North Texas Storm Team

North Texas Storm Team Founded in January of 2010, we focus on aspects of weather and events in Decatur and beyond to help keep the public safe. Your homegrown source of weather!

The Weather is Changing. Are you watching? Founded in January of 2010, we are a group that focuses on all aspects of weather and events in Decatur and beyond to help keep the public safe. With our correspondents focusing on various parts of the Dallas/Fort Worth area we strive to be a valuable resource when severe weather hits.

Happy First Day of Summer from your folks at NTST!
06/21/2019

Happy First Day of Summer from your folks at NTST!

North Texas Storm Team's cover photo
06/21/2019

North Texas Storm Team's cover photo

Today was a very hot and humid day across most, if not all of North Texas this afternoon, but behind the scenes, the atm...
06/21/2019

Today was a very hot and humid day across most, if not all of North Texas this afternoon, but behind the scenes, the atmosphere was a very big powder keg since the atmosphere was very moist and warm. However, with a lack of upper level support and lift being left up to the dryline, which is far west of us, storms did not form today in North Texas. This combined with a small cap over us may have saved us from massive hailstorms over the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and on into Oklahoma. Energy values were capable of producing very large to giant hail today, but thankfully, there was not enough upper level support and not enough lift to punch the cap this afternoon. Not even our strong heating could break it. It took 104 degrees to break this cap. - Chris Barrows

An EF-1 tornado has been confirmed in Arlington.
06/18/2019

An EF-1 tornado has been confirmed in Arlington.

A National Weather Service survey team has determined a brief tornado occurred in Arlington yesterday afternoon. The preliminary rating is an EF-1 with wind speeds of 95 mph.

Should see a chance of thunderstorms tomorrow ahead of a strong cold front for June standards as this front interacts wi...
06/08/2019

Should see a chance of thunderstorms tomorrow ahead of a strong cold front for June standards as this front interacts with some compressional heating and lots of moisture ahead of it. There is a chance of a few strong to severe storms along and south of the US 380 corridor also. Any severe storm tomorrow may contain wind and hail.

Behind the front, winds will pick up out of the north and northeast and as a high pressure builds south from Canada, very unusual for this time of year, temperatures will struggle to make it out of the mid 70s on Monday and combined with lower humidities, it will be a very pleasant day for June standards. Some by Tuesday Morning will need to grab a light jacket even. - Chris Barrows

06/02/2019

SJT issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 1.00 IN] for Fisher, Jones [TX] till Jun 2, 3:15 AM CDT

This severe thunderstorm will be near... Hamlin around 220 AM CDT. Neinda around 230 AM CDT. Anson around 245 AM CDT. Hawley around 300 AM CDT. Abilene and Nugent around 305 AM CDT.

Other locations impacted by this severe thunderstorm include Funston, Hodges, The Intersection Of Us-180 And Ranch Road 126, Hitson, Tuxedo, Lake Fort Phantom Hill, Stith, Gannon, Truby and The Intersection Of Us-180 And Farm Road 600.

06/02/2019

SJT issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail:

06/02/2019

OUN issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 1.00 IN] for Foard, Knox [TX] till 1:15 AM CDT

Locations impacted include... Gilliland and Truscott.

06/02/2019

SJT issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 1.00 IN] for Throckmorton [TX] till 9:30 PM CDT

This severe thunderstorm will be near... Elbert around 915 PM CDT.

Other locations impacted by this severe thunderstorm include Us-183 Near The Throckmorton-Baylor County Line and The Intersection Of Us-380 And Highway 222.

06/02/2019

FWD issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 1.25 IN] for Ellis, Navarro [TX] till Jun 1, 9:45 PM CDT

Locations impacted include... Corsicana, Ennis, Kerens, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Bardwell, Angus, Alma, Barry, Rice, Garrett, Frost, Retreat, Oak Valley, Mildred, Powell and Emhouse.

This includes the following highways... Interstate 35E near mile marker 390. Interstate 45 between mile markers 226 and 255.

06/02/2019

OUN issues Flash Flood Warning for Archer, Baylor, Wichita [TX] till Jun 1, 11:00 PM CDT

Some locations that will experience flooding include... Southwestern Wichita Falls, Electra, Holliday, Dundee, Mankins and Lake Diversion.

