History UsefulNotes / Houston

22nd Oct '17 8:07:13 PM spiritsunami
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*** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_Storm_Allison "Allison"]] - Tropical Storm Allison (note the lack of the word 'Hurricane' here) dumped around 40 inches of rain throughout the Houston region, causing over 5 BILLION dollars of damage! The Texas Medical Center alone lost nearly $2 billion in lost/damaged equipment and samples. Allison is the only Atlantic storm name to be retired without ever being a hurricane.

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*** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_Storm_Allison "Allison"]] - Tropical Storm Allison (note the lack of the word 'Hurricane' here) dumped around 40 inches of rain throughout the Houston region, causing over 5 BILLION dollars of damage! The Texas Medical Center alone lost nearly $2 billion in lost/damaged equipment and samples. Allison is was the only first Atlantic storm name ever to be retired without ever being a hurricane.hurricane (as of this edit, there's only been one other).
22nd Oct '17 7:52:17 PM spiritsunami
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Houston also has a very active sports scene with pro teams in almost every major American league (except hockey). Houston is home to the Houston Texans of the NFL, the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball, the Houston Rockets of the NBA, and the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. There used to be a different NFL team in the city once upon a time, the Houston Oilers, but the team left town for Tennessee in the late 90s (kind of a sore topic for native sports fans, so bring this up at your own risk). Houston also has two major college athletic programs: the University of Houston Cougars and the Rice University Owls. Overall, major successes of Houston based sports teams have been few and far between. While both the Rockets and the Dynamo won two championships each, and the (now defunct) Houston Comets of the WNBA were that league's first dynasty, the Astros have made the World Series only once (and were swept by the Chicago White Sox in four games), and the Texans have never made it to the conference championship game, let alone the Super Bowl. The Rice baseball team at least has made the playoffs for over two consecutive decades but has only won a championship in 2003. This has led some to characterize the city's teams as [[ButtMonkey hapless]], although it's not for the lack of trying. Houston has had a very impressive list of players play for its teams, like Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Tracy [=McGrady=], Yao Ming, and James Harden for the Rockets; Nolan Ryan, Craig Biggio (whose entire career was spent here), and Jeff Bagwell for the Astros; Andre Johnson and J.J. Watt for the Texans; Ken Stabler, Chris Matthews, Earl Campbell, and Warren Moon for the Oilers; Brian Ching and Brad Davis for the Dynamo and Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler were the biggest-name members of the Phi Slama Jama Cougars era.

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Houston also has a very active sports scene with pro teams in almost every major American league (except hockey). Houston is home to the Houston Texans of the NFL, the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball, the Houston Rockets of the NBA, and the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. There used to be a different NFL team in the city once upon a time, the Houston Oilers, but the team left town for Tennessee in the late 90s (kind of a sore topic for native sports fans, so bring this up at your own risk). Houston also has two major college athletic programs: the University of Houston Cougars and the Rice University Owls. Overall, major successes of Houston based sports teams have been few and far between. While both the Rockets and the Dynamo won two championships each, and the (now defunct) Houston Comets of the WNBA were that league's first dynasty, the Astros have made the World Series only once twice (and were swept by the Chicago White Sox in four games), games in the first one, while the second one has yet to be played as of this edit), and the Texans have never made it to the conference championship game, let alone the Super Bowl. The Rice baseball team at least has made the playoffs for over two consecutive decades but has only won a championship in 2003. This has led some to characterize the city's teams as [[ButtMonkey hapless]], although it's not for the lack of trying. Houston has had a very impressive list of players play for its teams, like Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Tracy [=McGrady=], Yao Ming, and James Harden for the Rockets; Nolan Ryan, Craig Biggio (whose entire career was spent here), and Jeff Bagwell for the Astros; Andre Johnson and J.J. Watt for the Texans; Ken Stabler, Chris Matthews, Earl Campbell, and Warren Moon for the Oilers; Brian Ching and Brad Davis for the Dynamo and Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler were the biggest-name members of the Phi Slama Jama Cougars era.



When UsefulNotes/NewOrleans sank beneath the waves during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, [[AFriendInNeed Houston provided shelter for the bulk of the refugees]]. A number of them stayed. (And, because quite a few of them were shall we say [[BigEater rather hefty]], Houston has now surpassed "N'awlins" as the fattest per capita city in the U.S.) Houston got hit by its own hurricane -- Hurricane Rita -- about a month after Katrina, but the damage was nowhere near as bad.

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When UsefulNotes/NewOrleans sank beneath the waves during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, [[AFriendInNeed Houston provided shelter for the bulk of the refugees]]. A number of them stayed. (And, because quite a few of them were shall we say [[BigEater rather hefty]], Houston has now surpassed "N'awlins" as the fattest per capita city in the U.S.) Houston got hit by its own hurricane -- Hurricane Rita -- about a month after Katrina, but the damage was nowhere near as bad.
bad. 12 years later, however, they got hit with a far more devastating hurricane, Harvey.



