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Showers and a few thunderstorms will be possible through midnight across the green shaded area. Low temperatures will be in the mid 70s with light southerly winds. Cloudy skies will persist through midnight before transitioning to partly cloudy skies.
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.)

 
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Navarro County Tornado Near Rice, Texas
October 24, 2010

INFORMATION FROM THE DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM THAT EVALUATED THE TORNADO
DAMAGE NEAR RICE, TX IN NAVARRO COUNTY.

THE TORNADO IN NORTHERN NAVARRO COUNTY THAT PASSED NEAR THE TOWN
OF RICE HAS BEEN DETERMINED TO BE A STRONG EF-2 TORNADO WITH
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS OF 135 MPH. THE TORNADO TRAVELED
ALONG A 6 MILE PATH AND WAS APPROXIMATELY 100 YARDS WIDE. FIVE
SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCES WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED AND ESSENTIALLY
DESTROYED IN THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO. THREE SINGLE FAMILY
RESIDENCES ALSO SUSTAINED DAMAGE. THE RICE SCHOOL DISTRICT CAMPUS
SOUTH OF TOWN NEAR INTERSTATE 45 ALSO RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE.

THE DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM WILL VISIT THE LONE OAK AREA THIS AFTERNOON
AND UPDATES WILL BE PROVIDED AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.

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Radar reflectivity loop showing a supercell thunderstorm that produced a tornado near Rice, Texas in Navarro County.
Reflectivity Image Loop (KFWS Radar) from 5:19pm through 617pm CDT

Picture shows a tornado in its ending rope stage near Rice, Texas on October 24th. 2010.
Tornado Roping Out Near Rice, Texas - Copyright Loree Scott

 

Picture of tornado damage. Trees uprooted and houses destroyed.
Damage Just Outside of Rice

Radar storm relative velocity loop showing a supercell thunderstorm that produced a tornado near Rice, Texas in Navarro County
Storm Relative Velocity Loop (KFWS Radar) from 5:19pm through 6:02 pm CDT