Tropical Storm Beta was drizzling on Houston when Denise Lanza noticed she was having regular contractions.
This scenario had been in the back of her mind. Denise, a biological scientist, is married to Matt Lanza, a meteorologist who writes for Space City Weather, a go-to source for the region, especially during storms.
The couple learned in January that they would be having a second child — due in September. Matt felt excited hearing the news, then realized: “Oh, of course, we’re going to have a baby due right at the peak of hurricane season.”
And what a hurricane season it had been. Hurricane Hanna hit Padre Island in July. Hurricane Laura barely missed Houston in August. Planning to name their son Theodore, Matt never imagined Hurricane Teddy would form by September.
Yet already, the National Hurricane Center had identified so many storms that, for the first time since 2005, it
In parts of the county, it doesn’t even take a named storm to leave neighborhoods in high water
ORANGE COUNTY, Texas — It’s been nearly a month since Hurricane Laura hit, and people in Orange County are still picking up.
They’re also preparing for Tropical Storm Beta. Residents are no strangers to flooding.
In one Orange County community, they’ve been asking for something to be done about the drainage system. Tom Clary owns a home in the area and says Adams Bayou is part of the problem.
It doesn’t even take a named storm to leave neighborhoods in high water in parts of Orange County.
“This is pretty much a common occurrence now,” Clary said.
Just down the road from his house is Adam’s Bayou.
“I’m old, I can’t be putting sandbags around here,” Clary said.
Clary and other residents know there’s not much that can be done about Mother
A recent study suggested that we have probably approached the limit of predictability for tropical cyclone (TC) track prediction. If that’s true, there’s little we can do to improve TC forecasts as an incorrect position affects the utility of all other guidance, including wind, precipitation, and storm surge guidance. This would be bad news for disaster prevention and mitigation.
“The reason some scientists ask whether the limit of predictability is near or has already been reached is that there’s a diminishing trend in the reduction of positional error in National Hurricane Center (NHC) tropical cyclone forecasts. From this, there seems to be little room for improvement,” explained Dr. Feifan Zhou, a scientist with the Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Chinese Academy of