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Hurricane Allison

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Hurricane Season 2014: Cristobal No Threat, but Disturbances Lining Up in the Atlantic

    Tropical Storm Cristobal continued to strengthen over the weekend as it headed north through the Bahamas. While it is expected to grow gradually into a hurricane, it will not be a threat to the U.S. Nevertheless, it killed three in the Caribbean with torrential rains and the flooding that accompanie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Houston Remembers 9/11: Day of the Attacks Still Resonates with Locals

    The morning of September 11, 2001, I was asleep upstairs at my house in the Heights. It seems like 100 years ago considering all the changes that have happened to the world and for me personally since then. As was typical, my alarm went off. It was the radio tuned to 610 AM KILT. Lance Zierlein and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    Five Lessons Learned from Hurricane Isaac

    The circus has finally left New Orleans as they begin their clean up after Hurricane Isaac dropped boatloads of rain on the Big Easy earlier this week. Despite some dire early warnings and a near-miss of the GOP convention in Tampa Bay, Isaac was fairly tame by hurricane standards. That didn't stop ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Drought vs. Tropical Storm: Whose Side Are You On? Take Our Poll

    Careful what you wish for.​There's a 70 percent chance a tropical storm will develop in the Gulf in Mexico's Bay of Campeche. Computer models show a chance it could drift northward, strengthening and possibly becoming a large hurricane aimed at New Orleans or points east. It won't come to Te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Run for Your Lives: Five Questions to Ask When You Are Considering Evacuating for a Hurricane

    ​It's almost July and we have our first Atlantic storm of the season in Tropical Storm Arlene. Fortunately, it doesn't appear that Arlene will grow larger than a minimal hurricane, if that, before it makes landfall along the Mexican gulf coast. Unfortunately, it won't come close enough to us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Not A Drop Of Rain: 10 Modern-Day Dust Bowl Songs

    Barry Sigman​Rocks Off just walked outside and saw something we almost didn't recognize: Rain clouds that look like they might, you know, rain. We'll believe it when we see it. Even if we do get some relief in the next couple of days, it won't be enough. Rocks Off forgets the exact number - w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Comment of the Day: The Only Way to Ride Out A Flood

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    The Five Worst Tropical Weather Events in Houston History

    The hurricane that hit Galveston in 1915 didn't have a name, but it left a mark.​Houston and Galveston, like any cities along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the U.S., are always vulnerable to tropical weather. The scariest of these events is most definitely the hurricane, with its fierce wind ... More >>

  • Music

    May 12, 2011

    Magnolia Blossom

    The Brewery Tap's regulars are as hardy and durable as the 100-year-old building itself.

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Five Reasons the Drought is Worse Than A Hurricane (i.e., Rick Perry Doesn't Make Us Pray About Hurricanes) (Yet)

    Some storms are just more fearsome than others.​Hurricane season opens June 1 -- unlike deer season, you don't get to hunt so much as be hunted by nature's version of Bambi on steroids -- and the collective hand-wringing from local news, nervous nellies and weather nerds will soon commence. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The Black Hole of Infotainment

    Jesus christ...​I wonder sometimes if we're approaching the singularity in entertainment reporting. A "singularity," as we all know, is the point in which gravitational forces cause matter to have an infinite density and zero volume. If we define "density" as "number of stories and/or article ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Seven Great Driving-In-Rain Videos, In Case You Miss Rain

    Yeah, we know, October has been a pretty dry month here in Houston. Everyone wants rain.But sometimes you forget what happens with rain, and what a pain in the ass it could be. Like driving in it.Visibility nil, plowing through water that might be one inch or two feet deep, wipers blasting full spee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Houston's 10 Favorite Rainy-Day Albums

    Hola, Hermine...​Weather like Houston had this past week seems to make everyone "sad panda" and turn to lusher, less upbeat music. snuggle-rock, dad-rock, beard-rock - music you hear in coffee shops seems to be ruling our city's personal airwaves. As Tropical Storm Hermine trampled through H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Happy 32nd Anniversary, Rudyard's

