Monday, August 28, 2017

Just What in Hell Is Going On in Houston

Houston, you have a problem.

From The New York Times, "Houston before and after Harvey."

Harvey, the storm that has hit the Houston area hasn't been a typical hurricane/tropical storm. It's really quite different. Unlike most hurricanes, it hasn't passed through and moved on. In fact the storm is stuck above the Houston and continuing to inundate the area with heavy rains.

Scientific American offers an explanation of the forces in play that have made Harvey one of a kind. The important question is whether Harvey is just a freak storm or the face of a new hurricane reality for the southern U.S.


Dana said...

And it ain't over for the bible belt of the southeastern US. A well deserved cyclonic baptism it shall be.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, those people deserve to suffer don't they?

When bad things happen to people like you, don't be surprise when others laugh at your pain.

Jay Farquharson said...

"Not Houston, they slapped up concrete structures, ripped up natural forests, allowed building in dangerously low lying areas, even over landfills. Houston has always had flooding and has mostly ignored the scientific data provided to them, to help prevent massive flooding."

Well worth reading.

Dana said...

Hey anonymous - fuck off to the end of your days and beyond asshole.

Jay Farquharson said...

You might want to take a look back at how Texas Representatives and Senator's voted on Katrina and Sandy aid.

Jay Farquharson said...

Digby has a good blog post up on what's coming:

The Mound of Sound said...

Thanks for the link, Jay. It is a good post. A couple of arguable points but quite good. It gave me enough interest to track down Heather Digby Parton. I'm sure I spoke with her two or three years ago.

I especially liked her triage analogy. You mitigate what you can. You adapt to what you've not been able to mitigate. You suffer whatever you have failed to mitigate or adapt to.

Anonymous said...

Big talk, little man.

I am laughing at your pain, you deserve it. All of it.

Northern PoV said...

So ... the price of refined gasoline is rising while oil drops?

and the economy doesn't freak out cause

So, if Canadians insist on mining Tar Sands poison, we need to refine on site - ship 'clean' value-added-gas to ourselves

PS: Re, The name calling above... take your squabbles somewhere else. Disagreement here is good, incivility is bad and not fair to Mound who provides this sandbox.

Trailblazer said...

Perhaps the trouble is that the media play political views and bias to actual news and the real world.
Scoring points over a national disaster is reprehensible.
Ignoring the truth of why it is happening and it's consequences is deplorable.