Special Briefings

by troyk | on Dec 11, 2017 | Comments Off

This is where I place weather updates during periods of severe and/or inclement weather…

by troyk | on Dec 07, 2017 | Comments Off

Austin / Travis County and South Central Texas Weather Update #8
Prepared by UT University/Incident Meteorologist Troy Kimmel
345am CT – Friday / 08  December 2017

.. No Further Precipitation Expected ..
.. Roadways Drying Out in Many Areas but a Few Slick Spots are Possible Especially
in Areas East through Southeast and South of the Austin Metro Area ..
.. Freeze Warning into the Morning as Skies Slowly Clear ..

.. OTHER THAN THE FREEZE WARNING, NO WATCHES/ADVISORIES/WARNINGS, AS
ISSUED BY NWS/AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO, REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR THE AREA ..

The upper air disturbance has now generally moved east of our area.

Skies are clearing currently along and west of the IH35 corridor with temperatures at or just
above the freezing mark in the IH35 corridor counties. As the clearing trend continues to push
southeastward in the wake of the disturbance, I expect to see temperatures settle down a few
degrees before the Sun rises over the Austin area at 7:15 am CT.

I expect only a few clouds today with an otherwise mostly sunny sky from sunrise through the
balance of the day with temperatures rising into the upper 40s at least by midday then into the
50s this afternoon.

Once again, I strongly feel this will be my last statement on this weather event (no jokes, please).
Have a good Friday and a safe weekend…

tk

by troyk | on Dec 07, 2017 | Comments Off

Austin / Travis County and South Central Texas Weather Update #5
Prepared by UT University/Incident Meteorologist Troy Kimmel
925am CT – Thursday / 07  December 2017

.. Final Update ..

A deep broad upper level trough, or line, of upper air low pressure is moving eastward across
the central USA on this Thursday morning. It has been responsible for the overrunning pattern,
with its associated clouds and light precipitation, locally over the past day or two. Beneficial
rainfall of over an inch has been recorded in many areas.

We did not see many reports of wintry precipitation over our immediate area and those few
reports were limited to areas in the western more hilly areas of Travis and Williamson counties
last night.

With the upper air trough moving eastward, we’ll see a drier and more stable weather pattern
develop tonight into early Friday with skies clearing and temperatures getting a little closer to
the freezing mark first thing Friday morning.

Expect plenty of sunshine with warmer temperatures for the weekend into next week.

This is my last statement on this weather event.

tk

by troyk | on Dec 06, 2017 | Comments Off

Austin / Travis County and South Central Texas Weather Update #2
Prepared by UT University/Incident Meteorologist Troy Kimmel
900am CT – Wednesday / 06 December 2017

.. Rain/Sleet/Snow Mix Still Possible to Our Northwest Over Hill Country Areas Tonight into Thursday ..
.. No Accumulations Expected ..

On this Wednesday, a surface cold front continues to settle southeastward through the Gulf of Mexico
with much colder surface based air continuing to feed into the area. At the same time, a second upper air
low pressure disturbance is moving over the area with light rain continuing in the post frontal colder air.

Temperatures with cloud cover today will remain around 40 with occasional light rain continuing through
tonight and into Thursday. Overnight tonight, temperatures will fall into the mid and upper 30s.

After sunset tonight, the rain will become mixed with some snow flakes and sleet over the northern hill country.
This winter precipitation mix may slowly spread into the higher elevations of extreme western Williamson.. Travis
and Hays counties after midnight as temperatures fall into the mid to upper 30s. Based on the latest guidance,
I do not look for any of the wintry mix to make it as far southeast as the IH35 metropolitan areas
.

After sunrise on Thursday, even though the clouds and rain chances will persist, I expect temperatures to
rise back into the 40s.

At this point, I expect surface air temperatures in the counties along the IH35 corridor to remain above the
freezing mark and this will combine with warm ground temperatures to keep us problem free. Some areas of
the Texas Hill Country to our distant west through northwest.. where temperatures get a little closer to freezing..
could see some isolated and localized problems on bridges and overpasses. At this point, due to the warmer
ground, I do not anticipate any snow/ice accumulations around the area.

Once this last upper air disturbance passes, I expect clearing skies Thursday night into Friday with abundant
sunshine and warmer temperatures Friday through the weekend and into early next week.

I’ll continue to monitor this weather situation closely..

tk

by troyk | on Dec 05, 2017 | Comments Off

Austin / Travis County and South Central Texas Weather Statement #1
Prepared by UT University/Incident Meteorologist Troy Kimmel
800am CT – Tuesday / 05 December 2017

.. Rain/Snow Mix Possible Along and West of the IH35 Corridor Wednesday Evening into Early Thursday ..
.. No Accumulations Expected ..

On this Tuesday, a surface cold front continues to settle southward through the Texas coastal plains with
much colder surface based air continuing to feed into the area. At the same time, a passing upper air low
pressure disturbance is moving over the area with lingering light rain back in the post frontal colder air.

Temperatures with cloud cover today will remain around 50 degrees with patchy light rain tapering off
later today into tonight. By tonight, temperatures will fall into the mid and upper 30s.

A second upper air low pressure disturbance will approach and move over the area by late tomorrow
through tomorrow night and into the predawn hours Thursday with precipitation increasing once again
as colder air continues to deepen and filter southward into our area. As this occurs, surface temperatures
will hold in the upper 30s to near 40; developing light rain tomorrow afternoon will, after sunset, become mixed
with some snow flakes over the hill country. This rain/snow mix will then spread into the IH35 corridor..
especially in higher elevation areas of western Williamson, Travis and Hays counties.. for the overnight
hours Wednesday night as temperatures fall into the mid 30s before the precipitation tapers off with the
passage of the upper air low pressure disturbance by sunrise Thursday.

At this point, I expect surface air temperatures along the IH35 corridor to remain above the freezing
mark and this will combine with warm ground temperatures to keep us generally problem free. Some
areas of the Texas Hill Country to our west through northwest.. where temperatures get a little closer
to freezing.. could see some isolated and localized problems on bridges and overpasses. At this point,
due to the warmer ground, I do not anticipate any snow accumulations around the area.

I’ll continue to monitor this weather situation closely..

tk