Atlantic Ocean

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Hurricane Season 2014: Tropical Storm Arthur Forms as the "Real" Season Begins

    Tracking forecast for Tropical Storm Arthur.The first named tropical storm of 2014 formed in the Atlantic Ocean Monday. Tropical Storm Arthur formed off the coast of Florida and is expected to move gradually to the north and ultimately northeast over the next three to four days. Currently, forecasts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Hurricane Season 2014: Predictions Call for Below Average Year

    To borrow and mangle a quote from Groundhog Day, "Well, it's hurricane season...again." Beginning June 1, anyone who lives along the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea or Atlantic Ocean starts to cast a wary eye on the tropics. As the temperatures warm up through summer, so does most of the Atlantic Basi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Grant Awarded to A&M to Study Potential Affects of Bacteria in African Dust

    Add the flesh eating bacteria Vibrio to the list of threats from Africa that could cross the Atlantic Ocean. Remember those Africanized bees threatening us? The Houston Chronicle reports that dust from the Saharan and Sahel desert that lands in the Gulf will be under more scrutiny. With climate ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    10 Best Kitchen Tools We Need to Invent Right Now

    In news of the dumb, a Chicago inventor recently achieved Kickstarter success and Internet fame with a device that he purports will scramble an egg without breaking or penetrating the shell. It's called the Golden Goose--you know, because the result is a golden egg--and in just a few days, the unusu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Remembering the Day Hubble Was Launched

    Mark Carreau covered NASA for the Houston Chronicle for more than 20 years. He started on the day the Challenger exploded - the editor told everyone on the metro desk to write a NASA story - and he stayed on the beat until he was laid off from the Chron a few years ago. Until then, he watched launc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Let Us Clarify: SpaceX Spaceport "Probably" Will Come to Texas

    On Friday SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that SpaceX is definitely totally coming to Texas to build a launch pad. Kind of. That's what the Houston Chronicle reported as breaking news with a headline that came off like the spaceport in Texas is a done deal. However, an offhand answer to a question at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Sammy Patrenella Shares Some Family History

    This week's feature story (online Wednesday) takes an in-depth look at the Houston families who developed our diverse food scene into what it is today. We spent hours researching and interviewing family members to compile their stories, but not everything could make it into print. In celebration of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Weekend Weather: More Rain Forecast, but Report Says Drought Could Last 15 Years

    The temperatures are gradually moving in a downward direction as we get set for October and autumn. Last weekend saw our first significant cool front, dropping temps into the mid 60s in the evening. We also got a LOT of rain -- the most we've gotten in that short of a stretch all year. This weekend, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Weekend Weather: Tropical Storm Ingrid Could be Brewing in the Gulf

    It's Friday again, thank God. The weekend brings with it quite a lot actually. There are some pretty big football games, an Astros home stand and quite possibly a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico. At the moment it is hot and will continue to get hotter. Expect it to reach the mid to upper 90s to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Weather Week: Rain, MNF Weather and a Note About Forecasting for a Big City

    The weekend brought us widespread rain blowing in off the Gulf of Mexico, though surprisingly, some parts of the city got very little of the wet stuff. In fact, some parts of the region got over an inch while others didn't even record a trace. It is one of the reasons forecasting is such tricky bus ... More >>

  • News

    August 29, 2013

    The Dark Wall: Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras's Last Ride

    The story of Tim Samaras and the largest tornado ever documented.

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Rock You Like a You Know What: Why Hurricane Season Should Heat Up and Stop Being So Lame

    Since 1995, the Atlantic Basin has been in a period of higher-than-normal activity for tropical storms. This is a phenomena referred to as the Atlantic Multi-Decadal Oscillation. It basically means that for periods of 20-40 years (or longer), there is an increase in storm activity across the Atlanti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Weather Week: Back to School, Back to Summer...for Now

    That dreaded first morning back to school (for kids and parents) this year was punctuated with surprisingly cool weather. While northerners may be used to sub-70 degree August mornings (or sub-50 in some cases), Houstonians are not exactly acclimated to that kind of "cool" weather this time of year. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    The Electronic Traveler: A Good Metro App, Instagram and the Hunger-Saving UrbanSpoon

    I spent a day in Washington, D.C. on Friday visiting the Smithsonian, the National Archive, the Capitol Building and a number of other sights in our nation's capitol. Naturally, my phone was well used. In fact, the battery was essentially spent by the time I headed back to where I was staying late i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Hunker Down: The Hurricane Forecasts Are Out. Five Things to Keep in Mind

    It's that time again. No, not hurricane season, it's hurricane predictin' season, partner. So, get out yer slide rule and a room full of super computers. Grab the nerdiest guy you can find and shelter in place because this is going to be a wild ride. Every year in April, the forecasters begin layin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    ShipRocked: KoRn Fights Seasickness but Fans Rage On

