Gulf of Mexico

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Hurricane Season 2014: Don't Believe the Hype of the Latest Tropical Disturbance

    You are likely going to hear quite a bit about a tropical disturbance designated 92L by the National Hurricane Center that is currently dropping a bunch of rain on the Florida peninsula. The reason there will be news about this rainmaker is because forecast models have 92L making its way into the Gu ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Hurricane Season 2014: New Disturbance in the Atlantic Heading for Caribbean

    As I've noted previously, we are now in the peak of hurricane season as we move through August and September and the Atlantic Basin is certainly beginning to demonstrate that fact. A disturbance which the National Hurricane Center has classified as "96L" is moving westward towards the Lesser Antille ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Hurricane Season 2014: Atlantic System No Serious Threat

    Invest 93L, as designated by the National Hurricane Center, is not terribly impressive. Despite predictions it would be nearing tropical storm strength by now, it has floundered, fighting with dry air in the area north of the storm and high wind shear. Would be Tropical Storm Bertha is simply not al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    What if Texas Split Into Separate States Like California is Proposing?

    Apparently, the folks in California have done lost it. There is a ballot initiative being circulated that would divide the Golden State up into six separate states, increasing the United States to 55 states in the process. The proponent of this plan is some venture capitalist who really just wants t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    BP Back in Gulf Waters Thanks to the EPA

    Once upon a time (about four years ago) it seemed like British Petroleum's oil spilling sins in the Gulf of Mexico would never be forgiven. First the Deepwater Horizon became a fireball in the Gulf of Mexico. Then countless barrels of oil gushed from the ocean floor for weeks before the well was fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Pitbull's "Timber" Is Just the Worst

    [Note: in his column Serrano Time, Houston's award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] Right now, Pitbull's "Timber," featuring Ke$ha, is No. 2 on Billboard and No. 1 on my GTFOH chart. I don't remember the first time I heard it -- it seems like I've heard it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Baby, It's Muggy Outside: An Ode to the Gulf Coast and Its Weather in the Dead of Winter

    Toward the end of last summer, I was standing in the Atlantic waters off New Jersey. I was cold. The temperature outside was hovering in the upper 70s and the water was colder than that. The coastline of New Jersey, with it's long, raised boardwalks and bell-ringing ice cream vendors was pleasant an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Weekend Weather: Rainy Start to a Much Cooler Weekend

    Plenty of rain pushed through the area yesterday. Most of Houston recorded at least a quarter of an inch and some areas got more than an inch of rain. That will continue today and into Saturday as a cool front sags towards the coast pulling moisture from the Gulf and destabilizing the atmosphere ove ... More >>

  • News

    September 19, 2013

    Hurricane Ike: Then and Now

    Photographer Daniel Kramer returns to the scene of Houston's most recent tropical nightmare.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    UPDATE: Hurricane Ingrid in the Gulf Won't Threaten Texas, but May Bring Rain

    Update: Ingrid made landfall this morning. It appears she isn't much of a threat to Texas for rain, unfortunately, but we will have a good chance at tropical moisture by the end of the week from the Gulf. More on that tomorrow in my regular weekly weather update. The second hurricane of the year is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Two Tropical Storms in the Atlantic and Neither is a Threat to the U.S.

    For the first time this hurricane season, the Atlantic has two tropical storms simultaneously. Tropical Storm Gabrielle re-formed and should pass over Bermuda this week before gradually moving north, well east of the U.S. coastline. Tropical Storm Humberto has a very good chance to be this season's ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Hurricane Season 2013: Tropical Storm Chantal Forms in the Atlantic

    Our third named storm of the season is Tropical Storm Chantal in the southern Atlantic near 10 degrees north. The National Hurricane Center designated Chantal last night as it began to form a surface circulation southeast of the Lesser Antilles. Chantal is moving quickly to the west-northwest and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    BP Just Wants To Be Loved (And To Not Pay For The Gulf Oil Spill)

    The folks over at British Petroleum want the world to know they feel real bad about that explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico back in 2010. Last week, the company even took out a nice-sized ad in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, saying as much. ... 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

