Summer has begun and, in Houston, as along the Atlantic coast, that means it is Hurricane Season from now through the last day of November. Being from southern California I know Santa Ana winds, fire season, fog so thick you can cut it with a knife, and earthquakes; I even thought I knew thunder and lightning storms, and summer heat…until I moved here.
A few weeks ago we had an all-night thunderstorm that left 4 to 8 in. of rain, and the sound and light show was continuous and unlike anything I’d ever experienced. More recently I experienced the same, during a 4 hour morning deluge after leaving a doctor’s appointment (Near darkness at 10am was only part of the experience).
It has only been 5 years since Hurricane Ike paid a visit to this area and, Houston holds an annual Houston/Galveston National Weather Service Hurricane Workshop for preparing residents for hurricane season through presentations, interactive exhibits, hurricane forecasting and more. This has become an even more important event because, in recent years, the number of
newcomers to the region has grown, and we all should be edumicated so we don’t freak out.
The event was held yesterday, at the George Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston and I want to share my thoughts on attending. It was only 5 hours, and while there were a few presentations at the main stage I decided the best thing for me was to gather information for further reading and future planning.