* Energy Corridor - one of the major urban centers for Houston's spread out skyline, it lines Interstate 10 all the way up to the Beltway. Its all in Houston, though some of it is only limited annexation [[note]]Which means its in Houston yet not really. Houston gets the tax money and the right to say they own it, but don't have to provide services, like police[[/note]]. Is called the Energy Corridor because it is home to a lot of Energy related (read oil) companies, including BP America (now you know where you can go to protest someone), [=ConocoPhillips=], [=ExxonMobil=] and Shell Oil Company. Unless you're an admirer of modern skyscraper architecture or are just passing through to get to all the fun stuff, then the best thing to do around here is go to one of the truly huge parks located here (and by huge, I mean they are, together, the largest urban parks system outside the national park system): George Bush Park and Bear Creek Pioneers Park.

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* Energy Corridor - one of the major urban centers for Houston's spread out skyline, it lines Interstate 10 all the way up to the Beltway. Its all in Houston, though some of it is only limited annexation [[note]]Which means its it's in Houston Houston, yet not really. Houston gets the tax money and the right to say they own it, but don't have to provide services, like police[[/note]]. Is called the Energy Corridor because it is home to a lot of Energy related (read oil) companies, including BP America (now you know where you can go to protest someone), [=ConocoPhillips=], [=ExxonMobil=] and Shell Oil Company. Unless you're an admirer of modern skyscraper architecture or are just passing through to get to all the fun stuff, then the best thing to do around here is go to one of the truly huge parks located here (and by huge, I mean they are, together, the largest urban parks system outside the national park system): George Bush Park and Bear Creek Pioneers Park.
6th Sep '17 9:31:23 PM Ghidra15
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*** And, you guessed it, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Harvey "Harvey"]] - The one that somehow managed to top them all. Hurricane Harvey was the strongest hurricane to hit the United States in over a decade and despite not getting a direct hit, it wreaked havoc on the entire Houston metro area. In ONE NIGHT, it matched the devastation that Allison brought to the city... [[OhCrap and it was only getting started]]. When it was all said and done, virtually every part of Houston flooded out as the entire area received about 30-40 inches of rain with a few isolated spots topping '''50''' inches over the four day event. An estimated 19 TRILLION gallons of water fell in the area. Harvey was responsible for untold billions of dollars in damages and sadly also recorded several fatalities. Officials have dubbed Harvey the worst rain event in the history of the United States.

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*** And, you guessed it, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Harvey "Harvey"]] - The one that somehow managed to top them all. Hurricane Harvey was the strongest hurricane to hit the United States in over a decade and despite not getting a direct hit, it wreaked havoc on the entire Houston metro area. In ONE NIGHT, it matched the devastation that Allison brought to the city... [[OhCrap and it was only getting started]]. When it was all said and done, virtually every part of Houston flooded out as the entire area received about 30-40 inches of rain with a few isolated spots topping '''50''' inches over the four day event. An estimated 19 39 TRILLION gallons of water fell in the area. Harvey was responsible for untold billions of dollars in damages and sadly also recorded several fatalities. Officials have dubbed Harvey the worst rain event in the history of the United States.



** Sharpstown is similar. Once a business and residential district of affluence, after a combination of reduced policing and slow city response to its growing problems, it saw a downgrade when neighboring Gulfton collapsed in the 1980's. Even worse, it became so crime and poverty ridden after the fallout of Hurricane Katrina that even the rump suburb of Alief (which has its own problems but also is an international immigrant neighborhood with a lot of Asian and Latin residents) looks down on it.

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** Sharpstown is similar.Sharpstown. Once a business and residential district of affluence, after a combination of reduced policing and slow city response to its growing problems, it saw a downgrade when neighboring Gulfton collapsed in the 1980's. Even worse, it became so crime and poverty ridden after the fallout of Hurricane Katrina that even the rump suburb of Alief (which has its own problems but also is an international immigrant neighborhood with a lot of Asian and Latin residents) looks down on it.
29th Aug '17 7:57:20 PM Ghidra15
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*** And, you guessed it, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Harvey "Harvey"]] - The one that somehow managed to top them all. Hurricane Harvey was the strongest hurricane to hit the United States in over a decade and despite not getting a direct hit, it wreaked havoc on the entire Houston metro area. In ONE NIGHT, it matched the devastation that Allison brought to the city... [[OhCrap and it was only getting started]]. When it was all said and done, virtually every part of Houston flooded out as the entire area received about 30-40 inches of rain with a few isolated spots topping '''50''' inches over the four day event. An estimated 19 TRILLION gallons of water fell in the area. Harvey was responsible for an untold number of billions of dollars in damages and sadly also recorded several fatalities. Officials have dubbed Harvey the worst rain event in the history of the United States.

