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1. Flash Flood Warning for: Fort Bend; Harris; Waller

2. Flash Flood Warning for: Nueces

3. Flood Advisory for: Fort Bend

4. Flood Advisory for: Fort Bend; Harris; Waller

5. Flood Advisory for: Nueces

6. Flash Flood Warning for: Austin; Fort Bend

7. Flood Advisory for: Kleberg

8. Flood Advisory for: San Patricio

9. Flood Advisory for: Willacy

10. Flood Advisory for: Cameron

11. Flood Advisory for: Fort Bend

12. Flash Flood Warning for: Hardin; Jasper; Jefferson; Orange; Tyler

13. Flood Advisory for: Bee

14. Flash Flood Watch for: Brooks; Coastal Kenedy; Inland Kenedy; Jim Hogg

15. Special Weather Statement for: Austin; Brazoria Islands; Brazos; Burleson; Chambers; Coastal Brazoria; Coastal Galveston; Coastal Harris; Coastal Jackson; Coastal Matagorda; Colorado; Fort Bend; Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula; Grimes; Houston; Inland Brazoria; Inland Galveston; Inland Harris; Inland Jackson; Inland Matagorda; Madison; Matagorda Islands; Montgomery; Northern Liberty; Polk; San Jacinto; Southern Liberty; Trinity; Walker; Waller; Washington; Wharton

16. Flash Flood Watch for: Jefferson; Orange

17. Flood Warning for: Bee

18. Flood Warning for: Refugio

19. Flash Flood Watch for: Aransas Islands; Bee; Calhoun Islands; Coastal Aransas; Coastal Calhoun; Coastal Kleberg; Coastal Nueces; Coastal Refugio; Coastal San Patricio; Goliad; Inland Calhoun; Inland Kleberg; Inland Nueces; Inland Refugio; Inland San Patricio; Jim Wells; Kleberg Islands; Live Oak; Nueces Islands; Victoria

20. Flash Flood Watch for: Duval

21. Special Weather Statement for: Hardin; Jefferson; Northern Jasper; Northern Newton; Orange; Southern Jasper; Southern Newton; Tyler

22. Coastal Flood Advisory for: Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula

23. Rip Current Statement for: Brazoria Islands; Matagorda Islands

24. Rip Current Statement for: Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula

25. Flash Flood Watch for: Brazoria Islands; Chambers; Coastal Brazoria; Coastal Galveston; Coastal Harris; Coastal Jackson; Coastal Matagorda; Fort Bend; Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula; Inland Brazoria; Inland Galveston; Inland Harris; Inland Jackson; Inland Matagorda; Matagorda Islands; Southern Liberty; Wharton

26. Rip Current Statement for: Aransas Islands; Calhoun Islands

27. Rip Current Statement for: Kleberg Islands; Nueces Islands

28. Coastal Flood Advisory for: Aransas Islands; Calhoun Islands

29. Coastal Flood Advisory for: Kleberg Islands; Nueces Islands

30. Flash Flood Watch for: De Witt; Karnes; Lavaca

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Weather Topic: What is Precipitation?

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Precipitation can refer to many different forms of water that may fall from clouds. Precipitation occurs after a cloud has become saturated to the point where its water particles are more dense than the air below the cloud.

In most cases, precipitation will reach the ground, but it is not uncommon for precipitation to evaporate before it reaches the earth's surface. When precipitation evaporates before it contacts the ground it is called Virga. Graupel, hail, sleet, rain, drizzle, and snow are forms of precipitation, but fog and mist are not considered precipitation because the water vapor which constitutes them isn't dense enough to fall to the ground.

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Weather Topic: What is Sleet?

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Sleet is a form of precipitation in which small ice pellets are the primary components. These ice pellets are smaller and more translucent than hailstones, and harder than graupel. Sleet is caused by specific atmospheric conditions and therefore typically doesn't last for extended periods of time.

The condition which leads to sleet formation requires a warmer body of air to be wedged in between two sub-freezing bodies of air. When snow falls through a warmer layer of air it melts, and as it falls through the next sub-freezing body of air it freezes again, forming ice pellets known as sleet. In some cases, water droplets don't have time to freeze before reaching the surface and the result is freezing rain.

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