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Is there a silver lining to Houston’s ongoing extreme heat?

The Houston Chronicle’s new newsroom meteorologist Justin Ballard says the extreme heat has helped hold back tropical storms.


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The oppressive heat will continue for some time in Houston.


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We've entered the time of year when tropical storms most often tend to develop in the Atlantic and most often tend to threaten the Gulf Coast. And yet, so far this summer, it's been awfully quiet in the tropics. That might be a saving grace of our otherwise oppressive summer of extreme heat.

In the audio above, we learn more from the Houston Chronicle’s new newsroom meteorologist Justin Ballard. He began work at the Chronicle last month but is no stranger to tropical forecasts.

He has lived and worked in North Carolina and Florida, which get their share of storms. He tells us about that and his expectations for continued hot and mostly dry weather in the coming days.

And he tells us when we should start to keep an eye out for any sort of cool down, and then a possible increased threat for tropical storms before this year’s Atlantic hurricane season concludes.

Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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Craig Cohen

Executive Producer & Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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