Better Late Than Never: Fall Temperatures Are Coming Via Today’s Forecast For Heavy Rain | KERA News

Better Late Than Never: Fall Temperatures Are Coming Via Today’s Forecast For Heavy Rain

Nov 5, 2015

Five stories that have North Texans talking: Fall weather might finally show up; get your lunch Uber-ed from local Dallas restaurants; Texans often make happy plates; and more.

Expect two rounds of showers today and potential flash flooding . The flooding watch went into effect at 6 a.m. for North and Central Texas and will last until midnight. There are chances of slightly severe developments like hail, damaging winds, heavy rain and even a tornado, according to The National Weather Service. But it will all be worth it come the weekend — the overnight lows will dip into the 40s for the first time since April, the Weather Service predicts. This is the latest arrival of autumn temperatures ever for the DFW area, the Weather Service says, with Nov. 3, 2004 being the previous record. And why is that? NWS Lead Forecaster Mark Wiley explained to The Dallas Morning News: “It’s a strong El Niño, and that generally keeps the colder air from coming down here. We will see cold weather eventually, but at this time of the year if we have any sunshine it warms right back up.” North Texans take the good with the bad — be safe throughout Thursday’s potentially severe storms to enjoy the fall you always wanted.

 

Here’s the latest on Thursday’s forecast:

 

Uber is launching a new food delivery service today in Dallas — UberEATS. The transportation service company will deliver lunch in 10 minutes or less to diners in downtown Dallas, Uptown and near Oaklawn. Guide Live reported that the service might expand beyond the city center but not anytime soon. The company is partnering with local businesses instead of chains. Today, Dallasites can order via the Uber app from Smoke, Cafe Momentum and the Rustic, but Bread Winners Cafe, Deep Sushi, El Fenix, Fireside Pies and Norma’s Cafe are expected to participate in the coming weeks and months. Dallas marks the 13th city worldwide with UberEATS, according Guide Live. Read the KERA story on Austin’s own food delivery app, Favor.

They say everything’s bigger in Texas and that includes its residents. WalletHub, a personal finance website, conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Fattest States in America that compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 12 key metrics. In between perfecting recipes for the upcoming holiday season, here’s the full report to peruse.

Texas ranked as the 11th fattest state. Here are some highlights for the state with 1st place being the worst, 51st the best and 25th the average ranking.

 

  • 28th – Percentage of Adults Who Are Overweight

  • 15th – Percentage of Adults Who Are Obese

  • 9th – Percentage of Children Who Are Overweight

  • 10th – Percentage of Children Who Are Obese

  • 10th – Percentage of Residents Who Are Physically Inactive

  • 25th – Percentage of Residents with High Cholesterol

  • 19th – Percentage of Adults Eating Less than 1 Serving of Fruits/Vegetables per Day

  • 17th – Percentage of Residents with Diabetes

  • 10th – Percentage of Residents with Hypertension

 

Cattle theft is still a modern-day problem in Texas. The crime costs state ranchers millions of dollars each year. Although the number of thefts has fluctuated and ultimately decreased in recent years, the value of stolen livestock has jumped with cattle prices being higher during years of drought. The Texas Tribune reported: “In 2014 the association investigated 790 cases, including 726 in Texas. But the 5,325 animals reported stolen or missing in Texas were valued at $4.89 million, an increase of more than $800,000 from 2011.” Read more here. [Texas Tribune]

Laura Bush and her daughter, Jenna, are writing their second children’s book. The former First Lady and her daughter are co-writing, “Our Great Big Backyard” seven years after their first work, “Read All About It!” in 2008. The Associated Press reported:  “‘Our Great Big Backyard,’ a picture story about a girl named Jane whose family road trip to the country’s national parks leads to her ‘paying attention to the majestic sights and spending less time looking at her screen.’” The book is coming out in May to coincide with the centennial of the National Park Service. Read more here. [AP]