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Meteorologists in the NWS sometimes get time to write about the stuff we see and do. Below is a list of some of the papers written about weather events around Southeast Texas and/or some of the operational aspects of weather forecasting. Also included are papers from neighboring offices that may be of some interest. To find a more complete list of papers written across the Southern Region of the National Weather Service, please check out the Technical Attachments on the Southern Region's homepage.

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.Galveston Island Tornado (August 30, 2009) by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
An evening waterspout moved onshore and damaged some homes and businesses near the Seawall.
.The Great Christmas Eve Snow Storm (2004) by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
A powerful winter storm brings an historic white Christmas to parts of southeast Texas.
.SE TX Tornado Outbreak on November 17, 2003 by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
A summary of the event and products issued by the WFO Houston/Galveston Office.
.Pasadena Tornado on October 11, 2001 by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
A summary of the event and products issued by the WFO Houston/Galveston Office.
.Hockley Downburst on April 2, 2000 by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
A summary of the event and products issued by the WFO Houston/Galveston Office.
.Burleson County Tornado on March 10, 2000 by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
A summary of the event and products issued by the WFO Houston/Galveston Office.
.South Texas Floods of October 17-22, 1998 by the National Weather Service
A summary of the Fall 1998 record breaking South Texas Floods.
.SE TX Tornado Outbreak on October 23, 1997 by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
A summary of the event and products issued by the WFO Houston/Galveston Office during the Tornado Outbreak.
.Effects of Storm Motion on a High CAPE -Low Shear Environment During the Central Texas Tornado Outbreak of May 27, 1997 by Carl R. Morgan, NWSFO Austin/San Antonio, Texas. This was a Tech Attachment. This paper was about the deadly F5 tornado that struck Jarrell,TX, in 1997.
.November 21, 1992 Cluster Tornado Outbreak in Houston, TX by Tim Marshall (via StormTrack)
© Copyright 1993 Tim Marshall
This is a re-cap of the November 21, 1992, tornado event. On that day, a concentrated and very unique series of tornadoes struck the Houston, Texas metropolitan area. Six tornadoes occurred within Harris County from four tornadic storms. At one time, there were three tornadoes on the ground simulatenously in the same county!
.Drought Analysis of Southeast Texas: Past and Present
by James Maxwell and Greg Waller
This paper was written this summer in response to the dry spell across most of Texas during the first half of 1996.

. Tropical Cyclone Related Pages
.Hurricane Ike by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
Summary of what may potentially be the third costliest hurricane in U.S. history that made landfall on Galveston Island on the early morning hours of Saturday, September 12th, 2008. Ike will long be know for it's devastating and destructive storm surge in and around Galveston Bay and the Bolivar Peninsula.
.Hurricane Ike - Storm Surge Analysis by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
Summary of Hurricane Ike's significant storm surge that damaged and devastated areas along the upper Texas gulf coast, Galveston Bay and adjacent tributaries.
.Hurricane Ike - Wind Analysis by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
This wind analysis discusses the wind distribution over southeast Texas as Hurricane Ike moved inland. It uses a variety of wind data and radar data to investigate the wind intensity over southeast Texas at various times as Hurricane Ike made landfall.
.Hurricane Ike - Rainfall Analysis by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
This rainfall analysis discusses precipitaion coverage over southeast Texas as Hurricane Ike moved inland.
.Hurricane Humberto by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
Summary of the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma struck South Florida in October 2005 and the first hurricane to make landfall along the Texas coast since Rita struck the Texas-Louisiana area in September 2005.
.Hurricane Rita by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
Summary of the products and events surrounding what was at the time the 3rd strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Basin (as of the end of the 2005 Hurricane Season, Rita stands as the 4th strongest hurricane - surpassed by the now strongest hurricane on record, Wilma).
.Hurricane Katrina by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
Summary of the events surrounding this deadly and destructive storm.
.Hurricane Claudette by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
Summary of the products and events surrounding the first hurricane to strike Matagorda Bay since 1971.
.Tropical Storm Allison Floods by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
An extensive summary of Tropical Storm Allison, the first tropical storm of the 2001 Hurricane Season and the costliest tropical storm in United States history.
.The Streak Is Over - Hurricane Bret Strikes Texas! by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
Brief summary of the first major hurricane to make landfall on the Texas coast in the 1990's.
.Tropical Storm Frances: It Was "Just" A Tropical Storm
by WFO Houston/Galveston Staff
A summary of the event including products and images from 1998's destructive storm.
.Upper Texas Coast Tropical Cyclone Climatology (1886-2011) by Josh Lichter
Comprehensive study done to document all the tropical cylones that have affected Southeast Texas and the Upper Texas Coast for the last 125.
.The 1943 "Surprise" Hurricane by Lew Fincher, Dupont, and Bill Read, WFO HGX
In the midst of WWII, Mother Nature makes a surprise visit to the Houston-Galveston area on July 27, 1943. A powerful hurricane that caused a lot of devastation came with little or no warning.

. Operations Related Papers
.VIL Density and Associated Hail Size Along the NW Gulf
by Charles Roeseler and Lance Wood
A technical study of hail events from the northwestern gulf coast to determine if established radar parameters from other parts of the country were effective in a warm marine environment such as the TX/LA gulf coast.
.Limitations of Radar #1: Can You Tell Which Storm Produced a Tornado?? by Steve Allen
While the NEXRAD doppler radar has improved warning times dramatically since its inception in the early 1990s...there are still a few kinks that need to be hammered out. NOTE: This document was made primarily for viewing on NWS "Science Applications Computers", which have 20" monitors. This document also contains a lot of large gifs, gif loops.
.Impacts of Slant Range on VWP by Steve Allen
This paper is related to local NEXRAD operations. NOTE: This document contains a lot of large gifs!


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