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Recent articles by Sean:

New technology limits students’ time in extreme heat at the bus stop

“SMART tag” gives near real-time alerts to the students and parents if a bus is delayed — a common occurrence with ongoing construction and increasing traffic congestion, Wilson said. → Read More

Texas lands as top state for lightning claims in 2021

Texas ranks as top state for lightning claims back in 2021. → Read More

Travel tips for summer: Experts detail where to go and when to buy

AUSTIN (KXAN) – It is summer and the world is falling apart. Inflation. Airports in crisis. Covid and more Covid. We should all be traveling right now but instead we’re watching the numbers at the gas pump going up and up and up. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to save a few […] → Read More

Saharan dust cloud reaches southern U.S.: Here’s what it means

A massive cloud of Sahara Desert dust particles is affecting air quality in the Gulf of Mexico and southern U.S. Monday after traveling thousands of miles over the Atlantic Ocean from Africa. → Read More

Saharan dust returns — what to know about the hazy sky in Austin

Saharan dust has returned to Central Texas for the second time this season. This is not a rare occurrence by any means. This is normal especially for this time of the year. We typically see these d… → Read More

Saharan dust expected to return to Central Texas next week

We expect winds to carry moderate concentrations of Saharan dust into Central Texas by next Monday, May 23. This will be our first dust plume of the season. Lower air quality and vibrant sunsets/hazy conditions is what we expect here from Central Texas down into the Texas Gulf. → Read More

Austin breweries saving the planet one batch of sustainable beer at a time

Meteorologist Sean Kelly went out in search of local breweries in Austin that have sustainability at the forefront of their practices and decision making. → Read More

Strong winds bring highest oak pollen count in years

A cold front that moved through the area Wednesday morning, increasing our wildfire risk and bringing in wind gusts up to 44mph has caused a huge spike in Oak pollen. → Read More

Spring allergens are in full swing, cedar still lingers

Despite the calendar approaching April, our partners over at Allergy & Asthma Center of Georgetown continue to record low levels of Cedar. Lingering roughly a month or so later than we typically experience. → Read More

Texas weather threaten rooftop gardens — How they’re being saved

From gargoyles to skyscrapers with lots of greenery, building architecture has evolved in the way we’re welcoming guests inside. → Read More

Cedar spikes again; continues to stick around long past ‘normal’ season

Cedar continues to trend in the wrong direction. → Read More

Austin startup partners with ACC to create one-of-a-kind drone

Under Kodo’s leadership, Zpryme is creating an advanced sensing drone to reduce the impact of a severe weather event and the response strategy after the event occurs. This can help utility workers responding to downed power lines and assist them in preventing fires or power outages. → Read More

Why Central Texas will see freezing rain again instead of snow – despite frigid temps

While it might feel cold for snow outside, several reasons mean that our precipitation type will be rain and freezing rain, rather than snow. → Read More

Arts + Culture: A new plan underway on the Hike and Bike Trail

The Arts + Culture on the trail plan for the Butler hike and bike trail is in its early phases of development and community engagement. The goal of this plan is to enhance the space with art and cultural programming in hopes to elevate the user experience. → Read More

What is frostweed? Unique ice formations seen in Central Texas

KXAN viewer Seth Willis sent in multiple photos of a strange ice formation that occurred this Friday morning. This plant is called frostweed and is native to Central Texas. Also known as Verbesina virginica, this plant is capable of producing strange ice sculptures under the right conditions. → Read More

Sunset gets later before winter’s shortest day: the time paradox explained

We all know that the Winter Solstice typically falls on December 21st, including this year, and it’s the shortest day of the year in terms of daylight. In Austin, on that day we only receive roughly 10hrs and 11 minutes of daylight. → Read More

Underground ‘zombie fires’ burn as Siberian temperatures fall to 75 degrees below zero

The thermometer fell to a temperature of 75 degrees below zero, the coldest the area has been since January 2014. Despite the frigid cold, below the freezing ice and snowy landscape lies a sustained fire known as a "zombie fire." → Read More

Nearly half of Gulf oyster harvesting areas are closed after summer deluge and active hurricane season

Olsen is the ecosystem leader for the Aransas Bay system in Rockport in the Coastal Fisheries Division. He explained what’s at the center of causing a poor start to the season. → Read More

October ranks as 2nd wettest month in Austin; Wednesday morning rain proves it

Did you know that October is typically our 2nd wettest month out of the year? We even call it our second severe weather season as cold, dry air battles between warm, humid air. → Read More

First Warning: Next heavy rain, flooding threat could arrive in a week

We continue to dry out with our warm, dry stretch of weather after last week's flooding event that brought over 7 inches of rain to some areas. → Read More