I Shoveled Snow On My Birthday!

February 29, 2008 at 1:20 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I just returned home last night from a wonderful, ten day vacation back on the east coast. On previous trips to New York City and New Jersey, I have had the incredible opportunity to work on air at WNBC, Weather Plus, MSNBC, CNBC and even for the Today Show. This trip did not feature any work at all. It was simply a vacation to celebrate my thirty-second birthday and not having any obligations to the company gave me all the time in the world to see my friends and family.

To begin with, this trip did not break the bank as many of my trips tend to do. Every time I went out, people were buying me food and drinks. Nobody would let me pay for anything. One of my friends even cooked dinner for me on my last night in town. It was a great time. I stayed at my mom’s house. She needs to get a bigger television and maybe go high definition, but no complaints. I actually slept in my childhood bed in my childhood bedroom. My feet hung off the bed a bit, but again, no complaints; it was actually quite nice. Every morning I woke up, my laundry would be cleaned and folded. Do you know how nice it is to go on vacation and not run out of clothes? There were bagels and cream cheese waiting for me every day when I went downstairs and I ate pizza at least once a day and never at the same place twice. I was in heaven.

I partied in New York City, The Jersey Shore. Rutgers University and all around New Jersey. I did not get a chance to roll craps or play blackjack down in Atlantic City and I never made it to Philly, but it was a lovely trip.

New York is having an unusually mild and quiet winter. It did not snow at all this year other than a few insignficant storms. It is extremely rare to make it into February with no snow days for the schools or big storms for the local television stations. But winter is in my blood. It’s who I am. And right on cue, on my fourth day of vacation, almost exactly at midnight on my birthday, the snow began to fall. And it fell and fell and fell some more. I went to bed and woke up to this glow. I could hear the sound of metal shovels scraping the concrete. And there it was: A winter wonderland that was reminiscent of my childhood. I turned into a kid and a huge smile swept across my face. This was perfect.

I looked a little closer and saw mom had cleared the apron of the driveway and the front side walk. I considered going back to sleep then realized my mom was not bothering me to help, which is why I went outside and we shoveled together like the old days. I started on the driveway which is pretty big. I went from the front sidewalk all the way to the garage, then the back of the house where my rental car was parked. I cleaned off my car, then started attacking the front steps and walk to the driveway. My mom and I spent about an hour or so and were pretty happy it was so cold and the snow was fluffy and light. Then the last half hour got rough. It started raining and getting warmer and the snow was getting pretty heavy.

In all, the storm dumped about 6 to 10 inched across the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Officially at my house, 7 inches. Central Park had 6 inches which was a record for the date.

The coolest part was driving down the shore. If you have never had the chance to see snow on the beach and boardwalk, it is quite beautiful. The next day, with snow on the beach and temperatures just above freezing, I attended, but did not participate in the Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. That night, we went out to a Jersey Shore club right on the beach to celebrate my birthday.

All in all, the trip was great, but the highlight was the big snowstorm on my thirty-second birthday. Now that I’m back in Texas, it’s time to stop thinking about winter, and prepare for the inevitable spring storm season that is just about here.

Steve Mac

Terrific weekend weather

February 24, 2008 at 9:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We’ve been overdue for a beautiful weekend, and we finally got one!!!

Sunny both days, 70 on Saturday, upper 60s on Sunday.

We will see the wind whip up on Monday, and that will give us a very high fire danger again through Tuesday. A “Red Flag” warning has been issued because of the high fire danger.

We’re still short on rain, and it looks like a mostly dry week coming up, with only slight chances of showers toward next weekend.

The Cowtown Marathon

February 22, 2008 at 11:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Early Saturday morning, February 23, the streets of dowtown Fort Worth will be teeming with thousands of participants, volunteers and spectators for the 30th annual Cowtown. This year, in addition to the 5K, 10K and Marathon races, there will be a new UltraMarathon of 50K (over 31 miles).

