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Heavy Rain, Flooding Possible From Remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy

The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy will spread heavy rain into the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys today - and into the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic tonight. Flash flooding is possible in these areas. Strong to severe thunderstorms are also possible in these areas. Flash flooding is life threatening. Never drive your car across flooded roadways. Read More >

It will be mostly sunny and hot today. A few thunderstorms will be possible late this afternoon along and north of a Graham to Sulphur Springs line. Highs will be in the 90s to 102 degrees. The combination of the heat and humidity will make it feel like 100 to 110 degrees!
A Heat Advisory is in effect from Noon through 7 PM today for much of North and Central Texas. The heat and humidity will combine to make it feell like it is 105 to 110 degrees. Take extra precautions if working or spending time outdoors. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible...reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. Check on persons with health problems and the elderly as they are the most susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Thunderstorm chances will increase across the region this evening. There will be low chances along the Red River late afternoon and chances will spread south to the I-20 corridor during the early evening and down toward Central Texas late evening. In addition to cloud to ground lightning, a few storms may become severe, producing wind gusts to 60 mph and hail up to 1 inch in diameter. Heavy rain may result in some localized flooding.
There will be a threat for showers and thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow across North and Central TX. The greatest rain/storm potential will be in the overnight to late-morning hours. Rain chances will lower Saturday afternoon for areas north of I-20. Showers and storms are expected to move south afternoon and evening. Widespread severe weather is NOT expected, but gusty winds, lightning and brief heavy rain will be possible.
Waco may reach 100 degrees for the first time this year today. Here are some interesting 100 degree day information for Waco. * The average first 100 degree day is July 4th. * The average last 100 degree day is August 29th. * The earliest occurrence of 100 degrees was March 28th, back in 1971. * The latest occurrence of 100 degrees was October 4th, back in 1983. * We average 24 days with highs of 100 degrees or higher.

 
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A total of 6 tornadoes during the event have been confirmed:

  1. Coryell City (Coryell County) to Mosheim (Bosque County)
  2. Clifton (Bosque County)
  3. Lake Whitney (Bosque/Hill County)
  4. Mansfield (Johnson/Tarrant County)
  5. Grand Prairie (Tarrant/Dallas County)
  6. Mexia (Limestone County)

 

Below are some images from our storm surveys of wind and tornado damage.

The radar images come in pairs:

  • The left image is the basic reflectivity image indicating the areas of precipitation. Light precipitation is indicated by the green colors, moderate precipitation by the yellows and oranges, with heavy precipitation indicated by the red shades.
  • The right image is called Storm Relative Velocity (SRM). It is a picture of the flow of wind around storms. However, the radar can only see wind's motion either directly toward or away from the radar, yet it gives us the ability to locate opposing wind flow and helps identify tornadoes. In the SRM image, green shades represent wind motion directly toward the radar. Red shades indicate motion directly away from the radar. It is critical to know the location of the radar in the SRM image to ensure if the indicated circulation is cyclonic (indicating possible tornado) or anti-cyclonic (not a tornado except in rare instances). The yellow circle on the SRM image indicated the location of the tornado.

Click here for a map of damage paths and ratings polygons.

 

Since 1950...

  • This is the first occurrence of January tornadoes for Bosque, Coryell, Hill, Johnson, Limestone, and Tarrant counties.
  • The last time there were January tornadoes within North and Central Texas was in 2010 (January 20) in Hopkins, Henderson, and Rains counties (5 total).

Most Tornadoes in January by Year for Our North and Central Texas Counties:

  • January 1996 - 9 tornadoes
  • January 2017 and January 1998 - 6 tornadoes
  • January 2010 - 5 tornadoes 

 


Coryell City, Coryell County
Mosheim, Bosque County

Reflectivity image on the left and storm relative image on the right. Image at 5:41 pm CST.
Reflectivity image on the left and storm relative image on the right. Image at 5:41 pm CST.


Confirmed tornado: EF-2 (115-120 mph)

Radar images from the Central Texas NWS radar at 5:41 pm CST. The radar is located beyond the bottom of the images.

This tornado damaged a few houses in the Coryell City area along CR 273 and CR 262. The heaviest damage was near CR 273, where two houses lost most of their roofs. Several barns, storage sheds, and farm machinery was damaged as well. The debris field extended to the north and northwest, where several power poles were broken. The tornado continued over ranch land in Coryell County before dissipating near Mosheim in Bosque County.

 

Clifton, Bosque County

Reflectivity image on the left and storm relative image on the right. Image at 6:03 pm CST.
Reflectivity image on the left and storm relative image on the right. Image at 6:03 pm CST.


Confirmed tornado: EF-1 (90-95 mph)

Radar images from the NWS radar in Fort worth at 6:03 pm CST. The radar is located at the top of the image. In the reflectivity image the surface circulation was not well defined but in the SRM image the two opposing wind flows were evident.

The tornado began on the south side of Clifton, just off of 23rd Street, where several trees were uprooted and several homes suffered roof damage. This tornado produced a narrow path of damage to the north side of town, either roof damage from the tornado or from tree or other debris hitting the houses.

