Pete Delkus

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    November 20, 2014

    Ready for the Dallas #Rainpocalypse?

    Yes, tomorrow would be the perfect time to put the finishing touches on that ark you've been building for this exact circumstance, because come Monday we will all be living the reality Kevin Costner so boldly hinted at in his magnum opus Waterworld.

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    November 7, 2014

    #ArcticBlast Threatens Dallas, Weather Forecasters Rejoice

    It's on the way!! RT @RyanMaue: Next week's Arctic blast will threaten 41 States and 250,179,444 people— Pete Delkus (@wfaaweather) November 6, 2014 Suck it, boring sunny weather. Now we have something to live in fear of. The chaos of a Dallas winter begins ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014

    Franconia's Oktoberfest: So You Never Need to Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte

    While America begins to post about the return of the Pumpkin Spice Lattes on Facebook, craft brew enthusiasts turn their attentions to another autumn-heralding beverage -- Oktoberfests. Oktoberfest-style beers (more traditionally known as Marzen) are one of the most popular seasonal releases in ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Today Marks the Beginning of the End of Dallas' Great Summer

    So, Dallas, that was the summer of our lifetimes. Today marks the day where average temperatures begin to drop, continuing their inevitable decline towards whatever horrors Winter 2014 has in store for us. Let's not focus on the inevitable entombment of Dallas in ice quite yet, though. Let's think t ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    The Summer of La Ventana Love

    Follow the Cheap Bastard as she scours the city, looking for a good -- or at least non-lethal -- lunch for less than 10 bucks. People sitting out on the patio at 1:30 p.m. on a Thursday in August (temp approximately 1 million degrees Fuck-Me-renheit) count: 0 Women dragging children by their ears a ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    Polar Vortex 2: Electric Boogaloo

    That was a crap weekend, wasn't it? Well it was if, unlike me, you went outside at all. The outside is over for all of us until Texas bucks its ideas up. Guess what though? Texas is about to buck its ideas up.

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    July 16, 2014

    Dallas Weather: See You All Tomorrow For the #Stormpocalypse

    I don't know if you can analyze weather like what I can (I also type good) but if you've even glanced at one of those funny colored-in maps they have out there on those weather stations, you'll be aware that tomorrow is going to look very bright. Bright in the brightly-colored map sense, not in the ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014


    So, what are you doing right now? You're inside, right? You might be living inside a fridge, or lying, face down, by an air vent, or maybe having an angry fight with a fellow employee over the thermostat. It's probably one of those things. Well, that's only going to get worse this weekend, so forget ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    Bow Down to Pete Delkus, Weather God

    In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 20 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Can Turkyilmaz. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. Pete Delkus always thought he'd be a pitcher. But as he and his big arm rose through the ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    Your Dallas Summer Forecast: Searing Pain

    That's right, Dallas. Apparently Saturday marks the first day of Summer, according to Delkus anyway, which means no further research is necessary. All this can possibly mean is discomfort, sunburn, pain, short fuses, and an inevitable exquisitely painful death.

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    May 23, 2014

    Weather: Memorial Day And All Associated Festivities Are Cancelled

    Memorial Day. Now, I don't know exactly what Memorial Day is, being from abroad. I'm not letting that stop me from speculating, however. As it is an American holiday in almost-summer I'm going to assume you have idyllic plans. Apple pie, grilling, family members, monster trucks, shooting animals, gr ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    You Won't Believe The Weather In Fort Worth This Weekend (NSFW)

    We step away from our usual prediction of the weather in Dallas to say hello to everyone in Fort Worth! Hello Fort Worth! We haven't forgotten about you. In fact we have a very special NSFW FW post ready for you. NSFW, of course, stands for No Shit, Fort Worth! Are you ready for how the weather will ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    Special Weather Report: You Should Fear Thursday

    We interrupt your usual weekly news messages to bring you an early weather report. We do this partially because the weather for this weekend looks pretty boring, as long as you consider your internal organs melting to be boring, and because Thursday brings the best chance of Pete Delkus rolling up h ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    Dallas Weekend Weather: Enjoy Yourself Before The Sun Consumes Us All

    Yes. That was the entire period between icepocalypse and the fiery king of the heavens moving to within eight inches of the surface of Texas. Did you blink? Then I'm sorry, you missed the entire thing. All of that patio weather, gone. Every chance you had to go outside without either falling over o ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    Dallas Weekend Weather: It Is Literally the Apocalypse

    Hold on to your hats, both metaphorical and physical, because this weekend is going to get a little wild. I don't know what the deal is with weather specifically on Sundays, but all we can really infer is that none of us are going to church enough, and the Lord is furious. This Sunday He's finally ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Delkus To Dallas: "Severe Storm Are Possible"

    Severe storm are possible Sunday afternoon/evening!! Large hail, damaging winds & tornadoes are the concern!!— Pete Delkus (@wfaaweather) April 11, 2014 Last weekend, I was correct about the weather. It was dreadful. The weather, that is, not my forecasting. Th ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    Weekend Dallas Weather - Cancel Everything

    To everyone in town this weekend for what are apparently a series of basketball games played by unpaid teenagers, we say welcome! Welcome to North Texas! How was the weather last night? That bad, huh? Well. If a few tornadoes and storms and the odd-bit of baseball-sized hail are getting you concerne ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Rejoice, for the Perfect Texas Weather Weekend Is Coming

    Last week, I predicted thunder, rain, and general apocalypse. I said all of your weekends would be ruined, and that you should all stay inside. In my defense, it was quite overcast. I never said I was a weather forecaster.

