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?

Longer hurricane season?

With one eye on the rearview mirror and another on what’s just around the corner, the nation’s top meteorologists are considering moving the official start date for the Atlantic hurricane season from June 1 to May 15. A surge in spring storms over the past several years has the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration mulling … Continue reading Longer hurricane season?

Get Ready: National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 9-15

As part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 9-15, we are launching a series of blog posts related to hurricanes, including preparing for them, some of our staff’s experiences with them and some other interesting things we came across during hurricane season last fall. In case you were wondering how TCEQ prepares for a hurricane, … Continue reading Get Ready: National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 9-15

TCEQ’s Role in Responding to Emergencies

As the agency with the words "environmental quality" in its name suggests, TCEQ plays an important role in protecting the state’s public health and natural resources. As our mission statement proclaims, our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste. Still, misconceptions remain about just what TCEQ does, and what authority … Continue reading TCEQ’s Role in Responding to Emergencies