Know Your Local Media: KPRC's Frank Billingsley Keeps You Calm During the Storm

As someone fascinated by hurricanes and living in Houston, the summer of 2005 was an odd and captivating time for me. A record was set for the number of named storms and major hurricanes in a season, and Houston was caught staring down the barrel of a gun twice, first with Hurricane Katrina and then with Hurricane Rita, which caused a panicked evacuation that turned stretches of south Texas roadways into the highways to hell.

Naturally, I watched with great interest the various weathercasters on local news. Over and over, I returned to Channel 2 and chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley. Not only was he informative, but he was calm and objective in his analysis, something far too many of his colleagues and fellow weathercasters were not. After Ike, I remember Billingsley flying over some of the flooded parts of Galveston, giving fantastic descriptions of the area and what was normally there from memory.

As a result, I consider him to be the best TV weather person in town. He was gracious enough to answer a few questions.

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Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
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