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WEATHER, CLIMATE, SUN, MOON, TIME, SOLAR & TERRESTRIAL DATA
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Hill Country Weather, Solar & Terrestrial Data This handy resource will allow you to quickly find the on-line weather resources best suited to your needs. The scope include severe weather and the more routine day-to-day weather reporting, as well as climate, sun, moon, time and terrestrial information.

When weather sources and government officials issue warnings regarding significant weather events, please heed these warnings for your own safety. Be especially careful about the dangers of rising water.

Also see our related Hill Country Portal focus page on Emergencies, and the related sections regarding severe weather.

Many of these weather services also have email-based alert/notification apps. Be sure to also see our list of Hill Country specific regional Alert/Notification systems and consider signing up for these free alerts.


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HURRICANES



NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER (NHC): www.nhc.noaa.gov STORM FORECAST SPAGHETTI MODELS & TROPICAL MAPS: http://spaghettimodels.com. An excellent one page consolidation of interactive graphics on major storm activity and forecasts taken from national weather news sources. In this context, "spaghetti" means the line on a map showing the storm path predicted by a computer model.

WEATHER REPORTING & FORECASTING TOOLS




KNOW THE DIFFERENCE: >>>>


SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH:         VS.
• Severe storms are possible.
• Be prepared.
• Conditions are likely for
  severe thunderstorms capable of
  producing large hail or damaging winds.
• Stay tuned to local radio/TV for info.

TORNADO WATCH:                                  VS.
• A tornado is possible.
• Know where you will shelter.
• Stay tuned to local radio/TV for info.


SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING:
• Severe storms HAVE developed.
• Large hail or damaging wind is occurring
   or will happen shortly.
• Seek shelter.



TORNADO WARNING:
• A tornado is happening or imminent.
• Take shelter immediately.



NOAA - National Weather Service NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS): www.weather.gov. NWS is part of NOAA and receives funding from the US Dept of Commerce. NWS has 100 offices throughout the US, and they are operational 24x7. These offices issue weather advisories and warnings as they become available. UNISYS WEATHER: Enhanced Infrared Satellite images with 12 hr Loop. An outstanding display of the major weather systems during past 12 hours. Many options for image presentation, plus news, forecasts, alerts, analyses, weather by zip code and archives. Image Area: N Hemisphere, US, Texas

TEXAS FOREST SERVICE: 979-458-6600; http://tfsweb.tamu.edu. Facebook-Severe Weather Updates

TEXAS STORM CHASERS: http://texasstormchasers.com. On-line storm information, just for Texas: REAL-TIME LIGHTNING: MAP 1, Map 2, Lightning Resources

DROUGHT CONDITIONS: US Map; Southern US; Texas

POLLEN COUNT FORECAST: www.pollen.com/forecast.asp. Enter zip code to narrow results to your specific geographic area of interest. Options for extended forecasts, and alert system.

SEISMIC MONITOR: http://ds.iris.edu/seismon. Interactive display of earthquakes; zoom from worldwide to local, for today, yesterday and through past 5 years.

OTHER NATIONAL WEATHER REPORTING WEB SITES: Since weather presentation can be very different from one service to the next, take your pick from these major weather reporters: www.accuweather.com; www.intellicast.com; www.weather.weatherbug.com; www.my-cast.com; www.weather.com; www.forecast.io; www.weatherplaza.com; weather.unisys.com
Note, most of these services obtain their core weather data from NOAA/NWS, and often augment that with local radar and weather spotter sources.

TV-BASED WEATHER REPORTING VIA WEBSITE:
WATER & FLOODING IN HILL COUNTRY



Turn Around Don't Drown CENTRAL TEXAS HUB: www.centraltexashub.org. The Central Texas Hub integrates water information from the USGS, LCRA and the City of Austin into a central database, and then mapped as stream flow (flow rate in cubic feet per second, CFS), precipitation and water level information. Charts provide for viewing the data over a week, a month or a year. Comparison with historical statistics for those locations is provided.

USGS TEXAS WATER DASHBOARD: https://txpub.usgs.gov/txwaterdashboard. Texas Water Science Center. Reporting on rain, flooding. Maps. Graphic Water Information System (GWIS). Lower Colorado Drought Visualization Story map.

ATX FLOODING, LOW WATER CROSSING CLOSURE & ROAD CLOSURES: www.ATXFloods.com. Covers: Caldwell County, Cedar Park, Hays County, Leander, Marble Falls, Rollingwood, Round Rock, Sunset Valley, Travis County, Williamson County (and Caldwell & Bastrop counties). Alert system available.