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    March 21, 2014

    Zeus, the God of Thunder, Does Not Want Dallas to Have a Pleasant Weekend

    You see all that brightness outside right now? It's pretty great, isn't it? It's been like that all week. You might have made plans to spend a Saturday outside for the first time since The Great Ice Storm of 2013 obscured the sun and turned us all into shut-ins. Maybe you thought, hey, we could have ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014
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    March 12, 2014

    Is Home-Rule Move at DISD Just a Diversion, or a Move to Put Pete Delkus in Charge?

    The timing sure seems dicey on this "home rule" deal -- the plan to get rid of the school board and turn the whole thing over to Pete Delkus.* Right now it looks like the plan will get tossed into the laps of the school board in May, right when they're being asked to decide on merit pay for teach ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    I Went to Brisket 101 at The Slow Bone and Learned to Love Meat Even More

    The ice has thawed, Opening Day is weeks away, Pete Delkus' sleeves are no longer controlling the weather (I'm a Finfrock Fangirl anyway), and my allergist just bought a new car. That must mean spring is approaching. In an effort to be a better Texan and rouse a little envy in my neighborhood once ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    Six of Dallas' Best Bowls of Soup for Shaking Off the Thundersleet

    According to my entire Facebook feed and Pete Delkus, it's really effing cold outside in Dallas right now. I cannot confirm this as fact because I am not leaving my house until Mother Nature gets her shit together and returns us to those beautiful 75-degree temperatures she teased us with this weeke ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    Oh Shit, Pete Delkus is Building an Ark

    Tomorrow is the beginning of March, which means the winter that brought you such weather catastrophes as Ice Storm Cleon and ICE FORCE LEVEL TWO will be officially over, right? RIGHT? Sure, spring doesn't officially begin until March 20, but this is Texas. This is supposed to be the time of year whe ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    ICE FORCE LEVEL TWO: May The Lord Have Mercy On Us All

    Welcome to our second ever live weather blog, where the news is made up and the weather doesn't really matter. Here are the facts -- it's cold. How cold, you ask? Well, imaginary internet person, it's really very cold. Cold enough that, were Jack Nicholson to head outside with an axe right now and e ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    Dallas' Response to the Mini-Snowpocalypse Has Been Disappointingly Reasonable

    When I woke up this morning and my journey to the backyard to let the dogs out confirmed what Pete Delkus had foretold -- that it was really cold -- the plan was to hunker down, put on an extra pot of coffee and blog from home. Then, I saw it: a fleck of white, a "flake" if you will, flutter past m ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    Hypnotic Donuts Wants You to Swim the Length of the FOE Pool for Charity

    If that raw juice cleanse just isn't cleansing enough after the debauchery of the past few weeks, then Hypnotic Donuts has got an event you might be interested in. This Sunday, January 5, they'll line their toes along the edge of the pool at the Fraternal Order of Eagles (8500 Arturo Drive) for the ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013
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    December 10, 2013

    Dallas Didn't Freak Out Nearly Enough Over Ice Storm, Says CBS 11's iTeam

    Now that Dallas has officially made it through Icemageddon 2013, there are plenty of totally legitimate questions to ask about the storm and its response. Here are a few: -Did TxDOT do an adequate job of staving off carmageddon? -Can DART not shut down the entire light rail system next time?

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    December 9, 2013

    Pete Delkus Is Pretty Sure He's the Weather God Now

    This weekend, all the prophecies were confirmed. Ice fell from the sky, vehicles careened into cars and trees and off bridges, children were loosed from their schools -- all exactly as it had been written. WFAA weather oracle Pete Delkus watched with smug satisfaction as, one by one, his prediction ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    Live Blog: Winter Storm Cleon Is Coming For All Of Us

    Welcome to the Winter Storm Cleon live blog, where will be constantly updating you about a storm that is potentially the apocalypse, another damp squib, or somewhere in between the two. As you are no doubt aware, the Weather Channel's harbinger of sky death, Jim Cantore, is on the ground in Dallas. ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    An Ice Storm Is Headed Straight for Dallas. For Real This Time.

    Two weeks ago, Dallas breathed out a triumphant chuckle when the massive winter storm that promised to encase the city in ice and smother all signs of life arrived instead as a chilly but gentle rain. No way would the weather gods have the chutzpah to mess with Big D, right? Turns out, the weather ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012
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    April 21, 2011
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    February 4, 2011

    Come for the Super Bowl. Stay for the Skiing.

