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US National Weather Service Fort Worth Texas
02/24/2018

US National Weather Service Fort Worth Texas

There will be a threat for strong to severe storms starting Saturday morning. The initial threat will be from large hail, but as a line of storms develops, moves east and encounters increasing surface-based instability with a little surface heating, the threat for damaging winds and even a few tornadoes will increase.

Tomorrow will be a day to be weather aware!
02/23/2018

Tomorrow will be a day to be weather aware!

We still have a few more rounds of heavy rain to get through over the next couple of days. In addition, Saturday will have the potential for severe storms, especially east of I-35.

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Ed Piotrowski WPDE
10/25/2017

Ed Piotrowski WPDE

"GET OFF THE TV! IF SOMEONE DIES, IT'S THEIR FAULT!"

Grab a cup of coffee...this is long.

Last night at 10:20pm, a tornado warning was issued for parts of Horry County and I went on air right in the middle of one of the best new shows on TV, The Good Doctor.

As you might imagine, people came out of the woodworks and let me have it. In one email, a guy wrote: "Get off the TV! If someone dies, it's their fault!". I'm serious. That's exactly what he typed then actually hit send. In another email, a woman wrote: "I hope your TV station gets hit and you're in it. Put The Good Doctor back on!". She must not understand that IF our TV station gets hit, we'll NEVER get back to her program. And yet another: "You egomanaic...get off the f***ing tv! No one wants to hear you babble on". Others weren't as hateful, but still highly upset that I was interrupting their show.

I've been doing this job for nearly 28 years and I still can't get used to the fact that in these situations, some people lose their minds, are extremely hostile and have a blatant disregard for others.

Sometimes I lose faith in humanity.

Honestly, the last thing I ever want to do is break into your program. I know it's incredibly annoying if the storm doesn't affect you. But here's the deal. TV stations are obligated to be a public service first and a provider of entertainment second. When a tornado warning is issued, our policy at ABC 15 (and every other station in the country) is to get on the air as quickly as possible and stay on until the threat is over. Believe it or not, lives are actually at stake. Sometimes I get off the air long before the warning has expired because I have the experience to know when people are no longer in danger. I don't want to hear myself talk any more than you do.

In case you missed it, here's how things unfolded last night. The tornado warning was issued at 10:20pm based on INTENSE rotation just west of Nixonville in Horry County. In the attached image, Doppler radar is measuring velocity...or the speed of the wind...a few thousand feet above the ground. "-74 mph" is air moving away from the radar site at 74 mph and "35 mph" is air moving toward the radar at 35 mph. That's a closing speed of 109 mph! In other words, intense rotation capable of producing a violent tornado. It was the strongest rotation I've seen on Doppler radar in a long time. Still no guarantee there was a tornado on the ground, but nothing I could dismiss. About 10:30pm, the rotation began to weaken, but I needed to see that trend continue for several minutes before I would make the call to get off the air. I'm not seeing anything on social media or from the NWS and I'm only getting new radar images every 2 minutes. I have no choice but to repeat myself until I am 100% confident the threat is over. At around 10:40pm, several minutes before the warning expired, we returned to The Good Doctor. I believe I was on air for a total of 19 minutes.

Let me be clear. I make no apologies for interrupting The Good Doctor last night. I know it was the right thing to do. Alerting people and protecting lives will ALWAYS be more important than any TV program.

With that said, ABC 15 is constantly working on ways to be less intrusive, yet still get vital, perhaps life-saving information to people in the path of a storm in a timely and effective manner. Until we have the perfect solution, situations like this will happen again.

Let's be thankful no one was injured or killed last night. You can always go online and watch a missed TV program. If someone dies, they can't go to Netflix or Hulu to get their life back.

Have a great day everyone and enjoy the nice weather!

Heads up! HIGH risk still stands, looks like no changes. ENHANCED risk now includes portions of North Texas and the DFW ...
05/18/2017
BRS Weather

Heads up! HIGH risk still stands, looks like no changes. ENHANCED risk now includes portions of North Texas and the DFW Metroplex.

PUBLIC SEVERE WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1144 AM CDT THU MAY 18 2017

...Outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms expected over
parts of the central and southern Plains this afternoon and
tonight...

* LOCATIONS...
Southern and central Kansas
Western and central Oklahoma
North Texas

* HAZARDS...
Numerous tornadoes, several intense and long track
Widespread large hail, some baseball size
Scattered damaging winds, some hurricane force

* SUMMARY...
An outbreak of severe thunderstorms with tornadoes, very large hail and wind damage is expected to develop across parts of the southern and central Plains from this afternoon into this evening and overnight. Some strong, long-lived tornadoes are
expected, along with hail to near 4 inches in diameter, over parts of Kansas and Oklahoma. Large hail, tornadoes and wind damage also will be possible outside of these areas across parts of the southern and central Plains. Locally damaging gusts and sporadic hail also are expected across parts of the lower Great Lakes region to western New England this afternoon and early evening.