I ran the 1988 Cowtown Marathon myself. It was a warm and muggy day, with temperatures in the 70’s. Not good for long distance running. But I still finished the 26 mile course, in 4 hours and 17 minutes. That was a lifetime goal I had set for myself, to complete at least one Marathon. And I am still very proud that I was able to do it. But I am not really tempted to run that kind of distance again! Instead, I generally have run the 10K or 5K races each year since then.

And yes, I will be downtown in the crowd Saturday morning. It will be chilly at daybreak, with clear skies and temperatures in the upper 30’s. When the races start at 7:30, it will still be in the low 40’s. So dress warmly while you wait for the start. But once you start running, you will warm up quickly. With sunshine and light winds, the temperature will climb into the 50’s very quickly. By noon, it will be well into the 60’s. And the temperature will top out around 68 by 3 pm.

Looks like a great day for a run. I hope to see you there!

The Cowtown Marathon

February 22, 2008 at 11:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Early Saturday morning, February 23, the streets of dowtown Fort Worth will be teeming with thousands of participants, volunteers and spectators for the 30th annual Cowtown.  This year, in addition to the 5K, 10K and Marathon races, there will be a new UltraMarathon of 50K (over 31 miles).

I ran the 1988 Cowtown Marathon myself.  It was a warm and muggy day, with temperatures in the 70’s.  Not good for long distance running.  But I still finished the 26 mile course, in 4 hours and 17 minutes.  That was a lifetime goal I had set for myself, to complete at least one Marathon.  And I am still  very proud that I was able to do it.  But I am not really tempted to run that kind of distance again!  Instead, I generally have run the 10K or 5K races each year since then.

 And yes, I will be downtown in the crowd Saturday morning.  It will be chilly at daybreak, with clear skies and temperatures in the upper 30’s.  When the races start at 7:30, it will still be in the low 40’s.  So dress warmly while you wait for the start.  But once you start running, you will warm up quickly.  With sunshine and light winds, the temperature will climb into the 50’s very quickly.  By noon, it will be well into the 60’s.  And the temperature will top out around 68 by 3 pm.

Looks like a great day for a run.  I hope to see you there!

Beautiful weather

February 19, 2008 at 6:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Funny how the timing works out. A three day weekend, with a stormy Saturday, a cold and windy Sunday, and a cool Monday.

And of course, as we head back to work on Tuesday, the weather is perfect.

This won’t last long, clouds will surge in late tonight, and Wednesday will see cloudy skies and increasing chances of rain by evening.

Hopefully (fingers crossed) the weather will clear up and give us a terrific weekend!

Weather Watcher Rainfall Totals From Saturday 2/16

February 17, 2008 at 10:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Aledo: .83″
Anna: .90″
Bedford: .92″
Benbrook Lake: .70″
Cedar Hill: 1.17″
Celina: 2.49″
Cleburne: .62″
Coppell: 1.38″
Decatur: 1.25″
Ennis: .41″
Garland: 1.11″
Godley: .46″
Granbury: .27″
Grand Prairie: 1.02″
Gun Barrel City: 2.18″
Handley: .88″
Hillsboro: 2.25″
Kaufman: 1.93″
Keller: 1.09″
Lipan: .75″
Maypearl: .65″
McKinney: Golfball-Sized Hail
Midlothian: .95″
Pilot Point: 2.84″
Plano: 1.23″
Poetry: 1.16″
Richardson: 1.65″
Ridglea: .86″
Sansom Park: .76″
TCU: .80″
Weatherford: .80″
Wylie: 1.20″

Have a great week,
Steve Mac

Saturday Severe weather risk

February 16, 2008 at 1:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

There is a high risk of severe weather today in North Texas, especially this afternoon.

