Think Science: Weather

Jan 22, 2018
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There’s a saying in Texas that goes, “if you don’t like the weather in Texas, wait five minutes.” Despite San Antonio’s reputation for long hot summers, there is an abundance of interesting weather in the Lone Star State, everything from ice storms to hurricanes and even the occasional snowfall. At our next Think Science event, we’ll hear from two experts in the field about our unique weather patterns, and how predictions are made. Learn about the technology that helps forecasters, meteorologists, and researchers understand our climate.

Before it got cold this winter, it was warm. Very warm. In fact, new data out Monday shows 2017 was the third warmest year recorded in the lower 48 states.

And it was also a smackdown year for weather disasters: 16 weather events each broke the billion-dollar barrier.

First, the heat. Last year was 2.6 degrees F warmer than the average year during the 20th century.

This year's extra-large El Nino weather pattern is over, according to federal meteorologists.

"We're sticking a fork in this El Niño and calling it done," National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists wrote on a blog tracking the 15-month-long weather event.

Jack Morgan / Texas Public Radio

It's going to be a wet week for the San Antonio area. Cory Van Pelt with the National Weather Service says we’re getting a bit of a break today.

“But that’s going to change tomorrow, especially tomorrow night when it looks like we’ll have a line of strong, possibly severe thunderstorms that come through. We could also have some more heavy rain with those. And then the rest of the week we’re just going to have off and on rain," Van Pelt said.

Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

Insurance adjusters are fanning out across Texas, estimating repairs to cars, homes and businesses from this week's hail storms.


Aaron Wilkerson with the Texas Farm Bureau says his company is bringing in extra staff from around the state to respond to claims from North Texas to San Antonio -- including some claims for hail damage to farm equipment and crops.