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Extreme heat this week with little relief; wildfire danger rises

Extreme heat this week with little relief; wildfire danger rises

As August nears its end, the hot weather refuses to go away. In fact, after “mild” 99-degree highs over the weekend, things are heating back up this week. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Blanco, Burnet, and Llano counties from noon to 8 p.m. Monday. Temperatures are expected to reach 102-104 […]

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Fire mitigation practices

Protect yourself, homes, and firefighters during extreme heat

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Scorching triple-digit temperatures continue this week with little relief from the heat in sight and an ever-increasing fire danger. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory from noon to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday for portions of the Highland Lakes as temperatures are expected to reach 102-104 degrees. Even as a […]

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Cool front could drop highs into the upper 80s, bring rain

Cool front could drop highs into the upper 80s, bring rain

The Highland Lakes should get a reprieve this week from 100-degree temperatures thanks to a cool front. The National Weather Service is forecasting the front will move through the area sometime Monday evening and could trigger showers or thunderstorms through 7AM on Tuesday. The front could drop daytime highs into the upper 80s and lows […]

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Highland Lakes flirts with 100 before summer ‘cold’ front

Highland Lakes flirts with 100 before summer ‘cold’ front

Weekend high temperatures will flirt with triple digits with Friday possibly reaching 100 degrees. If you can hold on until Tuesday, a summer “cold” front should ease the heat. According to the National Weather Service, after Friday swelters near the century mark, the mercury should drop a degree or two through Monday. So plan accordingly, […]

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Heat advisory in effect for Burnet and Llano counties

Heat advisory in effect for Burnet and Llano counties

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Llano and Burnet counties for July 9. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid- to upper 90s with high humidity levels from the afternoon late into the evening. According to the NWS, the heat index — what the temperature feels like due to humidity — could […]

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Lake LBJ

Some sun, milder temps, but chance of rain this weekend

FROM STAFF REPORTS You should be able to enjoy the outdoors this weekend, but plan for a pop-up thunderstorm just in case. (more…)

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Central Texas heat advisory issued through Friday

Central Texas heat advisory issued through Friday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Burnet and Llano counties are under a heat advisory from June 19-21, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration announced. Hot and humid conditions will lead to peak heat index values of 108-111 degrees Wednesday and 102-110 on Thursday. The advisory covers the entire Austin and San Antonio metropolitan areas. (more…)

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A display metal building in Llano crashed into a pole supporting a Pizza Hut sign due to high winds during a storm June 9. Photo courtesy of Gilbert Bennett

Storm strands tour boat, causes damage across Highland Lakes

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS About 80 people waited out a storm June 9 in a tour boat beached on a Lake Buchanan island. The private charter group was at Shaw Island when Vanishing Texas River Cruise Captain Shawn Devaney noticed storm clouds quickly building that evening. (more…)

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Asian tiger mosquito

Mosquito season is here; know the rule of Ds to fight the bite

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON You can slap them, zap them, and cuss them, but mosquitoes are here to stay. And with the abundance of rain in the Highland Lakes this spring, you can almost guarantee it will be a banner year for the pesky biters. (more…)

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Severe storms expected Saturday before sunny Sunday

Severe storms expected Saturday before sunny Sunday

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Showers and thunderstorms are likely Saturday, May 18, and rainfall totals Friday night into Saturday could top an inch. (more…)

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Weather

Severe thunderstorms coming before sunny weekend

FROM STAFF REPORTS Make sure to have your raincoat and umbrella handy this afternoon and especially Wednesday throughout the day. (more…)

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Weather

Front could bring hail, strong winds, and possible tornadoes

FROM STAFF REPORTS A severe thunderstorm that could include large, damaging hail appears to have the Highland Lakes in its path. (more…)

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No April foolin’: Front to drop temperatures into the 40s

FROM STAFF REPORTS Don’t put away those jackets and sweaters just yet. An early spring cold front will send highs on Sunday and Monday down into the mid- to upper 50s and lows into the 40s. And that’s not an April Fools’ Day forecast. (more…)

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Sweet Berry Farm workers begin covering 6 acres of strawberry plants March 3 in anticipation of freezing weather expected to continue through overnight into Wednesday, March 6. Courtesy photo

How are wildflowers and fruit trees faring in the freeze?

