North Texas has some of the most interesting weather on the planet. From scorching summer sun to paralyzing winter ice storms, from months of parching drought to days of flooding rains, from the first crisp days of fall to the violent thunderstorms of spring: no place on earth offers more variety in its weather.
The geographic location of the Metroplex explains some of the reasons for that variety. The Rocky Mountains to our west block some of the moisture from incoming Pacific storms. That accounts for the dry desert regions of west Texas. But the Gulf of Mexico, with its rich supply of warm moist air, provides the rainfall necessary for the dense forests of the east Texas piney woods region.
South Texas, with its proximity to Mexico, has an almost tropical climate. But the high plains of the Texas panhandle experience numbing sub-zero cold almost every winter. In between, our region of North Texas is subject to all of these effects. A shift in the wind from south to north can change our weather from tropical to arctic overnight. And a dry west wind can shift to the east, bringing torrents of rain just as quickly.
Because weather is so important, NBC 5 has invested in weather technology no other television station in the Metroplex can offer. NBC 5 is home to the S-Band Radar, the first and only state-of-the-art, commercial high-frequency dual-polarization fixed S-Band radar in the region, along with the Texas Storm Fleet which consists of the Texas Thunder Truck™, Texas StormRanger®, Texas Sky Ranger, Weather-1 and Weather-2.
Forecasting the frequent changes in Texas weather has never been easy. We don't claim to be perfect, but we do strive to give you the very best forecasts on every newscast at NBC 5.
Meet the NBC 5 Weather Experts: