Texas State students take to Twitter as San Marcos floods

Heavy rainfall in San Marcos today lead Texas State University to cancel classes. Eventually.

But those who had to brave the storm earlier in the day had plenty to say (read: tweet) about it. With the help of the #txst hashtag, we compiled a few that really capture today’s Central Texas weather experience:

https://twitter.com/_KyJe_/status/780452569957015552

https://twitter.com/TState_Pride/status/780460871806029824

https://twitter.com/theEmmaBrockway/status/780466456479735808

https://twitter.com/EvilMopacATX/status/780470913154158592

Despite the complaints, Texas State held strong in its decision to keep the university open:

Until it didn’t:

The university later tweeted that it would monitor the situation and announce whether or not evening classes would continue as scheduled at 3 p.m. Keep up-to-date with Austin’s weather here and read today’s stormy forecast in full here. Stay dry.

Above-normal temperatures continue in Austin, peaking at mid-90s on Wednesday

By Mark D. Wilson

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Wednesday forecast for Austin: Above-normal temperatures in Austin are expected to continue, with the mercury reaching the mid- to upper 90s on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters are calling for partly cloudy skies in the morning in Travis County, then mostly sunny skies in the afternoon. Highs at Camp Mabry could reach as high as 96 degrees.

Austin is in for at least one more day of unseasonably high temperatures in the upper 90s before seeing some significant changes during the weekend.

Daytime highs on Thursday will still be at least 5 degrees above normal but likely top out only around 95.

Meteorologists are expecting a system of storms to move through the area beginning on Friday that will bring high temperatures closer to normal, into the lower 90s, through the weekend.

The weather service is calling for a 30 percent chance for showers on Friday, increasing to 40 percent on Saturday, then to 50 percent on Sunday.
Temperatures early next week are expected to reach highs around 84 degrees, according to the weather service.
Here’s a look at the forecast through the rest of the week:

  • Thursday: Sunny with a high near 95 and heat index readings around 99 degrees.
  • Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers during the day followed by a 20 percent chance at night. The high temperature will be around 92 degrees.
  • Saturday: Chances for rain increase to around 40 percent during the day.
  • Sunday : A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high around 90 degrees.

 

Temperature could hit 100 degrees in Austin on Tuesday

By Mark D. Wilson

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Tuesday forecast for Austin: Another day of triple-digit heat index values is forecasted for the Austin metro area on Tuesday, the National Weather Service says.

Daytime highs at Camp Mabry are expected to reach as high as 100 degrees, according to the weather service. The heat index, which takes humidity into account to determine how hot it feels, is expected to push up to around 104 degrees.

The high at Camp Mabry on Monday hit a monthly high of 99 degrees with a heat index of 109 around 3 p.m.

Sunny skies and high temperatures will likely continue through the rest of the week.

According to the weather service, highs will stay in the mid- to upper 90s through at least Thursday.

On Friday, the outlook calls for a 20 percent chance of showers and a drop in temperatures into the lower 90s.

Chances for showers will increase into the weekend, reaching 40 percent on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Here’s a look at the forecast for the rest of the week:

  • Wednesday: Sunny with a high temperature near 97 degrees.
  • Thursday: Sunny with a high near 95 degrees.
  • Friday: Mostly sunny with a high around 93 degrees and a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms.
  • Saturday: Mostly cloudy with highs near 91 and a 40 percent chance of showers.

This August was the hottest one on record, NASA finds

NASA has confirmed what your back sweat was telling you all month long — August was another record-setting month when it comes to high temperatures. Since temperature record keeping began nearly 140 years ago, 2016 officially had the hottest August of them all.

Erika Kluthe, left, and Alexis Scott, cool off in the splash pad at Metz Park during 99-degree weather Monday afternoon August 8, 2016. "It's the only way to be outside in this heat. It's oppressive until you get in the water" Scott said JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Erika Kluthe, left, and Alexis Scott, cool off in the splash pad at Metz Park during 99-degree weather Monday afternoon August 8, 2016. “It’s the only way to be outside in this heat. It’s oppressive until you get in the water” Scott said JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

While July is usually the hottest month of the year, this year’s August tied with July 2016 for the warmest month ever recorded. August 2016’s temperature was 0.29 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the previous record-holding August, 2014.