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Highland Lakes has been hit with an Easter freeze — an unexpected cold snap that happens after planting season begins. While the extended, extreme drop in temperature is not expected to hurt wildflowers, it could prove a detriment to fruit trees, including peaches, a Hill Country favorite. (more…)

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The Highland Lakes is part of Flash Flood Alley, an area of Central Texas prone to extreme floods such as the one in October 2018. The National Weather Service and the Burnet County Office of Emergency Management are hosting a SkyWarn and FloodAware training program from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Burnet County AgriLife Extension Office, 607 N. Vanderveer in Burnet. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Train to be ‘eyes’ in the field for National Weather Service

FROM STAFF REPORTS With winter eventually giving way to spring and summer, the Highland Lakes could find itself in the crosshairs of Mother Nature’s power when it comes to storms and flooding. (more…)

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz visited the Highland Lakes after the Oct. 17 flood to view damage done along the Llano and Colorado rivers. Cruz spoke with homeowners and local officials during his visit. Cruz said he was ‘pleased’ with the federal disaster declaration issued Feb. 25. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Trump issues federal disaster declaration for Texas counties impacted by 2018 flooding

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Good news for the 33 Texas counties hit hard by severe storms and flooding last fall as President Donald Trump on Feb. 25 issued a federal disaster declaration. (more…)

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Winter is still here; cold temps, possible sleet coming

Winter is still here; cold temps, possible sleet coming

FROM STAFF REPORTS After Highland Lakes residents were dressing in shorts and T-shirts the past few days, Mother Nature will send a reminder that February is still, technically, winter. (more…)

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Mild Friday turns into cold, windy weekend with some rain

Mild Friday turns into cold, windy weekend with some rain

FROM STAFF REPORTS Enjoy a mild Friday while you can because a cold front this evening will drop weekend highs into the 50s, according to the National Weather Service. (more…)

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Lake Marble Falls is currently about 3 feet below its normal operating range as seen by the watermark on the retaining wall at the Lakeside Park boat ramp. The Lower Colorado River Authority has paused the lowering of lakes LBJ and Marble Falls due to recent rains. Lake Marble Falls is expected to reach its lowered level of 7 feet below normal by Jan. 12. Lake LBJ will reach its lowered level by Jan. 9, according to the LCRA. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Timetable for LCRA lake drawdowns extended due to rain

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority extended lake lowerings by five days after recent rains prompted the partial opening of a floodgate on Tom Miller Dam. (more…)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority paused the drawdown of lakes LBJ and Marble Falls due to heavy rainfall. The city of Marble Falls has received 1.17 inches of rain since midnight Jan. 2. After the drawdowns began Dec. 30, the LCRA now predicts Lake LBJ to reach its lowered level by Jan. 6 and Lake Marble Falls by Jan. 9. Staff photo by Jared Fields

With heavy rainfall, LCRA pauses lake lowerings, opens floodgate

FROM STAFF REPORTS Heavy rainfall and full lakes forced the Lower Colorado River Authority to pause the drawdowns of lakes LBJ and Marble Falls on Jan. 2. (more…)

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New year to bring freezing temperatures, possible icy roads

FROM STAFF REPORTS A mix of rain and possible freezing temperatures could cause icy road conditions late Jan. 1 into early Jan. 2. (more…)

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Expect sunny weekend with slight chance of Christmas rain

Expect sunny weekend with slight chance of Christmas rain

FROM STAFF REPORTS The chances of a white Hill Country Christmas are relatively low — basically non-existent — but children shouldn’t fret because St. Nick can travel in all types of conditions. (more…)

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Though the Oct. 16 flood occurred more almost two months ago, the recovery is still ongoing. The Episcopal Diocese of Texas donated a number of gift cards to assist people with their needs. The cards are available starting Dec. 10 at the Community Resource Center, 1016 Broadway in Marble Falls, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Before a flood victim can pick up a card, though, they must be registered with the Highland Lakes Crisis Network. File photo

Gift cards going out to Highland Lakes flood victims in need

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Victims of the October flood are invited to contact the Community Resource Center in Marble Falls to obtain H-E-B, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and Walmart gift cards. (more…)

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Cold front brings weekend rain but no freezing temperatures

Cold front brings weekend rain but no freezing temperatures

FROM STAFF REPORTS A cold front Friday will bring about 2 inches of rain but not enough cold air to drop temperatures below freezing. (more…)

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First freeze of the season overnight in the Highland Lakes

First freeze of the season overnight in the Highland Lakes

FROM STAFF REPORTS Freezing temperatures are coming to the Highland Lakes tonight, the first dip below 32 degrees since Feb. 12. Area lows overnight into Tuesday, Nov. 13, are expected to be around 29 degrees. (more…)

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Austin Disaster Relief Network founder and Executive Director Daniel Geraci recently visited with members of area churches at Lake Shores Church in Marble Falls as they help with flood recovery. Between 25 and 30 local congregations are creating Highland Lakes Crisis Network to provide immediate and long-term assistance during disasters, whether one like the recent flood or a house fire. Go to highlandlakescrisisnetwork.com for more information. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

New Highland Lakes Crisis Network training ‘shepherds’ to walk alongside disaster victims

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON In September, a few Highland Lakes clergy attended an Austin Disaster Relief Network workshop to learn how to create a similar network among area churches. The Rev. Jackie English was scheduled to present what he had learned during that eight-hour training session to the Marble Falls Ministerial Alliance on Oct. 23. (more…)

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