Tag Archives: Chris Hebert

Is Tropical Storm Bertha On Deck Already?

Though the storm had a drop-off in overall rainshower and thunderstorm activity overnight, and even flirted with a bit with Saharan dust—which can often offer up the kibosh on not only a single storm but on the entire season—the disturbance is expected to push on. ImpactWeather’s TropicsWatch Meteorologist Derek Ortt gives the storm a 90% chance of reaching tropical storm status.

Storms at sea – rising waves and worries for offshore operators

After churning in the Gulf of Mexico last week, Tropical Storm Karen dissipated into the quiet of the night without so much as a blip on the radar screen in her final hours. Even before this storm created any kind of disturbance, many offshore operators, including several ImpactWeather clients, were paying close attention to weather […]

Mexico’s tourism is ready to say “No Más” to more tropical weather systems

Mexico seems to be attracting more than just tourists this fall. Tropical storms, including Hurricane Manuel along the Pacific coast and Tropical Storm Ingrid from the Gulf of Mexico, stirred up trouble for the Mexican government, its citizens, and visitors over the last ten days. After these two systems served up a double whammy to […]

(Un)Fashionably Late

Last June, Mother Nature threw open the doors to her hurricane season only to find guests would have arrival times diverging so far off traditional paths as to rival the most ardent cocktail party-attending Hollywood diva. With nine named storms already on the books, including the most recent, Tropical Storm Ingrid moving into Mexico and […]

To shut down or not to shut down…That is the question

Far from Shakespeare’s existential oratory that famously characterized the opening of Hamlet, the question of shutting down, or evacuating an offshore rig in the face of severe weather is one that carries enormous consequences. In addition to the logistical challenges of aligning evacuation methods (aircraft or boat), there are the costs associated with lost production […]

You Asked the Meteorologist and Here Are Your Answers

Last week we offered to take any type of weather question from readers and honestly I thought we’d receive more questions along the line of, “I live in D.C. and my birthday is March 21st. Can we have the party outside?” Or “Why do TV weather people use such exaggerated hand gestures?”  In fact, each […]

Hurricane Season Outlook Update: Free 32-Minute Recorded Webinar

Nutshell: yesterday we distributed our Atlantic hurricane season update for June and July via, among other media, a half-hour webinar that you can watch now for free.  Just hit the graphic or click here. The presenter was ImpactWeather TropicsWatch manager and our lead hurricane meteorologist Chris Hebert and he packed his usual hour’s worth of […]

In And Out of Drought – For Now, We’re OUT. Almost. (Next? Severe Springtime Weather . . . and then Hurricane Season)

There’s a difference between saying the drought is done with and saying the drought will stay done with but for now it’s looking pretty good – knock on wood – especially in the areas hardest hit last year.  Current specifics are available here courtesy of Eric Berger, The Houston Chronicle’s SciGuy. Most of south-central/southeast Texas […]

Just How Rainy A Downpour? Time-Lapse Video Shows

As this week’s U.S. severe weather event made its way through Houston yesterday, ImpactWeather TropicsWatch Manager Chris Hebert took a few moments every ¼-hour or so to check one of the local bayou cams – the “Harris Gully Box Culvert” cam – and to trap the occasional image.   Here’s a 20-second compilation that spans a […]

“Today in Weather History” Makes This Week Look Boring – Enjoy It While It Lasts

Apart from some chilly weather in the northern regions, we’re enjoying a relatively quiet week across the U.S. weather-wise and from coast to coast just about everyone I’ve asked has said they’re enjoying a break from the extremes.  Whatever the reason – and I chalk it up to rampantly improved technology and a 24-hour news […]