Marty Toohey

Science & weather reporter

Marty Toohey is a reporter covering science and weather at the Austin American-Statesman.

Latest from Marty Toohey

Miss Monday’s eclipse? 2024 view from other U.S. cities will be better
 If you were stuck inside Monday and missed the eclipse, don’t worry. You still have a chance to experience a total eclipse of the sun in seven years. >> Read more trending news  Mark April 8, 2024, on your calendar. On that date, at 5:17 p.m., the eclipse will commence in Austin, Texas, turning daylight into twilight...

8:06 PM Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

If you were stuck inside Monday and missed the eclipse, don’t worry. You still have a chance to experience a total eclipse of the sun in seven years. >> Read more trending news  Mark April 8, 2024, on your calendar. On that date, at 5:17 p.m., the eclipse will commence in Austin, Texas, turning daylight into twilight...
ECLIPSE MANIA: 2024 view from Austin will be better than Monday’s
 Austinites, if you’re stuck inside Monday and miss the eclipse, don’t worry. While you can’t witness the total eclipse here, you’ll have a chance to experience total eclipse of the sun in a mere seven years. Mark April 8, 2024, on your calendar. On that date, at 5:17 p.m., the eclipse will commence in Austin,...

12:01 AM Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

Austinites, if you’re stuck inside Monday and miss the eclipse, don’t worry. While you can’t witness the total eclipse here, you’ll have a chance to experience total eclipse of the sun in a mere seven years. Mark April 8, 2024, on your calendar. On that date, at 5:17 p.m., the eclipse will commence in Austin,...
Miss the eclipse Monday? 2024 view from Austin will be better
 Austinites, if you’re stuck inside Monday and miss the eclipse, don’t worry. While you can’t witness the total eclipse here, you’ll have a chance to experience total eclipse of the sun in a mere seven years. Mark April 8, 2024, on your calendar. On that date, at 5:17 p.m., the eclipse will commence in Austin,...

11:00 AM Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

Austinites, if you’re stuck inside Monday and miss the eclipse, don’t worry. While you can’t witness the total eclipse here, you’ll have a chance to experience total eclipse of the sun in a mere seven years. Mark April 8, 2024, on your calendar. On that date, at 5:17 p.m., the eclipse will commence in Austin,...
When the eclipse appears over Austin, DO NOT STARE AT IT
 Staring at the sun is always a bad idea. It’s a bad idea even when the moon slides in front of the sun and blocks out most of the sun’s rays, as will happen on Monday for a little over two-and-a-half minutes. Basically, looking at the sun can give your eyeball a sunburn. Robert Rosa, an ophthalmologist at the Texas A&M University...

11:00 AM Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

Staring at the sun is always a bad idea. It’s a bad idea even when the moon slides in front of the sun and blocks out most of the sun’s rays, as will happen on Monday for a little over two-and-a-half minutes. Basically, looking at the sun can give your eyeball a sunburn. Robert Rosa, an ophthalmologist at the Texas A&M University...
Austin Answered: Are those algae blooms bad for your health?
 Over her two-plus decades in Austin, Leslie Gompf has come to accept that every year or so, the drinking water “tastes too yucky for me to drink it.” She knows about the algae blooms that cause the taste. But lately she had several recent conversations that left her wondering if the algae emit toxins — and if anyone is monitoring...

5:51 PM Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

Over her two-plus decades in Austin, Leslie Gompf has come to accept that every year or so, the drinking water “tastes too yucky for me to drink it.” She knows about the algae blooms that cause the taste. But lately she had several recent conversations that left her wondering if the algae emit toxins — and if anyone is monitoring...
UT scientists tinker with gene-mapping device to make DNA editing safe
 Ilya Finkelstein chuckles when recounting the origins of the project that landed the University of Texas scientist and his colleagues in the prestigious academic journal Cell. According to a peer-reviewed article, they found a way for scientists to more safely use a new kind of gene editing technique called CRISPR — a technology that...

5:45 PM Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

Ilya Finkelstein chuckles when recounting the origins of the project that landed the University of Texas scientist and his colleagues in the prestigious academic journal Cell. According to a peer-reviewed article, they found a way for scientists to more safely use a new kind of gene editing technique called CRISPR — a technology that...
Austin Answered: Are those algae blooms bad for your health?
 Over her two-plus decades in Austin, Leslie Gompf has come to accept that every year or so, the drinking water “tastes too yucky for me to drink it.” She knows about the algae blooms that cause the taste. But lately she had several recent conversations that left her wondering if the algae emit toxins — and if anyone is monitoring...

5:00 AM Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

Over her two-plus decades in Austin, Leslie Gompf has come to accept that every year or so, the drinking water “tastes too yucky for me to drink it.” She knows about the algae blooms that cause the taste. But lately she had several recent conversations that left her wondering if the algae emit toxins — and if anyone is monitoring...
UT scientists tinker with gene-mapping device to make DNA editing safe
 Ilya Finkelstein chuckles when recounting the origins of the project that landed the University of Texas scientist and his colleagues in the prestigious academic journal Cell. According to a peer-reviewed article, they found a way for scientists to more safely use a new kind of gene editing technique called CRISPR — a technology that...

5:00 AM Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

Ilya Finkelstein chuckles when recounting the origins of the project that landed the University of Texas scientist and his colleagues in the prestigious academic journal Cell. According to a peer-reviewed article, they found a way for scientists to more safely use a new kind of gene editing technique called CRISPR — a technology that...
WATER WOES WANE: Monday rainfall helps refill lakes Travis, Buchanan, LCRA says
 The Lower Colorado River Authority said Wednesday that the round of heavy rain Central Texas received on Monday is helping to refill the area’s two reservoir lakes, Travis and Buchanan. “The rains added about 35,700 acre-feet to the lakes,” the LCRA announced via Twitter. “Lake Travis is up 1.3 feet and Lake Buchanan...

1:56 PM Wednesday, Aug. 09, 2017

The Lower Colorado River Authority said Wednesday that the round of heavy rain Central Texas received on Monday is helping to refill the area’s two reservoir lakes, Travis and Buchanan. “The rains added about 35,700 acre-feet to the lakes,” the LCRA announced via Twitter. “Lake Travis is up 1.3 feet and Lake Buchanan...
Rain douses Central Texas, keeps drought at bay
 Mother Nature finally popped Austin’s rain bubble. More than 3 inches fell over much of the region during a 24-hour window that started late Sunday, with a few places receiving as much as 7 inches. By early Monday afternoon, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport had nearly tripled the Aug. 7 record of 1.06 inches. So much rain fell...

10:21 PM Monday, Aug. 07, 2017

Mother Nature finally popped Austin’s rain bubble. More than 3 inches fell over much of the region during a 24-hour window that started late Sunday, with a few places receiving as much as 7 inches. By early Monday afternoon, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport had nearly tripled the Aug. 7 record of 1.06 inches. So much rain fell...
FORECAST UPDATE: Storms have rolled past Austin, but isolated showers possible into tomorrow
 3:43 P.M. UPDATE: The worst is over in Central Texas, according to the National Weather Service. The storm system that doused the region has moved through and is bearing down on the Houston/Corpus Christi area. In its wake, isolated showers are possible, though we’re done with the “big complex of storms,” Weather Service...

10:33 AM Monday, Aug. 07, 2017

3:43 P.M. UPDATE: The worst is over in Central Texas, according to the National Weather Service. The storm system that doused the region has moved through and is bearing down on the Houston/Corpus Christi area. In its wake, isolated showers are possible, though we’re done with the “big complex of storms,” Weather Service...