Austin / Travis County and South Central Texas Weather Update #1
Prepared by UT University/Incident Meteorologist Troy Kimmel
820am CT – Thursday / 06 May 2019
…. Round of Thunderstorms Likely This Afternoon ….
…. Hail and Stronger Thunderstorm Winds Possible ….
…. Be Aware of the Lightning Risk with Any Thunderstorms ….
A stronger upper air low pressure disturbance will move northeastward from
southwest Texas by afternoon. Given available atmospheric moisture, atmospheric
instability and and dynamic lift as the disturbance moves by to our northwest, scattered
strong thunderstorms will develop rapidly over the Hill Country by early into mid afternoon
today and sweep east southeastward across the IH35 corridor and into southeast Texas and
the coastal plains by late afternoon.
The NWS/Storm Prediction Center, in their day 1 severe weather outlook (see below), indicates
that the main risk of severe thunderstorms will remain south through southeast of the Austin
metro area. However, I still recommend that you remain “weather aware” today into this evening and listen for the latest information here and from the NWS/Austin-San Antonio.
The time period of concern, along the IH35 corridor, will be in the 1pm to 5pm time frame today. Once the system passes by late afternoon, rain chances will decrease as the thunderstorm
threat diminishes pretty rapidly.
I will continue to monitor this situation,
I encourage everyone to be weather aware. Know, in advance, the difference between a
NWS issued WATCH, ADVISORY and WARNING.
Always have at least two methods of getting current weather information..
.. follow me AND activate notifications on Twitter .. @troykimmelwx ..
.. have your NWS All Hazards Weather Radio properly set so it can receive and activate
when NWS watches and warnings are issued ..
.. make sure the WEA alerts are activated in your settings on your smart phone ..
.. go to the NWS Austin-San Antonio website at weather.gov/ewx ..
.. go to http://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/cgi-bin/afos/retrieve.py?pil=warewx&limit=20&fmt=html
for a chronological text listing (most current at the top but note the page doesn’t auto-refresh, you
must refresh page manually) of NWS Austin-San Antonio watches, advisories and warnings..