 
Tornado damage near Clifton, TX
Tornado damage near Clifton, TX
Tornado damage near Clifton, TX
Tornado damage near Clifton, TX
Tornado damage near Clifton, TX
Tornado damage near Clifton, TX
Tornado damage near Clifton, TX
Tornado damage near Clifton, TX
 
Tornado damage in Bosque County
Tornado damage in Bosque County
 

Lake Whitney, Bosque/Hill County

Reflectivity image on the left and storm relative image on the right. Image at 6:48 pm CST.
Reflectivity image on the left and storm relative image on the right. Image at 6:48 pm CST.


Confirmed tornado: EF-1 (90-95 mph)

Radar images from the NWS radar in Fort Worth at 6:48 pm CST. The radar is located at the top of the image. In the reflectivity image the tornado is on the leading edge of the parent thunderstorm. The SRM image clearly indicated rotation.

The tornado started on the far eastern side of Bosque County, near Laguna Park. The tornado then crossed over Lake Whitney before damaging several homes on the east side of the lake in far western Hill County. The heaviest damage was concentrated in Hill County, along both sides of FM 1713 near CR 1236. Numerous homes were damaged by the tornado, as were a church and a marina. Most homes in this area suffered roof and shingle damage, with at least 10 homes suffering major damage.

 
Tornado damage near Lake Whitney
Tornado damage near Lake Whitney
Tornado damage near Lake Whitney
Tornado damage near Lake Whitney
Tornado damage near Lake Whitney
Tornado damage near Lake Whitney
 
Tornado damage near Lake Whitney
Tornado damage near Lake Whitney
Tornado damage near Lake Whitney
Tornado damage near Lake Whitney
Tornado damage near Lake Whitney
Tornado damage near Lake Whitney
 
Tornado damage near Lake Whitney
Tornado damage near Lake Whitney
Tornado damage near Lake Whitney
Tornado damage near Lake Whitney
 

Mansfield, Johnson/Tarrant County

Reflectivity image on the left and storm relative image on the right. Image at 8:11 pm CST.
Reflectivity image on the left and storm relative image on the right. Image at 8:11 pm CST.
Reflectivity image on the left and storm relative image on the right. Image at 8:20 pm CST.
Reflectivity image on the left and storm relative image on the right. Image at 8:20 pm CST.


Confirmed tornado: EF-0 (70-75 mph)

Radar images from the NWS radar in Fort Worth at 8:11 pm CST (Johnson County) and at 8:20 pm CST (Tarrant County). The radar is located near the left edge of the images.

A weak tornado occurred in the far northeastern corner of Johnson County, beginning just west of Lone Star Road and Main Street in far southern Mansfield. The tornado damaged metal buildings on the south side of Lone Star Road as well as one house. The storm then moved northeast across Highway 287, damaging one barn just over the county line off of Mitchell Road.

 

Grand Prairie, Tarrant/Dallas County

Reflectivity image on the left and storm relative image on the right. Image at 8:40 pm CST.
Reflectivity image on the left and storm relative image on the right. Image at 8:40 pm CST.


Confirmed tornado: EF-0 (80-85 mph)

Radar images from the NWS radar in Fort Worth at 8:40 pm CST. The radar is located beyond the bottom left corner of the images.

Weather equipment at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport (Tarrant County) measured a wind gust of 63 mph. Based on wind damage surveyed at the airport, the peak winds were estimated at 80 mph.

Storm spotters and airport observers reported a tornado near the airport. Damage to homes east of the airport (in Dallas County) was indicative of EF-0 tornado damage, estimated at 65 to 85 mph.

 
Tornado damage in Grand Prairie
Tornado damage in Grand Prairie
Tornado damage in Grand Prairie
Tornado damage in Grand Prairie
 
Tornado damage in Grand Prairie
Tornado damage in Grand Prairie
Tornado damage in Grand Prairie
Tornado damage in Grand Prairie
 
Wind damage at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport (estimated 80 mph)
Wind damage at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport (estimated 80 mph)
Wind damage at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport (estimated 80 mph)
Wind damage at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport (estimated 80 mph)
 

North Dallas, Dallas County

Reflectivity image on the left and storm relative image on the right. Image at 9:20 pm CST.
Reflectivity image on the left and storm relative image on the right. Image at 9:20 pm CST.


Confirmed tornado? No

Another example of why we have storm spotters. The reflectivity image indicated a "hook" shape, which can indicate a tornado. However, the SRM image did not indicate rotation.

At 9:20 pm CST, the two "hooks" were on the leading edge of straight line winds associated with the line of thunderstorms. Damage occurred along 635 in north Dallas.

 
Wind damage from flying debris due to straight-line winds (3030 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX)
Wind damage from flying debris due to straight-line winds (3030 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX)
Wind damage in North Dallas
Wind damage in North Dallas
 
Wind damage in North Dallas
Wind damage in North Dallas
Wind damage in North Dallas
Wind damage in North Dallas
 

Mexia, Limestone County

Reflectivity image on the left and storm relative image on the right. Image at 2:44 am CST.
Reflectivity image on the left and storm relative image on the right. Image at 2:44 am CST.


Confirmed tornado: EF-1 (90-95 mph)

Radar images from the Central Texas NWS radar at 2:44 am CST. The radar is located beyond the bottom left corner of the images.

Damage consistent with EF-1 winds occurred to the Mexia State Supported Living Center (MSSLC) along Highway 171 and FM 2838 during the early morning hours of January 16. At least 6 buildings were damaged, with one likely destroyed. The tornado began at 2:43 am CST south of the center of town at a tree farm. It then moved through the southeastern side of the MSSLC campus before dissipating a few miles to the north at 2:48 am CST.