Houston: The "Surreal" Before And After Photo

Courtesy of Weather Channel weather producer, Matthew Sitkowski, here is a photo of what Houston's East Loop at Market Street on the I-610 looks like right now. As Sitkowski says, "this image and the forecast of what is still to fall.... This is surreal." He is right: we added a photo of the same location from February 2016 to show the "before and after." Here is the result:

And another before and after photo, courtesy of Twitter user Chris Tycksen, showing downtown Houston:

And just the after:

The following time-lapse video shows the Buffalo Bayou next to Houston rising over the past day...

... and its current state:

The rapid raise of the Buffalo Bayou prompted the evacuation of the KHOU 11 TV studio early on Sunday morning:

Unfortunately, there is no relief in sight, as over 20 inches of rain have already fallen on the Lone Star State. With streets flooded and strewn with power lines and debris, authorities warned the storm's most destructive powers were just beginning. Rainfall that will continue for days could dump more than five feet of water and inundate many communities, including dangerously flood-prone Houston, the nation's fourth-largest city. The latest summary of rainfall in the past 24 hours can be found here. Another 20 to 30 inches of rain is expected through to Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a just issued bulletin from the NWS Houston warns that "rivers are on the rise and MAJOR to RECORD flooding is forecast."

By the time the storm ends, 40 inches of rain (a number which now appears conservative) is expected to fall and an estimated $40 billion worth of damage left behind. Putting the number in context, Hurricane Katrina cost $108 billion, mostly as a result of flooding to New Orleans.

For locals trapped in their house as floodwaters rise, the NWS Houston had some words of advice: "EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAS REQUESTED: IF HIGHEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME BECOMES DANGEROUS...GET ON THE ROOF."

It's not just Houston: the following stunning video of Dickinson, TX, shows numerous boats maneuvering around stranded vehicles on flooded street.

Finally, here is a clip from the US Coast Guard shows showing the devastation around the coastline:


GUS100CORRINA south40_dreams Sun, 08/27/2017 - 10:32 Permalink

My response: Sadly, the people who live in this area are going to experience a lot more pain and anguish for the next 4 days because Harvey is parked almost on top of Houston, TX.On top of all the above, there is a high probability that Harvey is going to reenter the Gulf, strengthen and head up to New Orleans. I hope they have fixed their levy problems.Much prayer for these people is the order of the day.I suspect Houston Rep. Al Green may be doing some soul searching right about now.

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Slack Jack EEEEEEEEEEE (not verified) Sun, 08/27/2017 - 10:52 Permalink

Speaking of flooding.....

So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs2-00/

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of about 80 meters (263 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

The ice sheets have been continuously melting for thousands of years. What is left of them today, is still melting, and will continue to melt. Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:


Global temperatures are increasing. And by quite a lot each year.

2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.

This is 0.0380 degrees centigrade hotter than the previous record year which was 2015.

0.0380 is a large increase in just one year.

2015 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.1601 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2014.

0.1601 is an absolutely huge increase in just one year (at this rate temperatures would increase by 16 degrees in a century).

2014 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.0402 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2010.


The conspiracy to hide global warming data.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is given tax money to make global temperature records available to the public. However, certain people at NOAA continually sabotage this aspect of NOAA's mandate. For example, these people have (deliberately) sabotaged the web-page that delivers the temperature records.

Look for yourself:

Go to the page: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/monitoring-references/faq/anomalies.php scroll down to the The Global Anomalies and Index Data section and click the download button and see what happens. Well, you get the message:

"Not Found. The requested URL /monitoring-references/faq/anomalies-download was not found on this server."

I guess that the 2017 data must be truly horrible if they have to hide it away.

It turns out that this seems to be the case; NASA reports that:

July 2017 had the hottest average land temperatures on record.

The new July 2017 record was +1.20 degrees centigrade above the 20th century average (of the July data). The previous record average land temperature for July was just last year. It was +1.10 degrees above the 20th century average.

Did the media bother to tell you about this? No!


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WarPony DWD-MOVIE (not verified) Mon, 08/28/2017 - 00:47 Permalink

West side of Houston has had about 6 inches of rain - came down fast, a real gully washer.  Sprinkling now and the wind isn't bad.  It's a little breezy with some gusts, guessing 20 mph. Edit/Update:  10:52PM Saturday night:  another 6 in. of rain in the last hour or so.   Still sprinkling and not much wind. Rain is picking up again. Edit/update:  10:38 Sunday am, another 7+ in. overnight - rain guage overflowed.   Still sprinkling, with some harder downpours.  No wind to speak of.  It's pretty bad all over Houston, but still high and dry out west - thank God. Edit/update Sunday 9:30 pm, another 7 in and coming down hard.  Still not much wind, but it's looking like Atlantis because we are going under.Edit/update Sunday 11:40, finally let up with the downpour after another 4 in., and finally sprinkling again.  Drainage is questionable at this point.  Not comfortable here.  Still have power and dry, but this town is mostly under water.

