I have moved over a great part of Texas and I know that within its borders I have seen just about as many kinds of country, contour, climate and conformation as there are in the world - John Steinbeck But now he is the King of Katy, TX He played college football in El Paso, TX AJ grew up on a farm in Mansfield, TX
The Big Hitters Drought Flooding Hurricanes Sea Level Rise
Drought From King of the Hill, Pilot Episode, 1997 Expected temperature rise: 3-10°F rise in winter lows and 3-7°F rise in summer highs. July heat index—a measure combining temperature and humidity to represent the temperature actually felt—could rise by 10-25°F. Dale, you giblet head, we live in Texas. It’s already 110 in the summer, and if it gets one degree hotter I’m gonna kick your ass! I say, let the world warm up…We’ll grow oranges in Alaska.
Record rainfall in Texas was worthy of a one- to two-category improvement in a swath from San Antonio to Texarkana, resulting in no drought depiction.
Elsewhere in Texas, the abnormally dry conditions expanded along the Gulf Coast from the Brazos River to Lake Charles, Louisiana. This new area includes Beaumont, Houston and Galveston, all of which are reporting precipitation deficits of over an inch for the month.
For the year to date, Beaumont is 11.98 inches below normal, Houston 8.97 inches below normal, and Galveston 5.34 inches below normal.
The "Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate” report concludes
"It is very likely that the human-induced increase in greenhouse gases has contributed to the increase in sea surface temperatures in the hurricane formation regions. Over the past 50 years there has been a strong statistical connection between tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures and Atlantic hurricane activity.”
Tropical Storm Fay Fei means “flying” in Chinese Year Name Max Wind Speed (mph) 1993 T.S. Arlene 40 1995 T.S. Dean 45 1998 T.S. Charley 70 1998 T.S. Frances 65 1999 T.S. Storm Bret 55 2001 T.S. Allison 60 2002 T.S. Bertha 40 2002 T.S. Fay 60 2003 Claudette 80 2005 Rita 120 2008 Dolly (Tex Mex Border) 100 2008 Ike 110
Hurricanes Ivan in 2004, Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005, and Ike in 2008 demonstrated that infrastructure along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico can be severely damaged by major hurricanes, which can produce national-level impacts, and require recovery times stretching to months to years.
Ike was the third most expensive hurricane on record after Katrina in 2005 and Andrew in 1992
Forests: The Forest areas contain 71% of the region's tree population.
Agriculture and Rangelands: This is by far the largest land cover type, occupying 48% of the region, and although the tree density is low, there are over 100 million trees located in this land cover type.
Urban Lands: These lands occupy 24% of the Houston region and contain almost 84 million trees. Tree species are relatively diverse, approaching that of Forest areas
Houstonians drive an average of > 140,000,000 miles/day, emissions from cars, trucks, and buses are a major source of airborne pollutants.
Moreover, Houston is home to > 400 chemical manufacturing facilities, including two of the biggest refineries in the United States.
The petrochemical complex along the Houston ship channel is the largest in the country, and the Port of Houston is the largest in the United States in terms of foreign tonnage and second largest in total tonnage.
More than 800 solar panels, paid for with part of a $6 million court settlement, will soon be on the roofs of Sam Rayburn and South Houston High schools. BUT: The project is the result of a negotiated settlement between Shell Oil Co. and two nonprofit environmental groups over accidental emissions from Shell’s Deer Park refinery that violated the Clean Air Act. As part of the April 2009 settlement with Environment Texas and the Sierra Club, Shell agreed to reduce emissions known as “upsets” from the Deer Park plant by 80 percent over three years. The company also agreed to fund two school-related projects in east Harris County.
Used for flood control, water supply, electrical power generation and recreation
The historic high level on the lake was 710.4 feet above msl on December 25, 1991. The historic low was 614.2 feet above msl on August 14, 1951. The drought brought the lake to its THIRD lowest level at 629.97 feet above msl on September 11, 2009
It got SO low that police officers found three cars and bikes previously thought stolen!
(Enjoy your cool summers, everyone. Except ATL, we feel you)
Hot water now comes out of both taps. You learn that a seat belt makes a pretty good branding iron. The temperature drops below 95 and you feel a bit chilly. You discover that in July it takes only two fingers to drive your car. You break a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 am. You realize that asphalt has a liquid state. The birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground Cows are giving evaporated milk. The trees are whistlin' for the dogs. A sad Texan said once: 'I wish it would rain - not so much for me, cuz I've seen it, but for my 7-year-old.'