Thursday, February 11th, 2016
IT'S A RECORD!
Thursday's high of 83 tied the record at Camp Mabry dating back to 1976, while 80 at ABIA was just 1 degree shy of a record. I don't think we'll have an encore performance, as a weak cold front will limp into Central Texas, shift our winds to the northeast and keep our temps a bit cooler (but still well above normal) for Friday in the upper 70s.
FIRE DANGER LESSENS FOR A DAY
Good news! Friday's fire weather outlook is not elevated for any parts of the Lone Star State. That's likely due to lighter winds which will mean a lower risk of wildfires spreading. We still need rain though, and our only chances in the next week are for patchy drizzle Sunday and a stray shower to the northeast Monday morning. Neither of those will do the trick in squashing our fire danger. Burn bans are in effect for Travis, Hays, Caldwell and Mason Counties in the KEYE-TV viewing area.
With just 0.34" of rain at Camp Mabry since the start of the year, we've now dropped to the 10th driest start to a season and this remains the driest start to a year since 1988! Unfortunately, this dry spell is taking a toll. The Drought Monitor released Thursday now shows 12% of Texas in "Abnormally Dry" conditions - including the Austin area. If conditions continue, we could be put back into drought status in the near future. Check the map here: http://bit.ly/TXDroughtMonitor
The coolest day of the week will be Saturday, as some more of that slightly cooler air filters in. I'm forecasting a high of 69. Did I mention normal is 65? We'll have sunshine with high clouds Saturday, then it's looking like Sunday will bring warmer air with a high of 74 on Valentine's Day - but it will be mainly cloudy with drizzle possible, especially in the morning to noon timeframe.
AUSTIN MARATHON & HALF MARATHON
Runners and spectators should be ready for a cloudy (possibly drizzly), mild and breezy race on Sunday. If you're running the 2016 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon, plan on a 7am temp around 55 with south winds 10-15 mph. Temps could reach the mid 60s by noon on their way to a high of 74! That means the first few miles down Congress Ave., you'll be running into the wind on a gradual uphill climb. Marathoners can take advantage of a tailwind from miles 10 to 17, but will find themselves running the rolling downhill into Downtown from miles 19-20 and 22-26 against the wind. Good luck runners! Team KEYE will see you there! Adam Hammons is running the half and Adela Uchida and I are running the full!
Hour by Hour Temps for Sunday:
Cedar dropped again Thursday, down to 20 (low). It's only a matter of time before spring allergies flare up, since trees are already budding! Elm was a trace on Thursday. Get the pollen report from Allergy & Asthma Associates here: https://twitter.com/atxpollen
5 PLANETS ALIGN IN THE NIGHT SKY
If you like stargazing, this is a great time to look to the heavens! That's because for the first time in 10 years, 5 planets will align, appearing simultaneously in the sky. Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will grace the southeast to southwest sky pre-dawn through February 20th! More here: http://earthsky.org/science-wire/when-will-all-five-visible-planets-appear-simultaneously
STORM TRACKER FORECAST
FRI: 78 | Sunny | Winds: W/NE 5-10 | Morning Low: 52
SAT: 69 | Sun & patchy high clouds | Winds: NE/SE 5-10 | Morning Low: 48
VALENTINE'S DAY SUNDAY: 74 | Mainly cloudy with patchy drizzle possible, breezy | Rain Chance: 10% | Winds: S 10-20 | Morning Low: 55
PRESIDENT'S DAY MONDAY: 76 | Early clouds, outside chance at a shower north/east in the morning, then mostly sunny | Rain Chance: 10% | Winds: NW 10-15 | Morning Low: 55
TUE: 81 | Sunny | Winds: SW/S 5-15 | Morning Low: 49
WED: 81 | Sunny | Winds: S 5-10 | Morning Low: 50
THU: 80 | Mostly sunny | Winds: S 10-15 | Morning Low: 55
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Today's Record Temperatures