Warm weekend in the forecast; chance of severe storms on Sunday

Well it looks like Saturday will be warm and nice — cloudy, but nice. The high temperature is predicted to be 79º, with a low of 61º. However, according to meteorologists with the National Weather Service, Sunday brings a potential for severe thunderstorms and a 70% chance of rain, with a high of 72º and the low, 62º.

This image outlines the threat area for Sunday's potential severe storms, where hail and damaging winds are the main concerns. (Photo from www.weather.com)

This image outlines the threat area for Sunday’s potential severe storms, where hail and damaging winds are the main concerns. (Photo from www.weather.com)

As a low pressure cold front brings cooler temperatures over our moist and warm atmosphere on Sunday, thunderstorms will likely begin popping up over a large area that includes central and east Texas and parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois.

Some of these storms have potential to be severe, with the main threats being damaging winds and large hail, although a few tornadoes cannot be ruled out. Currently, meteorologists are not expecting this to be a severe weather outbreak.

Excessive, localized rainfall are also expected with these storms, so some flash flooding is also a concern.

The storm system will progress east on Sunday night through the first of next week, triggering storms in parts of the southern gulf states.

After the storm pushes through to the east, our area will be left with cooler temperatures next week:

  • Monday – High 57º; Low 39º
  • Tuesday – 63º; 38º
  • Wednesday – 66º; 47º
  • Thursday – 69º; 51º
  • Friday – 70º; 55º (30% chance of rain on Friday)

These temperatures are a forecast from Friday and could change. Make sure and watch the thunderstorms on Sunday, as there is a chance for some to be severe. eParisExtra will monitor the weather and keep you informed if there is any imminent danger in the forecast.

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By Josh Allen, eParisExtra

April 2nd marked 32 year anniversary of devastating Paris tornado of ’82

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This monument, located in Bywaters Park, is a memorial to those who lost their lives and were effected by the ’82 tornado. It also recognizes all of Paris for the heart it took to reconstruct the damage following the tragic event. (eParisExtra photo by Josh Allen)

Thirty two years ago yesterday, on April 2, 1982, a significant severe weather outbreak swept through the area and spawned seventeen identified tornadoes in three states. The outbreak stretched from Texas to Mississippi and Illinois, but southern Oklahoma, northeast Texas and southwestern Arkansas were the hardest hit areas.

One of those tornadoes made its way through Paris, devastating the small town and claiming the lives of eleven people. Thousands were left homeless and many businesses were destroyed.

The tornado carved a 200-300 yard wide path through north Paris, with the majority of homes receiving EF2* to EF3 damage, although a handful received EF4 damage. (*The ‘EF’ scale is based on damage, with EF2 suggesting wind speeds from 113-157 mph, EF3 from 158-206 mph and EF4 from 207-260 mph.)

According to the National Weather Service, the damage toll from the twister was estimated at $50 million in 1982, making it one of the most significant tornadoes in Texas history.

As destructive and disheartening as it was, the tornado did not destroy the spirit of Paris — which followed the tornado with resilience — needed to rebuild the city.

As we memorialize that day and remember those that were lost, we should also prepare for the upcoming storm season. Northeast Texas is located in what a lot of people call ‘tornado alley’, and as Spring approaches, thunderstorms will certainly start to occur more frequently.

April averages around 158 tornadoes each year, according to meteorologists with The Weather Channel (based on a 30-year average through 2011). This number significantly rises to an average of 258 tornadoes in May.

eParisExtra.com will monitor severe weather and always alert the public of any imminent danger or warnings that are issued for our area. If you are not already, sign up to our eParisExtra Text Alert system by emailing your cell phone number to josh@eparisextra.com. Your number will only be used for text alert purposes.

By Josh Allen, eParisExtra

City of Paris Police Department Supports National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014

The City of Paris Police Department announced it is proud to support National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is a nationwide effort designed to increase awareness of the severe weather that affects everyone and to encourage individuals, families businesses and communities to know their risk, take action, and be an example.

