HOT WEEKEND AHEAD
We've now had 38 days of triple digit heat this year, the most since 42 in 2013. We may meet or beat that number in the next week!
There's hope for some relief, however. Mid to late week, I'm tracking some rain chances.
In the meantime, stay safe in the heat! Heat Safety Tips: http://bit.ly/NWSHeatSafety
It’s not a sure deal, but there is some hope that a cold front might get close enough mid to late next week to bring us some rain and in turn, some cooler temps. Right now, I’m putting in a 20% chance late Wednesday, 30% chance Thursday, then backing off to 10% Friday. There is the possibility of up to ½” to 1” of rain the front (or at least an outflow boundary) is able to carry the rain this far south.
You can always download our free CBS Austin WX Radar App and search hashtag #cbsaustinwx for updates. Plus you can track any showers on our interactive radar here: http://bit.ly/cbsaustinwxradar
SOLAR ECLIPSE MONDAY!
Who's excited? Monday is the day!! The Texas Museum of Science and Technology is offering free pinhole viewers and you can also attend their watch party on Monday: https://txmost.org/join-us-for-the-solar-eclipse-on-monday-aug-21st/
The Round Rock Public Library is also holding a watch party: https://www.roundrocktexas.gov/event/solar-eclipse-viewing-party/
And Courtney Schoenemann did a story Friday night which includes other watch parties: http://cbsaustin.com/news/local/excitement-for-eclipse-represented-in-all-age-groups
#Eclipse2017 is August 21st and will be visible for the entire contiguous US! The total eclipse (moon completely covering the sun) will be visible in 14 states. Sadly, Texas is not one of them, but we’ll see a great partial solar eclipse peaking here in Austin at 1:10pm. The eclipse will begin at 11:41am, peak at 1:10pm and end at 2:39pm. It will last 2 hours and 58 minutes! (By the way, in areas where the total eclipse is visible from Salem, Oregon southeast to Charleston, South Carolina, it will temporarily turn so dark outside in the middle of the day that you’ll be able to see stars!) Here in ATX – peak eclipse will be 65% coverage. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible in the contiguous US was 1979. The last time one was visible on the mainland US was 1918!! More info: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/
Great news: if you miss Monday’s partial solar eclipse over Austin, you’ll only have to wait 6+ years for the next chance to view a total solar eclipse. Austin is part of the path of totality for the April 8th, 2024 total solar eclipse!
We saw more improvement of drought conditions thanks to last week’s rain. Most or Travis County has even been cleared from abnormally dry conditions! The area of moderate drought does continue through Southernmost Blanco, Southwestern Hays, and adjacent sections of Comal County to our south. Meanwhile, A new Burn Ban was put into place for Travis County on Tuesday and Burn Bans continue for Mason, Hays, Caldwell, Bastrop, Lee and Fayette Counties
Here’s the Burn Ban Map: http://tfsfrp.tamu.edu/wildfires/DecBan.png
Check out the drought map here: http://bit.ly/TXDroughtMonitor
Friday’s count: mold count was up to 3288 (high) with Fall Elm up to 91 (moderate) and a trace of ragweed and pigweed. Get the latest allergy report from Allergy & Asthma Associates here: https://twitter.com/atxpollen
Lake Travis was 88% full with Lake Buchanan at 93%. Friday’s combined lake level was 90%. Check the levels here: http://hydromet.lcra.org/riverreport
The UV Index for Saturday will be 11 of 11 – extreme! Burn time for unprotected skin is around 10 minutes. Check the UV Index here: https://www.epa.gov/sunsafety/uv-index-1 Sun safety tips: http://theshadeproject.org/sun-safety-education/
AIR QUALITY FORECAST
Air quality will be good Saturday. Check the Air Quality anytime here: https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=229
In the Atlantic, Harvey continues tracking westward. Another 2 disturbances become named storms, they would be Irma and Jose. In the Pacific, 13-E is likely to develop into Kenneth. The Atlantic Hurricane Season continues until November 30th. NOAA is predicting a slightly above average hurricane season with 14-19 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes and 2-5 major hurricanes. More info: http://bit.ly/cbsaustinwxhurricane http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
STORM TRACKER FORECAST
SAT: 102 | Sunny | Winds: S/SE 5-10 | Morning Low: 77
SUN: 101 | Mostly sunny | Winds: S/SE 5-15 | Morning Low: 77
MON: 100 | Mostly sunny | Winds: S/SE 5-15 | Morning Low: 77
TUES: 100 | Mostly sunny | Winds: S/SE 5-15 | Morning Low: 77
WED: 101 | Partly cloudy, showers or storms possible late | Rain Chance: 20% | Winds: SW/SE 5-10 | Morning Low: 77
THU: 97 | Scattered showers or storms | 30% Rain Chance | Winds: S/E 5-10 | Morning Low: 76
FRI: 97 | Mostly sunny | 10% Rain Chance | Winds: E 5-10 | Morning Low: 75
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Take Care and I’ll see you weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30 & 10pm!
CBS Austin Chief Meteorologist Chikage Windler
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