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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 […]

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What’s the Link Between Houston’s Ozone Problem and Climate Change?

Posted on · Last week, we spoke with News 88.7 energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling about why it is some areas of Houston seem to experience spikes in ozone levels when other areas don't. He noted there isn't scientific consensus on the reason. However, University of Houston researchers believe there's a connection between ozone levels in Houston […]

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The Mayor’s Budget, Reid Ryan, and Pet Care: Monday’s Show (May 18, 2015)

Posted on · Last week, Houston Mayor Annise Parker unveiled a $5.1 billion budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The 2016 fiscal year budget proposal is the last of Mayor Parker's administration. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk about where the majority of funds are going, how this could shape […]

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Galveston Farm Raises a Unique Crop: Endangered Sea Turtles

Posted on · In Galveston, the NOAA Fisheries Service runs the only farm of its kind in the world: they raise sea turtles. The reptiles are cared for with one goal in mind: to protect the species amid commercial fishing. Sea turtles are older than the dinosaurs and currently endangered. Houston Matters Paige Phelps reports.

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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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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 […]

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Recycling and Race, Suicide Prevention, and the Flower Garden Banks: Houston Matters for Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Posted on · Texas Southern Professor Robert Bullard argues Houston has a long history of locating landfills and incinerators – and their pollution – in mostly African-American and Latino neighborhoods. Now, some worry history could repeat itself, as a result of the One Bin For All recycling program. On this edition of Houston Matters, we hear those concerns […]


NOAA Brings ‘Hurricane Hunter’ Airplane to Houston

Posted on · The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is flying the WP-3D Orion turboprop to five cities along the Gulf Coast in advance of the 2014 hurricane season. The aircraft is flies into active hurricanes and collects data. The airplane will be open for public view from 3 to 4:30 May 20 at Ellington Field.