    March 12, 2013

    Warning: The Aggies Have Drones & Are Prepared To Use Them

    All you teasippers out there, be on the lookout. Cougars, keep your head on a swivel. Baylor Bears, pray to your God. The Aggies have drones, and they're launching them. As far as we know, the drones are unarmed. As far as we know. We are not saying you should ease up on your surveillance, but t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Uh-Oh, Texas: Why You Shouldn't Ignore Tropical Storm Isaac Just Yet

    With all the advances in computer modeling and meteorological technology, ultimately, weather is just sometimes difficult to predict. Case in point: current Tropical Storm Isaac, floating along in the Caribbean Sea worrying the crap out of people all along the Gulf Coast. For the past couple of day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Debby Does Houston? Disturbance in the Gulf Bears Watching

    The images you see above are recent model runs from two of the major weather forecasting models, both predicting a large hurricane -- which would bear the name Debby -- along the Texas coast middle of next week. And you thought the only supplies you'd be stocking up on next week were fireworks for J ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 10, 2012

    James O'Donnell Writes His Own Funny, Score-Settling, Honest, Tragic Obituary

    James O'Donnell knew he'd die some day, so he decided to write his own paid obituary beforehand. "I've sat in too many funeral homes watching people struggle with a creative writing exercise while their hearts were breaking. So they usually get it wrong," the Galveston resident wrote in it. The re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Real champagne is from the French province of Champagne. Real Sparkling Thunderwine, however, is brewed in the stills of Valhalla.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where the good Christmas cookies have all been eaten out of the assortment, and the remaining raisin-y ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011
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    July 27, 2011

    TS Don: And Then, Depression Set In -- Tropical Storm Could Bear Down on Texas by Friday (Updated)

    Courtesy National Hurricane CenterLittle Donnie is getting bigger.​The National Hurricane Center reconnaissance plane found winds strong enough in Invest 90 to declare it the fourth tropical depression tropical storm of the 2011 hurricane season -- their next full report is at 6 p.m. As we m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    On The Road Again: Bikinis And Bands At The Hangout Festival

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, duh.​See the bands and bikinis of the Hangout Festival in our slideshows. Imagine the Austin City Limits Music Festival or even the rapidly approaching Free Press Summer Fest on pure, white sand just feet away from a (variably) blue ocea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Professor Fish Heads Wants to Give You an Education

    Photo by Robb WalshP.J. Stoops at his old booth in the Bayou City Farmers Market.​P.J. Stoops, also known by his blogging name as "Professor Fish Heads," wants to educate you about fish. And not just the same old salmon, tuna and tilapia you see at the store, either. Stoops once had an indepe ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    September 24, 2010

    Summer AND Hurricane Season Over For Houston (Unofficially, But We're Going With It)

    We are NOT jinxing anything​Not to jinx anything, but it looks very much like Houston has avoided any real tropical storm experience in what was/is supposed to be the hyperactive hurricane season of 2010.When Eric Berger of the Houston Chronicle says so, that's good enough for us. And if we're ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    East and West Coast Rich With Waves, The Gulf Gets Nada -- Five Surfing Alternatives

    Photo by Chasen MarshallWhere the waves, brah?​AtlanticDude: Would you say I have a plethora of waves?GulfDude: A what? AtlanticDude: A "plethora". GulfDude: Oh yes, you have a plethora. AtlanticDude: GulfDude, what is a plethora? GulfDude: Why, AtlanticDude? AtlanticDude: Well, you told me I have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Where The Hurricanes At? Weather Guys Say They Are Coming

    Despite predictions, 2010 is no 2005 for hurricanes.​Each year we are treated to a barrage of predictions from noted hurricane experts about how active a hurricane season we will have in the Atlantic basin which includes the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. This year, the predictions were rat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Local Oil Spill 'Action Group' To Host Mock Funeral At City Hall

    orcoo.orgCome equipped​It took nearly three months to stop oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. By the time the well was "capped," it is estimated that over 4.9 million barrels of crude oil flowed into the ocean, killing marine life and destroying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Pop Rocks: They're Baaaaack!

