Tag Archives: Texas drought

90-Day Outlook: Big Bend Insight Into Big Drought

Having just returned from my annual motorcycle trip to the Big Bend region of Texas (Lajitas, Terlingua, Big Bend National Park and Ft. Davis), I couldn’t help but notice the conditions brought on by the exceptional drought that has been plaguing this area for so many seasons.

O Christmas Tree, Why Did The Drought Take Its Toll

This is my favorite time of the year and anyone who knows me knows I’ve had my tree decorated since right after Halloween. Yes, it’s true. I always say I put it up early for maximum enjoyment as the holiday season always goes by so fast. I realize not everyone is as eager as I […]

Coldest Weather Yet On Tap this Weekend For Many Parts of the Country

There’s a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, including the weather, as it’s shaping up to be pretty nice across a good portion of the country. After some much needed rain fell here in Texas yesterday, it looks like we’re going to dry out the next day or two before an even stronger cold […]

Texas Drought Reveals Lost Pieces of History…Among Other Things

Climatologically speaking, this is the second worst drought the city of Houston has ever seen. The previous record is 17.79 inches for the year and as of right now, we’ve received 19.57 inches (this isn’t including today’s rainfall totals, which could be between 0.5-1.00 inch across some areas). In a 12-month period from October 2010 […]

Always A Bridesmaid, Never A Bride: No Drought Relief From Latest Tropical System

Tropical Disturbance 50 is now about 655 miles southeast of Miami. It’s a new storm so data is limited at this time. It’s drifting northwest and its maximum sustained winds are 20 mph. That doesn’t sound like much, but there is some strengthening likely as we head into early next week. Strengthening, that is, to tropical storm force — not hurricane force. In other words, the perfect type of storm needed in Texas to begin chipping away at the 30+ inch rainfall deficit for places like Houston and Austin.

After A Painfully Record-Breaking Summer, Fall Colors Might Not Be As Pretty…

It was a long, hot summer here in Texas and I couldn’t be happier about the cooler weather finally settling in over the area. Technically, it’s not exactly cool weather per-se, but when temperatures go from being 10 degrees above average to about average for this time of year (in the mid 80’s for highs) […]

THE Story of 2011? The Weather

Tropical Update…3 Named Storms It’s the Peak of Hurricane Season Today is the 111th Anniversary of the 1900 Hurricane This weekend marks the 50th Anniversary of Hurricane Carla The Texas Drought Continues…Wildfires Rage 2011 has been and continues to be The Year of Weather in the U.S.  This is reflected in a piece we’re posting […]

Texas Continues to Burn, Mostly Out of Control

The out-of-control forest fires are close enough to Houston that we can smell the smoke (Bastrop State Park in the photo below is about 110 miles northwest of Houston). In Magnolia, a nearby and popular escape from urban Houston, thousands of acres have been consumed by fire. In the state’s capital, wildfires have forced thousands […]

Rain for Drought Stricken Texas? Also, You Could’ve Fooled Me That it’s the First Day of Summer…

If I wasn’t a meteorologist I would’ve sworn summer arrived at least a month ago with the above average temperatures we’ve been seeing in the Houston area. It’s been hot, dry and flat out just miserable to be outside most days—unless you’re out at the pool like I’ve been lately. Today is the first official […]

Houston’s Only Natural Beauty at Risk Due to Drought

I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could! Houston is a great city to live in, but it sure is different than the small town in Alabama I grew up in. I have to admit it took me a while to learn my way around, but after living here […]