    Photos by Justin TerveenI texted Justin shortly past 1 a.m.: "You getting this?" Silly me. He was at Fair Park at that very moment, snapping away. For hi-res versions, and time-lapse video, go here.​Seven hours later and ... impressive. Unless you're, say, Sports Guy Bill Simmons, who shoots up th ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Whitt's End: 2.4.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *So, what's harder to predict: Weather or sports? Coulda sworn Ron Jackson, Pete Delkus and the boys said there was a 30-percent chance of 1-2 inches of snow on Friday. But I drove home l ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    The Top 10 Dallas/Fort Worth Weatherhumans on Your TV Set

    ​Let's start with this premise: Nobody knows nothin'. Or, better said, nobody knows nothin' different than anybody else. Weatherhumans aren't like sportscasters, who can, on a given night, at least give you a prediction on opposite teams or breaking news in different sports. Weather ... More >>

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    March 21, 2010

    Pete Delkus Found Your Lack of Faith Disturbing and Your Sarcasm Annoying

    Harry Wilonsky​My wife thinks Pete Delkus needs to lay off the Twitter, to which he posted an hour ago: "oh my gosh!!! the world is ending!!! snow in march in texas!!" No, Harold Taft would not be amused. Still, he had his revenge. The boy, incidentally, wanted to take some photos this morning, so ... More >>

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    June 16, 2009

    The Spirit of the Spirit of Texas

    A Friend of Unfair Park directs our attention to Uncle Barky's nice YouTube discovery: WFAA-Channel 8's analog adios on Friday, a brief retrospective of the ABC affiliate that offers a far fancier farewell than KXAS-Channel 5's anti-climactic fade-to-static. It's worth a look-see, especially for lon ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    On Monday, Children's to Document Kidney Transplant 140 Characters at a Time

    USA Today directs our attention to the following tweet sent this morning from Children's Medical Center Dallas and UT Southwestern: "Who's an early bird? Transplant Twittering starts Mon. at 6 a.m. central!" Yup. On Monday morning, a 3-year-old named John Gilbreath is set to get a kidney from his fa ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Ice Storm = False Advertising

    Ice Storm! Cold drizzle. Once again, we've been duped by local weatherpeople. And I, for one, don't think it's a honest mistake. I smell a cold, contrived, conspiracy. Last night I watched Channel 8's Pete Delkus and Fox4's Dan Henry both warn us of impending doom. "Ice Storm" Delkus blared. "Sign ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    Wintry Mix: The Quiz

    I can almost understand the BCS, just about explain the NBA's defensive three seconds and sometimes even comprehend Tom Hicks' vision to make the Texas Rangers a winner. But I am totally and utterly clueless about what was falling on my driveway last night/this morning. Sleet? Freezing rai ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    Video of the Week: Greatest. Weatherman. Ever.

    Seriously, how can you not love Texas Tech coach Mike Leach? His favorite weather: “When it rains mud.” His half-ass name for the live radar: “The beam.” His favorite creed: “You’re going to be dead in 100 years anyway. Live dangerously.” Still hope he somehow winds up in ... More >>

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    May 22, 2008

    Victory Park Continues Getting All Sporty

    Look ma, no feet?! On a nightly basis you can head down to Victory Park’s plaza and watch Pete Delkus spar with Dale Hansen. And earlier this week it was the Mavericks’ Jason Terry trying to hit golf balls to the moon. Now? Would you believe motorcycle jumping? With a big assist from ne ... More >>

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    November 5, 2007

    In Case You Miss Troy Dungan ...

    You'd think on Troy Dungan's special day on November 13, he wouldn't have to share the spotlight with the man who replaced him when the WFAA-Channel 8 icon stepped down in July. But, no, weatherman Pete Delkus will indeed serve as the master of ceremonies next Tuesday when the Press Club of Dallas, ... More >>

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    April 26, 2007
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    January 18, 2007

    Don't Worry, Jim. You'll Be A Lot Warmer Soon Enough.

    WFAA's Pete Delkus unveils the station's latest weather forecasting tool, Doppler GODar. O.K., now I feel guilty about my Pete Delkus rant yesterday. I have reconsidered my feelings about yesterday's weather, and I see now that my issues are not really with Delkus but with God. That's an old beef. ... More >>

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    January 18, 2007

    Wherein Troy Dungan Tells Channel 8 Audience: "Don't Blame Me."

    Friend of Unfair Park "John" (dunno if he'd want his last name used) sends what he says and what appears to be the original e-mail that prompted Troy Dungan to kindly, gently dress down Jim Schutze's fav weather man Pete Delkus yesterday afternoon. If you haven't seen the video, in which WFAA-Channe ... More >>

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    January 17, 2007

    Wherein Jim Schutze Tells Pete Delkus Where to Stick It

    So for a week the weather geniuses at WFAA-Channel 8 keep bludgeoning me with these Biblical invocations of the Winter Weather End Times, haranguing me with promises of frigid death and icy desolation until my house is now bursting at the seams with emergency pork and beans, flashlight batteries, fi ... More >>

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    October 23, 2006
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