Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Takes Flight

With hurricane season underway, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is gathering resources to respond to disasters that may come Texas’ way. One of those resources relatively new to the agency is an Unmanned Aerial Systems program. In early 2020, TCEQ’s Emergency Management Support Team began developing a new UAS program with the purchase of … Continue reading Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Takes Flight

Looking back at TCEQ’s Hurricane Harvey response

As Hurricane Harvey made its destructive landfall on the Texas coast and then sat around dumping rain on homes and businesses, Texans pulled together to help each other out. This video is a look back at how people, including our own employees, managed to pull through one of the most significant weather events the state … Continue reading Looking back at TCEQ’s Hurricane Harvey response

Remember the people: Lessons from Hurricane Harvey on preparedness and compassion

Texans living and working on the Gulf Coast understand that hurricanes are part of life. Though major storms don’t pose a threat every year, residents know that the key to survival is preparedness. Many of our own colleagues here at TCEQ have intimate experience with the storms, including Corpus Christi region director Susan Clewis. As … Continue reading Remember the people: Lessons from Hurricane Harvey on preparedness and compassion

Air monitoring during hurricanes

In August 2020 TCEQ took its stationary air monitors in Beaumont and Houston offline prior to Hurricane Laura’s landfall, triggering considerable criticism and a lot of questions. We’ve asked Cory Chism, Deputy Director of TCEQ’s Monitoring Division, to explain. Before getting into why TCEQ shuts off its air monitors in the path of a storm, … Continue reading Air monitoring during hurricanes

A storm by any other name?

Hurricanes have been given names for quite a while, including the practice of naming storms after Roman Catholic saints throughout the Caribbean Islands hundreds of years ago. Striving for precision, early meteorologists in the U.S. used latitude and longitude coordinates to name storms, based on where they originated. Thankfully, that rather banal branding gave way … Continue reading A storm by any other name?