A band of showers and thunderstorms near the Red River moved southeast through daybreak.

Some storms are producing gusty winds, frequent lightning and heavy rain. Most of the rain should be south of Interstate 20 by 1 p.m.

The remainder of the day will be dry. It will be warm, but cooler than Sunday. Temperatures in the 90s return for the rest of the week with dry and sunny weather; Wednesday is the first full day of summer.

A cold front may bring us another brief drop in temperatures this weekend along with storm chances.

Get the latest forecast information from NBC 5's team of Weather Experts here.

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Power Outages

According to Oncor, there are fewer than 5,000 customers without power at 10:45 a.m.

Flight Delays

Flight Aware's Misery Map shows nearly 700 delays and more than 50 cancellations Monday for North Texas airports. Dallas Love Field is experiencing departure delays of about an hour and arrival delays of about 30 minutes. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is showing departure delays of about an hour and arrival delays about about 75 minutes.


Above: A view of Fort Worth from The Stayton at Museum Way. Below, Dallas from Lake Cliff Tower.

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<![CDATA[Rick Mitchell Explains Clear, Cloudy Hail]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 23:15:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Clear_and_Cloudy_Hail.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell explains the causes and differences between clear hail and cloudy hail.

<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Texas Hurricanes]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:28:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz_Texas_Hurricanes.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: The Texas Coast is affected by a hurricane about once every how many years?

<![CDATA[Where Texas Stands in 2017 Tornado Report]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:32:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/2017-tornado-report-johnston_1200x675_968075331985.jpg

Texas has the second-highest number of tornado reports in 2017 as of mid-June, typically the end of severe weather season in Texas.

<![CDATA[Rick Mitchell Explains the Urban Heat Island Effect]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 21:47:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/heat+island+dfw.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell explains the "urban heat island" effect on temperatures.

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<![CDATA[Insurance Group Ranks Texas' Costliest Storms]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:28:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/garland-tornado-damage-chopper.jpg

An organization called the Insurance Council of Texas compiled a list of the most damaging storms in Texas history, based on the insurance adjusters' estimates of how costly each storm was.

Not surprisingly the top six most costly storms were hurricanes that hit large swaths of the Texas coast, with Hurricane Ike at number one.

But after that, most of the storms on the list are from thunderstorms, which produced widespread hail and/or tornadoes. Number seven on the list is the infamous Mayfest hailstorm in Fort Worth, which transformed into a massive flood event in Dallas.

And number 10 is the Dec. 26, 2015, tornado outbreak that included the EF-4 Garland/Rowlett tornado.

In fact, of the top 30 most costly storms in Texas from the list prepared by the Insurance Council, 14 of them occurred in or near the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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<![CDATA[Apps to Help You Beat the Heat]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:01:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hot+sun2.jpg

Summer is not officially here, but the heat index sure makes it feel like it is. That means time to take the proper precautions when it comes to the heat, now there are some apps that can help you beat the heat and stay safe this summer.

The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool is a must-have for anyone taking part in outdoor activities this summer, especially working. It provides a visual indicator of the current heat index and associated risk levels specific to where you are. It includes info on how to avoid heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. The app is free for iOS and Android.

The SunZapp app was developed by scientists with funding provided by the National Cancer Institute. It gives real-time tips to protect you from the sun based on your location. It even includes a timer to tell you when you should probably head for the shade. The app is free for iOS and Android.

The Waterlogged app makes sure you stay hydrated. The app tracks your water intake with minimal effort. Tracking is as easy as tapping a button. You can also set Waterlogged to send reminders of when it's time to drink water. The app is free for iOS and Android, with in-app purchases for premium features.

OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool for iOS for Android

SunZapp for iOS for Android

Waterlogged for iOS for Android

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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Similar Temperatures]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:30:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz_Similar_Temperatures.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: Which of these temperatures is not like the others?

<![CDATA[Tornado Season Moves Up North]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:25:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/recut-tornado-gj_1200x675_967190595669.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston explains how severe weather and the tornado season moves up north this time of year.

<![CDATA[Higher Dew Points Make Texas Summer Feel Even Hotter]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:34:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/df+dewpoint+061317.jpg

NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock explains how the dew point relates to how hot it feels outside in the Texas heat.

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<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Condensation]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:21:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz_Condensation.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: What does condensation produce?

<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Absorbing Sunlight]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:33:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz__Absorbing_Sunlight.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: Why does a dark-colored object absorb sunlight?

<![CDATA[Lightning Can Act As a Fertilizer for Your Lawn]]> Thu, 08 Jun 2017 22:40:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lightning_Fertilizer.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell explains how lightning can act as fertilizer.

