Monthly Archives: September 2010

Heat Puts Corals at Risk

It’s officially fall in the Northern Hemisphere, but the extreme heat we experienced this summer, not only in the U.S. but around the world, has put coral reefs at risk. The heat puts a lot of stress on the corals causing some of them to shed their color which indicates they’re going into survival mode. […]

The Bugs of Summer . . . and Fall, Winter and Spring

Weather affects everything.  Everything.  Even the tiniest among us.  The upper Texas Gulf Coast is a great place to grow up, especially if you like nature.  The variety is tremendous and there’s enough flora and fauna to spend a lifetime exploring.  In the space of one week, I can enjoy some freshwater fishing, deer hunt, […]

“Happy” Anniversary: Five Years From Hurricane Rita

Busy week:  Matthew is brewing in the western Caribbean, yesterday was the first full day of fall and today is the fifth anniversary of hurricane Rita’s landfall in southeast Texas.  Rita was important for all the obvious reasons but what stands out for many of us who experienced it is The Exodus.  That’s the nickname, […]

College Colors: A Proud Bunch of Diverse Backgrounds

Recently we celebrated College Colors day at the office and a few dozen employees participated by wearing their best (?) and brightest jerseys, polo shirts and, in one case, a blinking golf cap. We’re a more diverse lot than you might imagine.  I graduated from the University of St. Thomas here in Houston and, while […]

Who’s Up For Veggies from Outer Space?

I love vegetables so I’d give moon veggies a try! It’s true, researchers from the University of Arizona Controlled Environmental Agriculture Center are studying how plants from Earth could be grown on the moon. They’ve built a prototype lunar greenhouse in the CEAC Extreme Climate Lab that’s located in UA’s Campus Agricultural Center which demonstrates […]

Hurricane Threat for Gulf of Mexico Next Week

For the past few weeks, I’ve been discussing an upcoming pattern shift that would lead to tropical cyclone development in the Caribbean Sea between the 20th and 30th of September vs. the far eastern Atlantic (Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Igor, Julia and Lisa). Long-range models were quite supportive of this idea from early in September. […]

Surviving New Private Sector Preparedness Audits – Are You Ready? [Free Webinar]

The Federal government will soon commence a program to audit the preparedness of U.S. companies or organizations. What has your company done to prepare for these new private sector preparedness audits? Are you ready for what experts are calling one of the most influential pieces of business continuity legislation in the past 30 years?  It’s […]

A Little Meteorology Can Be a Dangerous Thing

And that’s what I know – a little meteorology.  Because I’m not a meteorologist, I’m a marketing guy.  Although after nearly 20 years working shoulder-to-shoulder (keyboard-to-keyboard?) with scores of meteorologists, I probably know a good deal more about meteorology than the average person.  At least I hope I do.  But I don’t try to guess […]

Bird Is The Word

Bird! Bird! Bird! (To Everything There is a Season). With apologies to Pete Seeger (“Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)”), I can’t help but think of that song at this time of year. Of course, the seasons are changing. With that comes many things — the shorter days, the cooler weather, the […]

Three’s a Charm

The 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season, at least the second half of it, continues to remain active. Look no further than today’s satellite imagery to see Karl, Igor and Julia which are all classified as hurricanes. Three active storms at the same time is unusual, but not without precedent. Four active storms is another story! In […]