Earlier this month the Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance met to discuss a plan that would keep us (and our energy industry) from going underwater in the event of a catastrophic storm surge. Unfortunately, according to storm watchers, the Gulf Coast is likely to get hit by a major storm every 15 y ... More >>
We're not out of the wet weather just yet. The threat of more flash flooding could creep up on us this weekend, according to weather forecasters. One to two inches could come down before next week. Houston has easily measured more than a half-foot of rain since Monday, and our rivers and bayous ar ... More >>
Whenever there is a storm approaching, news media outlets go a little crazy. They know that, quite often, storms equal big ratings. No only are people watching for warnings, but they are sometimes captive participants in the drama unfolding outside their homes. The problem is when weather is hyped t ... More >>
Plans to reroute Buffalo Bayou will rescue an unstable waterway. Or they will destroy one of the last natural stretches of riparian forest on the bayou. Consensus seems to have taken a hike.
It's been a busy year in Houston. It always seems to be a busy year in the nation's fourth largest city. In particular, 2013 saw some significant developments in Houston's landmarks. From light rail to stadiums to iconic stores, real estate was in the news. Of course, there was also an election and ... More >>
Despite the gloomy conditions the past few days, Houston and the surrounding area hasn't received a lot of rain. On average about a half to three-quarters of an inch of rain has fallen since Saturday, but we'll take what we can get. Most of the rain has been due to a tropical disturbance in the Gulf ... More >>
When it finally decides to heat up around here, it doesn't mess around. Temperatures this week have been inching into the lower 90s and will continue on that pace right up until the weekend. Shockingly, we had a late-season cool front push through the area on Sunday. It brought with it a nice dose o ... More >>
A potential tornado appears to have touched down outside Willis earlier this afternoon. Following a tornado warning issued around 1:30 p.m., Texas Storm Chasers Tweeted a photo that shows a nearby storm cycle, with an "interesting feature" touching the ground. Willis Police Department said they h ... More >>
The Journey Agents, Knights of the Fire Kingdom, etc. Dean's and Notsuoh January 20, 2013 It's only been since October, but Hurricane Sandy already kind of feels like it happened forever ago. Hell, we've weathered a fiscal cliff, a school shooting and a Texans playoff loss since then. The news crew ... More >>
Despite warnings to the contrary, our Texas winter was about as wet as normal. Last week alone, we had almost five inches of rain in the Houston area -- more than our entire summer in 2011! With that dose of heavy rain came an end to our area's drought, something we said might happen in December. As ... More >>
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 >>
groovehouseAll-You-Can-Eat crawfish for a cause.The string of tornados that tore across the Southern states on April 27, 2011 inflicted damage comparable to a category-five hurricane. It killed more 300 people and left thousands more homeless. The impact was especially severe in Tuscaloosa, a ... More >>
No gloom yet in HoustonLos Angeles is broiling, Florida and the Carolinas are still stocking water and batteries for the weeks of hurricane season still remaining, and we here in Houston are basking in our first coll front.Not only does it mean no more hurricanes, it means goodbye to humidity and ... More >>
Things gets illustrated in Dark Rain
This yearly flotilla lights up the Gulf Coast
Play proves there can be humor in incest, assassinations
The Scientist, a magazine that takes a skeptical look at goings-on in the medical industry, has a new report out on UTMB-Galveston's treatment of faculty in the wake of Hurricane Ike.Color them unimpressed. (Free registration may be required.)Or, maybe impressed -- just not in a good way. If you're ... More >>
If you think you've got a lot to do getting ready for the season's first hurricane, imagine if you had a museum full of millions of dollars in art you had to protect. Gulf Coast area museums don't have to imagine -- they do. Among the most prepared is the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, but it's ... More >>
Panic, FEMA, empty shelves here's the only Hurricane Guide you'll need this year.
Got a historic photo that shows what Galveston looked like before Hurricane Ike came through town? How about any documents pertaining to commercial or residential properties on the island? The Galveston Historical Foundation is putting out the word that anyone in possession of either of these thing ... More >>
Driving around, you might have noticed the lights aren't as big and bright deep in the heart of Houston. When Hair Balls went out house hunting for our Christmas Lights slideshow, it was slim pickings. On average, there were only about three or four houses per block lit up in a yuletide fashion. And ... More >>
Hair Balls made a tour of downtown and some inner-city neighborhoods and found that evidence of Hurricane Ike's destruction is still very much evident. It's nothing like what Galveston and other beach-front communities are facing, of course, but plenty of Houston businesses and homes are still ... More >>
O'Connell College Prep, the only Catholic high school in Galveston, is in danger of closing (again). Earlier, it was just the general crunch hitting many Catholic schools. This time, it's Hurricane Ike. Principal Patrick Danesi told parents last night that the school is "in a state of trouble." ... More >>
Storm expert Tim Samaras shares his up-close-and-personal experiences with deadly wind funnels
The Houston SPCA, in the form of Meera Nandlal, who’s in charge of public relations, got back to us finally today and made it clear there has absolutely been no change in policy by the SPCA about adopting out pit bulls. The Houston SPCA, as we've noted, makes a big point of saying they do not ado ... More >>
Looking for a place to grab a cold with the kids this afternoon? Scratch Valhalla off your list of places to do so. Seems the Rice grad student pub and family-friendly haven for lovers of cheap beer and geeky conversation is at the very least a temporary casualty of Hurricane Ike. And not because t ... More >>
Every "Atomic Dog" has his day: You(genious) and George Clinton. Woof! Photos by anotherlevelphotography.com There were rumors floating around this week that You(genious), Houston's parenthetical Misfit of R&B, had died during Hurricane Ike. We gave him a call and he took a few minutes to address ... More >>
All you Houstonians who have been bitching about that New Orleans riff-raff that came here after Katrina, prepare to feel shame. Ray Nagin, mayor of the Big Easy, is going to officially welcome anyone from Houston displaced by Ike. Here's the announcement: Mayor Ray Nagin, joined by leaders of th ... More >>
Soon-to-be Hurricane Dolly is headed for Texas. That's the bad news. The good news is that it probably -- probably -- isn't headed for our part of Texas. Weather Underground's Jeff Masters is calling for a Corpus Christi landfall in his latest blog entry, with winds of tropical-storm force reachi ... More >>
For days after the storm, inmates in Beaumont lived without A/C, electricity or hot meals. Press releases kept saying everything inside was fine. Guards and prisoners agree — that was nothing but B.S.
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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.
Kim Wilson is the sole T-Bird on the band's best release in years. But is anyone listening?