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Tropical Weather Moving Closer to Texas and Florida

Harvey's remnant is forecast to regain tropical cyclone strength in the next day or two. Once Harvey starts impacting the Texas coast, up to 10 inches of rain will be possible over the next week. Another disturbance on the southern tip of Florida is not expected to strengthen, but it's slow movement could add up to 7 inches of rain over the next week. Heavy rain may produce flash flooding. Read More >

A weak cold front will move slowly across the Red River before sunrise Wednesday, then move south of I-20 into Central Texas by Wednesday afternoon and evening. Scattered showers and storms will occur both ahead and behind the cold front. No severe weather is expected, however, brief heavy downpours could cause brief flooding or at minimum, street flooding at times through the day Wednesday.
A front will stall to our south Wednesday night and Thursday morning. We will continue to have chances of showers and thunderstorms across all but the northeastern parts of North Texas. In addition to cloud to ground lighting, some storms may produce locally heavy rain.
Here's a look at the forecast for the weekend and early next week! Regardless of Harvey's track this weekend, the main focus for our area should be the potential for very heavy rain and possibly some flooding across Central Texas. Stay tuned as we refine the details in the forecast!

 
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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