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North and Central Texas will have good weather for viewing Monday's Solar Eclipse! The starting time is 11:40 AM with the peak occurring around 1:09 PM and the eclipse will end at 2:39 PM. Happy viewing, but be safe. Indirect viewing is best, but it you plan to look directly at the sun, make sure that use ISO 12312-2 complaint glasses. If you want to do some indirect viewing, one good way is to make your own pinhole camera: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/how-to-make-a- pinhole-camera/
Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies on Monday with a low chance for afternoon storms mainly east. Sky coverage of 20-30 percent should be good for viewing the partial solar eclipse (with proper eye protection of course!). Heat indices will top out in the 99 to 107 degree range during the afternoon.
A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017. Unfortunately, North and Central Texas will be well away from the path of totality (where it actually gets dark). Coverage of the sun over North and Central Texas will range from around 69 percent in Brownwood to nearly 82 percent in Texarkana. The moon's shadow will move across the U.S. at over 1500 mph! The transcontinental trip will occur in 90 minutes! The last time that we've been able to view this much of a solar eclipse was on May 10, 1994. The next solar eclipse that will be viewable from Texas will be an annular eclipse on October 14, 2023. During this event, the maximum shadow (~90 percent coverage) will track from Albuquerque, NM to San Antonio to Corpus Christi. A Total Eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024. Totality will occur from Del Rio, to Killeen, to Dallas, to Little Rock, AR.
It is NOT safe to look directly at the sun without proper protection for your eyes. Doing so can lead to temporary or permanent blindness. The only time that it would be safe to look directly at the sun would be during the 2 minutes or so of totality in the relatively small area that will have complete darkness. Since that won't be true for our area, we must use special glasses that are ISO 12312-2 compliant if we want to look directly at the sun. Another way to observe the solar eclipse is indirect viewing: Here are two ways: * Use a pinhole camera - you can make one yourself; https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/how-to-make-a- pinhole-camera/ * Trees - You can look at the images of the sun coming through the holes formed by the leaves. (You'll see a lot of little eclipses.)
The summer of 2017 has been the wettest on record for both Paris and Sulphur Springs. Other locations around North Texas are close to breaking records with more rain in the forecast before the end of the month. (The summer season is June 1 to August 31.)

 
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April 24th, 2007 
Tornados Across Parts of North Texas

 

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
445 PM CDT WED APR 25 2007

...DAMAGE ASSESSMENT RESULTS FROM THE APRIL 24 STORMS IN DENTON
COUNTY...

METEOROLOGISTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FORT WORTH
CONDUCTED AN ASSESSMENT OF STORM DAMAGE ACROSS DENTON COUNTY FROM
THUNDERSTORMS TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING APRIL 24TH. BASED ON
OBSERVED DAMAGE PATTERNS...RADAR INDICATIONS...AND EYEWITNESS
INTERVIEWS...THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT TWO TORNADOES TOUCHED DOWN IN
DENTON COUNTY.

THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE COMMUNITY OF LINCOLN PARK...
WHICH IS ABOUT 8 MILES EAST OF DENTON AT APPROXIMATELY 220 PM.
DAMAGE WAS CONCENTRATED TO A SMALL AREA AND WAS MAINLY TO A
RESTAURANT AND ADJACENT GROUNDS. SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE TO THE
RESTAURANT AND SNAPPED TREE LIMBS WERE OBSERVED. ALSO A NEARBY
TRAILER WAS ROLLED 20 FEET AND SIGN DAMAGE AT A GAS STATION WAS
ALSO OBSERVED ACROSS THE STREET. THE DIRECTION THAT DEBRIS WAS
SCATTERED SUGGESTED A CYCLONIC MOTION WHICH IS CONSISTENT WITH A
BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWN. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 70-75 MPH WITH A
PRELIMINARY RATING OF EF-0.

THE SECOND TORNADO TOUCHDOWN IN DENTON COUNTY OCCURRED IN WESTERN
FLOWER MOUND AT 719 PM. THE TORNADO BEGAN NEAR BOLO LANE JUST NORTH
OF LAKE GRAPEVINE WITH SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE OCCURRING IN THIS
AREA WITH ONE HOUSE LOSING PART OF ITS ROOF. THE DAMAGE...MAINLY TO
TREES...CONTINUED EAST-NORTHEAST OVER A HALF MILE TO COUER DU LAC
LANE WHERE THE TORNADO ENCOUNTERED A SUBDIVISION WITH SUBSTANTIAL
ROOF DAMAGE TO TWO HOMES. TREES...FENCES...AND A HORSE BARN WERE
DAMAGED IN THIS AREA. SPORADIC TREE DAMAGE CONTINUED EAST-NORTHEAST
ALMOST A MILE WHERE THE TORNADO REACHED ANOTHER SUBDIVISION AND MORE
DAMAGE TO ROOFS WAS NOTED. THIS TORNADO WAS ESTIMATED TO BE
APPROXIMATELY 50 YARDS WIDE...AND TO HAVE A PATH LENGTH OF ABOUT 2.5
MILES. PRELIMINARY WIND SPEEDS WITH THIS TORNADO ARE ESTIMATED TO BE
80-85 MPH WHICH IS ON THE UPPER END OF EF-0. THIS TORNADO RATING
MAY BE INCREASED TO EF-1 AS ADDITIONAL ENGINEERING EVIDENCE IS
REVIEWED.

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BUNTING/RYAN


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
311 PM CDT WED APR 25 2007

...DAMAGE ASSESSMENT RESULTS FROM THE APRIL 24 STORM IN SOUTHEASTERN
HOOD COUNTY...

METEOROLOGISTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FORT WORTH
CONDUCTED AN ASSESSMENT OF STORM DAMAGE IN SOUTHEASTERN HOOD COUNTY
FROM THUNDERSTORMS JUST BEFORE 2PM TUESDAY AFTERNOON...APRIL 24.

BASED ON OBSERVED DAMAGE PATTERNS...RADAR INDICATIONS...AND
EYEWITNESS INTERVIEWS...THERE IS SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE THAT A TORNADO
MOVED THROUGH PORTIONS OF THE PECAN PLANTATION COMMUNITY. THIS IS
APPROXIMATELY 12 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF GRANBURY.

THE FIRST DAMAGE...TO TREE LIMBS...WAS NOTED SOUTH OF BELLECHASE
ROAD AND NEAR BULOW COURT. SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED ALONG AND
NORTH OF BELLECHASE...WITH LARGE LIMBS SNAPPED AS WELL. MINOR ROOF
DAMAGE AND DAMAGE TO WOODEN PLAYGROUND SETS AND FENCES WAS ALSO
NOTED.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED TO A BRICK HOME ON THE
NORTH SIDE OF EQUESTRIAN DRIVE. PORTIONS OF THE ROOF WERE
REMOVED...A TREE IN THE FRONT YARD WAS UPROOTED...A GARAGE DOOR WAS
BLOWN IN...AND WINDOWS WERE BROKEN. TWO HOMES TO THE NORTHEAST
SUFFERED LESS EXTENSIVE ROOF AND WINDOW DAMAGE.

BASED ON THE DAMAGE...THE TORNADO WILL BE RATED EF-1 ON THE
ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE WITH ESTIMATED WIND SPEEDS OF 95-100 MPH. PATH
LENGTH WAS APPROXIMATELY 1/2 MILE...WITH AN AVERAGE PATH WIDTH OF 50
YARDS.

MARTELLO/WOODALL

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