AUSTIN (KXAN) — The first three weeks of February have been the warmest ever recorded in Austin, with a lot of 80+ degree days making the average temperature more than nine degrees warmer than normal. Records date to 1897 in Austin. At ABIA, where records date back to 1942, it is the second warmest February on record, so far.
The unusually warm weather is forecast to continue this week, with high temperatures in the 80s to even near 90 degrees. A weak cold front will drop highs to the 60s and 70s this weekend.
The next chance for rain in Central Texas will come early next week, with a few isolated showers expected Monday and Tuesday. Our two-week outlook into the first week of March indicates a probability of warmer than normal weather continuing.
The National Weather Service continued to survey storm damage Tuesday. It was determined that the damage between San Marcos and Kyle was caused by an EF-1 tornado, with winds of 100 mph. The damage extending from ABIA to Manor and Elgin was not caused by a tornado, rather by damaging straight-line thunderstorm winds.
The survey team’s preliminary analysis indicated that two tornadoes near Thrall (eastern Williamson County) were EF-2 intensity, with winds of at least 112-188 mph. In addition, straight-line winds of 118-138 mph caused significant damage just north of Thrall.
Taking into account the tornado touchdowns in the San Antonio metro area, there were 9 tornadoes in all on Sunday night.
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