National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Sargassum, Galveston's Seaweed that Won't Quit

    Update 2:20p: We included comments from Texas A&M researcher, Robert Webster. We thought we'd be in the clear by now, or close to it, but the seaweed invasion continues. Photos taken today from the shores of Galveston show an extremely green body of water that looks utterly gross. While tourists m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Galveston Oil Spill Animal Body Count Continues

    As we've unfortunately learned many times before, a bunch of oil dumped into bodies of water doesn't tend to work out well for the birds and other animals that live in the area. We learned it with Exxon Valdez and it hit much closer to home with the British Petroleum oil spill in 2010. Now the chic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    NASA's New Astronauts: Half Women, None Alive for the Moon Landing

    There was a generation of kids who grew up idolizing the astronauts. The men of the Mercury missions, the Apollo crews -- the guys who risked everything, put it all on the line to beat the Russians and launch into outer space. John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong -- these guys were national he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Locavores, Meet Invasivores: Cooking and Eating Invasive Lionfish at Haven

    Invasive species are nothing new. Neither is eating them, as anyone who's eaten Cambodian water spinach -- much of it grown here in Houston -- will tell you. But bringing in water spinach from Cambodia and growing it for profit (despite its status over here as a noxious weed) is entirely different ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Coast Guard Seized $100,000 Worth of Illegal Shrimp Last Week

    Only a couple of weeks prior to the Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season opening, the Coast Guard has been busy seizing thousands of pounds of illegally harvested shrimp in Texas waters. Last Monday, the Coast Guard Cutter Heron caught two shrimping boats hauling up their catches in closed water ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 19, 2012

    Meat Market

    You'll probably be paying more for your rib eyes and Whoppers thanks to the great Texas drought of 2011.

  • News

    November 24, 2011

    Turkeys of the Year 2011

    We combed through an abundance of riches this year to bring you the best of the worst

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    The Roughest Catch: Ike Jime on the Gulf Coast, Part 3 of 4

    Photos by GroovehouseJim Naismith, left, and Barry Irwin clean their catch on the boat's stern.​Read the first and second parts of our four-part series on Gulf sashimi-grade fish, and stay tuned tomorrow for the final installment. "Watch 'em," says Captain Barry Irwin as he approaches a chart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    This Hurricane Season, Stock Up the Right Way

    Hey, Hurricane Ike Bear; quit dicking around and go buy some bottled water.​Weather agencies across the nation are predicting a much busier hurricane season this year than usual. NOAA predicts up to 10 hurricanes between now and November, with three to six of those being major hurricanes. Rem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    App of the Week: Three Hurricane Tracking Apps Just in Time for Hurricane Season

    Hurricane is about as good as it gets for tracking storms on your phone.​App: Hurricane Platforms: iPhone Web site: Apple Link Cost: $3.99 App: iHurricane HD Platforms: iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile Web site: Download Link Cost: $2.99 App: Hurricane Tracker Platforms: iPhone Web ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    Hurricane Season 2011: The Predictions

    Hurricane Ike's track from all the way out in the Atlantic to the Texas coast.​Hurricane season is upon us. Just like Christmas, but with high winds and death from above instead of toys and egg nog, it creeps up on us quicker than we expect and, before we know it, we're knee deep in a disaster ... 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

    May 6, 2011

    App of the Week: Ranking Nine Popular Weather Apps

    Even weather Hercules Jim Cantore could use some app help now and then.​My name is Jeff, and I'm a weather nerd. When I was very young, my father, an avid outdoorsman, would flip on the old-school weather channel on early cable television that consisted of nothing more than the current Houston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Gulf Oil Spill: Too Early To Be Optimistic?

    Maybe some good news percolating?​It is too early to be overly optimistic, to answer the headline's question, but reports are starting to bubble up that the Gulf and its wetlands might just have gotten lucky with the BP spill.Lucky in that the results don't seem to be coming close to the worst-cas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Hurricanes And The Oil Spill: There's Good News And Bad News

    Hurricanes would help and hurt in fighting the spill​As oil continues flowing into the Gulf the first tropical storm of the season, Blas, is rolling off the Southwest Pacific coast of Mexico and another tropical disturbance is rumbling a few hundred miles south of the gulf of Tehuantepec, we're st ... 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 >>

  • News

    January 21, 2010

    Net Gains and Losses

    Is the Omega Protein company overfishing the most important fish in the sea?

  • News

    July 20, 2006

    Dark Water

    A reporter, a photographer and canoeist Tom Helm paddle from the Galleria to Galveston Bay by canoe and kayak, finding beauty, danger and urban debris in equal measure