• Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Hurricane Season 2014: Is Hurricane Season for Texas Over? Maybe.

    This week, Tropical Storm Dolly, the Atlantic's fourth named storm of the year, collided with Mexico in the southern Gulf. It was the first storm of any significance to form in the Gulf of Mexico this year, not surprising considering only four storms have managed to reach name status in 2014. By con ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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 >>

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    August 4, 2014

    Hurricane Season 2014: Hurricane Bertha Has Arrived

    Before digging too deeply into what is going on with hurricane number two of this Atlantic Hurricane Season, can we talk for just a moment about why someone thought Bertha was a good name for a hurricane? I guess if it grew very large, there could be quips about "Big Bertha" from the media. I could ... 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 28, 2014

    Hurricane Season 2014: Tropics Finally Heating Up as August Approaches

    The National Hurricane Center has designated and area of low pressure in the eastern Atlantic as Invest 93L. It gives these designations throughout hurricane season to make note of systems that have the potential to develop. It is currently giving 93L a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropica ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    Hurricane Season 2014: Tropical Depression No. 2 Not Long for This World

    The tiny tropical depression -- the second of the 2014 hurricane season -- continues to speed westward towards the Caribbean, but with each passing day it is losing the characteristics of a storm rather than gaining strength. Despite having some relatively good conditions, No. 2 is looking pretty ra ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Hurricane Seasons 2014: Second Tropical Depression of the Year Spins Up in the Atlantic

    With less than two weeks remaining in July, the 2014 hurricane season, we have our second storm of the year in the Atlantic. The peak of the season is in the second week of September, but the end of July is generally when things begin to heat up over the Atlantic Basin. This second depression of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Heavy Rains Should Continue Throughout Friday and Into Saturday

    With all the heat last week, it seemed inevitable that Houston was due for a change. With scattered heavy rain across the entire area since Thursday, that change has certainly come and it promises to continue right into Saturday. In fact, the National Weather Service is predicting as much as 2 to 4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    5 Best Meteorologically-Inspired Cocktails For Hurricane Season

    Studies have repeatedly shown that intoxicated persons are 47 percent more likely to survive major weather events than their sober counterparts [citation missing], which is why this hurricane season be sure to include booze as well as water in your emergency kit. And if you need more inspiration as ... More >>

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    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

    February 4, 2014

    North vs. South: 5 Weather Events and Natural Phenomena Neither of Us Can Handle

    A friend of mine from New Jersey recently remarked on Facebook that the conditions that brought Atlanta to a standstill last week people in New Jersey call "Thursday." My response was that people in Texas referred to "Superstorm Sandy" as an afternoon thunderstorm. That's the thing about weather. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Weather Week: Could Houston Get Some Freezing Rain This Week?

    In southeast Texas, there isn't normally much cause for alarm when it is suggested we might get some "winter weather." For us, that normally means it might reach the freezing point, probably in the middle of the night when we are asleep with the heater set to 72. But, on that rare occasion when we d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Weekend Weather: Warming Trend Followed by Another Cool Down

    As we approach the end of 2013, Houston's weather has been more notable for what didn't happen than what did. Hurricane season was a dud. The drought came to an end, even if we do still linger on its edges. There hasn't been any tough winter weather or hard freezes -- at least not in Houston, and at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Weekend Weather: Perhaps Some Strong Storms On the Way

    After some rather bizarre weather over the last few weeks, it appears to be leveling off as Houston experiences some rather normal weather for this time of year. It may be a tad warm today with highs in the 70s, but that's not particularly abnormal for us during the holidays. We should see partly to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Weather Week: Cloudy, Raining with Cooler Temps by Mid Week

    If you like wet, overcast, cool weather, this week is going to be your favorite. If you don't, buck up there, little man, there is good to be had from your misfortune. While anyone who suffers from seasonal effective disorder (i.e. people who live in Seattle) might find this week kind of depressing, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Say Goodbye to Hurricanes (Say Goodbye My Baby)

    With apologies to Billy Joel, I doubt anyone along the Texas coastline is as sad to see hurricane season go as he was to part with Los Angeles, but for several weeks now, hurricane season for our neck of the woods has been done. And while hurricane season officially runs through the end of November, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Weekend Weather: A Change is Gonna Come

    Normally, if there were a 60-mph tropical storm spinning in the Gulf of Mexico, most of us would be breaking down the doors of HEB to grab bottled water we'd still have two years later. Buying up all the bottled water during a storm in a big city is a little like bringing clean sheets and hot water ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Weather Week: Fall is Coming

    The first day of October is going to be a muggy one. With temperatures in the low 90s and humidity in the same vicinity, it's not going to feel very much like fall around here this week. When people up north are already pulling out sweaters and jackets, we are still lounging around the pool. I guess ... 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 17, 2013

    Weather Week: Tropics Should Begin to Die Down, but Rain Chances Increase

    The Houston area received a good dose of rain Monday afternoon as our typical warm, muggy and occasionally rainy summer forecast played out. Still, we are way behind where we need to be when it comes to precipitation. We may not be at 2011 levels of drought, but we are very dry regardless. Any rainf ... More >>

  • 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 13, 2013

    Hurricane Ike: Then and Now in Photos

    Five years ago today was the anniversary of Hurricane Ike. When it swept through Houston in 2008 - and was subsequently swept under the rug by national media thanks to a collapsing economy - it packed much more punch than anyone expected. A massive storm that, at one point, filled almost the entire ... 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 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

    September 6, 2013

    Weekend Weather: Hot, Hotter and Maybe Some Rain?

