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Why Houston Needs More Weather Balloons

Posted on · Maybe you made one in school science class — a weather balloon you were told would help predict the weather. These days, with Doppler radar and 3D weather screens on the nightly news, you’ve probably forgotten all about them. Funny thing though: weather forecasters haven’t. Their simple technology can help predict those massive storms — or help […]

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Understanding Houston Weather: Frank Billingsley Answers Your Questions

Posted on · We live in a complex and fascinating meteorological world — one here in Greater Houston that is mercifully largely snow and ice-free. As Houston transitions from its own brand of winter into the inevitable heat and humidity of a long summer preceded by an all-too-short spring (hereby dubbed “sprummer”) we welcome your questions about weather: how it […]

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Houston’s Population Growth Could Mean An Increase In Extreme Heat

Posted on · The consequences of Greater Houston’s population growth have been well documented – from its effect on traffic, to housing, to urban development. But it also could have another effect – it could be making this an even hotter place to live in coming decades, according to ongoing research using Houston as a predictor of what’s […]

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Flooded Streets and Highways: Tuesday’s Show (May 26, 2015)

Posted on · Severe weather this weekend, combined with strong sustained thunderstorms overnight, led to widespread flooding across Greater Houston. Officials throughout the day asked Houstonians to stay home until the water recedes. Many schools are closed, and many roads remain impassible. On this edition of Houston Matters, we check in with News 88.7’s transportation reporter Gail Delaughter, who spoke this […]

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Homeless Count, No Kill Animal Shelters, and Zola Jesus: Houston Matters for Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

Posted on · Last night, more than 500 volunteers took to the streets throughout Houston as part of an annual homeless count undertaken by the Coalition for the Homeless, to collect hard data about the number and characteristics of the area’s homeless community. That data is expected to be released in a few months. On this edition of Houston […]

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The Not-Always-Exact Science of Predicting the Weather

Posted on · Predicting the weather is not an exact science. The more days you project out, the more challenging a process it can be. There are a variety of computer models forecasters use to determine how a particular front might develop, but those models sometimes disagree. We talk about forecast modeling with Istvan Szunyogh, a Professor in the Department […]

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Dealing With Houston’s Unique Brand of “Winter” Weather

Posted on · The recent cold snap reminds us that, while summer months here can seem interminably hot and muggy, from October through April, Houston’s weather can vary wildly. One day we’re enjoying mild seasonal temperatures; the next we’re fishing our coats out of the back of the closet, and being reminded to wrap our pipes and mind […]

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Houston’s Hot Weather: It’s Not All Bad…But Mostly

Posted on · Whether it’s felt like it or not the last couple days, hot weather is coming. The months-long ordeal that is Houston heat and humidity will be here soon. So how does the heat in Houston change our daily habits and routines? How do you cope with the heat? And are there any activities or chores […]

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Houston Heat, Epilepsy & Magnolia City: Houston Matters for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Posted on · The Houston Independent School District Tuesday announced new mascots for four schools that previously had mascots with Native American or historically insensitive ties. On today’s Houston Matters: News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee tells us what the new mascots will be and about the process that determined them. Then: Whether it’s felt like it or […]

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Houston’s #IceAge2 and How Religious Organizations Balance Membership & Community Service: Houston Matters for Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Posted on · Sleet and ice in Houston. Again. What? As Greater Houston gears up for more icy weather today, we’ll check in with TxDOT’s Karen Othon about current road conditions, and what the Houston District Emergency Operations Center has already done to pre-treat roads. And for any motorists who simply must drive Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll discuss how to […]

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Houston Matters for Tues., Oct. 22, 2013

Posted on · After months of oppressive heat and humidity, autumn has arrived and the weather in Houston has been glorious in recent days. Seems like as good a time as any to talk about the weather. On this edition of Houston Matters, we field your questions for Houston Weather Research Center Chief Meteorologist Jason Luze, and Lance Wood, Science […]