This photo, taken south of Paris in June 2012, shows the typical look of a wall cloud during a supercell thunderstorm.  This storm went on to drop a tornado in Red River County, just after passing over Paris. (eParisExtra photo by Josh Allen)

This photo, taken south of Paris in June 2012, shows the typical look of a wall cloud during a supercell thunderstorm. The storm went on to drop a tornado in Red River County, just after passing over Paris. (eParisExtra photo by Josh Allen)

Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley remarked; “Our community has been struck several times by tornadoes and severe weather. We understand our residents’ concerns for adequate warnings and their personal safety. The city has invested in a revamping of our outdoor warning siren system, the CodeRED warning and information system, and the latest technologies in our Emergency Operations Center.”

Being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival. This is especially evident during the threat of severe weather. The deadliest and most destructive tornado of 2013, an EF-5 on May 20 in Moore, Oklahoma, and caused more than $2 billion in property damage. Even though severe weather was anticipated days in advance, many in the impacted areas said they did not have a plan and were caught unprepared.

While spring tends to produce more tornadoes, they’re not uncommon in fall. On Nov. 17, a late season tornado outbreak that struck seven Midwestern states became the most active tornado day of 2013 with a total of 74 tornadoes.

Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk: The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action: Before storms strike, develop a family communication plan, create or purchase an emergency supplies kit.

Be an Example: Share your preparedness story with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. Letting others know that you’re prepared will prompt them to prepare as well. Studies show that many people use social media in the event of a disaster to let relatives and friends know they are safe. This is an important trend because people are most likely to take preparedness steps if they observe the preparations taken by others. Social media provides the perfect platform to model preparedness actions for others. The police department maintains a presence on Facebook where weather information is posted. Our CodeRED system will automatically begin calling our citizens when a severe weather warning is issued for the city or portions of the city. The department uses CodeRED capabilities with text messaging and e-mails to enhance the citizens awareness of approaching severe storms.

Chief Hundley stated: “Mother nature is in charge when severe weather strikes as we can do nothing to change the weather.  What we can have an impact on is making sure our citizens know what’s coming and being prepared.”

Being weather ready is a collective effort. It takes the whole community to effectively prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against damages caused by tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and other severe weather.

Here are some websites with further information:

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/  (Ft. Worth Office, NWS)

http://www.weather.gov/

http://www.ready.gov/severe-weather

For Information or questions, please contact Chief Bob Hundley or Asst. Chief Randy Tuttle at 903-737-4100.

Nice, sunny weekend and coming week in the forecast for Paris

As Winter Storm Pax pounds the Northeast with snow and ice, the weather for Paris and the surrounding Northeast Texas region will be sunny and much warmer than the last few weeks.

IMG_0222National Weather Service meteorologists predict a high of 61º Fahrenheit on Saturday, with a low of 42º. Then on Sunday, the high will go up to almost 70º and a low of 58º.

Most of the coming week will see high temperatures in the seventies and lows in the forties and fifties Monday-Thursday, according to preliminary forecasts from meteorologists.

Although some days next week will be partly cloudy or mostly sunny, as of right now the chance of rain is low, with a 20% chance on Sunday, February 16, and then slightly higher at a 30% chance on Wednesday, February 19. There is a no chance of rain on Saturday.

These predictions could change, as our Texas weather often does, but for now the forecast shows a nice, warm weekend and coming week.

If you have any outdoor Valentine’s Day plans for today or this weekend, enjoy them and the weather. Winter is not quite over, and it would be doubtful to say that we’ve seen the last of our cold weather for this year.

Your Valentine’s Day forecast shows a high of 62º for today and a low of 33º for tonight.

Breaking: Inclement weather closings and delays

Extra_Logo_Slider_SizeParis ISD cancelled all evening activities on Thursday. Friday, February 7, is a staff development/student holiday for Head Start and Pre-K through 8th grades at Paris; staff development and district offices will open at 9 a.m. Paris High School and PASS (grades 9-12) will have a two hour delayed start on Friday and will start at 10 a.m.

Roxton and Chisum ISD also closed on Thursday. Chisum ISD has a two hour delay for Friday pending.

All Paris Junior College campuses in Paris, Sulphur Springs and Greenville closed Thursday due to inclement weather.