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Dry, pleasant fall weather is expected this week. Another front will bring cool and breezy conditions to the region Monday night and Tuesday. Highs will be in the 70s and 80s with low in the 40s and 50s.
It will be clear and cool tonight with lows mostly in the 40s. A few of the normally colder spots will reach the upper 30s and some parts of the DFW Metroplex will have lows around 50 degrees. Winds will be north to northwest at 5 to 10 mph.
It will be warm and breezy Thursday ahead of a strong cold front that will move through the region Thursday night. Highs on Thursday will be in the upper 70s to mid 80s with south winds 15 to 20 mph with some gusts over 30 mph possible. The combination of the gusty winds and low relative humidities will result in elevated fire weather concerns Thursday afternoon. Lows Thursday night will range from the mid 40s northwest to the mid 50s southeast. It will be much cooler Friday through Saturday with highs in the 60s to lower 70s Friday and upper 50s to lower 60s Saturday. Lows Friday night will be in the mid 30s to lower 40s and lows Saturday night will be in the upper 30s to mid 40s.
There is a good chance for temperatures to be below-normal at the end of October and for the start of November. This could potentially mean a cooler than normal Halloween with temperatures in the 60s possible.

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Ellis County Tornadoes: April 16, 2002
Preliminary Information

The National Weather Service conducted a survey of the damage in Ellis county from a storm that affected the area on Tuesday evening April 16th. It was determined that a total of three tornadoes occurred.

Tornado Track Map through Ellis County.The first tornado touched down at 731 pm about 3.5 miles northwest of Maypearl on Orzo Road where a large storage shed was destroyed. The tornado moved northeast crossing Farm Road 157. In this area several homes had mostly minor roof damage with one home losing nearly all of its shingles. Several trees were either damaged or uprooted and a few storage buildings were destroyed. Picture of roof damage north of Mayperl.To the east on Campbell Road the tin roof of a horse stable was blown off and a wooden beam was driven into the ground. The tornado had a broad circulation with a width of about 500 yards. Path length was approximately 1 mile and this tornado was rated F1 on the Fujita scale. Winds were estimated at 80 mph.

The second tornado touched down at approximately 750 pm about 6 miles northeast of Maypearl on Hoyt Road just north of Buena Vista road. A large awning from a mobile home was ripped off and thrown several hundred feet into a metal fence. That portion of the fence was damaged by the impact but other portions of the fence were downed by high winds as well. There was also considerable tree damage in a localized area. This tornado was rated F0 with wind speeds estimated at 70 mph. It had a path length of 1/3 mile and a path width of 75 yards.

The final tornado was reported by spotters and Texas Department of Public Safety officials at 801 pm at mile marker 394 on interstate 35 south of Waxahachie. Two tractor trailers were overturned. This tornado has been rated F0.

The National Weather Service staff in Fort Worth will continue to evaluate the data and reports from this storm. Any additional findings will be included in later public information statements.