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What’s It Like Flying Through a Hurricane?

Posted on · As Hurricane Matthew bears down on the east coast of Florida and the United States, you might well find a flight meteorologist like Jack Parrish in the middle of it. Parrish leads a team known as the Hurricane Hunters. They conduct tests for NOAA — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — while in and above tropical […]

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A Closer Look at the Astrodome Plan: Friday’s Show (October 7, 2016)

Posted on · Last week (Sept. 27, 2016), Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approved $10.5 million for the design phase for the Astrodome project. It’s part of the $105 million plan to preserve and revitalize the iconic structure. That plan entails raising the structure’s floor, providing underground parking and converting the building into usable public space. On today’s […]

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What’s It Like Flying Through a Hurricane?

Posted on · The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins tomorrow (June 1, 2016), and some forecasts predict it could be the most active season since 2012. However, the season develops, Jack Parrish and his team – known as the Hurricane Hunters – will be part of studying the disturbances in the Atlantic Ocean. They’re the folks you […]

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Storms, Floods and Zubik v. Burwell: Tuesday’s Show (May 31, 2016)

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court recently (May 16, 2016) sent Zubik v. Burwell back to lower courts. A ruling in the Texas case (which includes challenges from Houston Baptist University and East Texas Baptist University) would have clarified whether an Obama Administration mandate for some employers to provide birth control benefits to employees runs afoul of […]

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What’s It Like Flying Through a Hurricane?

Posted on · Jack Parrish, a NOAA Flight Meteorologist, is a part of the Hurricane Hunters – the team you hear about when giant storms are approaching and a plane heads up to take a look. The team conduct tests while in and above tropical storms and hurricanes to send data back to meteorologists on the ground who […]

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Preventing Flooding in Meyerland: Thursday’s Show (July 9, 2015)

Posted on · This week, Brazos Bend State Park reopened. It was closed for several weeks due to flood damage. It’s just one of many areas in and around Greater Houston that contended with flooding over Memorial Day weekend, prompted by a strong, fast-developing and sustained storm, which dropped up to 11 inches of rain over the area in […]