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Wacky weather? Another record-hot year could be in store for this year, NOAA says

Officials say major weather events like Winter Storm Uri may be in the cards for this year. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

This year is off to a warm start, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials, who say that this year isn’t likely to cool down.


NASA and NOAA released their 2021 global temperatures report in early January, finding that last year was the sixth-hottest year on record. Officials are now saying there is a 99% chance this year will follow in its footsteps.

According to NOAA research meteorologist Jared Rennie, nine out of the last 10 years have been the warmest years on record, so the trend is long-known.

The report comes as Austin had one of its warmest December's ever. Texas saw its hottest December since 1889, with an average daily temperature of 59 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the state’s climatologist.

Austin isn’t the only area seeing record heat waves—Australia and Argentina have both reported record heat since the year began. The UK Met Office, a national meteorological service for the UK, echoed the report, saying that two years of La Niña events, characterized by cooler than average temperatures in the equatorial tropical Pacific Ocean, would lead to record-breaking temperatures.

As a direct result, the weather is going to continue the wacky trends that were seen in 2021, resulting in major weather events like Winter Storm Uri and Hurricane Ida.

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
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The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
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What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.