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  • NOAA Predicts Below Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released their updated Atlantic Basin hurricane outlook for 2018, and it is generally good news. 

  • Rip Currents: Don't Get Carried Away by Your Beach Adventure

    Between the years 1994 through 2007 (inclusive), 480 people in the U.S. died from drowning by rip currents.  Hundreds more suffered near drownings and required rescue.  

  • Tropical Atlantic Remains Unusually Cool; Hurricane Development Hindered

    NOAA satellite and buoy data indicates that the deep tropical Atlantic, normally a late summer and early fall principal breeding ground for tropical cyclones, remains unusually cool.  

  • Tornado Safety: Fact, Fiction and Survival

    Tornadoes are among the most feared and deadly weather forces affecting the U.S.  Tornadoes most frequently occur in the United States, but have a climatography that extends over six continents (including Africa).  Once unpredictable and misunderstood, tornadoes killed far more people in ages past than they do today.  

  • Turn Around, Don't Drown: the Physics of Flash Flooding and "the Bubba Syndrome"

    Every year, too many times a year, people lose a battle with the laws of physics and challenging rising, flowing water.  Driving through flooded areas including highways, streets, and low water crossings is a gamble at best, and a fatal mistake at worst. 

  • Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke: Know the Difference and How to Treat

    Extreme heat kills more than 600 people in the U.S. each year (source, CDC).  Heat related illnesses have distinct physiological signatures, and knowing the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke is vital; even potentially lifesaving.  Both are caused by prolonged exposure to extreme heat, and without treatment heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke.  Heat stroke kills but shutting down vital body systems, including:  brain and nervous system, circ...
  • Storm Chasing vs Skywarn Storm Spotting: What's the Difference?

    People who actively pursue severe local storms, as opposed to those of us who seek appropriate shelter, fall into two main categories:  Storm Chasers and Storm Spotters.  The two groups each are comprised of weather enthusiasts, but have a distinctly different purpose for their activities.  

  • Dangerous Heat Levels in Texas Next Few Days

    Strong high pressure is continuing to bake the state of Texas. With strong high pressure, air is forced to sink. Sinking air heats up quickly and that is why temperatures are very hot in the state. In the Crossroads, we are seeing highs in the middle to upper 90s with some locations hitting triple digits. Some of the bigger cities like San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin will continue to experience high temperatures into the triple digits for the next few days. Excessive Heat Warning...
  • Lightning Safety and Statistics: Who Dies and Why?

    Lightning statistics are shockingly gender biased.  That facts, based on NOAA statistics (Storm Data, 2006-2017) reveal that 80 percent of lightning fatalities in the U.S. are male.  Moreover, most of those occur when being outdoors is a choice, not a mandate of work.  

  • Coming to America: African Dust; Is It Unusual?

    Lots of attention has been given to a pall of dust spewing from the Saharan Desert, across the tropical Atlantic and arrives on the shore of the Americas this summer.  In fact, even now skies are hazy from that phenomenon.  What is happening, why is it occurring, and how unusual is it?  First, it is normal for dust from North Africa to be lifted aloft and carried westward across the Atlantic Basin. 

  • Heat Index: What Does it Really Mean?

    The Heat Index, like its wintertime counterpart Wind Chill, is a way to understand how humans and their pets and livestock respond to the combination of temperature and other related weather elements.  

  • Probability of Precipitation: What Does it Really Mean?

    Probability of Precipitation, or "PoP," is a term that has been misused, abused and confused by meteorologists and the general public for decades.  Let;s clear up this little misunderstanding, once and for all.  

  • Why Does Upper Air High Pressure Mean More Heat, Less Rain?

    Oftentimes, meteorologists tell folks that a spell of hot and humid but rain-less days are ahead because of an, "upper air high pressure."  What does that mean? 

  • Lower Estimates for 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season

    Estimates of how active the tropical Atlantic will be for any given hurricane season involve the major components of available heat energy and its ability to be processed into tropical cyclones.  Limiting factors involve anything that interferes with that process.  Accordingly, we study and try to forecast how warm the uppermost portion of the ocean may become during the active season, and also try to estimate how much wind shear may be present that could inhibit storm growt...

  • Wet Weather Scenario Winding Down

    Over the past 10 days we have seen the Crossroads transition from well below normal rainfall and moderate drought conditions to soaked fields, rising streams and an Invasion-of-the-Body-Snatchers outbreak of mosquitoes. 

  • USGS tracks how hurricane floodwaters spread non-native freshwater plants and animal

     More than 1,270 freshwater aquatic species have been reported as found beyond their home ranges nationwide. Some have caused no obvious ill effects on their new habitats. Others, like the zebra mussels introduced into the Great Lakes, have caused damage to fisheries, shipping, water utilities and other industries. 

  • Meteorologist Jesse Kelley Attended Hunt Elementary Career Day Friday

    Our Jesse Kelley had the honor to travel to Cuero for Hunt Elementary Career Day Friday. 

  • Isolated Showers Today With Thunderstorms Returning By Weekend

    Temperatures this morning starting off on the mild side with 60s and 70s area wide. Highs are expected to rise into the lower to middle 80s. 

  • Sunny Thursday But Storms Return Friday Evening

    It has been another nice afternoon in the Crossroads with 70s and 80s. The southeast winds will allow for temperatures to only drop into the 60s. 

  • Rain and Storms Return By Midweek

     Today and tomorrow will be the last dry days for the next couple of days. The big storm system from California will be making its way across the Central United States this week. 

