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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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Severe Thunderstorms Swept Across North Texas
Tuesday - April 26th, 2011

 

A major severe weather outbreak occurred during the afternoon and evening hours on the 26th of April, 2011. Preliminary data suggests there were at least 8 tornadoes across the counties served by the NWS in Ft. Worth.

The damage survey team in southern Van Zandt County determined that EF-1 tornado damage occurred Tuesday evening...April 26. Over 100 structures were damaged and 3 structures were completely destroyed. The damage extended from south of ben wheeler to north of Edom. Estimated maximum winds were in the 90-100 mph range. Path length and path width have not yet been determined.

Additional data will be evaluated as it arrives.

The data provided is considered PRELIMINARY and it is subject to change.

Tornado track map
 

Image updated: April 28th, 2011


 

This radar imagery was taken from the WSR-88D network in Fort Worth TX (KFWS) at 546 pm CDT on April 26, 2011. The radar reflectivity shows the supercell thunderstorms centered southeast of Canton and south of Interstate 20. The white and darkest purple colors represent hail falling from the storm. The hook echo, which is often an indication of very strong low level rotation, appears to have wrapped counterclockwise back onto itself.


radar reflectivity data


 

The storm relative radial velocity image depicts the tornadic circulation as the bright red colors (motion away from radar) adjacent to bright green colors (motion toward the radar). The KFWS radar is about 90 miles west of the storm. The strong radar circulation at
546 pm CDT was 6.7 miles southwest of Van and was moving to the east northeast.

 

radar velocfity data showing circulation