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Researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington are learning to predict the weather in space and measure its impact on Earth. But it's a tricky science because space weather activity is tied to the chaotic behavior of the sun. 

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North Texas remains under a heat advisory until 8 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service says.

How To Navigate The Insurance Maze After A Big Storm

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North Texas has been hit with some costly storms in recent months -- storms that have caused billions of dollars in losses. That includes tornadoes the day after Christmas and several recent hailstorms.  

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Update, Wednesday afternoon: Areas to the north of Dallas-Fort Worth were hit hardest by Tuesday night's storms. The National Weather Service confirms that three tornadoes hit Grayson County, including an EF1 in Whitesboro, an EF0 near Bells and an EF1 near Howe.

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Storms have dumped more than a foot of rain in the Houston area, flooding dozens of neighborhoods and forcing the closure of city offices and the suspension of public transit.

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The Wylie Independent School District called off school on Tuesday – a day after hail the size of baseballs broke windows and caused other building damage.

 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Brace yourself for possible hail and wind damage this afternoon and evening; Dallas paid unique tribute to Pakistan bombing victims; a Granite Shoals woman brought drugs to the police to make sure they weren’t contaminated; and more.

 

Information out from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms what many probably already knew: It was a really warm winter. NOAA’s National Climate Summary for December through February says the lower 48 states experienced the warmest winter ever recorded when it comes to average temperature. 


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Update, 6:56 p.m.: The National Weather Service has confirmed a fifth tornado touched down in Benbrook. It is part of storms that plowed through North Texas this week.

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KERA’s series One Crisis Away, Rebuilding A Life looks at four families left on the financial edge after December’s tornadoes. When the shelters close and the cameras disappear, recovery is only beginning.

Single mom Jenn Anderson had already rebuilt her life once. She picked up her two toddlers and moved to Garland shortly after her husband’s suicide in Las Vegas.

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(This post will be updated throughout the day.) 1:50 p.m.: The tornado warning has ended for Van Zandt County. Skies are clearing up in parts of North Texas, but there's a chance of more storms developing later tonight. 

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A new type of weather radar is being tested in North Texas – it was used during December’s deadly tornadoes; and it has a long name: Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of The Atmosphere or CASA. Mark Fox is with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth and he explores the future of Texas weather technology.

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After nine tornadoes hit North Texas over the weekend, what can people in Ellis, Dallas and Collin counties learn from folks who’ve lived through previous twisters? 

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After tornadoes disappeared in North Texas, a blizzard entered the Texas Panhandle, shutting down a major highway on Sunday. And in some parts west of Dallas-Fort Worth, it turned icy Monday morning. 

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Twelve tornadoes raced through North Texas Saturday night, killing 11 people and damaging hundreds of homes. 

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Paulette and Howard Rector of Garland had heard stories about the terrifying sound of a tornado, but they’d never heard it. Not until the day after Christmas.

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This year is the wettest on record in North Texas. And the rain won’t go away! 

Here’s what you should know about our wet and wild 2015.

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Heavy rain moved through Dallas-Fort Worth area early Tuesday. Dallas-based electric provider Oncor reported about 19,000 customers without power, mainly in North Texas as the storms moved east.

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The death toll now stands at six in Texas as more bodies were recovered on Saturday after another band of strong storms and heavy rain spawned three tornadoes and dangerous flooding in the waterlogged state.

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The rain kept falling and falling across Texas -- some parts of the state saw more than 20 inches in recent days. Here are five things you should know about the deluge:

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Update, Sunday night: The rain kept falling and falling -- and when it finally stopped, 21 inches fell in Corsicana in Navarro County, which is about an hour south of Dallas. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas kicks Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid; Ahmed Mohamed visits the White House; extreme drought enters D/FW; and more.

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August in North Texas may not be anyone’s favorite weather, but it’s peak season for creative complaining.

Bemoaning the sweltering heat is almost a hobby during the summer. And just about everyone has their own, unique way to describe it.

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Anyone who’s accidentally brushed against a searing seat-belt buckle this week knows: summer has hit the broiler setting in North Texas, and it’s just going to get worse.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through Saturday and says the next week will feel as hot as 109 degrees. Some forecasts have triple digit temperatures for the next 15 days.

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When will North Texas reach 100 degrees this summer?

So far this year, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport hasn’t recorded 100 degrees – yet. We’re going to get close this week.

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Areas northwest of Dallas-Fort Worth are seeing lots of rain. Since Tuesday, some areas have recorded 2 to 4 inches – and the National Weather Service says another 1 to 3 inches are expected today.

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We saw yet more rain over the weekend – 3 to 6 inches in some areas -- and all of that water flooded roads and crept into some homes. It also caused a bridge to collapse in Hunt County, which is northeast of Dallas.

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Update 4:32 p.m. Tropical Depression Bill’s is moving inland across North Texas and into Oklahoma, according to the National Weather Service.

Parts of the Texas Panhandle could experience some showers or a storm with heavy rainfall from the tropical depression, but most of its activity will stay farther east.

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Tropical Storm Bill made landfall along the Texas coast at about noon. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph Tuesday morning as it crossed the shores of  Matagorda Island, northeast of Corpus Christi.

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A tropical disturbance in the Western Gulf of Mexico could develop into a tropical depression or Tropical Storm Bill over the next 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service.

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