Roberto Villalpando, Austin American-Statesman

Roberto Villalpando

Austin American-Statesman

Austin, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Roberto:

Fire crews battle fire in abandoned building in Northeast Austin

Within a half-hour of battling the blaze, the Austin Fire Department tweeted that "operations on Anderson Lane have gone defensive." → Read More

What to know about Austin's freezing weather: Temps sink to 20s at night Thursday, Friday

An overnight cold front didn't just usher in air that's colder than your refrigerator, it also has set the stage for a wintry mix of precipitation. → Read More

Cold front's triple threat Saturday: Freezing temperatures, gusty winds, elevated fire risk in Austin

A wind advisory, which is issued as an alert for potentially damaging winds, was in effect for the Austin metro area until 6 p.m. Saturday. → Read More

Number of Texans in hospital for COVID tops 8,000 — more than twice the count on Christmas

An 11-county Central Texas trauma service region that includes the Austin metro area has been seeing a shortage in available staffed ICU beds amid Omicron. → Read More

Austin shivers in season's first freeze, but expect flip-flopping temps this week, forecasters say

Austin had closed out 2021 with unprecedented levels of warmth all last month, which was the city's warmest December on record. → Read More

Number of Texans in hospital for COVID rises to 4,331, the most in more than two months

Based on coronavirus data and hospital trends for COVID released Tuesday, Austin health officials are keeping the community threat level at Stage 3. → Read More

Flying home or for vacation? What qualifies as a carry-on item might surprise you

A rundown of TSA rules so you won't be "that person" who stalls the line after getting caught trying to bring prohibited items on board. → Read More

6 things to know about the winter solstice, the day we say howdy to the coldest season

Meteorologists start winter on Dec. 1. But as far as the Earth is concerned, we will greet the season at 9:59 a.m. Tuesday. → Read More

Yes, it's mid-December and yes, Austin saw temperatures hit 81 degrees on Wednesday

During this month of December so far, Austin daytime highs have been above 70 degrees for 12 out of 15 days. → Read More

How do you dress for this? Austin faces 50-degree temperature swing between Friday, Saturday night

Friday's projected high temperature is 87 degrees — more than 20 degrees above normal for Dec. 10 and above the previous record of 81 set in 1983. → Read More

Two pedestrians killed on Austin roads last weekend push traffic death toll to 112, police say

Pedestrians have accounted for more than 30 of the traffic deaths in Austin this year, according to police records. → Read More

5 takeaways from this year's fall weather in Austin — and a look ahead to winter

La Niña, or the cooling of the tropical waters in the eastern Pacific, tends to make seasons, like fall and winter, drier and warmer in Central Texas. → Read More

What we know about weekend weather: Chilly November rain to make Saturday soggy in Austin

Weather service forecasters said rainfall totals across Central Texas on Saturday could average up to three-quarters of an inch. → Read More

5 things to know for safe holiday shopping and protecting packages against porch pirates

About 43% of Americans have been a victim of package theft, a recent study shows. Here's how to protect your deliveries during the holiday season. → Read More

What you should know before flying out of Austin's crowded airport for Thanksgiving

The Sunday after Thanksgiving and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving will be the busiest days. → Read More

What we know about the traditional lighting of Austin's Zilker Holiday Tree this year

The Zilker Tree returns Nov. 27 with some COVID-19 measures in place. Here's what you need to know this year. → Read More

This look back at Austin's October weather may surprise you

Just days before the month ended, it was on track to be the fourth-warmest October, but then a rainy cold front rolled through Austin. → Read More

Small fire outside Central Austin synagogue Sunday night under investigation

The fire comes a week after community leaders condemned three anti-Semitic incidents that occurred. → Read More

Austin firefighters rescue 2 workers stuck on scaffold

The workers were not injured but just "stuck in this predicament and unable to get themselves out of the situation," medics tweeted. → Read More

Southwest Austin man, in SWAT standoff after opening fire on city code staff, fatally shot by police

Shots fired and Circle C home set ablaze after Austin code enforcement officials came with a warrant to cut a man's lawn, police said. → Read More