Comment of the Day: Remembering Hurricanes Alicia and Claudette

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 involving wit, clarity and whatever else we feel like at the moment.

To note the beginning of hurricane season, we listed the top five tropical weather events in Houston history.

It brought back vivid memories for one reader.

ostiones wrote:

Claudette had been downgraded to a depression when it squatted over Alvin. I lived in Sharpstown and had never seen the sky so black, we must have had at least 10 inches of rain. I'd put Ike and Allison as 2a and 2b. There is some debate over weather people whether Allison was actually a tropical storm, and if it was it was only briefly, but that's not important, what is is how unpredictable storms are. The scary thing is something worse that IKE could hit this summer. I remember Alicia hit in a dry year. During Alicia I lived near Hobby Airport and we got the eyewall, Hobby had sustained wind of 96 mph. The southeast side was a wreck.

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