<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Lightning Facts]]> Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:33:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz__Lightning_Facts.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: Which of these statements about lightning is true?

<![CDATA[What Is Ozone?]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 23:06:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/What_Is_Ozone.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell explains how ozone is both our friend and our enemy in the atmosphere.

<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Lightning Strikes]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 17:13:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz__Lightning_Strikes.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: What are the odds of being struck by lightning in the United States?

<![CDATA[How Do Spring and Summer Thunderstorms Differ?]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 21:38:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RMwx-SummerTStorms-060617_1200x675_961726019827.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell explains the differences between spring thunderstorms and summer thunderstorms.

<![CDATA[Weather Affected D-Day Planning, Invasion]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:19:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/into-the-jaws-of-death.jpg

Tuesday marks the 73rd anniversary of the pivotal D-Day invasion of Normandy in World War II.

Also known as Operation Overlord, the invasion on June 6, 1944, consisted of 150,000 Allied troops pushing onshore during the pre-dawn hours in less-than ideal weather.

The sky was overcast that morning and the wind was brisk. The gusty winds churned the sea, resulting in 3- to 6-foot waves (making many troops seasick as they bravely went into battle).

Even though the weather was unfavorable, these conditions were considered a vast improvement from the weather the day before. In fact, the originally date planned for the invasion was June 5, but relentless rain and wind that day before forced General Dwight Eisenhower to push the invasion back to the 6th.

June 7 would have been the absolute latest Eisenhower could wait without postponing the entire operation for weeks, as it was imperative the invasion take place in low tide (June 5-7). The Germans had heavily fortified the shoreline with obstacles designed to shred the bottom of landing craft. Landing in low tide was the only guarantee the Allies could see and avoid these hazards.

The downside, of course, was that it forced the troops to disembark in waist-deep water and wade ashore. This slow, cumbersome approach led to many deaths and casualties.

While low-tide was a necessity for landing craft, the airplane pilots preferred a full moon to help illuminate targets. The two could not go hand in hand though. A compromise was decided upon, midway between high tide and low tide, shortly before dawn.

Even after all the strategic planning of low tide, moon phase and time of day, the operation was still at the mercy of the weather. The forecast leading up to the morning of June 5 was perhaps the most important forecast of the war.

Keep in mind that the meteorologists back then didn’t have the computer models, satellite, or radar technology we have now. Amazingly, they were able to predict a critical break in the storm 24 hours ahead of time.

This forecast allowed for the Allies to heroically take hold of the beach that day and made way for hundreds of thousands additional troops in the days to come. It was indeed a decisive point in the war and in history.

Photo Credit: U.S. Coast Guard Chief Photographer's Mate Robert F. Sargent via Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum]]>
<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Candy Making]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:17:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather_Quiz__Candy_Making.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: Which weather feature has an impact on candy making?

<![CDATA[Your Storm Photos - June 2, 2017]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 23:58:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/163*120/bbe99f0ad91849bc89d2c37df463b7c9.jpg NBC 5 viewers sent their storm photos to isee@nbcdfw.com.

Photo Credit: Kevin Milyo]]>
<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Convection]]> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 17:44:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RM-WxQ-4p-060517_1200x675_960706627729.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: What does the word convection describe?

<![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Which Is Not Like the Others?]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 18:02:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-06-02-17h29m49s24.jpg

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: Which of these weather terms is not like the others?

<![CDATA[Flash Flooding in N. Texas, DFR Firefighter Injured in Crash]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 23:51:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfr+crash+060217.jpg

Heavy rainfall rolled through North Texas on Friday, causing flash floods that required water rescues, several house fires likely started by lightning strikes, and numerous crashes with injuries.

One such crash involved a Dallas Fire-Rescue fire engine that rolled onto its side when responding to a house fire during the heavy rain.

Four Dallas firefighters from Station 49 were on board the fire engine when it hit a slick spot during a downpour near West Ledbetter and Parkwood drives at about 8 p.m., according to Deputy Chief Kenneth Cullins.

One firefighter who was riding in the back was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and was released shortly after.

Three other firefighters were sore, but OK, according to Cullins. No other vehicles were involved.

Get the latest forecast information from NBC 5's team of Weather Experts here.

The National Weather Service has allowed flash flood warnings to expire, but a Flood Warning remains in effect for White Rock Creek and the Trinity River in Dallas. Flood stage for the Trinity is 30 feet, and the river is expected to crest at 32 feet Saturday morning, forecasters say.

The Trinity River should fall below flood stage by Saturday afternoon, according to the NWS.

