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People across southern Louisiana are spending the weekend worried about flooding. The water is coming from every direction: the Mississippi River is swollen with rain that fell weeks ago farther north, and a storm called Barry is pushing ocean water onshore while it drops more rain from above.

It's a situation driven by climate change, and one that Louisiana has never dealt with, at least in recorded history. And it's raising questions about whether New Orleans and other communities are prepared for such an onslaught.

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Barry reached Louisiana's central coast, near Intracoastal City, on Saturday morning as a Category 1 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said, before weakening to a tropical storm.

The storm has already brought flooding to New Orleans, where tornado warnings have been issued.

Residents across other parts of Louisiana have also been bracing for flooding — forecasters predict up to 25 inches of rain across much of southern Louisiana and southwest Mississippi, leading to dangerous, life threatening flooding.

The Gulf Coast in Galveston.
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A new government report says the Texas coast is increasingly at risk of flooding, even when there’s not a rain cloud in sight.

Sea level rise is projected to cause more flooding from high tides in Texas and across the U.S., according to the report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Flooding in Houston after Harvey
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Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday urged city leaders and residents to prepare for potential severe weather this weekend.

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You might have noticed the weather’s been cooler this year in Austin, at least relatively speaking. After all, it’s July and Austin hasn’t hit 100 degrees yet.

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People in Guadalajara, Mexico, woke up on Sunday to a thick blanket of ice over areas of their city, after a freak hailstorm that damaged houses and left cars partially buried.

This is particularly striking because it's the middle of summer. In the past month, temperatures most days have hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit or over.

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Texas is hot. That is not news. It has, seemingly, always been hot. Again, not news. Here is some news: A climate scientist visualized the Lone Star State's average annual temperatures. It shows that Texas (which, again – we've covered – is hot) is getting hotter.

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The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Austin and South Central Texas until 3 a.m.

The NWS says damaging winds, hail the size of tennis balls and tornadoes are possible.

Authorities have identified 29-year-old Kiersten Symone Smith as the woman who was killed after a crane fell on a Dallas apartment building amid severe thunderstorms.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Travis County until 10:15 p.m., as a strong cold front begins to leave the area. 

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The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Travis, Bastrop, Hays, Williamson and Lee counties until 10 p.m.

A time-lapse video of a massive sandstorm approaching Lubbock
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The alert went out after 6 p.m. Wednesday: A dust storm is coming.

The wall of dust swept across the South Plains of Texas, creating low-visibility conditions in Lubbock.

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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Central Texas through 8 p.m. tonight, affected areas include Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Blanco, Hays and Burnet counties.

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Another round of heavy rains and strong winds this evening could bring flooding to parts of Central Texas, forecasters say.

The Mississippi River is rising again as torrential rain falls across much of the Midwest. It's the latest in a series of storms that have flooded major cities and small communities along the length of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers on and off for more than a month.

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Much of Central Texas is under a flash flood watch until 7 p.m., including Travis, Hays, Caldwell, Blanco and Burnet counties. The National Weather Service also issued a flood warning for the Perdernales River and Barton and Onion creeks until Thursday.

Parts of Hays and Comal counties are under a flash flood warning until 6:15 tonight. 

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A powerful storm dumped up to 7 inches of rain in parts of Central Texas on Friday and could be responsible for up to four deaths in the region. But, in one sense, Austin "got lucky," the city's floodplain administrator says: The storm caused much less neighborhood flooding than other recent heavy rainfalls.  

A flash-flood warning is in effect for Austin, Pflugerville, Wells Branch and northern Hays County until 2:30 a.m. Saturday, and parts of Bastrop and Caldwell counties until 1:15 a.m.

Officials are urging residents to stay inside and off the roads.

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A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 7 p.m. for Austin and much of Central and Southwest Texas.

The National Weather Service says potentially severe storms could drop 2 to 4 inches of rain — or more — on the area. 

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Central Texas can get pretty rainy in the spring, and I've always wondered why it often seems to rain in the middle of the night. It's like the weather is designed to keep me from getting sleep.

So, I asked meteorologist Burton Fitzsimmons if he could explain things. 

“Think about the hot, dry desert air that’s out there in West Texas, and here we have this very muggy, warm air [in Austin],” Fitzsimmons said. “Well, the dividing line between those two air masses is like a little front.”

The National Weather Service placed Austin in the "enhanced risk" area for tonight's storms.
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Storms are moving out of the area Thursday morning, after power was knocked out for more than a thousand homes in Austin. Austin Energy says the power is back on for almost all of its customers.

Potentially severe storms are moving through Central Texas today.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Bastrop and Lee Counties until 12:30 p.m., as strong storms moved across the area.

Storm System Brings Tornado, Hail And High Wind To Texas

Apr 7, 2019
Heavy rainfall Saturday flooded the trail around Mueller Lake Park in Austin.
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This post has been updated.

A weak tornado damaged recreational vehicles and mobile homes in South Texas on Sunday, but no injuries were reported, as storms raked Texas and the South for a second day.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Central Texas until 6 p.m. tonight. Forecasters warn a wintry mix of precipitation could make for treacherous road conditions. Much of that precipitation will be your run-of-the-mill rain and sleet. Some of it will be graupel (pronounced "grau-puhl").

Can An Onion Predict The Weather?

Jan 2, 2019
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From Texas Standard:

Another New Year's Eve has come and gone. For some that may mean new resolutions, or maybe just dealing with a bit of over-indulgence. But for Garry Karber, it means another night of chopping an onion, and predicting the weather. Karber is originally from the Panhandle city of Perryton. He now lives in the Central Texas town of Cameron.

There is a chance of light freezing rain in the Austin area Wednesday. The National Weather Service notes this forecast may significantly change as Wednesday gets closer.
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A mix of rain and freezing rain is possible in Austin late Tuesday night into Wednesday. Crews started pretreating Austin highways at 9 a.m. Monday for potential ice, the Texas Department of Transporation said.

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From Texas Standard:

Where do tornadoes come from? It's not a riddle or a trick question, although the answer may seem obvious: the sky, right? Evidently, that's not the case.

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Severe weather is headed to Central Texas. To keep you up-to-date, we've collated a list of resources to turn to during weather events.

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Severe storms with the potential for large hail, damaging winds and even isolated tornadoes are possible in the Austin area Wednesday night. A Tornado Watch has been issued for Travis County and the surrounding areas until 2 a.m. 

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for much of Central Texas that goes into effect Friday at noon and last through Saturday morning. A flood warning was also issued for Onion Creek and the Colorado and Pedernales rivers.

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