10 Places Where Summer Weather Is Worse Than in Houston

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Photo by Jeff Balke
Yeah, kid, we know. We feel your pain.
No one will argue with you if you claim that Houston is one of the most miserable places to be in the summer. It is. It's hot. It's humid. The mosquitoes fly off with small children. And, of course, there is always the threat of a hurricane. But is it the worst place in the world when it comes to summer weather? Not even close. In fact, it's not even the worst place in the U.S.

Don't believe us? Check out this hideous summer weather spots.

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It's Going to Be Hot As Hell Come Summer 2100, Study Finds

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Houston in 2100?
Come 2100, summers in Houston will feel like Mission, Texas. That's according to a research by Climate Central, a journalism and research non-profit based out of New Jersey.

Climate Central's analysis looked at projected changes in average summer high temperatures at the end of the century for 1,001 U.S. cities, comparing theses temperatures -- the average hottest temperature during a summer day -- to current average summer highs in other cities.

On average, the analysis found most cities' average summer high to increase 7-10 degrees Fahrenheit, with some increasing as much as 12 degrees.

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Hurricane Seasons 2014: Second Tropical Depression of the Year Spins Up in the Atlantic

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Tropical Depression Two's status after a few days is in doubt.
With less than two weeks remaining in July, the 2014 hurricane season, we have our second storm of the year in the Atlantic. The peak of the season is in the second week of September, but the end of July is generally when things begin to heat up over the Atlantic Basin.

This second depression of the year -- Hurricane Arthur battered the east coast of the U.S. over the July 4 weekend -- is small, fairly weak and sitting over relatively cool waters. In fact, the most reliable forecast models are not calling for the depression to intensify and the National Hurricane Center is actually predicting it will dissipate not long after it reaches the Caribbean in a couple days.

Given the predictions earlier in the year of a strong El NiƱo event in the Pacific Ocean, which normally stifles the formation of hurricanes throughout the Atlantic Basin, the year so far is shaping up as expected, but there is still nearly 10 weeks remaining in the heart of hurricane season.

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Heavy Rains Should Continue Throughout Friday and Into Saturday

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Here comes the rain...again.
With all the heat last week, it seemed inevitable that Houston was due for a change. With scattered heavy rain across the entire area since Thursday, that change has certainly come and it promises to continue right into Saturday. In fact, the National Weather Service is predicting as much as two to four inches of rain north of Houston and one to two inches from Houston to the coastline by Saturday morning.

The combination of instability in the atmosphere, tropical moisture and high summer temperatures is combining to produce conditions ripe for rain include some potential flash flooding and generally gross conditions through Saturday.

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Hurricane Season 2014: Tropical Storm Arthur Forms as the "Real" Season Begins

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Photo by Craig ONeal
Tropical Storm Fay pounding Florida in 2008. This is expected to be an easy hurricane season. But remember, it takes only one.
Tracking forecast for Tropical Storm Arthur.The first named tropical storm of 2014 formed in the Atlantic Ocean Monday. Tropical Storm Arthur formed off the coast of Florida and is expected to move gradually to the north and ultimately northeast over the next three to four days. Currently, forecasts are not calling for a landfall along the east coast (you don't have to panic, NYC) though Arthur is expected to reach at least category 1 hurricane strength as it passes the Carolinas, making for a rather wet and nasty weekend in that part of the country, particularly on the Outer Banks.

Thus marks the true beginning to hurricane season. June was very quiet in the tropical Atlantic, which was not surprising by this or any other year's standards. On average, about one named storm every other year forms in June. But, as the summer progresses and water temperatures began to warm up, it is time to cast a watchful eye on the tropics.

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Group Talks Multibillion Coastal Barrier We Hope We Don't Need (but Probably Do)

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For a few billion this too could be shored up against a storm surge.
Earlier this month the Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance met to discuss a plan that would keep us (and our energy industry) from going underwater in the event of a catastrophic storm surge. Unfortunately, according to storm watchers, the Gulf Coast is likely to get hit by a major storm every 15 years or so.

"In 2008, Hurricane Ike caused loss of life and more than $35 billion (to date) in property and environmental damage, even without a direct hit," Vic Pierson, vice president of the alliance said in a statement. "The original forecast predicted 25-foot storm surges that could have killed hundreds, left thousands homeless and jobless and caused economic damage around $100 billion."

The group's proposal is to build a multi-billion dollar coastal barrier system, one that includes specially constructed sand dunes.

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Ten Things All Houstonians Should Have Now in Preparation for Hurricane Season

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Post-Hurricane Ike.
Sunday was the first day of Hurricane Season 2014. It is an annual ritual along the Gulf and Atlantic coastlines to get ready for potential tropical storms. Depressions can drop boatloads of rain, as can tropical storms (Allison, anyone?), so we would do well to be wary of even non-hurricane events. But when hurricanes do strike, they often leave us without power for days, sometimes without water and frequently stuck in a hot, steamy house for a couple of weeks.

That's why this is a good time to begin checking off your list of things you need in case of a hurricane. It may seem a bit silly to prepare, but it will be so much easier on you and your family if the worst happens. If nothing else, doing so will make you feel better.

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How Much More Rain Should We Expect This Weekend?

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The flooded landscape gets old pretty quickly.
We're not out of the wet weather just yet. The threat of more flash flooding could creep up on us this weekend, according to weather forecasters. One to two inches could come down before next week.

Houston has easily measured more than a half-foot of rain since Monday, and our rivers and bayous are swollen. A flood warning was issued yesterday for the West Fork of the San Jacinto River and US 59, which was rising due to overflow from the Spring and Cypress creeks. Roads in areas south of Kingwood were reportedly flooded last night.

A flood warning remains in effect since this morning for Cypress and Little Cypress creeks in the northwestern part of the county.

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Storm Casualty? Woman Dies After Tree Limb, Power Line Fall (Update)

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A woman died after a tree limb fell in the driveway of her Harris County home.
Updated 4:50pmA 51-year-old woman died today after Houston Police said it appears a large falling tree limb struck her in the head. Police won't say if it was weather related, however.

The woman was found lying in the driveway of her home around 7:30 a.m., in the 11000 block of Pandora Drive on the northeast side of town. The Houston Fire Department was first on the scene, but couldn't approach the woman until CenterPoint Energy cut the power to a line that had fallen near her, according to a police report.

The woman's 7-year-old stepson was reportedly injured and may have lost some teeth. Police said he had left the scene and was located at his elementary school. Paramedics transported him to Texas Children's Hospital in stable condition.


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Turn-Around-Don't-Drown Weather We're Having Today

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National Weather Service issued a flood watch for Harris County Tuesday morning.
Update: We've added a screencap of road closures from Houston Transtar on the next page.
A flood warning was issued this morning for Harris County, an upgrade from a flash flood watch overnight. Houston has received around 2 to 4 inches of rain so far since getting hit by rainfall last night, with another 2 inches or so expected throughout the day.

This is one of those "avoid water covered roads" days. If you live in a flood plain you already know what that means.

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