06/02/2019

OUN issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 1.00 IN] for Archer, Clay [TX] till 8:30 PM CDT

Locations impacted include... Scotland, Windthorst, southwestern Lake Arrowhead, Shannon and Joy.

06/02/2019

OUN issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 1.00 IN] for Baylor, Foard, Knox [TX] till 8:30 PM CDT

Locations impacted include... Red Springs, Gilliland and Vera.

06/02/2019

OUN issues Areal Flood Advisory for Archer, Baylor, Foard, Hardeman, Wichita, Wilbarger [TX] till Jun 1, 10:45 PM CDT

06/02/2019

OUN issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 70 MPH, hail: 2.00 IN] for Archer [TX] till 8:00 PM CDT

Locations impacted include... Archer City, Scotland and Lake Kickapoo.

06/01/2019

OUN continues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 80 MPH, hail: 3.00 IN] for Archer, Wichita [TX] till 7:15 PM CDT

Locations impacted include...
Holliday, Dundee, Mankins and Lake Kickapoo.

WARNING CHANGE: HAIL SIZE - Tea Cup (3")

06/01/2019

FWD issues Flash Flood Warning for Dallas [TX] till Jun 1, 8:45 PM CDT

Some locations that will experience flooding include... Dallas, Garland, Irving, Mesquite, Balch Springs, University Park, Highland Park and Cockrell Hill.

06/01/2019

OUN updates Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 80 MPH, hail: 2.75 IN] (cancels Baylor, Wilbarger [TX], continues Archer, Wichita [TX]) till 7:15 PM CDT.

Locations impacted include...
Holliday, Dundee, Mankins, Lake Kickapoo, northeastern Lake Diversion and Pleasant Valley.

WARNING CHANGES: HAIL SIZE - Baseballs (2.75"), WINDS - 80 MPH

06/01/2019

FWD continues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 1.00 IN] for Dallas [TX] till 7:30 PM CDT

Locations impacted include... Dallas, Garland, Irving, Grand Prairie, Mesquite, Rowlett, Lancaster, Farmers Branch, Balch Springs, University Park, Seagoville, Highland Park, Hutchins, Cockrell Hill, Sunnyvale, Wilmer and Combine.

WARNING CHANGE: HAIL SIZE - 1"

06/01/2019

FWD issues Flash Flood Warning for Cooke, Denton [TX] till Jun 1, 8:45 PM CDT

Some locations that will experience flooding include... Denton, Sanger, Krum, Pilot Point, Aubrey, Krugerville, Cross Roads, Ray Roberts Park Isle Du Bois, Ray Roberts Park Johnson Branch and Valley View.

06/01/2019

FWD issues Areal Flood Advisory for Tarrant [TX] till Jun 1, 8:30 PM CDT

06/01/2019

OUN issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 70 MPH, hail: 2.50 IN] for Archer, Baylor, Wichita, Wilbarger [TX] till 7:15 PM CDT

Locations impacted include... Holliday, Dundee, Mankins, Lake Kickapoo, Lake Diversion and Pleasant Valley.

06/01/2019

FWD issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 1.25 IN] for Dallas [TX] till Jun 1, 7:30 PM CDT

Locations impacted include... Dallas, Garland, Irving, Grand Prairie, Mesquite, Rowlett, Lancaster, Farmers Branch, Balch Springs, University Park, Seagoville, Highland Park, Hutchins, Cockrell Hill, Sunnyvale, Wilmer and Combine.

06/01/2019

OUN continues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 70 MPH, hail: 2.50 IN] for Wichita, Wilbarger [TX] till 6:45 PM CDT

Locations impacted include...
Electra and Grayback.

06/01/2019

OUN continues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 70 MPH, hail: 1.75 IN] for Wichita, Wilbarger [TX] till 6:45 PM CDT

Locations impacted include... Electra, Oklaunion, Harrold, Grayback and Haynesville.

