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DFW SHATTERS PRECIPITATION RECORDS FEBRUARY 28, 2018

Thursday, March 1st, 2018 9:38am CDT

4.72 inches of rain was officially recorded at DFW Airport on February 28, 2018. This makes February 2018 the wettest February on record at DFW Airport (11.31 inches recorded for the month) shattering the old record of 7.40 inches in February 1997. It also makes the 2017-2018 winter tied with 1931-32 winter for the wettest winter on record for DFW. It is also the most rain recorded on any single day during the month of February. It also shattered the daily rain record for February 28th, which was previously 0.92 inches set in 2001.

BITTERLY COLD ACROSS DFW THIS MORNING (COLDEST IN YEARS)

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 6:00pm CDT

A bitter cold Arctic airmass settled across Dallas/Fort Worth this morning (January 17, 2018). Below are some of the low temperatures reported this morning:

  • DFW Airport: 13°F (Coldest in 7 years)
  • Arlington: 6°F
  • Fort Worth: 12°F
  • Dallas: 15°F
  • Denton: 4°F
  • Plano: 7°F
  • Grand Prairie: 14°F
  • Granbury: 7°F
  • Cleburne: 9°F
  • Waxahachie: 8°F
  • Weatherford: 6°F

BITTERLY COLD NEW YEAR’S FOR DFW

Thursday, December 28th, 2017 6:06pm CDT

A major Arctic air outbreak is expected to affect the area over the New Year’s holiday. An Arctic cold front will push south across the area on Saturday. There could be quite the temperature gradient from north to south as the front traverses the region. As the cold air filters into the region, what moisture is available in the atmosphere (not much) will be squeezed out as cold air cannot hold moisture. This will likely materialize in pockets of very light rain or drizzle from Saturday into Sunday. As temperatures drop below freezing Saturday night and Sunday morning, the drizzle will begin freezing to surfaces, possibly becoming mixed with sleet and/or snow grains as the cold air deepens. This is not expected to be a significant ice event for the area, but Sunday could have some travel spots on roads, especially bridges and overpasses. People with plans on New Year’s Eve should stay alert to the changing forecast conditions.

The cold air will deepen dramatically on Sunday with drier air filtering in from north to south effectively ending all precipitation. Strong and gusty winds will help sublimate any ice accretion rather rapidly. The cold will become the main story for much of next week. Once we drop below freezing on Sunday, we are not expected to get above freezing until Wednesday. Residents need to prepare now for 48+ hours of potential subfreezing weather. Lows New Year’s morning will be in the teens with wind chills in the single digits. People with plans New Year’s night will want to dress for the cold conditions. Highs will be in the 20s New Year’s Day and low 30s on Tuesday (still below freezing). The cold is expected to keep temperatures well below normal into Friday of next week.

YESTERDAY, DFW SETS RECORD DAILY RAINFALL

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 12:37pm CDT

Yesterday, DFW Airport received 2.95 inches of rain setting a new daily rainfall record. This breaks the old daily record of 1.56 inches of rain set in 1911.

DFW AIRPORT SETS ANOTHER RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 9:01am CDT

DFW Airport, the official climate site for Dallas/Fort Worth, set another record high temperature yesterday, December 4, 2017. The high temperature recorded was 84°F. This breaks the old record high of 83°F set in 1977.

RAIN RETURNS TO DFW

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 12:35pm CDT

A cold front has moved through the entire forecast area. Moist flow running atop the cooler air at the surface has led to cloudy skies today. A disturbance will be approaching the region tonight from out west spreading lift across the area. PWATs (precipitable water) values are expected to climb to 1 to 1.5 inches across the area. This will lead to numerous showers to develop tonight into tomorrow night. This is not expected to be a widespread heavy rain event as all precipitation is expected to be light to moderate. Rainfall amounts will vary from as little as .10″ to just over an inch in the immediate DFW Metroplex. Heaviest totals will be to the south and east of the Metroplex. Precipitation is expected to end from west to east Wednesday night. Cold air advection, clouds, and rain will keep temperatures in the 40s all day tomorrow. Lows will drop into the upper 30s and lower 40s for Thursday morning. Another cold front with more shots at rain is expected this weekend.

Forecast rainfall totals for Wednesday, November 8, 2017

AGAIN DFW SMASHES ANOTHER RECORD HIGH, TIES ALL TIME RECORD FOR NOVEMBER

Monday, November 6th, 2017 9:12am CDT

Yesterday, November 5, 2017, DFW smashed another record high. The temperature reached 94°F at DFW Airport. This smashes the old daily record of 89°F set in 2005. This also ties the all time November record set on November 2, 2017 of 94°F. This is also the hottest temperature ever recorded so late in the year at DFW. This is unprecedented record heat we have been experiencing lately (that we know about) out of nearly 120 years of weather records.

DFW SETS ANOTHER RECORD HIGH

Sunday, November 5th, 2017 8:17am CDT

Another record high was broken yesterday, November 4, 2017 at DFW Airport. The temperature reached 90°F breaking the old record of 88°F set in 1987. The record heat will continue today as a combination of downslope flow, compressional warming from an approaching cold front, and upper ridging will aide in allowing temperatures to soar out of control. The record for November 5 at DFW is 89°F set in 2005, but will easily be broken as the forecast calls for a high of 92°F. This record November heat (90+ degree temperatures in November) is exceptionally rare, and nothing like it will likely be experienced again during our lifetimes. A weak cold front will move across the area tomorrow and stall around the I-20 corridor, but will get reinforced and pushed out of the area as a stronger cold front arrives on Tuesday. This will set the stage for an overrunning rain event Tuesday night through Wednesday night. Temperatures will cool dramatically behind the Tuesday cool front with highs on Wednesday remaining in the 50s.

WE FALL BACK ONE HOUR EARLY SUNDAY MORNING

Saturday, November 4th, 2017 8:02am CDT

Just a reminder that Daylight Savings Time ends early tomorrow morning (November 5, 2017) at 2:00 am, and we fall back one hour to Central Standard Time. Don’t forget to set your clocks accordingly.

DFW SHATTERS HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS

Friday, November 3rd, 2017 8:17am CDT

A record high temperature of 94°F was set at DFW Airport yesterday, November 2, 2017. This shatters the old daily record of 87°F set in 2012. In addition, this also breaks the record of the hottest temperature ever recorded during the month of November. The old monthly record was 89°F set on November 5, 2005. This also is the hottest temperature ever recorded at DFW so late in the year.