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Marty Toohey

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

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Storms roll into, out of Austin with little fuss

Posted: 11 hours ago

At least the Friday storms didn’t waste much time. The storms — such as they were — arrived in Austin early enough to deliver a light rain late in the morning commute. They stuck around long enough to admire the Hill Country and be on their way north and east by early afternoon. Then, out came the sun to dry up all rain...
Storms moving out of the Austin area
 1:10 a.m. update:  The storms that rolled over Austin appear to be almost done with. Two storm lines  weather persist, one moving through Austin, one though Lakeway and Leander, both moving northeast on parallel tracks. Neither storm is strong, according to Fox-7 chief meteorologist Scott Fisher. The National Weather Service says isolated...

Posted: 20 hours ago

1:10 a.m. update:  The storms that rolled over Austin appear to be almost done with. Two storm lines weather persist, one moving through Austin, one though Lakeway and Leander, both moving northeast on parallel tracks. Neither storm is strong, according to Fox-7 chief meteorologist Scott Fisher. The National Weather Service says isolated...
Watch for thunderstorms Friday morning in Austin
 Friday could give Central Texas a taste of the downside of spring. Storms conceived by a front coming from the west and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico should roll over the region in the morning, bringing widespread rain and possible lightning before clearing out in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Thursday&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

Friday could give Central Texas a taste of the downside of spring. Storms conceived by a front coming from the west and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico should roll over the region in the morning, bringing widespread rain and possible lightning before clearing out in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Thursday&rsquo...
WEATHER ALERT: Wind advisory for Hill Country, Austin metro area until midnight
 4:40 p.m. update:  The wind advisory in effect until midnight in Central Texas has been expanded to include Travis, Hays, Blanco and Caldwell counties, according to the National Weather Service. Areas south of the Austin metro area are also affected, including Comal, Guadalupe and Bexar counties. A wind advisory is issued when ...

Posted: a day ago

4:40 p.m. update:  The wind advisory in effect until midnight in Central Texas has been expanded to include Travis, Hays, Blanco and Caldwell counties, according to the National Weather Service. Areas south of the Austin metro area are also affected, including Comal, Guadalupe and Bexar counties. A wind advisory is issued when ...
A&M studies could finally reveal what peacock feathers are really for
 Inside a chainlink-wrapped enclosure on the campus of Texas A&M University, one of the world’s foremost peacock experts has strapped cameras onto the heads of the birds and arrived at a surprising answer to a question that has puzzled scientists since Charles Darwin’s day: What, exactly, is the point of that spectacular plumage?...

Posted: 4 days ago

Inside a chainlink-wrapped enclosure on the campus of Texas A&M University, one of the world’s foremost peacock experts has strapped cameras onto the heads of the birds and arrived at a surprising answer to a question that has puzzled scientists since Charles Darwin’s day: What, exactly, is the point of that spectacular plumage?...
With equinox’s arrival Monday, spring is here — by every measure
 Spring is finally here — by every way of measuring its arrival. Monday is the vernal equinox, the starting point of spring, as determined by people who base their seasons on the Earth’s position relative to the sun and stars. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about this rite of spring: What is the vernal equinox?...

Posted: 6 days ago

Spring is finally here — by every way of measuring its arrival. Monday is the vernal equinox, the starting point of spring, as determined by people who base their seasons on the Earth’s position relative to the sun and stars. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about this rite of spring: What is the vernal equinox?...
Weather FAQ: What is the vernal equinox and why is spring starting Monday (again)?
 Spring will finally be here – by every way of measuring its arrival. Monday is the vernal equinox, the starting point of spring, as determined by people who base their seasons on the Earth’s position relative to the sun and stars. (Or, more generally, who base their calendar on the sky.) On Monday, at 5:28 a.m., the sun will...

Posted: 7 days ago

Spring will finally be here – by every way of measuring its arrival. Monday is the vernal equinox, the starting point of spring, as determined by people who base their seasons on the Earth’s position relative to the sun and stars. (Or, more generally, who base their calendar on the sky.) On Monday, at 5:28 a.m., the sun will...
UT study links common antibiotic to collapse of honeybee colonies
 A common antibiotic appears to be killing helpful bacteria in the guts of honeybees, making it at least partly responsible for the rapid collapse of domestic colonies, according to new University of Texas research. Bees treated with tetracycline had “dramatically fewer gut microbes,” or bacteria that help them absorb nutrients...

Posted: 10 days ago

A common antibiotic appears to be killing helpful bacteria in the guts of honeybees, making it at least partly responsible for the rapid collapse of domestic colonies, according to new University of Texas research. Bees treated with tetracycline had “dramatically fewer gut microbes,” or bacteria that help them absorb nutrients...
Austin health officials seek Russians who rescued possibly rabid bat last week
 If you’re Russian, and you’re visiting Austin, and you rescued a bat last week while kayaking on Lady Bird Lake, you should call the city’s Health Department: The bat may have had rabies. The staff at the Waller Creek Boathouse told city officials that the four people, who may have been Russian, reported scooping a bat into...

Posted: 10 days ago

If you’re Russian, and you’re visiting Austin, and you rescued a bat last week while kayaking on Lady Bird Lake, you should call the city’s Health Department: The bat may have had rabies. The staff at the Waller Creek Boathouse told city officials that the four people, who may have been Russian, reported scooping a bat into...
Lawmaker proposes making tacos official Texas dish, supplanting chili
 Tacos or chili? That is the spicy question state Rep. Gina Hinojosa of Austin has dropped on the plates of her fellow lawmakers. On Friday, the deadline to file most kinds of legislation, Hinojosa proposed naming the taco the official state food — supplanting chili, which has been the official dish of Texas since 1977, atop the state&rsquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

Tacos or chili? That is the spicy question state Rep. Gina Hinojosa of Austin has dropped on the plates of her fellow lawmakers. On Friday, the deadline to file most kinds of legislation, Hinojosa proposed naming the taco the official state food — supplanting chili, which has been the official dish of Texas since 1977, atop the state&rsquo...