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WarPony WarPony Mon, 08/28/2017 - 11:37 Permalink

Edit/update:  Monday 10:35am - Another 6 inches of rain overnight, coming down steady to hard now.  Breeze steady at 10 mph, gusts to 20.  Still dry with power here.  The Corp. is releasing water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs which will send water down Buffalo Bayou and folks are being told that this will go on for a long time and not to expect to return to their homes - which were dry prior to the release - for MONTHS.  Am about a mile and 1/2 from Barker spill way.  If the dam breaks, this place is going under.  There have been a lot of mandatory evacuations, but not here, yet.  The interstates (10, 45, 59) are shut down and Houston is fairly well cut off.  3 ft of rain in as many days is crazy!

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Never One Roach Government nee… Sun, 08/27/2017 - 12:19 Permalink

Buffalo Bayou and Brea Bayou are ALWAYS areas that get hit with serious flooding even on some relatively normal rainstorms. Hard to believe people move there but there you have it.I can't blame poor people moving to where evere they can get affordable place to live but I have a wealthy friend who bought a $435,000 old (1954) house in Braeswood right IN the 100 year flood plain so he can be closer to the med center which ain't too far away. I told him bad bad choice but common sense is hard to learn sometimes unless you experience it first hand (which i have when I lived in a first floor apt in Houston years ago).Even if you have flood insurance, dealing with all the hassles is a NIGHTMARE as with any insurance claim.Also, note bene: NEVER park your car below second level in the garage in Houston.

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Slack Jack Whoa Dammit Mon, 08/28/2017 - 01:45 Permalink

July 2017 had the hottest average land temperatures on record. Average July ocean temperatures were second only to the record breaking year 2016.

The National Hurricane Center said isolated storm rainfall totals could reach 50 inches, which would rival some of the most extreme rain events in U.S. history and break the state rainfall record in Texas.

In addition to the heavy rain, embedded thunderstorms have spawned more than a dozen tornadoes across the region, adding to the list of hazards brought on by Harvey. In fact, the Weather Service had issued more tornado warnings on (each of) Friday, Saturday, and Sunday than on any previous single day on record, for a total of 123 warnings.

Record highs everywhere; Ya think there might be a correlation between global warming and nastier hurricanes?

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Antifaschistische Stackers Sun, 08/27/2017 - 17:33 Permalink

Trivia Question:Knowing that Houston is prone to severe floods...why has Houston NOT done what LA did with the LA River....basically making a giant paved gutter to the ocean/bay?Oh, could it be that some of these bayou's flow through River Oaks and Memorial Area?Which is the EXACT same reason traffic and Mass Transit suck in Houston...because the rich crowd refuse to allow light rail between downtown and the Gallaria down Westheimer.   Oh, BUT...you will NEVER see their neighborhoods flooding on the weather channel because they've built underground drainage RIVERS to make sure water leaves their neighborhoods to FILL Buffalo Bayou...and flood all the others.Now...here in Hedwig Village we are pure and innocent.  :)  We never keep the flood waters north of I10 where the rif raff live. :)

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Tiwin Antifaschistische Sun, 08/27/2017 - 18:51 Permalink

I am too lazy to do the math, but it would have to be an awfully wide drainage canal.Like impossibly so.2 feet X667 square miles assuming not a drop fell anywhere but inside city limits -channeled into even a mile wide canal would be yuugely deep. I guess this *could * be done if we abandoned war and looked out for ourselves.And good luck finding the Real estate. If two feet of rain fell on LA in two days it would be Armaggeddon.

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crazzziecanuck Tallest Skil Sun, 08/27/2017 - 18:12 Permalink

You do realize that the Roman Empire did have an effect on climate given the millions of people EXCLUSIVELY reliant upon burning things to do just about everything in their lives.  Then things got cooler for a few hundred years.  Why?  Because their empire collapsed and most of the empire went back to subsistence.Also, if the trends are true, we should actually be entering the start of the next ice age so temperatures should be at least holding down, not rising on average.The oil cmpanies have been shown to have known about climate change since the 1970s but went headlong into denying it because it would have been to painful to them AND the banksters to allow for change.

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hyperspd7 crazzziecanuck Mon, 08/28/2017 - 07:57 Permalink

"You do realize that the Roman Empire did have an effect on climate given the millions of people EXCLUSIVELY reliant upon burning things to do just about everything in their lives.  Then things got cooler for a few hundred years.  Why?  Because their empire collapsed and most of the empire went back to subsistence." OMFG they live!!!! Please... just, please stop with this nonsense.

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