Monthly Archives: May 2011

The New “Texas T” – Thunderstorms

As the magical pattern change takes shape, the forecast is more in focus yet the rain is by no means guaranteed. Wait — let me rephrase that: the rain for most is by no means guaranteed. It will rain in Texas — how much, when and exactly where remains in question.

Historic Flooding Still Not on Everyone’s Radar

Historic flooding is expected to continue across the Middle and Lower Mississippi River Valley throughout the week and, in many cases, through the end of the month of May. River levels have crested in many areas along the Ohio River, but this surge of water will continue to spread southward with damaging floods expected to continue to impact many areas of western Tennessee, Arkansas, western Mississippi, and eastern Louisiana.

Rain in Drought Stricken Texas?

On the heels of yesterday’s blog post (Wednesday’s, too) about the flooding and the flooding-to-come for the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, comes this: Rain in southern Texas by mid-May. No fooling.

Who Says it’s an Epic Flood? Good Question!

No doubt, there’s a lot going on these days. What with Osama, the stealth copter, the record-breaking tornado outbreak (and now, recovery), as well as gas prices, Trump and the economy, there’s seems little room within the headlines for the epic flooding now occurring along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

Flooding: No Respite

Over the next several days, weather more quiet in nature will take hold over much of the United States as the upper-level flow pattern weakens. However, the story that will continue to make headlines into next week will be the ongoing flood situation across the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys.

Live From the 2011 Offshore Technology Conference

Yesterday was the first day of the annual Offshore Technology Conference, the largest offshore exploration and drilling trade show and conference in the world. Celebrating it’s 42nd year, OTC is a five-day conference held in the Energy Capital of the World each year in May. Despite worldwide economic setbacks, this year’s show is expected to have the highest attendance since 1982; the current average attendance at the show is around 70,000.

Weather Balloons Still Going Up…and Up

High-altitude weather balloons originated sometime around World War II. Some reports have the first launch occurring about 60 years ago, while some reports indicate the first launch occurring at about the time WWII was beginning. Either way, their purpose then remains their purpose today: Launch a radiosonde into the atmosphere to record atmospheric data such as temperature, humidity, pressure and wind speed at various altitudes by way of a small, expendable radio transmitter.