    I would like to say there is a lot to discuss with our current weather, but honestly there just isn't. It is hot. It will remain that way with highs in the 90s throughout the weekend. There is a chance of rain every day. Like most Houston summer days, the warm Gulf air often creates the chance of th ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    Weather Week: The Long, Slow March to Fall Begins

    It's September. Let that sink in for a moment. The un-official end to summer was this past weekend: Labor Day. Most people around the country consider this pst weekend to be the real end to summer. Up north, it starts getting cooler, much cooler, beginning now. We still have, at minimum, a couple mo ... More >>

  • News

    August 29, 2013

    Do The Twist(er): Local Musician Chases Storms For Fun and Profit.

    Hank Schyma doesn't come off as insane... until you see his videos.

  • 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 29, 2013

    Do The Twist(er): Local Musician Chases Storms For Fun and Profit

    Hank Schyma doesn't come off as insane. Not at first. He speaks clearly and eloquently about being a storm chaser, and as you're talking with him, it seems like a perfectly reasonable thing. Hank Schyma, front man for Houston band the Southern Backtones, has been chasing storms for more than a deca ... More >>

  • 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 27, 2013

    Weather Week: As Rain Clears, The Tropics Get Busy

    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 >>

  • 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 19, 2013

    The Last Hurricane: Houston Has Been Lucky Since Alicia 30 Years Ago

    On my first day of high school, my parents drove me from my aunt's house. We were all living there because our house on the north side of town still had no power thanks to Hurricane Alicia, a storm that hit Houston 30 years ago this past weekend. And while Alicia may not have been a monster storm -- ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    Weekend Weather: Cooler Weekend and a Tropical Disturbance in the Gulf

    Before you start pulling out your sweaters, when I say "cooler," I mean "not quite as unbearable but basically still brutal." Fact is, a trough of low pressure moved through the area and that should lead to slightly milder temps and drier weather as we move into the weekend. There is still a chance ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Tropical Storm Erin Forms, Caribbean Disturbance Weakens

    As we enter the peak of hurricane season (August 15 actually marks that day), it seems fitting that there are two disturbances in the Atlantic. Fortunately, neither seem to be a significant threat to anyone at this point. The first is the one closest to us. A disturbance over the extreme Western Ca ... More >>

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    August 13, 2013

    Weather Week: Summer Pattern Engaged, Hurricane Season Peaks

    You'll have to excuse my smugness as I've spent the last week in a place where the high temperature never got above 85. One day it was 79 and the evenings were downright chilly. But, now that I'm back in Steamroom, Texas, I'll happily accept the fact that summer is, in fact, winding down. I know it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Monday Marks the Peak of Hurricane Season - Weather Museum Gets You Prepared with New App

    If you just moved here or you just don't pay attention, you might not realize that the peak of hurricane season begins in just 10 days. August 15 marks the beginning of the busiest portion of the Atlantic hurricane season and lasts through mid September. The Weather Museum -- bet you didn't know the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Tropical Storm Dorian Way Out There, but Worth Watching

    On Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center designated the system they had been watching way out in the Atlantic as Tropical Storm Dorian, our fourth named storm of the hurricane season. Dorian is way the hell out in the Atlantic just off the coast of Africa making it a Cape Verde storm. These storm ... More >>

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    July 23, 2013

    Weather Week: Hot and Muggy with a Chance of a Cape Verde Storm on the Horizon

    Muggy is a word that often describes Houston and not just in the summer. But, when it does happen to be in the summer, it's damn unpleasant. As we enter the final two weeks of July (can you believe it?), we should expect typical Houston summer weather meaning it will be hot and muggy all week long. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    Weekly Weather: Wetter and Cooler (Relatively Speaking) This Week

    Wish granted, Phil.The return to normal Houston summer weather continues with rain over the past few days thanks to an onshore flow and a mild tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico. This is a welcome change from the past two years worth of drought conditions. Since Sunday, the entire area has r ... More >>

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    July 17, 2013

    On the Eve of the Busy Season for Hurricanes, Now Is the Time to Prepare

    For about four months along the Texas coastline, people with relatively no interest in weather other than casual conversations in grocery store waiting lines ("Sure is hot outside." "Yup.") suddenly become experts in sea surface temperatures, El Niņo and vertical wind shear. Welcome to hurricane sea ... More >>

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    July 16, 2013

    The "Drought-ocalypse" Continues, Hitting Cattle Ranchers And Rice Farmers (And Us)

    There's been a lot of that wet stuff falling from the sky of late, but don't let all the rain fool you: Texas is still in the grips of one hell of a drought, along with most of the Southwest. In the city, it's easy to look at the rain pelting out of the sky and groan because you've got to walk thre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Tropical Storm Chantal Fizzling, But Could Be an Indicator of a Very Busy Season

    The Atlantic's third named storm of the year is barely holding itself together this morning. Tropical Storm Chantal is briskly moving through the waters of the Caribbean towards the west at about 28mph, but it is showing signs of disintegration. In fact, the National Hurricane Center is calling for ... More >>

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    July 9, 2013

    Weather Week: Humidity Returns and the Tropics Begin Stirring

    In 2011, during the midst of the state's worst drought in decades, Houston was without something we who live here have come to expect: rain. People I have spoken with who have never visited here have this vision of Houston as Dry Gulch, a cowboy town complete with 10-gallon hats and tumbleweeds. The ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Second Tropical Depression of the Year Forms in the Caribbean

    It is mid-June and we already have another tropical disturbance to deal with. In this case, it is a depression that has formed near Belize in the western Caribbean Sea. It formed rather quickly and is expected to traverse portions of Central America and Mexico before emerging in the Bay of Campeche. ... More >>

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