06/01/2019

FWD issues Areal Flood Advisory for Cooke, Montague [TX] till Jun 1, 8:00 PM CDT

06/01/2019

OUN issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 1.50 IN] for Wichita, Wilbarger [TX] till 6:45 PM CDT

Locations impacted include... Electra, Oklaunion, Harrold, Grayback and Haynesville.

SUMMARY...Isolated large hail/severe gusts (55-65 mph) are possible this evening.  The duration of the expected severe t...
06/01/2019

SUMMARY...Isolated large hail/severe gusts (55-65 mph) are possible this evening. The duration of the expected severe threat lends uncertainty whether a severe thunderstorm watch is warranted.

06/01/2019

FWD continues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 65 MPH, hail: 1.00 IN] for Parker, Tarrant [TX] till 6:15 PM CDT

Locations impacted include... Fort Worth, Weatherford, Benbrook, Saginaw, White Settlement, Azle, River Oaks, Sansom Park, Lake Worth, Eagle Mountain, Willow Park, Edgecliff Village, Aledo, Westworth Village, Hudson Oaks, Annetta, Lakeside, Edgecliff, Westover Hills and Annetta South.

This includes the following highways... Interstate 35W between mile markers 49 and 55. Interstate 20 between mile markers 406 and 436. Interstate 30 between mile markers 1 and 15.

06/01/2019

FWD issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 1.00 IN] for Cooke, Denton [TX] till 6:30 PM CDT

Locations impacted include... Denton, Sanger, Krum, Pilot Point, Aubrey, Krugerville, Cross Roads, Ray Roberts Park Isle Du Bois, Ray Roberts Park Johnson Branch, Lake Kiowa, Valley View and Lincoln Park.

OUN issues Flash Flood Warning for Archer, Clay [TX] till Jun 1, 8:30 PM CDT

Some locations that will experience flooding include... Windthorst, Newport, Vashti, Shannon and Joy.

06/01/2019

FWD issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 1.00 IN] for Parker, Tarrant [TX] till 6:15 PM CDT

Locations impacted include... Fort Worth, Weatherford, Benbrook, Saginaw, White Settlement, Azle, River Oaks, Sansom Park, Lake Worth, Eagle Mountain, Willow Park, Edgecliff Village, Aledo, Westworth Village, Hudson Oaks, Annetta, Lakeside, Edgecliff, Westover Hills and Annetta South.

This includes the following highways... Interstate 35W between mile markers 49 and 55. Interstate 20 between mile markers 406 and 436. Interstate 30 between mile markers 1 and 15.

06/01/2019

FWD issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 1.00 IN] for Jack, Parker, Wise [TX] till 5:30 PM CDT

Locations impacted include... Weatherford, Mineral Wells, Azle, Briar, Willow Park, Reno, Springtown, Boyd, Poolville, Boonsville, Cottondale and Sanctuary.

SUMMARY...Isolated hail and/or damaging wind gusts possible over the next few hours.WATCH POTENTIAL: 40%
06/01/2019

SUMMARY...Isolated hail and/or damaging wind gusts possible over the next few hours.

WATCH POTENTIAL: 40%

05/29/2019

FWD issues Tornado Warning [tornado: RADAR INDICATED, hail:

Not even our US Capitol is immune to tornadoes. New Tornado Warning in effect for Washington D.C. proper and the rotatio...
05/23/2019

Not even our US Capitol is immune to tornadoes. New Tornado Warning in effect for Washington D.C. proper and the rotation center was over The White House/US Capitol Building region. - Chris Barrows

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05/21/2019

North Texas Storm Team's cover photo

05/21/2019

Today was a definite bust. I will admit, the dynamics were there for a severe weather event, but things did not fall into place as they should have . I will have more later on tomorrow on a public statement regarding my forecast for today.

Everyone busted today, but there were tornadoes, some were indeed strong.

So, from me personally, I do apologize for grossly overhyping this forecast and I hope you don’t lose trust in my future forecasts.

