Marty Toohey

Science & weather reporter

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

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Forecasters keep talking about a high pressure system, but what is it?
 You might have heard forecasters talk about the high pressure system that has settled over Central Texas, driving hot and dry conditions. But what is a high pressure system? Here are five things to know about it: 1. Think of Queen’s song “Under Pressure”: “Pressure, pushing down on me, pushing down on you...

Posted: 3 days ago

You might have heard forecasters talk about the high pressure system that has settled over Central Texas, driving hot and dry conditions. But what is a high pressure system? Here are five things to know about it: 1. Think of Queen’s song “Under Pressure”: “Pressure, pushing down on me, pushing down on you...
WEATHER UPDATE: Austin hits 100 degrees ... again
 3:15 p.m. update: Austin has yet again hit 100 degrees, according to numerous thermometers. To which this is the only sensible reply: <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="und"><a href="https://t.co/E1RVPVDYO9">https://t.co/E1RVPVDYO9<...

Posted: 4 days ago

3:15 p.m. update: Austin has yet again hit 100 degrees, according to numerous thermometers. To which this is the only sensible reply: <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="und"><a href="https://t.co/E1RVPVDYO9">https://t.co/E1RVPVDYO9<...
Texas health officials warn of outbreak of diarrhea-causing parasite
 Texas health officials are investigating an outbreak of cyclosporiasis, a parasite-borne illness that has typically popped up in the state from imported food. Doctors diagnosed 68 cases in Texas from June through July 18, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The state has identified eight cases in Travis County, and...

Posted: 4 days ago

Texas health officials are investigating an outbreak of cyclosporiasis, a parasite-borne illness that has typically popped up in the state from imported food. Doctors diagnosed 68 cases in Texas from June through July 18, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The state has identified eight cases in Travis County, and...
Overlapping stripes in I-35 construction near Oltorf causes headache
 Flummoxed by the jumbled lane striping that has infuriated drivers heading south on Interstate 35 around the Oltorf Street intersection? It should be fixed by Thursday morning, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. TxDOT crews have been working since February on that stretch of I-35 as part of a $42.6 million project to remake...

Posted: 4 days ago

Flummoxed by the jumbled lane striping that has infuriated drivers heading south on Interstate 35 around the Oltorf Street intersection? It should be fixed by Thursday morning, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. TxDOT crews have been working since February on that stretch of I-35 as part of a $42.6 million project to remake...
WEATHER UPDATE: Austin hits 15th 100-degree day
 I guess we can say the thermometer and the weather have gotten past the flirting stage. Austin has hit the 100-degree mark, a possibility forecasters had expected the state capital to flirt with today. Austin has now had 15 days at or above 100, two more than in the average year, according to Fox-7 chief meteorologist Scott Fisher. And we&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

I guess we can say the thermometer and the weather have gotten past the flirting stage. Austin has hit the 100-degree mark, a possibility forecasters had expected the state capital to flirt with today. Austin has now had 15 days at or above 100, two more than in the average year, according to Fox-7 chief meteorologist Scott Fisher. And we&rsquo...
Scattered storms rolling through parts of Austin
 7:55 p.m. update: Scattered storms to the east of Austin are rapidly moving west into the city. Expect rain and potential thunderstorms. Use the Statesman’s weather radar to keep an eye on the storms. 2 p.m. update: The patches of storm are headed east to west, with many of them moving out of Williamson County and headed toward...

Posted: 6 days ago

7:55 p.m. update: Scattered storms to the east of Austin are rapidly moving west into the city. Expect rain and potential thunderstorms. Use the Statesman’s weather radar to keep an eye on the storms. 2 p.m. update: The patches of storm are headed east to west, with many of them moving out of Williamson County and headed toward...
Texas professor unravels Lord Byron’s 200-year-old stargazing mystery
 This is a good summer to be looking up at the night sky. You might have already heard about the rare total solar eclipse happening Aug. 21. But stargazers will also have a chance to observe a phenomenon that wowed British poet Lord Byron and had been shrouded in mystery for nearly 200 years until a Texas State University professor unraveled...

Posted: 8 days ago

This is a good summer to be looking up at the night sky. You might have already heard about the rare total solar eclipse happening Aug. 21. But stargazers will also have a chance to observe a phenomenon that wowed British poet Lord Byron and had been shrouded in mystery for nearly 200 years until a Texas State University professor unraveled...
UT researchers: Zika vaccine works on mice, offers hope for people
 University of Texas researchers have shown that two types of vaccines targeting the Zika virus could protect unborn babies — a conclusion that had been suspected but not previously proven. The findings also suggest that a Zika vaccine could be on the way in the near future. The researchers determined that two vaccines protected mice...

Posted: 9 days ago

University of Texas researchers have shown that two types of vaccines targeting the Zika virus could protect unborn babies — a conclusion that had been suspected but not previously proven. The findings also suggest that a Zika vaccine could be on the way in the near future. The researchers determined that two vaccines protected mice...
Austin weekend weather: warm, humid, gross

Posted: 9 days ago

Get ready for a potentially rainy next few days — and, sadly, little relief from the Texas summer. The National Weather Service forecast calls for isolated showers on Saturday in Austin, followed by scattered showers Sunday through Tuesday. Add to that temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s and this weekend could be one described as...
Climate change skeptic Lamar Smith takes Arctic tour with lawmakers
 Central Texas congressman and noted climate-change skeptic Lamar Smith saw the warming Arctic first-hand on an unpublicized tour of Greenland and Alaska in May. Smith was accompanied by at least eight of his colleagues from the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which Smith chairs. The trip, which was first reported by...

Posted: 9 days ago

Central Texas congressman and noted climate-change skeptic Lamar Smith saw the warming Arctic first-hand on an unpublicized tour of Greenland and Alaska in May. Smith was accompanied by at least eight of his colleagues from the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which Smith chairs. The trip, which was first reported by...
What should people know about Zika? Doctor answers questions as part of A&M researcher forum series
 Carrie Byington, the dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine, was one of the doctors responsible for keeping athletes healthy during the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, which underwent a Zika emergency its health officials declared an end to only two months ago. Byington recently discussed Zika, which is most commonly spread by mosquitoes...

Posted: 11 days ago

Carrie Byington, the dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine, was one of the doctors responsible for keeping athletes healthy during the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, which underwent a Zika emergency its health officials declared an end to only two months ago. Byington recently discussed Zika, which is most commonly spread by mosquitoes...