As best I can tell, all or most predictions come from the same 10 or so models. Radio/TV/newspapers typically just use government predictions. Commercial media often though exaggerate threats and possibilities possibly for commercial reasons.
General Weather information: Go to http://www.weather.gov ; then click on the map of the Texas Gulf Coast, then click on area map of Houston or wherever. You can enter a zip code there and bookmark it. If it matters a lot whether the prediction is correct, read the detailed discussions at the bottom right of that website. There are hourly forecasts for your zip code for the next 3 days and radar maps that show you how rain is moving through the area.
- http://www.srh.noaa.gov/hgx/?n=briefing has a three day weather briefing for those “who need to know.”
- http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/77025 will give you a 10-day prediction for zip 77025 or whatever zip code you enter.
Longer-term info: A summary of what is expected for the months ahead is updated monthly. Typically, they run 10 computer models and pick the middle one.
- See http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions//multi_season/13_seasonal_outlooks/color/churchill.php
What weather happened:
- See http://www.weather.gov above.
- You can find detailed weather and history for southeast Texas neighborhoods at http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap .
For summary information about historical weather averages and extremes:
For info relevant to landscaping and gardening, go to
- http://www.drought.gov/portal/server.pt/community/drought_indicators/us_drought_monitor ; http://agrilife.tamu.edu/drought/ ;