Most communities in North Texas picked up more than an inch of rain Friday, and the official tally at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was 1.71 inches of rain for the day. Still, many areas received much more rain. Alliance Airport north of Fort Worth reported four inches of rain in just a few hours.

High-Water Rescues

Dallas Fire-Rescue said between 5:20 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. they responded to no fewer than 81 locations where they helped drivers trapped in high water.

"Most, if not all, of these locations involved multiple vehicles trapped in water; and, in some cases, vehicles were continuing to drive into, and get stuck in, the same waters from which firefighters were pulling vehicles from," said Jason Evans, DFR spokesman, in a statement.

Evans said the depth of the rescues ranged from two feet to fully submerged vehicles.

In Fort Worth, firefighters rushed to help a stranded driver after a caller reported a car stuck in high water up to the headlights near Precinct Line and Trinity Boulevard.

Road Closures

According to information from Dallas' Flooded Roadway Warning System, the following roads remained closed Friday, June 2, at 9 p.m. due to flooding.

    • Illinois at Linfield
    • SLX - 2400 S. Lamar
    • Sargent at Southerland
    • 4700 Hatcher
    • 5000 Lawnview
    • Luna at Y
    • Tantor at X
    • Goodnight at Walnut Hill
    • Inwood at Park
    • 4400 Skillman
    • Peavy at Dixon Branch
    • 7400 Merriman Pkwy
    • West Lawther at Northwest Highway
    • 9500 E. Lake Highlands
    • Goforth at Lanshire
    • LBJ at Park Central
      Reported Roof Collapse

      Three people were checked for injuries after a roof partially collapsed at Sam Pack's Five Star Ford on the 4400 block of West Plano Parkway in Plano.

      The roof collapse took place at the dealership's service department drive-through, the Plano Fire Department confirmed.

      Nobody was taken to the hospital for further treatment.

      Lightning Likely Cause of 5 House Fires

      Dallas Fire-Rescue confirmed to NBC 5 Friday afternoon that three one-alarm house fires were likely the result of lightning strikes.

      The fires were reported at homes on the 3600 block of Woodleigh Drive, 10400 block of Coleridge Street and the 8500 block of San Fernando Way.

      In North Richland Hills, firefighters said lightning was the probable cause of a house fire on the 7000 block of Ridge Crest.

      A fifth fire was reported in Plano where lightning is believed to have sparked a house fire at a home on Marathon Drive.

      No injuries were reported in any of the fires.

      Power Outages

      As of 6 p.m., Oncor reported about 14,000 customers in Denton, Dallas, Tarrant and Collin counties were without electric service. That is down from a high of more than 19,500 customers at about 5:45 p.m. At 4:15 p.m., only 1,600 customers were without power.

      Flight Delays

      Flights out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field were experiencing departure and arrival delays due to weather Friday evening.

      Delays were averaging three hours, according to the FAA, and several flights were canceled outright.

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      Above: A view of Fort Worth from The Stayton at Museum Way. Below, Dallas from Lake Cliff Tower.

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      <![CDATA[Weather Quiz: Flash Flooding Dangers]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 20:20:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-06-01-20h19m23s252.jpg

      NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell asks: How deep does moving water need to be to sweep away a car?

      <![CDATA[Above Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season Underway]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 03:52:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hurricane+generic.jpg

      The Atlantic Hurricane season began Thursday and officially runs to Nov. 30.

      The forecast for the upcoming season, which peaks in August and September, is suggesting a higher than normal number of storms this year. (The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began May 15th and is already off to an active start).

      The Atlantic hurricane forecast from NOAA is highlighting a 70 percent chance of 11 to 17 named storms, including the possibility of two to four major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or higher).


      Early signs of an active season are already evident. In fact, we already had our first named storm in April, Tropical Storm Arlene, which did not make landfall. It is extremely rare for storms to form that early.

      If the forecast from NOAA holds true, it looks like we will at least have a storm named "Katia" or perhaps even "Rina." Is your name on the list?


      Part of the reasoning for an active season can be attributed to weak or non-existent El Niño. When El Niño is in place, it typically counteracts strong Atlantic hurricanes due to wind shear and unfavorable conditions.

      An active tropical season wouldn't necessarily be all bad news for North Texas, though. Barring a major storm or hurricane along the coast, a good tropical soaking coming up from the Gulf of Mexico would be welcome news for North Texas (without flooding, of course). Things have dried out recently, to the point that parts of North Texas are back in the "moderate" drought category.


      Time will tell if Texas benefits from any rainy weather connected to the Atlantic hurricane season. We certainly don't wish any major storms on anyone, but that's a real possibility though with this year's forecast.

      The last hurricane to make landfall in Texas was Hurricane Ike back in 2008 in Galveston.

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