Texas State Meterologist John Nielson-Gammon said the tornadoes that hit the Dallas area early Tuesday and the storms that hit Brazos Valley later in the night were part of the beginning of what he expects will be an active severe weather season.
Considering the weather patterns so far, it's fair to expect more warnings and watches will be issued throughout the spring and summer, said Nielson-Gammon, a Texas A&M atmospheric science regents professor.
Weather experts consider the heart of severe weather season to occur in April and May.
In early February, two tornadoes touched ground near Snook in Burleson County.
The storms, an EF-1 and EF-2, and recent heavy flooding in different areas of Brazos Valley were an indication to Nielson-Gammon of what could be expected for the spring.
Wendy Wong, a meterologist with the National Weather Service, said the tornadoes in the Dallas area were part of the same line of storms that caused officials to issue the tornado watches and hazardous weather outlooks Tuesday in Brazos Valley.
She said the storms had been very slow moving, making it hard to pinpoint when they'd arrive.
The heavy rains and lightning blew through Bryan-College Station at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, but the chance of precipitation was expected to drop to 10 percent by Wednesday morning, according to forecasters.
Brian Blake, spokesperson for Texas Task Force 1, said the state's emergency response team had been placed in alert status but, as of late Tuesday, there were no plans for deployment to the Metroplex area.
During alert status, members of the task force are polled so leaders have an idea of who is in town and who is available should Gov. Rick Perry send them to a disaster area.
Blake said administrators from Texas Task Force 1 were in San Antonio with other state emergency agency leaders for the 2012 Texas Emergency Management Conference.
The severe weather situation was being monitored by State Operations Center officials gathered at the conference, Blake said, adding that organizations present included the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the National Weather Service, among others.
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