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New weather outlook points to a hotter and drier spring in Central Texas

Rowers out on Lady Bird Lake during a hot Austin day. (Austonia)

Central Texas is set to bring the heat this spring.

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center has a new outlook that points to La Niña lasting longer than expected. The climate pattern, which happens in the Pacific Ocean every few years, had mild effects on Austin back in November.

But now, it appears drought conditions could linger for a while and change springtime humidity, and Austin can expect hotter and drier weather than usual for this time of year.

Hints of upcoming weather patterns came in February, with a strengthening of below-average sea-surface temperatures across the central and east-central tropical Pacific.

As for how it impacts Austin, expect the dry and heat to last at least into the summertime. Plus, there’s a more than 50% chance it lasts through August.

After that, there’s a chance another La Niña phase could hit. The outlook noted a 45% chance of it compared to a 45% chance it stays neutral.

After the second La Niña winter in a row, weather blogs wonder if we’re headed for a three-peat, but note that they’re rare. Only two have happened since 1950.


Austin's airport consumer satisfaction drops from a year ago, below Texas peers

(Austin-Bergstrom International Airport/Twitter)

Flyers are less satisfied with the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport than a year ago, a new study shows.

Research firm J.D. Power placed ABIA at No. 15 on a list ranking overall customer satisfaction at large airports, a slip from last year’s spot at No. 7. Other Texas airports secured rankings ahead of Austin, with Dallas Love Field at third, Houston Hobby at eight, and San Antonio International Airport at ninth.

Dallas/Ft. Worth ranked eight in the "mega airport" category.

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

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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