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    May 12, 2014

    Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns Wins Twitter Feud with The Weather Channel

    Joel Burns probably isn't the only person in Fort Worth irritated that The Weather Channel's app shows pictures of Dallas when it delivers forecasts for Cowtown. But the soon-to-be-former Fort Worth City Councilman, whose 2010 "It Gets Better" speech went viral, is the only one to merit a bitchy res ... 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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    April 4, 2014

    In Left Field For the Frisco Roughriders, A Tornado

    Among the things you'd probably rather not see at a baseball game, coming in somewhere below a barrage of apocalyptic hell fire but slightly above an opposing team's walk-off home run, is a tornado looming over the left-field fence. It's a vision concern that might inspire panic in some. Ah, but th ... More >>

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    April 16, 2013

    Rick Perry and Texas Politicians Pressuring Mexico to Pay its Water Debt

    Mexico owes Texas water. And as the current drought presses onward, Texas politicians are trying to turn up the heat to get Mexico to pay. Last Friday, the Texas House voted unanimously on a resolution that the federal government should pressure Mexico deliver water to the United States. The same w ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    The Legislature is Considering Letting Cities Sue Homeowners For Overwatering Their Lawns

    As it stands, anyone caught watering their lawns more than twice a week and/or during daytime hours and/or outside the official watering days ordained by City Hall faces a fine of between $250 and $2,000. As of last summer, the city had handed down slightly more than a handful. But this is Texas, w ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Lawmakers Are Taking the Battle Over Texas' Water Supply to Your Front Lawn

    Water -- or the lack thereof -- has already made it to the top of the state Legislature's priority list, and it's an area of rare bipartisan agreement. After all, it doesn't take a hydrological engineer to figure out that growing population plus soon-to-be-maxed-out water sources plus historic droug ... More >>

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    November 28, 2012

    Hey Dallas, Don't Get Used to that Cheap Water

    We've had it good, no doubt about it. Ever since the drought of the '50s, when Dallas water planners set forth, constructing and acquiring the rights to reservoirs that would feed the city's growth for the coming decades, we haven't had to worry. Even as Lake Travis contracted to a muddy puddle in 2 ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Is Dallas Enforcing its Watering Restrictions? Just Ask the House of Blues and Ursuline

    Last December, with Texas in the midst of one of the worst droughts on record and with lake levels dropping to worrying lows, the city of Dallas implemented Stage 1 water restrictions, meaning residents and businesses could only drench their grass twice per week. Even as North Texas was emerging fro ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Texas Cattle Country Braces For Another Hot Summer. But Will Drought Return?

    Last summer -- the state's hottest and driest on record -- brought Texas ranchers to their knees. Rains have revived parts of the state, especially the east. But 50 miles west of Fort Worth and further, the drought varies from severe to exceptional. So, what's in store for us this summer? Unfair Pa ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    For the So-Cal Taco Truck, Feeding Tornado Victims Was a Lot Harder Than Expected

    Tuesday evening, after tornadoes struck the metroplex, Scott Wooley, owner of the So-Cal Taco food truck, immediately started devising a plan to help the victims and relief workers. It's all part of his gratuitous spirit, which is partly a result of his fight with cancer several years ago. He's free ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    Images from Forney Suggest How Much Worse Tuesday's Storms Might Have Been

    Dallas photographer Danny Fulgencio rolled out early this morning to capture images from the aftermath of the tornado in Forney. "I started shooting at around 7 a.m., just after the curfew lifted," he tells Unfair Park. "These shots document the swath of destruction from yesterday's tornado which ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Great Texas Drought of 2011 Was the Costliest Ever

    It was clear when A&M's livestock economist said the drought had an agricultural toll of $5.2 billion back in August -- which didn't even really mark the nadir of the heatwave -- that we hadn't seen the worst this drought could do. Now we know: $7.62 billion in agricultural losses ... in a single y ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012
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    January 31, 2012

    Why Is Suhm Asking Council to Extend Watering Restrictions? "Water Sales," In Part.

    ​When Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm first told the council it was time, at long last, to enact twice-a-week watering restrictions, Dallas's six water-supply reservoirs were about 25 percent depleted. But last week's record rainfall, in addition to other recent wet-weather events, have helped fill ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    What's Dallas Water Utilities Director Jody Puckett Most Concerned About? Let's Find Out.

    ​Late yesterday I got a call back from Dallas Water Utilities Director Jody Puckett, for whom I'd left a message about Irving and the North Texas Municipal Water District's need to buy water from the city. We set up a time to chat this morning, and just got through visiting for a little while abou ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011
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    October 26, 2011

    Ranchers Petition Gov. Perry For Hay Bale-Out After Historic Drought Stunts Texas Crop

    ​Texas ranchers, bowed under the driest year in state history, are looking to Gov. Rick Perry for help. In an online petition, they're asking him to use the Texas National Guard and any state resources at his disposal to bring hay into the starving ranch country. Drought has withered much of t ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    National Weather Service Has Upped the Number of Tornadoes in the Area Last Week

    Courtesy the National Weather Service​'Round this very moment exactly one week ago today we were all preparing to duck and cover beneath Kirstie Alley as hailstones the size of calf fries began forming in the skies above North Texas. Turns out, the weather was even worse than we thought the mornin ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    Rick Perry Wants You to Pray for Rain

    ​Rick Perry has already asked the Obama Administration for help in combating the wildfires that continue to devour much of the state. Now, he turns to an even higher power: Moments ago the governor's office sent word that Perry has proclaimed Friday through Sunday as Days of Prayer for Rain -- an ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011
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    March 8, 2011