August isn’t special, however. The month is following a trend that each month since last October has achieved: 11 consecutive months since October 2015 have set high-temperature records.

READ: Austin’s hottest day of 2016 also 8th day of triple-digit temperatures

As the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Gavin Schmidt, says, “Monthly rankings, which vary by only a few hundredths of a degree, are inherently fragile.” Instead, Schmidt stresses that the most helpful information comes from ” long-term trends.”

Read more about the record-keeping, compiled by information from “6,300 meteorological stations around the world,” here: data.giss.nasa.gov, and keep up with your daily temperatures with the American-Statesman’s weather blog.

Warm Friday ahead, rain chances this weekend

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National Weather Service

Friday forecast for Austin: Meteorologists expect another warm, humid day on Friday with little chance of rain.

However, rain chances will grow over the weekend with the greatest chance on Saturday during the day, when forecasters say a weak front pushing through the area will generate a 40 percent chance of rain, the National Weather Service said. A 20 percent chance of rain is forecast for Sunday.

On Friday, temperatures will top out at around 94 degrees in the Austin area, but high humidity will have it feeling like 100. The overnight low is 75, the weather service said.

Any rainfall will likely occur southeast of the Austin area, where the weather service says isolated storms could develop.

Austin should see a slight and gradual cool-down headed into next week. The weather service says rain chances will persist through at least Thursday.

Mostly sunny, humid Thursday ahead for Austin

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National Weather Service

Thursday forecast for Austin: Meteorologists expect warm weather again Thursday with a heat index that will make it feel like it is 100 degrees or hotter.

No rain is forecast in the Austin area and skies should remain mostly sunny. Rain chances return on Saturday after a weak front pushes through the area. A 30 percent chance of rain is forecast in the Austin area on both Saturday and Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

The expected high Thusday is 95. The overnight low is 76 degrees. Similar conditions are forecast for Friday, the weather service said.

 

Muggy day ahead; heat index could hit 105 in Austin

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Wednesday forecast for Austin: The Austin area can look forward to a soupy Wednesday as humidity levels are projected to be especially high.

While the high temperature forecast Wednesday is 93 — spot on for normal this time of year — the humidity will push the heat index as high as 105, the National Weather Service said.

At 6 a.m., temperatures across the area were already in the upper 70s and felt like the mid-80s.

There is essentially zero chance of rain Wednesday and no chances of rain have been forecast until Saturday, when there is a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms.

On Tuesday, the area saw some isolated storms, but most parts saw no rain. Rollingwood saw 0.31 inches of rain while 0.25 inches was recorded near Spicewood Springs Road at Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360), according to the Lower Colorado River Authority.

The overnight low is 75 degrees. Thursday’s high should be about the same, though drier conditions are expected, the weather service said.

Slim chance of rain Tuesday; might hit 93 but will feel like 105

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National Weather Service

Tuesday forecast for Austin: Did you survive Labor Day weekend? The return to a shortened work week (for most of us, anyway) will be marked by mugginess and an ever-so-slight chance of showers in the Austin metro area.

The National Weather Service outlook for Tuesday calls for a 20 percent chance of showers, but the likelihood of rain is much greater in the Coastal Plains and areas southeast of Austin.

The daily temperature should peak around 93 degrees, which is normal for this time of year. The increased humidity, generated by Gulf moisture being brought in by south-southeast winds of 5 to 10 mph, will boost temperatures as the heat index could soar to 105 degrees.

The skies will become mostly cloudy in the evening, but the heat-trapping humidity will keep things balmy with a nighttime low temperature around 77.

The outlook for the rest of the work week includes a mix of clouds and sunshine:

  • Wednesday’s forecast looks like a clone of Tuesday’s with a 20 percent chance of rain under partly sunny skies and a high near 93. The heat index again could go as high as 105.
  • Sunshine returns in full force on Thursday with a high near 93. Forecasters expect clear skies to continue Thursday night.
  • Friday will be mostly sunny with a high near 93, the weather service says. Friday night football fans can expect to watch the games under mostly clear skies and warm temperatures that should stay above 75 degrees.
  • Saturday’s forecast includes a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms but otherwise mostly sunny, with a high near 92.
  • Rain chances persist on Sunday, even with sunshine and a high near 91.

Statesman Weather app keeps Central Texans forewarned

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