    Mark C. AustinJandek (right) at Rudyard's, April 2009​Sunday, Rudyard's celebrates its 32nd anniversary with an afternoon barbecue buffet and night of free music with sharp-witted singer-songwriter Teresa Kolo, holy terrors the Hell City Kings and the stuff Rocks Off's dreams are made of, an a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    HISD Rejects Another New Source of Revenue, For Now

    Photo courtesy HISD​Is the Houston ISD Police Department about to expand its drug interdiction efforts to include the seizure of teachers' and students' cars and trucks? No, HISD has no plans for that, a laughing district spokesman Norm Uhl said this morning. Last night the board approved two m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    The 10 Biggest Houston Bummers Of The Decade

    As we noted earlier this week, the fast-approaching end of the first decade of the 21st century brings with it a lot of lists.Some will be national; this will be strictly local. A lot of great things happened in Houston in the ten years of The Oughts, but a lot of bad things happened too. It's calle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    The Heights Is Getting A Supersized Supermarket

    Logo courtesy KrogerSwamplot has a collection of photos of the vast destruction being wreaked upon the strip mall at 11th Street and Shepherd that includes a Kroger.What's going on? A huge new Kroger store -- the largest in the city -- is being put there, a spokesman tells Hair Balls.The current sto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2008
  • Music

    November 23, 2006

    H-Town Mixtape Part II

    More Songs About Houston

  • News

    June 1, 2006

    Holy Sh--!

    The most-hyped hurricane season ever is upon us

  • Music

    February 9, 2006

    A Crying Shame

    RIP, Cactus Music and Video

  • News

    December 8, 2005

    System Failure

    Tropical Storm Allison destroyed houses that never quite got fixed, thanks to bureaucratic bungling and cheaters

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Music

    November 20, 2003

    Georgia Firecrackers

    Don't worry about tomorrow -- lose control with the Woggles

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Weathercaster

    Frank Billingsley

  • News

    July 24, 2003

    Paige Boy Returns

    HISD's most aggressive marketer comes back to help

  • News

    May 15, 2003

    The Highs and Lows of Life with Lee

    The best and worst from the Brown days

  • News

    February 20, 2003

    Going Baroque

    Musicians and management of the Houston Symphony battle over a budget that wont stay in the black

  • News

    October 24, 2002

    The Long Goodbye

    It sounds so simple: FEMA purchasing homes flooded by Tropical Storm Allison. Then come the bureaucratic blizzards and personal angst over giving up and getting out.

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Shrine to the Abnormal

    Museum of the Weird

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Lost Landmark

    Allen Park Inn

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Flood Recovery

    Theater District

  • News

    May 30, 2002

    Bloody Monday

    For 14 workers of the struggling opera, the fat lady sings

  • News

    May 30, 2002

    Beyond the Womb

    A questionable charity cashes in on 9/11 and the Allison flood

  • Music

    January 10, 2002

    Swingin' in the New Year

    The Gen-X swing craze is dead. Long live swingin', '70s-style.

  • News

    December 20, 2001

    Out of Control

    The City of Houston requires developers in the floodplain to elevate and mitigate -- build houses on higher ground and dig detention ponds for runoff. Except, not always.

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Restoration Project

    Houston region in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Allison

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Public Information Officer

    Fred King, Harris County district clerk's office

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001
  • News

    September 13, 2001

    Not Worth A Dam

    Clear Creek is on the rise, and local flood-protection methods have been helpless against it. Soggy residents, tired of being perpetual victims, are ready for a fight.

  • Music

    September 6, 2001

    Racket

    In his first 24 years of life, Brad Turcotte has already become a music-business veteran

  • News

    August 30, 2001

    This Modern World

    The marriage of local TV news and the World Wide Web is rocky

  • News

    August 9, 2001

    Way Out There

    A new TV news operation is coming to Houston. More or less.

  • Calendar

    July 26, 2001

    Conventional Wisdom

    Countdown to Downtown

  • News

    July 26, 2001

    Letters

    Floating Off, Trash Talk, Tax Re-baiting

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    Fingered by the Flood

    Consumers complain about exploitation from Allison

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    A Perp Named Allison

    Despite severe dispatch woes, the chief says HPD weathered the storm well

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    A New Leash on Life

    Stray Houston mutts make it big in Marin, thanks to Allison and the HSPCA

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