Austin / Travis County and South Central Texas Weather Update #12
Prepared by UT University/Incident Meteorologist Troy Kimmel
530pm CT – Saturday / 04 May 2019
… Some of the Rainfall Amounts Last Three Days/72 Hours (01-03 May 2019)…
Austin Bergstrom International Airport…. 4.79″
Austin City / Camp Mabry ANG…. 3.42″
Austin Great Hills AGHT2 NWS Cooperative Station…. 1.56″
Austin UT/University of Texas Police Department…. 6.92″
LCRA / Walnut Creek at Webberville…. 7.83″
Dripping Springs (RAWS Report)…. 6.57″
Austin Executive Airport (Pflugerville)…. 3.00″
Georgetown Municipal Airport…. 2.62″
Rusty Allen (Lago Vista) Airport…. 1.38″
San Marcos Municipal Airport…. 1.83″
… More Rain on the Way Next Week So Be Weather Ready …
The latest guidance is suggesting another wet weather period for much of next week with
NWS/Weather Prediction Center rainfall forecasts showing an average of 2 to 4 inches
for most of south central Texas. With the heavy amounts we’ve seen in the last 24 hours in the
eastern/southern parts of the area, if these amounts verify, we’ll see some flooding as a result.
NWS/Storm Prediction guidance is also suggesting the possibility of severe weather again at
least close to our area beginning as early as Monday with a risk pretty much daily for
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Nothing specific now.. but just a reminder for you to enjoy the sunshine this weekend
because it looks like an active weather pattern for next week.
… NWS Austin-San Antonio Has Completed The Storm Surveys on Tornadoes to Our
Southeast Yesterday … Read The Report Below …
Public Information Statement National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio TX 439 PM CDT Sat May 4 2019 ...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/03/19 TORNADOES IN FAYETTE/LAVACA COUNTIES... .Fayette-Lavaca County CR257... Rating: EF0 Estimated Peak Wind: 75 mph Path Length /statute/: 2.78 miles Path Width /maximum/: 20.0 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 05/03/2019 Start Time: 07:14 AM CDT Start Location: 4 ENE Moulton / Lavaca County / TX Start Lat/Lon: 29.6024 / -97.0871 End Date: 05/03/2019 End Time: 07:26 AM CDT End Location: 3 SSE Flatonia / Fayette County / TX End Lat/Lon: 29.6418 / -97.0846 Survey Summary: A small EF0 tornado formed early Friday morning as showers and storms were moving north through western Lavaca County. Some oak tree damage was found along the fenceline on and along County Road 256 near the intersection with CR 257 just NE of Moulton. The weak tornado damaged some trees as it moved north fairly close to CR 257 and CR 257A. More tree damage was found on E. Wiedemann Road just on the other side of the Lavaca County line in far southern Fayette County. It appears that the weak tornado dissipated near this location as no other damage was found farther north. Max winds were estimated to be 75 mph. .Salem-Freyburg Rd Tornado... Rating: EF0 Estimated Peak Wind: 80 mph Path Length /statute/: 4.17 miles Path Width /maximum/: 20.0 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 05/03/2019 Start Time: 08:14 AM CDT Start Location: 6 ENE Flatonia / Fayette County / TX Start Lat/Lon: 29.7218 / -97.0163 End Date: 05/03/2019 End Time: 08:26 AM CDT End Location: 4 SE Muldoon / Fayette County / TX End Lat/Lon: 29.7816 / -97.0072 Survey Summary: A thunderstorm moved over southern Fayette County near Interstate 10 in between Flatonia and Schulenburg. A weak tornado touched ground near Farek-Loth Rd where it turns north and becomes Ehler-Grasshof Road. An outside storage shed was destroyed along Ehler-Grasshof along with some minor tree damage. The tornado appears to have moved north and crossed Salem-Freyburg Rd where power lines where damaged off Gebert Road and large trees were down on Schultz Road. North of this area there was no visible damage as the path was not accessible. For this reason the tornado path was ended on Schultz Road. Max winds were estimated to be 80 mph. .Highway 71 La Grange Tornado... Rating: EF2 Estimated Peak Wind: 120 mph Path Length /statute/: 2.48 miles Path Width /maximum/: 75.0 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: 05/03/2019 Start Time: 09:04 AM CDT Start Location: 5 W La Grange / Fayette County / TX Start Lat/Lon: 29.9071 / -96.9573 End Date: 05/03/2019 End Time: 09:12 AM CDT End Location: 4 WNW La Grange / Fayette County / TX End Lat/Lon: 29.9389 / -96.9397 Survey Summary: The same storm that produced the Salem-Freyburg Road EF0 tornado continued to move north through central Fayette County. As it approached the west side of La Grange, a tornado was produced with visible tree damage just south of the La Grange airport near the intersection of Supak Lane and Jackson Road. Large oak trees were damage and uprooted near this area and areas along Old Lockhart Road. Damage in this area was estimated to be EF1. The tornado then approached Highway 71 producing heavy damage to a business on the south side of Highway 71. At this location a large Metal building was destroyed while another was heavily damaged. Business and employee vehicles were overturned as well as a 90,000 lb piece of machinery was shifted and overturned. Winds were estimated to be EF2 as it crossed this area. Employees successfully took shelter in the business office where no injuries were reported. The tornado continued to move north and crossed Highway 71, destroying/collapsing a metal building across the street and doing considerable damage to very large oak trees. The path continued north to Egypt Road where a small church was heavily damaged and more tree damage was observed. The tornado finally dissipated north of this area near Egypt road just south of the Colorado River. EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories: EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph EF5...Violent...>200 mph NOTE: The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the events and publication in NWS Storm Data. $$
This is my last update on this weather episode.