• Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Firstborn: Tropical Storm Andrea Forms in Gulf of Mexico

    It seems like only yesterday we were here talking about the opening of hurricane season. Well, technically, day before yesterday. And just like that, we have our first named storm. Last night, the National Hurricane Center upgraded the disturbance formerly known as 91L to tropical storm status and i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Hurricane Season Is Here: Please Return Your Hatches to Their Properly Battened Position

    Welcome to Hurricane Season 2013: the Search for Spock, or something. As most of us along the Gulf Coast know, the Atlantic hurricane season officially opens (Remember, hunters, your bag limit is two storms per season, so wear bright colors and stay low. Good luck!) on June 1 and runs through Novemb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Texas Leads in Carbon Emissions, Environmental Group Tries to Tie Them to "Monster" Tornadoes

    The Environmental Defense Fund sent out a press release detailing the fact that Texas leads the nation in carbon emissions according to information provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. According to their report, Texas emitted 652.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2010, ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Oklahoma Storms: What Is It Like Living in Tornado Alley?

    This summer will mark my 10-year anniversary of moving to Houston. I don't miss Oklahoma often, but the last two days have been particularly hard. I've been glued to the Internet and NPR, absorbing the news with an emotion that can only be described as helplessness. Moore, Oklahoma, the area hardes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Weather Week: Heat, Rain, Possible Severe Weather But Probably No Tornadoes

    It's tough not to think about weather after the devastating tornadoes that hit Oklahoma the last two days. The probably F-5 tornado that struck Moore just south of Oklahoma City could be one of the largest on record, an incredible two miles wide at its peak. Tornadoes are certainly nature's most ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Weather Sucks: Thank God We Only Have Hurricanes to Deal with in Houston

    "It's already here!" -- Twister Overnight in north Texas, a rash of tornadoes killed at least six people and injured many more. There could be another outbreak of twisters tonight as dry, cool air from the north slams into warm Gulf air over Texas. It's unfortunately a common occurrence for an area ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    And So It Begins: We Have Our First Tropical Depression of the Year

    There comes a time every May where the days start to get a little longer, the temperatures start to get a little hotter and our eyes turn to those big bodies of water flanking us that we've been ignoring the last few months. Hurricane season may start June 1, but the truth is hurricanes form when th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Weather Week: Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues

    Get ready because it's coming. We've been pretty spoiled the last month or so with all the cool weather. It's been downright pleasant at times, even in the last two weeks. And while it might be July before we start seeing consistent low to mid 90s high temperatures, summer is definitely here. So if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Weather Week: Who's Ready for One More Shot of Cold Weather?

    The oddball "spring" weather in Houston continues this week, but before I get there, let's recap the rain we had over the weekend. Certain parts of town received as much as 8 inches of rain on Saturday as thunderstorms trained along a warm front. As amazing as it may seem, April will still go down a ... 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

    April 9, 2013

    Weather Week: April Showers May Continue as Temperatures Slowly Rise

    Last week, the entire area got around two inches of rain, as much as three in some places. Considering how drought-ridden our area has been, that's a pretty decent amount of rain but not nearly enough to stave off persistent dry weather that has been plaguing the region for nearly two years. This we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Ready for Hurricane Season? The Predictions Are Starting to Come In

    Last year when the world was held rapt at the plight of northeastern residents during "Super Storm" Sandy, we along the Gulf Coast chuckled. Not at the suffering of the people there. In fact, we understand those poor people and what the went through better than just about anyone. We were laughing ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Weather Week: Beautiful Weather For Your Spring Break

    A blustery, overcast and even somewhat rainy weekend has given way to a seriously beautiful week, which should warm up nicely as we continue into this coming weekend, perfect for all you spring break maniacs. But, if you started your party this past weekend, it might have been a minor bummer, dude, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Evening Commute Will Be a Very Wet One

    As predicted, the wet weather is on us and much of the area has gotten a good soaking, at least an inch-and-a-half by 2 p.m. this afternoon. The rain will continue throughout the afternoon as a warm front moves north through the area colliding with cooler, drier air to the north. The storm system h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Frankie MacDonald, YouTube Weatherman from Canada, Warns of Severe Weather in HOUUUUUSTON, Texas Today (with Video)

    As I mentioned on Monday, the Houston area is in for some wet, potentially severe weather, today and Wednesday thanks to a cool front moving into the area and stirring up showers and thunderstorms ahead of it. The rain should persist all day today and into Wednesday afternoon, with the worst of it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Weekly Weather: Severe Weather Could Be in Our Near Future

