San Antonio Earthquake Sets a New Record: Video

We have yet another record-breaking natural event in Texas this year. This time it’s the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the southern region of the state. A 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck Thursday morning 103 miles south of Austin. The tremor was felt in San Antonio and surrounding areas. The previous record for southern Texas was a 4.3 in 1993. There is no known fault line in the area of the quake, so it must have come as quite a surprise to the residents who felt it. It kind of makes you wonder what’s next, doesn’t it?

Since the focus of the earthquake was quite deep, at some 16,000 feet, no one is laying the blame on hydrofraking this time. (There has been some controversy recently about tremors felt in Arkansas in the vicinity of hydrofraking operations.)

Here’s a video report on the earthquake for you from KXAN TV.


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Texas Dust Storm, October 2011

We’ve got just about every kind of weather warning this morning – high winds, extreme fire danger, red flag warning, you name it. But at least here in the Houston area, we aren’t getting slammed with a dust storm — at least not yet. Makes you wonder what will happen in the years ahead though.

Here’s a video from Lubbock of the dust storm there. As they like to say in Texas, “Dang!”

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Easiest Way to Shuck Corn

This is pretty amazing. Who knew…?

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Fire Weather Update for Tuesday, October 18

We’re all wondering when this will end. Even with the recent bit of rain we’ve had, the drought persists. Please note this latest warning from the National Weather Service.

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
644 PM CDT SUN OCT 16 2011

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH FOR TUESDAY...

.A FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR TUESDAY IN THE WAKE OF A
COLD FRONT EARLY IN THE MORNING. DRY AND WINDY CONDITIONS WILL BE
DEVELOPING DURING THE MORNING HOURS AND CONTINUE INTO THE EVENING.

TXZ163-164-176>179-195>200-210>214-226-227-235>238-170745-
/O.NEW.KHGX.FW.A.0010.111018T1300Z-111019T0200Z/
AUSTIN-BRAZORIA-BRAZOS-BURLESON-CHAMBERS-COLORADO-FORT BEND-
GALVESTON-GRIMES-HARRIS-HOUSTON-JACKSON-LIBERTY-MADISON-MATAGORDA-
MONTGOMERY-POLK-SAN JACINTO-TRINITY-WALKER-WALLER-WASHINGTON-
WHARTON-
644 PM CDT SUN OCT 16 2011

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH
TUESDAY EVENING FOR DRY AND WINDY CONDITIONS FOR SOUTHEAST TEXAS...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HOUSTON/GALVESTON HAS ISSUED A
FIRE WEATHER WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING
THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING.

* AFFECTED COUNTIES... HOUSTON...TRINITY...MADISON...WALKER...
  SAN JACINTO...POLK...BURLESON...BRAZOS...WASHINGTON...
  GRIMES...MONTGOMERY...LIBERTY...COLORADO...AUSTIN...WALLER...
  HARRIS...CHAMBERS...WHARTON...FORT BEND...JACKSON...
  MATAGORDA...BRAZORIA...GALVESTON.

* WIND...WINDS BECOMING NORTH IN THE WAKE OF AN EARLY MORNING COLD
  FRONT AND INCREASING TO 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS NEAR 30 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...RH VALUES FALLING TO 20 TO 30 PERCENT.|

* IMPACTS...ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY.
  OUTDOOR BURNING IS BANNED OR NOT RECOMMENDED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE
RED FLAG WARNINGS.
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Texas Wildfires: Urgent Fire Weather Warning for Southeast Texas

Hot. Dry. Windy. Low humidity. It all adds up to serious fire danger this weekend. Please see below:

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
1028 AM CDT SAT SEP 24 2011

...A FIRE WEATHER WATCH FOR SUNDAY...

.DRY AND BREEZY CONDITIONS WILL BE DEVELOPING SUNDAY. AFTERNOON
HIGHS SHOULD REACH THE MID 90S TO NEAR 100 WITH RELATIVE HUMIDITY
FALLING TO 20-35 PERCENT. SOUTHWEST WIND OF 10 MPH IN THE MORNING
WILL BECOME GUSTY AND INCREASE TO 15-20 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS.

TXZ163-164-176>179-195>200-210>213-226-227-242200-
/O.CON.KHGX.FW.A.0009.110925T1200Z-110926T0300Z/
AUSTIN-BRAZOS-BURLESON-COLORADO-FORT BEND-GRIMES-HARRIS-HOUSTON-
LIBERTY-MADISON-MONTGOMERY-POLK-SAN JACINTO-TRINITY-WALKER-WALLER-
WASHINGTON-WHARTON-
1028 AM CDT SAT SEP 24 2011

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING FOR ELEVATED TO CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER
CONDITIONS FOR THE INLAND AREAS OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS...

* AFFECTED COUNTIES... HOUSTON...TRINITY...MADISON...WALKER...
  SAN JACINTO...POLK...BURLESON...BRAZOS...WASHINGTON...
  GRIMES... MONTGOMERY...LIBERTY...COLORADO...AUSTIN...WALLER...
  HARRIS... WHARTON...FORT BEND.

* WIND...SOUTHWEST WINDS NEAR 10 MPH IN THE MORNING BECOMING
  GUSTY AND INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS NEAR 25 MPH
  BY EARLY AFTERNOON AND WILL LIKELY CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY
  EVENING.

* HUMIDITY...AFTERNOON MINIMUM RELATIVE HUMIDITY FALLING TO 20
  TO30 PERCENT OVER THE REGION.

* HIGHEST THREAT...WILL BE ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM
  COLUMBUS TO GROVETON.

* IMPACTS...ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY.
  OUTDOOR BURNING IS BANNED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE
RED FLAG WARNINGS.
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Road Closures in The Woodlands for October 8th 10-Mile Road Race

Announced Road Closures

  • ·         The Memorial Hermann 10 For Texas 10-mile road race is set to take place Saturday, October 8, 2011, beginning and ending at Market Street. The 1-mile One For Texas Kids Fun Run starts at 7 am, while the 10-mile race starts at 7:30 a.m. Almost 2,200 registered participants are expected. Please be aware that roads will be impacted along Lake Woodlands, Six Pines, Lake Robbins, Grogan’s Mill, Woodlands Parkway, Cochran’s Crossing Drive and through The Woodlands Town Center. The outside lanes will be closed from 6 – 10:30 a.m.  Estimated road opening times.

This area will be congested throughout the event.  Please use extreme caution while traveling in this area.  For more information please view the links below or call Parks and Recreation at 281-210-3900.

Race Information

10 Mile Race

  • ·         Also, the westbound on ramp off Woodlands Parkway will be closed from 7:20 to 7:45 am.

 

 

Susan Golden

Village Liaison

Woodlands Watch/Neighborhood Services

The Woodlands Township

2202 Timberloch Place, Suite 222

The Woodlands, Texas  77380

www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

sgolden@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

281-210-3887

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Flying Over Planet Earth at Night — on the Space Station

This is really quite breathtaking. Can you imagine actually being up there and looking down on the lights… and the lighting… and the clouds… and the oceans? Pretty amazing. The lights of the big cities are amazingly bright.  I’m glad I got to see this. Don’t blink or you’ll miss something. They say “multiple cities in Texas” are visible, but they don’t say which ones. (See description below the video.) Be sure to click on the lower, right-hand corner of the video to watch this in full-screen mode then click when you want it to pause. Click again to start up again. I think I was able to pick out Houston. Do you see it?

A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line), a satellite (55sec) and the stars of our galaxy. 

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