LCRA LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY (LCRA):
  • FLOOD STATUS REPORTING: Details
  • HILL COUNTRY LAKE & RIVER LEVELS, FORECASTS & LINKS: Details
  • HILL COUNTRY HYDROLOGIC DATA (stream flow, rainfall): Details
TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN: Safety Program

Texas Dept of Transportation- TXDOT TEXAS ROAD CONDITIONS: 800-452-9292; Before heading out on the road today, be sure to check on-line for the latest road conditions. Searchable by roadway, county and condition (accident, damage, flooding, closed, construction, other), and by location on map. Web service provided by TXDOT, but input largely supplied by the public.
FIRE CONDITIONS IN HILL COUNTRY



NOAA/NWS LOCAL WEATHER FORECASTS
FOR LARGER TOWNS IN HILL COUNTRY


NOAA -National Weather Service


VERY NEARBY WEATHER REPORTING



WEATHER UNDERGROUND: www.wunderground.com. Weather reporting and forecasts customizable to your nearest neighborhood participating data reporting station. Plus a full and excellent suite of weather information services.

LOCAL AND WORLD-WIDE TIME



TIME AND DATE: Extensive world time zone displays, location date & time, calendars, clocks, calculators, apps and more, at: Time & Date

US NAVAL OBSERVATORY DATA: Definitions and explanations for the above are included at the USNO web site.

OTHER TERRESTRIAL & SOLAR DATA




CURRENT MOON



Moon Phases



US NAVAL OBSERVATORY - SUN & MOON RISE & SET TIMES: Tables
  • Complete Sun and Moon Data for One Day: Chart
  • Sun or Moon Rise/Set Table for One Year: Chart
  • Phases Of The Moon: Chart
  • What The Moon Looks Like Now: Chart, Graphic 2
  • Day and Night Across the Earth: Chart
DAY & NIGHT ACROSS THE EARTH, INTERACTIVE: View

AIR POLLUTION WORLD-WIDE VIDEO: View. Stunning NASA video of GEOS5 aerosols (in color, on YouTube), indicating that "air pollution from Asia strengthens extratropical cyclones, a type of storm system that drives much of our country's weather". Video shows pollution streams over a multi-year period indicated by the dates displayed.

AIR QUALITY: Web. High ozone and particle pollution, by county within Texas. Presented by American Lung Assn.

THE SKY ABOVE YOU, INTERACTIVE PLANETARIUM: Shows the entire sky as viewed from a given location at a specified time and date, defaulted here to Austin, TX, but customizable. View

REAL-TIME SOLAR DATA:
Large Day & Night Graphic 1; Graphic 2



SPACE WEATHER: Space; Daily News; Observers

CURRENT AURORAL FORECAST BY NOAA: Graphic. The OVATION model is a 30-40 minute aurora forecast using data provided by the ACE spacecraft. Using the latest real-time solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) data, a forecast for a visual aurora displays intensity and location is automatically created. If you are located within the red view line area, then it may be possible to witness visual aurora when looking to the northern sky if viewing conditions are good.

NOAA SPACE WEATHER SEVERITY SCALES: Storm Scales. Summary rating system, from 1 (minor) to 5 (extreme), regarding solar storm impact on navigation systems and radio communications. Three scales: G=Geomagnetic Storms; S=Solar Radiation Storms; R=Radio Blackouts

STORM WIND SCALE



credit: spaghettimodels.com
TD: Tropical Depression; TS: Tropical Storm



YOU CAN PARTICIPATE AS A STORM SPOTTER



SKYWARN: http://skywarn.org. A volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. Local training opportunities are presented at www.srh.noaa.gov

SEVERE WEATHER REPORTING TO NOAA: Anyone can submit their storm observations at www.srh.noaa.gov/StormReport/SubmitReport.php?site=EWX

SEVERE WEATHER REPORTING TO LOCAL 911: Anyone can submit their storm observations by calling 911.

SEVERE WEATHER REPORTING TO TV MEDIA: Anyone can submit their storm observations by phone, text and email to local radio and TV stations listed above. No guarantee as to how your report will be processed. You might get your name in the news as a credit for the submission. Typical are pictures of clouds, lightning, hail, flooding, wind damage, etc. Check their website above for reporting address.

RAINFALL REPORTING TO COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE RAIN, HAIL AND SNOW NETWORK: Anyone can submit their rainfall data to CoCoRAHS, which tracks this for flooding and drought analysis. www.cocorahs.org

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