    Cold and damp. That is classic Houston winter weather. And we've been living with it for the last couple of weeks. For this week, the trend will be a gradual warmup moving towards the weekend -- we could see highs in the mid and upper 70s by Saturday before another cold front moves through -- but be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Kings X Drummer Jerry Gaskill Loses Home In Hurricane Sandy

    Rocks Off readers of a certain age will fondly remember Jerry Gaskill as the drummer from pioneering proto-grunge/metal band King's X. Perhaps many of you, like us, even had tickets to trio's show earlier this year at Warehouse Live that was cancelled after Gaskill had a heart attack. More bad news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Advice on Handling Hurricane Sandy From the Gulf Coast (i.e. Hurricane Central)

    Hey, East Coast, how you doin'? Sorry, our Jersey accent is a little rusty. We along the Gulf Coast have been watching with interest the furor over Hurricane Sandy as it makes its way towards the Jersey Shore. Maybe the hurricane wants to do some gambling. Maybe it wants to renact the entire movie S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Breaking News: Funnel Cloud Warning for Fort Bend County

    Click 2 Houston is passing on a weather report warning of possible funnel clouds this morning in Fort Bend County. The report says that rapidly developing thunderstorms coupled with "a very buoyant atmosphere" will lead to funnel clouds. Their report follows:

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Rest Easy, Texas (Well, Not Too Easy): Tropical Storm Isaac Inching Its Way Toward Louisiana

    Fortunately for everyone along the Gulf Coast, Isaac is still a tropical storm as of Monday morning. The storm has yet to form a solid inner core thanks to some wind shear from an upper-level disturbance near it, but that will change as it moves toward the northern Gulf Coast. Isaac should slow down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Tropics Heating Up as We Reach the Stretch Run of Hurricane Season

    Despite June and July's tropical bluster, as predicted, it's been a fairly quiet hurricane season. With eight named storms, three of which were hurricanes -- none of them stronger than a category two and only one making landfall (in Mexico) -- the pace has been just about what forecasters thought at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Welcome Back, Hot and Dry. How Long Will It Last?

    So, the rain, did you enjoy it? I think after the record-breaking drought of 2011, most Houstonians were open to some days filled with more than just the occasional pop-up thunderstorm and we got them. Virtually every day for the last three weeks, we've had some rain in the area and, as a result, ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Hey, Look, It's Summer! Houston's Normal Summer Weather Has Finally Arrived

    Stephen Colbert described Houston weather as a combination of the heat of Texas and the humidity of New Orleans. That's actually not far off in the summer. We are a fairly tropical climate. For the past couple weeks, however, it's felt more like a jungle during monsoon season. Now that Mother Nature ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    UPDATED: Flash Flooding Will Be a Problem Through Early Afternoon

    UPDATE 8:30 a.m. - More than 14,000 residents are without power thanks to the storms rolling through. A line of storms is moving very slowly through the entire area and will continue to be a problem through lunch. Original Post:The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch yesterday that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    App of the Week: NOAA Hi-Def Radar's Tracks Rain, Hurricanes and More

    App: NOAA Hi-Def Radar Platform: iPhone Website: Apple Store Cost: $1.99 Anyone who knows me or reads my posts on this blog (thanks, mom!) knows I am a bit of a weather nerd and by that I mean I am a serious weather nerd. I've ranked and reviewed numerous weather apps and have an entire folder on m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Welcome to the Jungle: Houston Returns to Rainforest-Like Weather the Next Two Weeks

    Hot, wet and steamy could either be the title of a porn movie, the description of a bunch of fat old guys in the steam room at the Y or the description of our weather this July. It could be all three. But, for the kids, let's stay focused on the weather, shall we? If you liked Sunday's weather with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Heat? Check. Rain? Check. Hurricanes? Maybe Not. Summer in Houston, 2012

    If you don't like Houston, probably at the top of your list of reasons why is the summer. For those not accustomed to the -- let's call it "sticky" -- weather the Bayou City offers from July through September each year, it can be a brutal three or four months. Of course, for people like me who have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Tropical Storm Debby Apparently Wants to Do Florida

    We know, we know, but that joke is never going to get old. As we discussed last week, that disturbed area of weather in the southern Gulf of Mexico has done spun itself up into a tropical storm. The National Weather Service designated Tropical Storm Debby on Saturday afternoon and reported she it co ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Know Your Local Media: The Chron's Eric Berger on Hurricanes, Climate Change and Evacuating Katy

    Full disclosure: In 2000, I was working on a grassroots campaign supporting the arena referendum that passed and resulted in the building of Toyota Center. At the time, the Houston Chronicle's Eric Berger was covering the campaign, a less contentious follow-up to the loss suffered a year earlier tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Hurricane Season 2012: The Predictions -- A Quiet Year in the Tropics?

