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Posted May 18, 2012
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters.
Posted May 18, 2012 • Photos
Storms brought heavy rains on Thursday, May 10, with widespread flooding closing off roads, including 4th Street in front of Blanco High School. Left: Willard Gibbons snapped a photo of the Blanco River flowing over Trainer Wuest Rd. Right: The flood guage at Koch Creek in Blanco State Park was knocked over by trees and other debris.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 • Posted February 23, 2012 • Photos
Nice Rain–Willard Gibbons captured this shot of the Blanco River flowing over the bridge at Trainer Wuest Road after the area received 2 inches of rain (by Willard’s gauge). It’s the first time in many months that the river has flowed over the bridge, Willard reports.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 • Posted August 4, 2011
A ridge of high pressure aloft centered across the Southern Plains will lead to very hot temperatures expected to be near or above records across South Central Texas and the Hill Country this week. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for South Central Texas. A Heat Advisory remains in effect from Wednesday through 10 pm Friday evening. Near record afternoon temperatures will come with heat indices up to 105 degrees over the Hill Country and up to 108 degrees fo ...
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 24, 2011
June 19-25 is Lightning Safety Week. Summer is the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena— lightning. But don’t be fooled, lightning strikes year round. In the United States, an average of 55 people are killed each year by lightning. To date, there have been 5 deaths in 2011 (as of press time). Hundreds of people are permanently injured each year by these giant sparks.  People struck by lightning suffer from a variety of long-term, debilitating ...
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 • Posted June 9, 2011 • Photos
The newly-released U.S. Drought Monitor shows over 97% of Texas in drought conditions with just over 50% of the state experiencing exceptional drought, the highest on the scale. According to the Lower-Colorado River Authority, “with very little rain and frequent periods of strong winds, drought conditions continue to strengthen. The vast majority of Blanco County is within the exceptional drought, along with a string of counties south and west.” Because of the drought con ...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 27, 2011
History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Hurricane Preparedness Week during 2011 runs from May 22nd through May 28th. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding.
Posted May 24, 2011
The National Weather Service is forecasting a high temperature of 97 degrees on Wednesday, May 25, with a heat index up to 102.Heat TipsClose the blinds and curtains. Make sure your AC unit is up to date on servicing and coolant.  Also, if you must be outside, be sure to stay hydrated and wear light colored clothing.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 • Posted April 13, 2011 • Photos
As of press time, several huge wildfires are raging throughout the state. The first is a rapidly-moving wildfire in Jeff Davis county that has spread to over 60,000 acres and destroyed about 40 homes in Ft. Davis before raging farther north and east.  Another fire in west Texas has burned 16,000 acres in Midland County and destroyed about 34 homes, according to Alan Craft, a Texas Forest Service spokesman. A third fire in north Texas has already claimed over 71,000 ...
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 • Posted February 1, 2011
After basking in the near 80 degree temperatures Sunday and Monday, residents of Blanco County woke up on Tuesday to the coldest temperatures by far of the season. The second of two frontal passages tore through south central Texas around 3am Tuesday morning, bringing frigid temperatures and wind chills with it.  The first front Monday morning brought warmer temperatures with it due to the wind shift from the north to the south.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 12, 2010
The next few months for the Texas Hill Country are expected to be warmer and drier than average. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC), a division of NOAA, predicts an enhanced probability for above normal temperatures and a slight probability for below average precipitation. No severe drought is predicted. The cause of this warmer and drier weather is La Nina.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 • Posted September 14, 2010 • Photos
Tropical Storm Hermine trampled over central Texas last week. The eye of the storm passed just west of Blanco County, and the most intense part of the storm, the eye wall, passed over the county. After Hermine moved out of the area Tuesday evening, more rain pummeled the already-drenched Hill Country Wednesday and Thursday.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 • Posted February 23, 2010 • Photos
Weather channels on Monday predicted snowfall for the Hill Country all day Tuesday. Expecting that once again Blanco County would miss the white stuff, residents were surprised when giant, fluffy flakes began to descend Tuesday morning. Blanco saw little accumulation, but areas just north of us received enough to actually make the area white.

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