  • Windy with Increasing Humidity, What about Rain?

    Skies are partly cloudy and a gusty southeast wind is funneling Gulf moisture into the Crossroads late this afternoon. 

  • Using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Intensity Scale Wisely

    The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Intensity scale is a convenient reference for quickly describing the intensity of a hurricane, and this system has been in use for decades.  The Saffir-Simpson scale (see illustration) delineates hurricane intensities based on categories founded primarily in sustained wind speed.  Also, the Scale correlates these intensities with anticipated storm surge. 

  • Introducing GOES 16

    That's the sound of meteorological history being made back in November of 2016. A blast of the rocket boosters and the launch of the GOES  16 weather satellite promises an improved view of whats going on in our atmosphere. "GOES 16 is like GOES from standard definition to high definition," said Line Meteorologist Bill Line, with the National Weather Service, has been working with the data GOES 16 has been sending back. He is excited and astounded by what he sees...

  • Hurricanes and Higher Learning

    The Crossroads is home to the University of Houston at Victoria, Victoria College. and Wharton County Junior College. So what plans do these schools have to keep their students safe?   In the case of Victoria College if a hurricane is approaching the area, Victoria College would simply notify their students via their emergency alert system.  For Wharton County Junior College, their president will make the final decision when to cancel classes and students will receive that...

  • Let's Drive The TXDOT Hurricane Evacuation Route

    Ride Along With Us As We Drive The TXDOT Hurricane Evacuation Route From Victoria. 

  • Thunderstorms Are Back Tuesday Evening

    A nice Easter Sunday throughout the Crossroads with 80s all around.

  • Trey's Sunrise Forecast Discussion

    Much Need Rain In The Forecast. Could We See Any Severe Weather? Trey Meynig Has Your Forecast.

  • Another Beautiful Day Today! Rain Chances Will Be Returning

    Enjoy The Cool and Dry Air While We Have It! Trey Meynig Has Your Forecast. 

  • Cold Start To Your Monday. This Week Will See Big Temperature Changes!

    Could We Top 80 Sometime This Week? Trey Meynig Has Your Forecast 

  • Don't Forget the Batteries

    Batteries are essential tools to power devices in your home. Calvin Simpson, manager with Interstate Batteries in Victoria, says alkaline batteries are basic batteries that can power flashlights and lanterns.  People who own battery powered generators should check the battery life before a storm enters the Gulf. In most cases if you have to evacuate your home interstate batteries suggests checking your car battery to make sure it is in good working condition. Simpson adds checki...

  • First Significant Snowfall for Victoria in Over a Decade

    Its beginning to a lot like Christmas here in the Crossroads.

  • Snowfall Around the Crossroads

    It's snowing in the Crossroads! Our viewers didn't hesitate to enjoy the snow while it lasted. 

  • Tips for Replacing Roofs Damaged by Hurricane Harvey

    The City’s Development Services Department provides the following tips during the process of replacing a roof: 1. All roof contractors shall be licensed with the City of Victoria and should pull a permit to do any job.  2. All re-roofs (even if it's only underlayment/shingle replacement) require roofing permits. 

  • Free testing available for private water well owners affected by Hurricane Harvey

    COLLEGE STATION — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and others are collaborating to offer another set of water testing opportunities for private well owners in areas affected by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey. 

  • Weather Special: Hurricane Season 2017

    • Shelters vs Saferooms

      So what do you do if you can't leave? How will you ride out the storm if your home isn't an option? Fortunately, there are places you can go.  FEMA Domes, or "safe rooms" are built to withstand the force of a hurricane. In the past five years here in the Crossroads four of these domes have been specially constructed to FEMA standards.  Located in Edna, Bloomington, Woodsboro, and the newest at Saint Joseph High School here in Victoria. Richard McBrayer,...

    • Texas Emergency Tracking Network

      The emergency tracking system- or E-T-N  is a partnership between city, county and state governments to track evacuees that cannot get to a designated shelter on their own. Rick McBrayer, emergency manager for the city and county of Victoria says the goal is to greatly reduce the chances of someone getting lost or misplaced during an emergency.  This system will give shelter staff the ability to coordinate people and pets across several locations in real time. "They ca...

    • Introducing GOES 16

      That's the sound of meteorological history being made back in November of 2016. A blast of the rocket boosters and the launch of the GOES  16 weather satellite promises an improved view of whats going on in our atmosphere. "GOES 16 is like GOES from standard definition to high definition," said Line Meteorologist Bill Line, with the National Weather Service, has been working with the data GOES 16 has been sending back. He is excited and astounded by what he sees...

    • How DeTar Prepares Patients for Hurricane Evacuations

      "We have to do what is safest for our patients and we do need to take the needs of the community in consideration," said Griffin. When a storm enters the Gulf, DeTar Hospital begins talks with its partners at Victoria County Emergency Management. DeTar also collaborates with partner hospitals in case they need to move patients further inland, away from Victoria. " We have several facilities in Pleasanton, Austin, and Houston," said Griffin. There are many option...

    • Hurricanes and Higher Learning

      The Crossroads is home to the University of Houston at Victoria, Victoria College. and Wharton County Junior College. So what plans do these schools have to keep their students safe?   In the case of Victoria College if a hurricane is approaching the area, Victoria College would simply notify their students via their emergency alert system.  For Wharton County Junior College, their president will make the final decision when to cancel classes and students will receive that...

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