    With so few storms impacting the U.S. last season and with one of the worst droughts in recorded history gripping our region, it would be tempting to think that last year was a down year in hurricane production. In fact, it was quite the opposite. In 2011, the Atlantic produced 19 named storms incl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Early Forecasts Calling for a Quieter Than Normal Hurricane Season

    Did you enjoy the winter? Went quick, didn't it? It seems like just 15 minutes ago, we were all lounging in the cool Houston winter while our northern neighbors were breaking out the snow plows. We laughed and laughed. Now, we've started to reach that wonderful time when even your beads of sweat hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Hank Schyma: Southern Backtones Singer Is Fearless Tornado Chaser

    If you saw the dramatic footage out of North Texas Tuesday, hopefully from the safety of your living room or gathered around a TV at work, you know that weather events like those tornadoes can make pretty compelling television. And someone has to head straight into those storms to film all that vide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    App of the Week: WeatherBug Elite

    ​App: App Shopper Platforms: iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows, Palm Web site: WeatherBug Website Cost: $0.99 People who know me know I'm a weather nerd. I love reading about it and talking about high pressure areas, cold fronts, hurricanes and the like. The doppler radar plays a pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Update: Rough Weather, Tornados Rolling Through Houston, Affecting Airports

    As has been mentioned by weather forecasters in recent days, some pretty rough weather is passing through Houston this morning as part of a cold front. The storms are spanning high winds, torrential rain (some areas could receive up to five inches), flash flooding and potential tornadoes. According ... 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.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Welcome to Winter in Houston: More of the Same in Store

    Courtesy Harris-Mann Climatology.​In August and September when we in Houston are suffering through brutal heat and humidity, there is a tendency for people from here to bemoan the hot Texas summers and for our friends in the northern part of the country to brag about 75-degree summer highs. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Houston's Long Hot Dry Year: 2011 Year in Weather

    There's an old saying, "If you don't like the weather in Texas, wait." In 2011, that statement was on full display as we suffered some of the wildest weather changes the state has ever seen. In Houston, there was at least some consistency. Unfortunately, that consistency came in the form of a bruta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Severe Storms, Hail Moving Through the Area

    Courtesy of Wunderground​So, you wanted some rain, eh? Well, here you go. The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Harris and Montgomery counties. Strong storms that include heavy rain, damaging winds and even hail are moving through the area from the north ahe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Bold Prediction: Nate Won't Hit Houston and Neither Will Any Other Hurricanes This Season

    One of the reliable forecast models showing Nate hitting Mexico, leaving us high and dry.​I'm not much of a betting man, but if I were, I would take odds that the Texas coast, and Houston specifically, will see no hurricane landfalls in 2011. We have a pretty substantial tropical storm in Nate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    The Cool Fronts, The Wild Fires and the High Pressure Shuffle

    Sad drought makes The Boss sad.​With apologies to Bruce Springsteen for a weak attempt at borrowing his album title, the truth is our weather has been about as crazy and out of control as a three-hour rock show, except instead of booming speakers, girls flashing the stage and a ring of pot smo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Dandy Don? Tropical Storm Could Bring Drought Relief This Weekend

    Courtesy Weather UndergroundSee that little cloud mass by the Yucatan Peninsula...that's our boy!​Remember a couple weeks ago when I told you that just because it had been quiet in the tropics, that didn't mean it would stay that way? Well, I hate to say I told you so. A disturbance that will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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┬áNational Hurricane Center┬áreconnaissance 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

    July 15, 2011

    Hurricane Update: The Calm Before the Storm?

    Let's hope not.​This year has brought record droughts, killer tornados and devastating flooding, yet our hurricane season has yet to rev up. This may cause some to believe we could be spared from substantial tropical activity this year. Don't believe it. What may seem like a quiet tropical At ... 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┬áTropical 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 8, 2011

    App of the Week: Top Nine Websites for Hurricane Season

    Literally, the weather authority when it comes to hurricanes, it's hard to beat the NHC.​I swear that after this post, I will stop talking about weather apps and websites for a while, but since it is hurricane season here on the Gulf Coast, I figured one more post won't hurt anybody and it mig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Five Reasons Another Tropical Storm Allison Won't Happen in Your Lifetime

    Now THAT is some serious flood water.​When Tropical Storm Allison hit in 2001 and dropped almost three feet of rain on central Houston, there were all sorts of terms like the "100-year storm" or the "500-year storm" thrown around. These kinds of weather events do more than just destroy propert ... More >>

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