    More Party Ideas for Those Who Can't Make It to the French Quarter

    Please don't eat the baby.​ Yesterday we posted a list of Fat Tuesday happenings around town, and now we've got a few more events worth mentioning. If you haven't decided where you're going to indulge in a Cajun feast or down hurricanes and shots, here are a few more suggestions for where to ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    10 Cheap Party Spots for Fat Tuesday

    ​ You don't need an excuse to party tomorrow night because it's Fat Tuesday, the official holiday of fatty foods, booze and general debauchery. Restaurants and bars are offering some cheap food and drink deals, but unfortunately many of them are amping up their Fat Tuesday festivities with c ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Not Very Super: The Weather, and Reaction To It, Has Mayor Tom Leppert Very "Disappointed"

    Justin TerveenMayor Tom Leppert, with Ron Natinsky, left, and Downtown Dallas Inc. head John Crawford at Main Street Garden opening in November '09. Probably applies today too.​No doubt, in coming weeks the Dallas City Council will hold committee briefings during which officials with the Electric ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Super Bowl = Ice Bowl? Brace Yourself

    ​First the Dallas Cowboys aren't playing in Super Bowl XLV inside their own friggin' stadium. And now, as the world descends upon the metroplex for the biggest, most important media event in our area since JFK, apparently the Ice Age is on its way too. Temperatures dipping into the teens ... More >>

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    January 8, 2011

    With "Very Fluid" Wintry Forecast on Tap, City Hall Gives the Word: Activate Ice Force One!

    This is what happens when the city goes to Ice Force Three: You must stop, collaborate and listen.​The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for most o' North Texas from late tonight till Sunday evening, but cautions: Sure, it may snow. Could be anywhere from three to five inche ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    So, About That "Significant" Cold Front Scheduled to Arrive Here Early Next Week

    ​I still get the morning paper, even though I'm now paying $4 more for the privilege than I previously thought, which sucks. Anyway. Saw on the weather page that it's supposed to be colder than normal beginning next week. Didn't say how cold, but yesterday Tim Rogers linked to a weathering website ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010
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    July 9, 2009
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    June 11, 2009

    Food For Thought 6.11.09

    Apologies for the delays. The weather forecasts for yesterday evening called for a 30 percent chance of rain, so I spent part of my time in a tunnel at Pizza Hut Park and potential funnel clouds developed. Good thing they didn't say 40 percent--we'd have an F-5 tornado ripping through downtown.Anywa ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    Corps Approved Bridge Without Geotechnical Data, Still Trying to Solve Sand Mystery

    Sam MertenKevin Craig of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flanks Mayor Tom Leppert as he tells the press about the levees' "unacceptable" ratings.After the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its report on the city's levees, we were baffled to learn that construction on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bri ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Dallas is Trying to Smoke Its Way to Ban

    Apparently, the entire city -- not to mention nearby counties -- is trying to get in one last deep hacking breath before the smoking ban goes into effect at midnight tonight. To those Friends of Unfair Park wondering why the city appears to be smoldering, the National Weather Service says, well, yea ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009
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    February 23, 2009

    Dust in the Wind? Maybe.

    On Wednesday, the Dallas City Council will discuss updating the city's 4-year-old water conservation and drought contingency plans, as this is shaping up to be yet another dry, dusty year. The update is necessary but won't come cheap: If and when council gives the okee-doke, the city will pay Alan P ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009

    Prediction for 2009: Trinity Toll Road Finally Crashes and Burns for Good

    Here's hoping that the next year brings us a big, stinking failure on the Trinity

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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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    September 17, 2008

    Looks Like It's Not, Um, 3 Doors Down's Time? (Sorry, That Was Too Easy)

    Normally, I'd gloss over a cancellation like this, but c'mon, that joke was too easy to pass up. Per the press release: "Live Nation has announced that due to complications from Hurricane Ike, this Saturday’s 3 Doors Down concert featuring Hinder, Finger Eleven and American Bang at The Superpage ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    Now, Where's My Kite?

    For those so interested, this is the latest wind (and rain and tornado potential) forecast from the National Weather Service -- and note the exclamation mark. And the NWS no like Ike: "Develop a personal hurricane plan," it advises in its latest forecast. Mine involves a trip to the liquor store. -- ... More >>

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    August 27, 2008

    Kristine Kahanek's Magic Umbrella

    A Friend of Unfair Park e-mails with some literary doings courtesy a familiar face: KTVT-Channel 11 chief meteorologist Kristine Kahanek has a kiddies' book forthcoming titled Katie and the Magic Umbrella: A Stormy Adventure. The book's due in stores on Monday, and from the publisher's description, ... More >>

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    April 16, 2008
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    September 6, 2007

    Put Out

    If Dallas doesn't give the boys their road, they want the jewelry back

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    July 5, 2007

    Go With Your Gut

    Do you really see a freeway somewhere out in that flood?

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    February 8, 2007

    Bayou Blues

    Katrina hits the big(gest) screen

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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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    November 30, 2006

    The Biggest Loser

    First, we get buried beneath the Arctic Blast's sub-zero temperatures and six feet of ice. And now Dallas is about to get dumped on again. Somehow amidst the downed power lines and white-out conditions comes news that Saturday's Big 12 Championship Game between old Big 8 rivals Oklahoma and Nebrask ... More >>

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    August 22, 2006

    Millions for Thousands

    Before we get back to the state's report on Hurricane Katrina evacuees still living in Texas, this just came across from Texas Insider: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson announced today that ... More >>

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    January 31, 2002

    Gang of Four

    SamulNori brings in the noise, brings in the folk

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    September 20, 2001

    Bad-ass Storm In A Glass

    Category 5, Hurricane Grill New Orleans Oyster Bar

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    June 7, 2001

    Hurricane Warning

    There's more to like about the Hurricane Grill than just the 45-ounce hurricanes

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