Main Threats:
Hail to golfball size – all of North TX
Tornadoes – East of a line from Bonham to Corsicana

Time:
Hail threat: 6am to 5pm
Tornado threat: Noon to 5pm

A low pressure, cold front, warm front and strong upper low will all be players in our weather today. This morning, a low pressure over the hill country will move to the northeast into southeastern Oklahoma. East of this low pressure, a warm front will focus low level winds and be the main area for amplified tornado potential. As the upper low moves across North Texas today, severe thunderstorms will be possible across all of the area, but especially along the warm front and cold front.

As the upper low moves east of I-35 by late afternoon, the severe weather risk will end from west to east in North Texas.

Threat table:

severe t-storm/tornado watch:
DMA: 75% Metroplex: 50%

severe t-storm warning:
DMA: 100% Metroplex: 40%

tornado warning:
DMA: 50% Metroplex: 10%

A Stormy Weekend & New Radar Tool

February 15, 2008 at 11:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I will repeat again that I expect no winter weather problems this weekend here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Indeed, most all of north Texas will remain above freezing. The only exception might be the far northwestern portions of our viewing area. There is a chance of some light freezing drizzle this evening from Breckenridge to Graham, Olney, Archer City and Wichita Falls.

The big problem for us will be the threat of heavy rain and thunderstorms. Friday evening, we will just see fog and some drizzly light rain. But after midnight, storms will be increasing. And we could receive several inches of rain between midnight and sundown on Saturday. The strongest storms will probably be mid-day Saturday. In fact, some of these storms could become severe, producing hail and damaging wind gusts. The greatest severe weather threat. though, will be southeast of Dallas. There is even a possibility of a few tornadoes in those areas, mainly southeast of Waco, Athens and Tyler.

But you now have available a new tool to keep up with theses developing storms. We have added a new interactive radar tool on our website at:
http://kxas.weatherplus.com/interactiveradar/index.html
With that tool, you can zoom in to your county of interest, and see the detailed display of NEXRAD radar, for any location in the entire country.

We already have a Live feed of our StormTrack5 Radar on our web page. And that is the best way to see where storms are located right now. Our new tool gives you access to more detailed views of your own area. It’s the best of both worlds.

Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock

No Ice, But Still Cold and Wet

February 14, 2008 at 11:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The latest data confirms what I have been saying all week. There is no chance of seeing any ice in the Metroplex this weekend. That being said, it is still going to be miserably wet and cold for several days.

We hit 73 degrees Thursday afternoon, thanks to sunshine and a warm and gusty south wind. It will remain warm and breezy Thursday evening, and most of the night. But the cold front should arrive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by sunrise on Friday. It will be cloudy and much colder, with temperatures in the low 40’s most of the day. Expect a little light rain to begin during the day.

But the main event will be Saturday and Saturday night. Temperatures will remain in the upper 30’s to mid 40’s, with rain and thunderstorms increasing. We could get a couple of inches of rain during that time.

But the rain should be tapering off early Sunday morning. We will see partly cloudy skies, with temperatures climbing back into the 50’s by Sunday afternoon.

So, not a very nice weekend. But at least there will not be an ice storm!

Will We See Ice This Weekend?

February 14, 2008 at 12:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We will have a warm and windy day Thursday, with gusty south winds 15-30 mph, and some gusts near 40. High fire danger is expected, especially west of the Metroplex.

A strong cold front will arrive, probably during the pre-dawn hours early Friday morning. Temperatures will quickly drop into the 40’s, and ultimately into the 30’s late in the day. At the same time, a cold rain will begin across the area. Expect the miserable, cold rainy weather to continue Friday night, Saturday and Saturday night. The rain should be ending by Sunday morning.

Of course, the critical factor is whether our temperatures drop to freezing. And right now, that doesn’t seem likely. I am calling for a low of 33 Saturday morning and 35 Sunday morning.

Things could change in the next 48 hours, and we will be watching the situation closely. But right now, I expect a cold rain, and no ice for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Perhaps there is a slight chance for some icing in the far northwestern portions of our viewing area. But even there, I don’t anticipate major problems at this time.

Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock

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