Preparedness actions...

Review your severe weather safety procedures for the possibility of dangerous weather today. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, weather.gov, or other media for watches and warnings. A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form during the next several hours. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, move to a place of safety, ideally in a basement or interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building.

BRS Weather
03/26/2017

BRS Weather

The NOAA NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued Mesoscale Discussion #335. We expect the SPC to issue a Tornado Watch around 4 PM CDT for the area outlined in red and especially the area in the black hatched area.

03/26/2017
BRS Weather

BRS Weather

Headed to Ardmore, OK to chase. MODERATE risk for portions of Oklahoma into parts of extreme northern Texas.

BRS Weather
03/26/2017

BRS Weather

Visible satellite is showing a thin cloud deck over Oklahoma! More sunlight = a more favorable atmosphere for severe storms! Headed to Oklahoma for a MODERATE risk this afternoon!

Headed up to Oklahoma this afternoon to chase. Moderate risk for portions of Oklahoma down into far extreme northern par...
03/26/2017

Headed up to Oklahoma this afternoon to chase. Moderate risk for portions of Oklahoma down into far extreme northern parts of North Texas along the Red River.

We will also have a risk for severe storms here as well in North Texas if storms are able to break the cap. ALWAYS be prepared for ANY mode of severe weather. Have a way to receive the latest watches and warnings!!!

Moderate risk for Montage, Cooke and Grayson counties, Slight risk from Decatur to east of Paris and a Slight risk includes Parker, Tarrant, Dallas. Once again, BE PREPARED, HAVE A WAY TO RECEIVE WATCHES AND WARNINGS!

The NOAA NWS Storm Prediction Center
has issued a MODERATE risk for severe weather afternoon for portions of Oklahoma down into portions of extreme North Texas, or roughly from just north of Oklahoma City to a Bowie to Sherman line. Pay very close attention if you are within any type of severe threat you should ALWAYS be prepared for any mode of severe weather.

We will be heading up to the Ardmore area this afternoon to chase.

03/23/2017
BRS Weather

BRS Weather

Headed to Amarillo-Dumas

03/23/2017
BRS Weather

BRS Weather

Headed out to Lubbock/Amarillo for severe storms this afternoon in the area! Slight risk for portions of the High & Central Plains today!

Tornado Warning [tornado: RADAR INDICATED, hail: 1.00 IN] for Tarrant [TX] till 8:45 PM CST
01/16/2017

Tornado Warning [tornado: RADAR INDICATED, hail: 1.00 IN] for Tarrant [TX] till 8:45 PM CST

Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 0.75 IN] for Collin, Denton [TX] till Jan 15, 10:30 PM CST
01/16/2017

Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 0.75 IN] for Collin, Denton [TX] till Jan 15, 10:30 PM CST

Seeing rotation redeveloping now SE of Addison/Farmers Branch, no tornado warning at this time, brief spin up possible
01/16/2017

Seeing rotation redeveloping now SE of Addison/Farmers Branch, no tornado warning at this time, brief spin up possible

Currently NO Tornado Warnings, just one Severe Thunderstorm Warning that is in effect until 9:45 PM.
01/16/2017

Currently NO Tornado Warnings, just one Severe Thunderstorm Warning that is in effect until 9:45 PM.

01/16/2017

Please, do not forget about the flash flood danger with this system! Flash Flood Warnings are in effect for Johnson and Tarrant Counties!

If you live in Irving you need to SEEK SHELTER NOW! CONFIRMED TORNADO REPORTED NEAR 161 AND ARKANSAS! TORNADO WILL CROSS...
01/16/2017

If you live in Irving you need to SEEK SHELTER NOW! CONFIRMED TORNADO REPORTED NEAR 161 AND ARKANSAS! TORNADO WILL CROSS I-30 SOON!

CareFlite is reporting a tornado has just passed their location at Grand Prairie Airport! CONFIRMED TORNADO, SEEK SHELTE...
01/16/2017

CareFlite is reporting a tornado has just passed their location at Grand Prairie Airport! CONFIRMED TORNADO, SEEK SHELTER NOW!

Tornado Warning still in effect for far western Dallas County until 9 PM! SEEK SHELTER NOW IF YOU ARE IN GRAND PRAIRIE, ...
01/16/2017

Tornado Warning still in effect for far western Dallas County until 9 PM! SEEK SHELTER NOW IF YOU ARE IN GRAND PRAIRIE, IRVING AREAS!

