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Marty Toohey

Science & weather reporter

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

Latest from Marty Toohey

UT scientists might have found key to stopping hospital infections

Posted: a minute ago

Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States, if not more, suffer infections each year from medical devices that have developed microbial films — sticky mats of bacteria that are hard to find and clean off. But University of Texas researchers say they have figured out why the film develops, a finding that could lead to a way...
What shape is Austin in heading into summer? Better than you think
 The gloomy skies and downpours that finally arrived eight days ago might not have been ideal spring weather. But they have left Central Texas in great shape heading into summer. The area’s lakes are full. The soil is moist. The plants are generally a well-hydrated shade of green. Those rains that began falling on Central Texas two Sundays...

Posted: 22 hours ago

The gloomy skies and downpours that finally arrived eight days ago might not have been ideal spring weather. But they have left Central Texas in great shape heading into summer. The area’s lakes are full. The soil is moist. The plants are generally a well-hydrated shade of green. Those rains that began falling on Central Texas two Sundays...
The Jarrell tornado, 20 years later
 Twenty years ago Saturday, a massive tornado struck Jarrell, killing 27 of the 400 people who lived there. Meteorologists rated it as an F5, the top of the Fujita scale, with winds at 261 mph – nearly four times the speed at which winds are considered hurricane strength. Today there is little visual evidence of the tornado’s wrath...

Posted: 2 days ago

Twenty years ago Saturday, a massive tornado struck Jarrell, killing 27 of the 400 people who lived there. Meteorologists rated it as an F5, the top of the Fujita scale, with winds at 261 mph – nearly four times the speed at which winds are considered hurricane strength. Today there is little visual evidence of the tornado’s wrath...
20 years after deadly tornado, Jarrell trying to not awaken memories
 Charline Adams is still finding reminders of the storm that tore through this small town, 20 years later. She was not home when the Jarrell tornado, as it’s come to be known in Central Texas, ripped her home apart. But a few weeks later, Adams said, she found the church bulletin announcing her marriage — a memento she had kept...

Posted: 2 days ago

Charline Adams is still finding reminders of the storm that tore through this small town, 20 years later. She was not home when the Jarrell tornado, as it’s come to be known in Central Texas, ripped her home apart. But a few weeks later, Adams said, she found the church bulletin announcing her marriage — a memento she had kept...
Power and devastation of the Jarrell tornado, by the numbers
 The Jarrell tornado, which struck on May 27, 1997, was one of the most destructive events in Central Texas history. It wiped out an entire subdivision and wreaked the worst tornado damage ever captured on film. Here are some numbers that convey what Central Texas endured that day: • 24: The number of tornadoes that struck the region...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Jarrell tornado, which struck on May 27, 1997, was one of the most destructive events in Central Texas history. It wiped out an entire subdivision and wreaked the worst tornado damage ever captured on film. Here are some numbers that convey what Central Texas endured that day: • 24: The number of tornadoes that struck the region...
Memorial Day weekend could be sweaty, oppressive, forecasters say
 Friday’s expected high temperature: 94 degrees. Feels like: the armpit of a sumo wrestler after a particularly grueling match. OK, forecasters won’t put it quite in those terms. But get ready for muggy weather — a slightly less awful version of the special grossness that tends to land Houston near the top of the lists...

Posted: 3 days ago

Friday’s expected high temperature: 94 degrees. Feels like: the armpit of a sumo wrestler after a particularly grueling match. OK, forecasters won’t put it quite in those terms. But get ready for muggy weather — a slightly less awful version of the special grossness that tends to land Houston near the top of the lists...
UT scientists might have found key to stopping hospital infections
 Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States, if not more, suffer infections each from medical devices that have developed “microbial films” – sticky mats of bacteria that are hard to find and clean off. But University of Texas researchers say they have figured out why the film develops, a finding that could prevent...

Posted: 3 days ago

Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States, if not more, suffer infections each from medical devices that have developed “microbial films” – sticky mats of bacteria that are hard to find and clean off. But University of Texas researchers say they have figured out why the film develops, a finding that could prevent...
How many hurricanes will form this summer? The government has a forecast
   The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1 and you can expect between five to nine hurricanes to form, which is a little above the average according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Forecasters with NOAA, which just released its official hurricane forecast, “predict a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to...

Posted: 3 days ago

  The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1 and you can expect between five to nine hurricanes to form, which is a little above the average according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Forecasters with NOAA, which just released its official hurricane forecast, “predict a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to...
WEATHER UPDATE: Severe t’storm warnings cancelled for Travis, Hays
 6:31 p.m. update: The severe thunderstorm watch has been cancelled for Hays and Travis County. It is still in effect for Williamson, Bastrop and Caldwell counties. 6 p.m. update: Widespread wind damage is being reported in parts of Bastrop County, according to the National Weather Service. Bastrop County EMS is reporting widespread wind...

Posted: 5 days ago

6:31 p.m. update: The severe thunderstorm watch has been cancelled for Hays and Travis County. It is still in effect for Williamson, Bastrop and Caldwell counties. 6 p.m. update: Widespread wind damage is being reported in parts of Bastrop County, according to the National Weather Service. Bastrop County EMS is reporting widespread wind...
It’s moving day for Austin’s historic downtown hospital and its patients
 At 7 a.m. Sunday, doctors at the old University Medical Center Brackenridge will lock the front doors. Across the street, at the same time, doctors at the new Dell Seton Medical Center will turn on the lights, pull up the blinds, unlock the doors and start accepting patients. With that, UMC Brackenridge will be closed to the public. And moving...

Posted: 8 days ago

At 7 a.m. Sunday, doctors at the old University Medical Center Brackenridge will lock the front doors. Across the street, at the same time, doctors at the new Dell Seton Medical Center will turn on the lights, pull up the blinds, unlock the doors and start accepting patients. With that, UMC Brackenridge will be closed to the public. And moving...
UT commencement could be damp; if worse, may be pushed back to Sunday
 Planning to attend the University of Texas’ commencement ceremony on Saturday? You might want to bring a poncho — and also keep your Sunday evening open, according to an American-Statesman investigation into the weekend forecast. University officials are still planning to hold the ceremony on Saturday night. But with a cold front...

Posted: 9 days ago

Planning to attend the University of Texas’ commencement ceremony on Saturday? You might want to bring a poncho — and also keep your Sunday evening open, according to an American-Statesman investigation into the weekend forecast. University officials are still planning to hold the ceremony on Saturday night. But with a cold front...