    As with government, we get the reality entertainment we deserve​Tonight marks the return of MTV's Jersey Shore. Season 2 moves the juice-headed, monosyllabic cast from East Coast to South Beach (which is still technically the East Coast, but let's not worry about that right now). The gang's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Grouper Sandwich From Frenchy's Rockaway Grill

    ​With an empty stomach and a heart full of hope, we headed to Frenchy's Rockaway Grill in Clearwater Beach, Florida on the recommendation of a local on our quest to find the ultimate grouper sandwich. After a dip in the Gulf of Mexico, which is only about the length of a football field away f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Keaton Prescott: Live From Tropical Storm Alex

    ​Rocks Off was not happy to wake up Monday morning and find out that we would have to begin each day this week by tracking another potentially home-wrecking storm. Tropical Storm Alex is expected to cross through the southern part of the Gulf of Mexico and hit somewhere near the mouth of the Rio G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Top 10 Restaurants in Galveston

    ​I don't know if it's the hot weather or the recent atrocity befalling the Gulf of Mexico or what, but lately I've found myself taking any and every excuse to make the trek down I-45 to visit our island neighbor to the south. Now, I'm not claiming to be a local who knows every great little und ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    BP Spill: Good News For Texas, Bad News For East Coast?

    If there's anywhere that the majority of Americans are wishing the Deepwater Horizon oil would go to, it's probably Texas, the U.S. home of BP.BP's in Houston? Send that oil to Galveston beaches and see how they like it!!It looks, though, like that won't happen. Here's one simulation from the Univer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Pappas Files Lawsuit Against BP and Halliburton

    The Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, engulfed in flames.Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard​It was only a matter of time before the Gulf fishing industry -- whose entire livelihood has been threatened by the Gulf oil leak -- struck back at the organizations responsible for causing the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Fight The Oil Spill By Giving Your Dog A Haircut

    Blow-drying after the cut is optional.​Until today, Hair Balls thought pet hair clippings were only good for making you sneeze, but apparently the hair is incredibly absorbent, which could come in handy in the case of, say, a gigantic freakin' oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Pet Paradise, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Rick Perry Blames God For Gulf Oil Spill

    The alleged culprit, giving the order to blow Deepwater Horizon​A lot of people are quick to blame BP, or the people who put together the oil rig that is currently spewing black gold into the Gulf of Mexico, but Rick Perry -- the only governor we have at the moment -- knows better.Speaking at a Wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    We Lost 500 Cows During Hurricane Rita!! Just Don't Look Too Closely

    ​Earlier today we had hurricane victims ripping off the feds and the sacred cow of Oprah Winfrey; now we have hurricane victims allegedly ripping off the feds with virtual cows.Six people were indicted today on charges that they told the federal government they had more than 500 cows that were swe ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    Ken Rogerson

    Web exclusive!

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    November 24, 2008

    Rare Giant Squid Found Near Houston!

    A rare giant squid -- a squid with elbows -- has been sighted in the Houston area.It's called the Megapinna squid and even the stoic National Geographic says it's "alien-like."Again, this strange and mysterious animal has been sighted a mere 201-and-a-half miles from downtown Houston.Fortunately, on ... More >>

  • News

    October 2, 2008
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    September 25, 2008

    Gatemouth Brown Gets Hit By A Third Hurricane, Doesn't RIP

    Back in 2005, in one of the -- if not quite the -- last times he would set foot in a recording studio, Texas swing master Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown recorded the old Blind Lemon Jefferson Texas blues staple “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.” The Gulf of Mexico had other plans. Later that ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

    Gatemouth Brown's Grave Intact... Sort Of

    Gatemouth Brown: Long live the king of Gulf Coast music Back in 2005, in one of the very last times he would set foot in a recording studio, Texas swing master Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown recorded the old Blind Lemon Jefferson Texas blues staple “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.” The Gulf ... More >>

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    July 2, 2007
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    November 4, 2004

    Hudson, Texas

    The Social gets an NYC spin

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    May 15, 2003

    The Munigolfer

    Golfing in Houston on the cheap

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    January 16, 1997
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    May 18, 1995

    Taste of Texas

    Rancho Tejas does guy food a gal could learn to love

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