Tornado Warning [tornado: RADAR INDICATED, hail: 1.00 IN] for Dallas, Tarrant [TX] till 9:00 PM CST
01/16/2017

Tornado Warning [tornado: RADAR INDICATED, hail: 1.00 IN] for Dallas, Tarrant [TX] till 9:00 PM CST

Area of strong rotation is near I-20 and 360 area. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU ARE IN THE TORNADO WARNING!
01/16/2017

Area of strong rotation is near I-20 and 360 area. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU ARE IN THE TORNADO WARNING!

Reports of power flashes seen in the area of 287 & 360 in Mansfield. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING ...
01/16/2017

Reports of power flashes seen in the area of 287 & 360 in Mansfield. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING AREA!

POTENTIAL TORNADO ON THE GROUND NEAR MANSFIELD NEAR HWY 360, SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING BOX!!!
01/16/2017

POTENTIAL TORNADO ON THE GROUND NEAR MANSFIELD NEAR HWY 360, SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING BOX!!!

Tornado Warning [tornado: RADAR INDICATED, hail: 1.00 IN] for Tarrant [TX] till 8:45 PM CST
01/16/2017

Tornado Warning [tornado: RADAR INDICATED, hail: 1.00 IN] for Tarrant [TX] till 8:45 PM CST

Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail:
01/16/2017

Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail:

Tornado Warning [tornado: RADAR INDICATED, hail:
01/16/2017

Tornado Warning [tornado: RADAR INDICATED, hail:

If you are near the Blum/Covington area you need to be in your safe room NOW! Tornado Warning till 7:30 PM. Still strong...
01/16/2017

If you are near the Blum/Covington area you need to be in your safe room NOW! Tornado Warning till 7:30 PM. Still strong rotation on radar

The Tornado Warning for Hill Co. has been extended into Johnson Co. Radar indicating strong rotation to west of Hillsbor...
01/16/2017

The Tornado Warning for Hill Co. has been extended into Johnson Co. Radar indicating strong rotation to west of Hillsboro. Tornado confirmed in Hill County!

Tornado Warning [tornado: OBSERVED, hail: 1.00 IN] for Hill, Johnson [TX] till 7:30 PM CST
01/16/2017

Tornado Warning [tornado: OBSERVED, hail: 1.00 IN] for Hill, Johnson [TX] till 7:30 PM CST

Radar is indicting some VERY strong rotation over Bosque/Hill Co., seek shelter immediately! Tornado Warning for Hill an...
01/16/2017

Radar is indicting some VERY strong rotation over Bosque/Hill Co., seek shelter immediately! Tornado Warning for Hill and Bosque until 7 PM!

Tornado Warning [tornado: OBSERVED, hail:
01/16/2017

Tornado Warning [tornado: OBSERVED, hail:

Tornado Watch for Bell, Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Dallas, Eastland, Ellis, Erath, Falls, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson,...
01/16/2017

Tornado Watch for Bell, Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Dallas, Eastland, Ellis, Erath, Falls, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, Lampasas, Limestone, McLennan, Mills, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant [TX] till Jan 16, 12:00 AM CST

01/16/2017

Good evening everyone! I know it has been a very long time since I have been active on this page, I have been extremely busy with things for the past months and really have not had a whole lot of time to manage this page. I plan to be back posting regularly soon (and I actually mean it this time) when I have a little more extra time. Just wanted to mention that while I am active tonight.

Please have a way to receive watches and warnings tonight! It is getting a little more active in the weather center, little by little. We do have some watches and warnings on the board, I will be posting updates in just a few minutes!

BRS Weather
01/02/2017

BRS Weather

Expecting the NOAA NWS Storm Prediction Center to possibly issue a severe weather watch possibly somewhere within the area outlined in blue possibly within the next hour. Stay tuned and stay weather aware!

We have our fifth Tropical Storm of the season! Newly formed Tropical Storm in the Gulf of Mexico named Earl. The Nation...
08/02/2016

We have our fifth Tropical Storm of the season! Newly formed Tropical Storm in the Gulf of Mexico named Earl. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued the first advisory for Earl at 11 AM CT/12 PM ET. Current conditions: Max Sustained winds - 45 MPH, moving West at 22 MPH. Full NHC public advisory available at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/mobile/refresh/MIATCPAT5+html/301430.html

Watching for thunderstorm development mainly to the Northwest of the DFW Metroplex. If storms form they may be capable o...
06/14/2016

Watching for thunderstorm development mainly to the Northwest of the DFW Metroplex. If storms form they may be capable of producing strong winds, frequent lightning and heavy downpours. Monitoring for development.

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