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Heavy Rainfall Across the South; Strong Storm Impacting the Bering Sea

Heavy rainfall and isolated severe thunderstorms are possible across the South with a stalled front across the region. The remnants of Typhoon Hagibis continue to impact the Bering Sea with very strong winds and large waves. Elsewhere, a developing coastal storm is forecast to bring heavy rain and strong winds to New England late Wednesday into Thursday. Read More >

2019 Brownsville/Rio Grande Weather Festival Poster

Come to the 2019 Weather Festival!

It's been four years!  But we're ready for the entire Rio Grande Valley community to join us for our third Weather Festival this decade.  Past events were smashing successes, with nearly 1,000 visitors in 2015 on a crystal clear, warm March day.  Learn how the National Weather Service in Brownsville provides forecasts and warnings to keep you safe from all types of weather hazards.  With the memory of Hurricane Harvey along the Texas Coast, and the Great June Flood of 2018 in the Rio Grande Valley fresh in our minds, we'll be highlighting flooding, flood safety, and flood preparedness this year. In addition to the flood safety/preparedness themed office experience and mock upper air (weather balloon releases), many partners who share our information with you on television and radio will be here, as will those in public safety roles who are on the front lines to protect you and your family from harm. We gave away around $2500 in raffle prizes and are expecting to do the same or more this year.  At the 2015 Festival, more than three dozen entities supported the event and we expect the same or more to do so this year. Details on all of the supporters will be provided on this page as the Festival nears; stay tuned for more. 

We're looking forward to seeing everybody here.  Fun for the whole family!   Click here for a map to the Festival

The Schedule

  • Continuous Office Tours.  Each will last 20 minutes, including a flood demonstration in miniature followed by a tour of our operations
  • Two Weather Balloon Releases, at Noon and 2 PM sharp.
  • Raffle Prize Drawings every 15 minutes!
  • Games and Activities for Children of all ages
  • Food and Drinks for Sale, and Free Water, all day

Parking - in the grassy area by the cargo facility of the airport. Golf carts will be available for those who cannot walk without assistance. See map below for details.

Who and What's Coming (check back for updates and changes)

Emergency Management and Related Partners

  • City of Brownsville Public Works (Pump and Flood Vacuum Truck)
  • City of Brownsville SWAT Unit (equipment TBD)
  • City of Brownsville Fire (Engine vehicle and possible swift water boat rescue team)
  • City of Brownsville Office of Emergency Management
  • Cameron County Emergency Management (equipment TBD; booth)
  • A Clean Portoco (Shower trailer and booth)
  • Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (booth and donations) 
  • American Red Cross of the Rio Grande Valley (booth and vehicle)
  • U.S. Coast Guard (booth)
  • United States Geologic Survey (booth)
  • ServPro McAllen (booth)
  • Rio Grande Valley Amateur Radio (booth)

Health, Insurance, and Related Partners

  • Cameron County Health Department (booth)
  • Orange Fitness (booth)
  • Solara Specialty Hospitals (booth)
  • Tropical Texas Behavioral Health (booth)
  • United Healthcare (booth)
  • Allstate Insurance (booth)

Media/Other

  • UT-RGV Disaster Studies Program (booth)
  • KTLM Telemundo 40 (booth)
  • 710 AM KURV Radio (booth and live broadcast)

Food Vendors

  • Chick-Fil-A (chicken sandwiches)
  • Mi Pueblito ("taquiza" style)
  • Queen of Pop Kettle Corn
  • Aguas Frescas (multiple varieties)
  • Funnel Cakes and Helotes 

Raffle Prizes (a sampling)

  • NOAA Weather Radios
  • First Aid Kits
  • Flashlights
  • Home Safety Kits
  • Tools
  • Roof Tarps
  • Restaurant discounts
  • Zoo passes
  • Event tickets (details soon)
  • Free oil changes
  • ...and much more! 

Parking map for Weather Festival 2019