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Deepwater Horizon Spill Creates Ripple Effect on Gulf’s Bluefin Tuna

Posted on · The new movie Deepwater Horizon serves as a grim reminder of what happened on April 20, 2010 in the Gulf Of Mexico. That’s when eleven crewmen were killed on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. That deadly incident was just the start of what became an all-out environmental catastrophe, as […]

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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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The National Water Model: The Next Wave of Flood Prediction Technology

Posted on · Remember when you first upgraded to an HDTV? Suddenly, you were able to see all the detail you didn’t know you were missing. Well, the National Weather Service will soon be making a similar upgrade — in terms of its flood prediction technology — when it launches its new National Water Model later this summer. To […]

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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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Not Just Oil Rigs: Gulf of Mexico is Home to Pristine Coral Reefs

Posted on · About 100 miles off the coast of Galveston, in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, lies the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, a group of coral reefs that boasts manta rays, huge coral heads and hundreds of species of fish. The banks are managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and every few weeks NOAA’s marine research […]

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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 […]