- Chris Barrows

North Texas Storm Team's cover photo
05/20/2019

North Texas Storm Team's cover photo

05/20/2019

SJT issues Tornado Watch for Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Nolan, Taylor [TX] till May 20, 8:00 PM CDT

New SPC outlook includes Vernon, Quanah and Crowell in the 45% tornado risk. Long track and destructive tornadoes are a ...
05/20/2019

New SPC outlook includes Vernon, Quanah and Crowell in the 45% tornado risk. Long track and destructive tornadoes are a certainty for these locations at this point. Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City, Altus AFB in Altus, Oklahoma and Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls are all evacuating their planes to different bases around the country in preparation for this deadly tornado outbreak. - Chris Barrows

SUMMARY...A Particularly Dangerous Situation Tornado Watch will likely be needed for portions of central and western OK....
05/20/2019

SUMMARY...A Particularly Dangerous Situation Tornado Watch will likely be needed for portions of central and western OK. Observational trends and short-term model guidance suggest a watch being issued during the 1pm-2pm period.

WATCH POTENTIAL: 95%

05/20/2019

The cap over North Texas breaks at 91 degrees. Two questions will determine how much severe weather we'll see across our region and when.

1. How warm will we get today? As of now, I am forecast 84 degrees which means the cap will weaken, but will it weaken to a point where it can be breakable?

2. How much lift will we have in place to lift storms through the atmosphere? As of this morning's weather balloon launch, we already have some decent lift in place, but more is definitely needed if we're gonna break a weak cap. - Chris Barrows

SPC SUMMARY...A tornado watch will likely be needed by 1pm CDT.  Storm initiation is expected as early as 1-2pm along th...
05/20/2019

SPC SUMMARY...A tornado watch will likely be needed by 1pm CDT. Storm initiation is expected as early as 1-2pm along the dryline.

WATCH POTENTIAL: 95%

It is surprising moist in Midland, Texas this morning with dew points in the upper 60s to lower 70s which suggests rapid...
05/20/2019

It is surprising moist in Midland, Texas this morning with dew points in the upper 60s to lower 70s which suggests rapid moisture return and expansive return too when you have that high of a dew point that far west ahead of the dryline.

The atmosphere is very unstable, but still capped off as noted by the convective temperature being 90 degrees on this weather balloon launch. I expect this to change later on as the atmosphere heats up and the cap weakens and that's when our tornadic supercells should fire. - Chris Barrows

AREAS UNDER SEVERE WEATHER RISK TODAY:Wichita Falls: HIGH RISKVernon: HIGH RISKAbilene: MODERATE RISKSan Angelo: ENHANCE...
05/20/2019

AREAS UNDER SEVERE WEATHER RISK TODAY:

Wichita Falls: HIGH RISK
Vernon: HIGH RISK
Abilene: MODERATE RISK
San Angelo: ENHANCED/SIGNIFICANT TORNADO RISK
Decatur: ENHANCED/SIGNIFICANT TORNADO RISK
Dallas/Fort Worth: SLIGHT RISK
Waco: MARGINAL RISK

I am growing heavily concerned for today's severe weather event. In Oklahoma, schools have shut down across the state along with major universities in preparation for this severe weather event.

This event is life threatening in a sense that even the April 27th, 2011 Super Outbreak didn't even have the wording that the Storm Prediction Center is putting out today.

Here's what they are saying for this event: ...A serious outbreak of destructive, tornadic supercells is likely over parts of this region this afternoon into evening, especially in the high- and moderate-risk areas....

If you live in the High and Moderate Risk areas, you need to take today seriously as this severe weather event is a life threatening high impact situation that our region has not seen in a long time. I don't get scared often of thunderstorm events, but this one has me on the edge of my seat.

My personal opinion, this area is highly overdue for a significant tornado outbreak like the one is forecast for today. It's been 40 years since Wichita Falls has been hit by a significant tornado and that is why I think most areas within this High Risk are overdue.

My opinion, today is a good day, if you live in Abilene, Wichita Falls, Vernon or even San Angelo to take work off early and go pick the kids up from school. This event is not an event to play around with and what's shocking me more is that no Texas school within the risk areas are closing for the day which is very scary because of what happened in Moore about 6 years ago today at Plaza Towers Elementary which was demolished by a significant tornado.

Stay safe out there and be prepared for destructive tornadoes that will be moving fast (storm motions at 45+ mph) and rapidly changing forecasts. The sun's out here in Decatur... Fear the atmosphere today. - Chris Barrows

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