Hurricane Harvey and the outbreaks of tornadoes in North and East Texas were among the top weather stories of 2017.
No. 1 — Hurricane Harvey
In August, Hurricane Harvey became the first hurricane to strike Texas since Ike in 2008 and the strongest in Texas since Carla in 1961. Harvey made landfall near Rockport as a Category 4 storm, and the storm’s heavy rain and strong wind lingered for days in Southeast Texas, leading Harvey to become the costliest tropical cyclone on record, inflicting nearly $200 billion in damage
No. 2 — Tornadoes Leave Trail of Damage in North Texas
Several tornadoes tore across three East Texas counties on Saturday, April 29, 2017, leaving a trail of damage
No. 3 — Five Dead After Three Tornadoes Strike East of DFW
Five people were killed and scores more were injured after seven tornadoes left a trail of damage in three North Texas counties east of the Dallas-Fort Worth area in late April
No. 4 — Eclipse
The total solar eclipse dominated local news coverage across much of the United States in mid-August
No. 5 — Winter Outlook for North Texas
The Winter Weather Outlook released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration didn’t leave much chance for snow here in North Texas
No. 6 — ‘He Didn’t Die Alone’: Man Tries to Save Tornado Victim
Brandon Edwards, a Marine with medical training, was driving with his wife and two young daughters when a tornado touched down about a mile in front of them in Canton, Texas, lifting a pickup truck off a highway and dropping it 200 yards away. Edwards said he knew he had to help and ran to the pick-up after the tornado had passed, but, unfortunately, the driver did not survive his injuries
No. 7 — Canton Car Dealership Takes Direct Hit from Tornado
Interstate 20 Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Canton took a direct hit from a twister, which left widespread damage to a new showroom and maintenance facility.
No. 8 — Texans Wake Up to Snow
People in South and Southeast Texas experienced a rare snowfall on Dec. 8-9, which left several inches of powdery snow in places like the Alamo and as far south as Corpus Christi. The most recent comparable snowfall in San Antonio had been in January 1987
No. 9 — Hurricane Katia Forms in the Gulf of Mexico
Fresh off the destruction and devastation from Hurricane Harvey, yet another hurricane formed in the Gulf of Mexico with sustained winds of 75 mph. Katia stayed out over the Gulf before drifting over Mexico, avoiding a Texas landfall
No. 10 — Farmers’ Almanac Winter Outlook Explained
Professional meteorologists don’t exactly wait on the edge of their seats for the Farmers’ Almanac forecast. Nonetheless, it’s still fun to look at the weather folklore forecast for comparison’s sake.