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Strong Winds and Critical Fire Weather Conditions Likely over California

Critical fire weather conditions will continue over portions of California today. Very strong winds with gusts over 60 mph combined with dry humidity values will create an environment conducive to extreme fire danger and explosive fire growth over southern California. Winds are expected to diminish later today and tonight. Read More >

Clouds will be on the increase late tonight, and some patchy fog could develop across parts of the region after midnight. Otherwise, winds will be light and temperatures will generally fall into the 40s tonight.
It'll be a cloudy and wet Monday (for some) across North and Central TX. Afternoon high temperatures will climb into the 50s area-wide with increasing rain chances through the day. The best rain chances will be across Central and East TX. Mostly showers are expected, but a few embedded thunderstorms will also be possible.
Forecast models are showing cold air arriving next week around December 22nd and 23rd (on average). What we do not know for sure yet is exactly when the cold air arrives, how cold temperatures will be, and if there will be any precipitation and what kind. We will be providing updates when/as we acquire better confidence in the late week forecast.
Are you shopping or are outdoor activities part of your plans for this upcoming week? Take a look at this week weather outlook. We will have a little bit of everything: rain chances Monday and Tuesday, dry Wednesday and Thursday, and a strong cold front on track for Thursday night and into the holiday weekend. Stay tuned for updates and further details as new data becomes available.

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April 10-11, 2011 North Texas Severe Storms

Thunderstorms erupted late Sunday night into early Monday morning across North Texas as a dry line and its trailing cold front pushed through the region. Preliminary storm survey results indicate 4 tornadoes occurred. Two in Jonhson County, one in Kaufman County, and one in Hunt County. Numerous reports of wind damage were received, with some of the worst in Ellis and Dallas Counties.

The information below is PRELIMINARY and subject to change as new data arrives.


Radar loop of storms that brought severe weather to North Texas on April 10th and 11th.

Map showing preliminary storm reports.

Radar Loop From KFWS. (Larger View)

Preliminary Storm Reports. (Larger View)

The first tornado occurred in Johnson county near Rio Vista. This tornado began near County Road 1210 south of Pat Cleburne Lake and traveled 1.54 miles to the east. The first signs of damage were to a garage and a house was shifted off its foundation. Several trees were also knocked down. Near the end of the track, the tornado damaged 5 homes with one of the homes sustaining heavy damage. This tornado was preliminarily rated an EF1 with maximum winds of 100-110 mph. The path width was approximately 100 yards.

The second tornado also occurred in Johnson county and was also preliminarily rated an ef1 tornado. This tornado occurred in the city of Alvarado, just southwest of the intersection of Interstate 35W and Highway 67. A mobile home was overturned resulting in two minor injuries. The equine vet building was also damaged and 4 other commercial buildings were damaged. This tornado was approximately 150 feet wide, 200 yards long, with estimated winds around 90 mph.

In addition to the tornado in Alvarado, straight line winds also significantly damaged the medicine chest pharmacy causing a wall to collapse.

Radar close up of Johnson County severe thunderstorms.


The third tornado occurred in Kaufman County, on the north side of Forney, near the intersection of FM 740 and Lovers Lane. This tornado was about 60 yards wide and approximately a half mile long. Five homes suffered roof damage during this tornado. This tornado was preliminarily rated an EF1 with winds of 100-105 mph.

Radar close up of Kaufman County thunderstorms.

Picture of a home damaged near Forney, Texas.
Damage near Forney, Tx

The fourth tornado began near the town of Cash in Hunt County and ended near the intersection of FM 1564E and Highway 69. Picture of a home that was damaged by a tornado near Cash, TexasThe winds with this tornado were estimated to be between 100-110 mph and was preliminarily rated an EF1. The tornado track was nearly 7 miles long but the damage was non-continuous along the path. The tornado was 200 yards wide. The first damage noted was to a mobile home, a manufacturing plant, and two metal buildings in Cash. From there the tornado tracked northeast damaging trees, sheds, carports, and a few roofs (minor damage) along the path. The tornado significantly damaged a home near 1564E (image above) and then continued on to damage 5 more mobile homes near the end of the track. One of the mobile homes was destroyed. 

Radar close up of Hunt County thunderstorms.


It was also determined that straight line wind damage occurred in Bosque, Dallas, and Ellis Counties. The winds that caused the damage in Waxahachie in Ellis County were determined to be around 80 mph. The winds that caused damage to a church in Lancaster in Dallas County were estimated at 95 mph.

Picture of a church that as damaged in Lancaster.
Damage to Church in Lancaster

Radar close up of Ellis County thunderstorms.