    A few weeks ago, Rocks Off's Kevin Ramer shoved off on the 2012 edition of ShipRocked, which bills itself as "the ultimate rock music cruise vacation." These are his reports. After a long first night of partying and concerts, Shiprockers woke up in the southernmost part of the United States: Key We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    As Hurricane Sandy Moves to East Coast, The HMS Bounty Has Sunk, 2 Crew Missing, Was Supposed to Winter in Galveston

    The HMS Bounty, the historic wooden ship that was supposed to winter in Galveston this year, has sunk off the North Carolina coast, it was reported today. According to a statement from the U. S. Coast Guard, two members of the crew were still missing, after 14 others were rescued by the U. S. Coas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Early Forecasts Calling for a Quieter Than Normal Hurricane Season

    Did you enjoy the winter? Went quick, didn't it? It seems like just 15 minutes ago, we were all lounging in the cool Houston winter while our northern neighbors were breaking out the snow plows. We laughed and laughed. Now, we've started to reach that wonderful time when even your beads of sweat hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Wine of the Week: Who Needs Another Merlot When You Have Cerasuolo di Vittoria?

    Did the world really need another Merlot and Chardonnay in 1995? Evidently, the Planeta family thought so, and when the younger generation of this Sicilian clan launched the eponymous winery in the mid-1990s, they delivered bold, oaky, concentrated, and highly alcoholic Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    30 Seconds With Cate Le Bon

    Rocks Off reached across the Atlantic Ocean to get as down as we could with Cate Le Bon and find out what we could about the singer-songwriter in 30 seconds; by the way, it helps if you imagine the responses in her incredibly sexy Welsh accent. As long as you've got your imagination up and running, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Odd Pair: Fish and Red Wine

    ​Whenever I am faced with a conundrum like the age-old question of whether or not it is imperative to pair white wine exclusively with fish, I look to antiquity. Indeed, in more cases than not, the ancients were much wiser and more well informed than we are. And as I pore over (excuse the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Joey Chestnut's Stomach Is an American Hero

    Joey Chestnut: Proud to be an American, where at least he knows he's free.​It's funny, about 25 years ago, right in the middle of my teenage years, I remember being figuratively beat over the head with constant reminders of "world hunger." If it wasn't the Band Aid video from a bunch of Euro a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Hurricane Predictions: Feds Say to Hunker Down

    Rita, when it was coming for us.​The time to predict hurricane season has arrived, and -- as with Texans season previews -- what's predicted doesn't always tend to be what happens. So get your grain of salt ready. (On the other hand, severe weather has been the norm elsewhere in the U.S. rece ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Cage Match: Ted Nugent Vs. General Bye Bye

    Not Ted Nugent. Hopefully you realized that.​Ladies and gentlemen, tonight a battle will be waged for the very musical soul of Houston. In this corner, from Detroit, wearing very little, heavily armed, and dragging the corpse of the Great White Buffalo behind him, the wild man of rock himself, ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 30, 2010

    Planet Houston

    The world's great cuisines converge here.

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    The 5 Worst Houston Restaurant Websites

    ​Yesterday, we rolled out our list of the five best Houston restaurant websites. Today is something different. In scouring dozens of websites over the past week, we came to realize something. Restaurant websites in Houston are mostly terrible. This may be true of other industries as well, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Believe It Or Not, There Are Worse Ideas Than Kim Kardashian As Lara Croft

    I can't wait to hear her English accent.​It's been a rough week: we found out the BP oil spill may spread across the Atlantic Ocean and threaten England's blessed shores (which, let's admit it, would be pretty hilarious) and dealt with the campaign in Afghanistan supplanting Vietnam as America ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Houston Wins March Madness Tournament!!! (Not The One You're Thinking Of)

    ‚ÄčIn an incredible upset, Houston has swept through the brackets of March Madness and taken the title.It's not the Coogs, and it's not the basketball championship.But if you're wondering who would win the tournament of having the worst traffic of all the cities hosting March Madness games this year ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    June 22, 2006

    Shark Bites

    JAWS Unleashed is as sloppy as it is gory

  • News

    July 26, 2001

    Tick Tock, Your Time Is Up

    Foreign students at the Glassell School of Art get a stipend, studio space and three years to make it really big. They've had a huge impact on Houston's art scene. But if the INS isn't impressed, they've got to go.

  • News

    November 11, 1999
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    October 14, 1999
  • Music

    August 21, 1997

    Here Comes the Sun

    Andre Sam-Sin, a.k.a. DJ Sun, spins a luminous sound

  • News

    March 28, 1996

    The Brother Graham (Part II)

    Once upon a time in Humble, there lived two guys named Pat and Mike. They had a way of making people believe, and those people included some of Texas' highest public officials. While it turned out that their stories usually were just too good to be true