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Rain and Ongoing Flood Concerns in Texas

While the weather pattern remains locked in place and most of the country is tranquil, pockets of heavy rainfall continue to impact the state of Texas, especially in the Hill Country. Gulf of Mexico and Tropical Eastern Pacific moisture continues to overrun a stationary front to produce organized rain and localized flooding. Unfortunately, additional rain is anticipated through Friday for Texas. Read More >

Mostly cloudy and cool weather is in store across the region again today with light to occasionally moderate rain expected. The best rain chances will be across the western counties, which is also where the coolest conditions will be. Afternoon high temperatures will range from the upper 40s in the west to the upper 50s in the northeast. Winds will be out of the north around 10 MPH.
Additional rainfall is expected through Friday across North and Central Texas but rainfall rates will generally be light. Another 1 to 3 inches of rain is expected to fall over the next 3 days across the region. Flooding of low lying areas and continued flooding of creeks and streams is expected.
Records continue to fall this fall. With additional rainfall on Tuesday, DFW broke the record for the wettest autumn, and the season is only half over! The tally for October is also among the wettest on record.
The high temperature at Waco Regional Airport on Tuesday was only 50 degrees. This sets a new record low maximum temperature for October 16. (The previous record was 60 degrees in 1912.) This is the coldest high temperature this early in the season. (The previous coldest high temperature this early in the season was 56 degrees on October 7, 2012.) Waco also set a new daily maximum precipitation record with 1.66". (The previous record was 1.24" in 1925.)
Here's a summary of our NWS Damage Survey for the thunderstorms that produced tornadoes and wind damage on Saturday, October 13th. There were 3 confirmed tornadoes: one EF-0 in Ellis County and two tornadoes (one EF-0 and one EF-1) in Hill County. There was also confirmed wind damage in Limestone County. For the month of October, we have confirmed 5 tornadoes, ranking the month #11 for total number of tornadoes in October (so far). For the Fall 2018 season (September, October, and November), there have been more confirmed tornadoes (5) than the Spring 2018 season (March, April, and May), which totaled 3 tornadoes.

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Spotter Training Schedule 2018

Forecasters from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth conduct storm spotter training sessions each year to help prepare spotters for the upcoming severe weather season. The NWS conducts the training at the invitation of local emergency management officials who organize the training and who, in most cases are responsible for maintaining their local storm spotter network.

The training sessions are typically about two hours long and cover fundamental information that every spotter needs to know, with a focus on safety, identification of key weather features and proper reporting procedures.

Unless posted otherwise, the classes are free and open to the public. No advanced registration is required.


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