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Heavy Snow For Portions of the Northeast; Great Lakes

Moderate to heavy snow will return to the Northeast and New England over the next couple of days. Heavy Lake Effect Snow will continue to the lee of the Great Lakes. Light snow will fall across portions of the Tennessee Valley; working into the Mid-Atlantic by mid-week. Meanwhile, elevated fire weather conditions will continue in southern California. Read More >

A cold front moved through the region, which has ushered in much cooler temperatures (compared to Monday). Highs today will be in the upper 50s and lower 60ss, which is actually just about where we should be this time of year. Breezy winds this morning will gradually abate this afternoon to around 10-15 mph. Some occasional gusts to 20 mph will be possible.
A seasonably cool night is in store as lows dip into the mid and upper 30s across most locations. The most sheltered and outlying spots may dip into the upper 20s and lower 30s tonight. Winds will be light and out of the southwest at 5-10 mph.
Mild and dry conditions will continue through the second half of the week and into the weekend with temperatures near or above normal. The main concern throughout this time will be the elevated or critical fire conditions on Wednesday and Saturday as warm, dry, and windy conditions occur.
Here is the latest drought monitor for North and Central TX.
Did you know that the shortest day of the year is just a few days away? On that day, we (North & Central TX) will have approximately 10 hours of daylight. This is around 4 hours less daylight than on June Solstice. The Winter Solstice (when we start the astronomical winter) will be on Thursday December 21st, 2017.

 
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April 2011 Review

 

From wildfires and drought to tornadoes and hail, there were numerous weather headlines during April 2011.

A severe weather event began the evening of April 10.  During the early morning hours April 11, two tornadoes were spotted in Johnson County, including one in Alvarado.  There were also confirmed tornadoes in Forney (Kaufman County) and in Hunt County.

Another severe weather event followed on April 14 with numerous hailstorms.  Hail as large as 2 inches in diameter impacted portions of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  The strong cyclone that produced the severe weather brought strong gusty winds to North Texas the following day.

On April 15, wind gusts in excess of 50 mph spread numerous large wildfires across hundreds of square miles.  (The image below shows the smoke being carried by the strong winds.)  The massive wildfire at Possum Kingdom Lake charred nearly 150,000 acres.  The blaze consumed 166 homes and 2 churches before finally being contained nearly 2 weeks later.

 

Smoke from Wildfires

 

Consecutive days of severe weather ended with one of the more prolific tornado outbreaks in recent years.  On April 23, a tornado was spotted in Comanche County.  Several more tornadoes were reported on April 25.  This included twisters in Erath, Somervell, Johnson, Ellis, and Hill as well as tornadoes in Limestone, Freestone, and Leon.  The tornado outbreak continued on April 26 with the tornadic storms shown below.

 

Tornadoes - April 26, 2011

 

 

Perhaps lost amidst the fires and tornadic storms were the consistently warm temperatures during the month. 

 

 DFW Temps - April 2011          Waco Temps - April 2011

 

April 2011 ranks among the warmest on record for both Dallas/Fort Worth and Waco.  Waco recorded its warmest average high temperature on record.

 

Dallas/Fort Worth - April Temperatures

 

 

 

Highest Maximum
Rank Temperature Year
1 83.2 2006
2 83.0 1948
3 82.7 1930
4 82.4 1925
5 82.3 2011
6 82.1 1972
7 81.3 1963
8
(tie)
81.0 1967
81.0 1954
10 80.7 1955
Highest Average
Rank Temperature Year
1 72.2 1925
2 72.0 2006
3
(tie)
71.1 1967
71.1 1948
71.1 1930
6 70.8 2011
7 70.7 1954
8 70.4 1963
9 70.1 1972
10 69.6 1955
Highest Minimum
Rank Temperature Year
1 62.0 1925
2 61.2 1967
3 60.8 2006
4 60.3 1954
5
(tie)
59.5 1963
59.5 1930
7 59.4 2002
8 59.2 2011
9 59.1 1948
10 59.0 2001

Waco - April Temperatures 

 

Highest Maximum
Rank Temperature Year
1 86.1 2011
2 85.6 1925
3 85.4 1902
4 84.4 2006
5 84.1 1930
6 83.4 1948
7 83.1 1954
8
(tie)
82.9 1972
82.9 1967
82.9 1963
Highest Average
Rank Temperature Year
1 75.1 1925
2 74.0 1967
3 72.8 2006
4 72.5 2011
5
(tie)
72.0 1963
72.0 1954
7
(tie)
71.9 1965
71.9 1930
9
(tie)
71.7 1929
71.7 1902