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*** And, you guessed it, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Harvey "Harvey"]] - The one that somehow managed to top them all. Hurricane Harvey was the strongest hurricane to hit the United States in over a decade and despite not getting a direct hit, it wreaked havoc on the entire Houston metro area. In ONE NIGHT, it matched the devastation that Allison brought to the city... [[OhCrap and it was only getting started]]. When it was all said and done, virtually every part of Houston flooded out as the entire area received about 30-40 inches of rain with a few isolated spots topping '''50''' inches over the four day event. An estimated 19 TRILLION gallons of water fell in the area. Harvey was responsible for an untold number of billions of dollars in damages and sadly also recorded several fatalities. Officials have dubbed Harvey the worst rain event in the history of the United States.
29th Aug '17 7:55:13 PM Ghidra15
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*** And, you guessed it, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Harvey "Harvey"]] - Yes, the one that somehow topped them all. Hurricane Harvey was the strongest hurricane to hit the United States in over a decade and despite not getting a direct hit, it wreaked havoc on the entire Houston metro area. In ONE NIGHT, it matched the devastation that Allison brought to the city... [[OhCrap and it was only getting started]]. When it was all said and done, virtually every part of Houston flooded out as the entire area received about 30-40 inches of rain with a few isolated spots topping '''50''' inches over the four day event. An estimated 19 TRILLION gallons of water fell in the area. Harvey was responsible for an untold number of billions of dollars in damages and sadly also recorded several fatalities. Officials have dubbed Harvey the worst rain event in the history of the United States.

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*** And, you guessed it, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Harvey "Harvey"]] - Yes, the The one that somehow topped managed to top them all. Hurricane Harvey was the strongest hurricane to hit the United States in over a decade and despite not getting a direct hit, it wreaked havoc on the entire Houston metro area. In ONE NIGHT, it matched the devastation that Allison brought to the city... [[OhCrap and it was only getting started]]. When it was all said and done, virtually every part of Houston flooded out as the entire area received about 30-40 inches of rain with a few isolated spots topping '''50''' inches over the four day event. An estimated 19 TRILLION gallons of water fell in the area. Harvey was responsible for an untold number of billions of dollars in damages and sadly also recorded several fatalities. Officials have dubbed Harvey the worst rain event in the history of the United States.
29th Aug '17 7:54:03 PM Ghidra15
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*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Harvey "Harvey"]] - Hurricane Harvey was the strongest hurricane to hit the United States in over a decade and despite not getting a direct hit, it wreaked havoc on the entire Houston metro area. In ONE NIGHT, it matched the devastation that Allison brought to the city... [[OhCrap and it was just got started]]. When it was all said and done, virtually every part of Houston flooded out as the entire area received about 30-40 inches of rain with a few isolated spots topping '''50''' inches over the four day event. An estimated 19 TRILLION gallons of water fell in the area. Harvey was responsible for an untold number of billions of dollars in damages and sadly also recorded several fatalities. Officials have dubbed Harvey the worst rain event in the history of the United States.

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*** And, you guessed it, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Harvey "Harvey"]] - Yes, the one that somehow topped them all. Hurricane Harvey was the strongest hurricane to hit the United States in over a decade and despite not getting a direct hit, it wreaked havoc on the entire Houston metro area. In ONE NIGHT, it matched the devastation that Allison brought to the city... [[OhCrap and it was just got only getting started]]. When it was all said and done, virtually every part of Houston flooded out as the entire area received about 30-40 inches of rain with a few isolated spots topping '''50''' inches over the four day event. An estimated 19 TRILLION gallons of water fell in the area. Harvey was responsible for an untold number of billions of dollars in damages and sadly also recorded several fatalities. Officials have dubbed Harvey the worst rain event in the history of the United States.
29th Aug '17 7:47:08 PM dknights411
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* WhenItRainsItPours: Rain tends to get pretty heavy sometimes, and can lead to the bayous flooding. Two incidents where this went UpToEleven were with Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 and the "Tax Day" rains and floods of 2016.

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* WhenItRainsItPours: Rain tends to get pretty heavy sometimes, and can lead to the bayous flooding. Two Some incidents where this went UpToEleven were with Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 and the 2015 Memorial Day and 2016 "Tax Day" rains and floods of 2016.floods. Yet those storms paled in comparison to the havoc brought on by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
29th Aug '17 7:42:37 PM dknights411
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*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-April_2016_United_States_storm_complex "Tax Day floods"]] - Four days of rain starting on the noted federal deadline that produced floods which some consider to be the worst since Allison. In the north, it was actually '''''worse''''' than Allison. [[http://spacecityweather.com/houstons-flooding-review/ 240 BILLION gallons of water]], the equivalent of three day's worth of all the water flowing through Niagara Falls. And most of it fell on Tax Day itself...[[UpToEleven In about twelve hours.]]
*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Harvey "Harvey"]] - Hurricane Harvey was the strongest hurricane to hit the United States in over a decade and despite not getting a direct hit, it wreaked havoc on the entire Houston metro area. In ONE NIGHT, it matched the devastation that Allison brought to the city... with several more days of heavy rains to go as the storm stalled out.

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*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-April_2016_United_States_storm_complex "Tax Day floods"]] - Four days of rain starting on the noted federal deadline that produced floods which some consider to be the worst since Allison. In the north, it was actually '''''worse''''' than Allison. [[http://spacecityweather.com/houstons-flooding-review/ 240 BILLION billion gallons of water]], the equivalent of three day's worth of all the water flowing through Niagara Falls. And most of it fell on Tax Day itself...[[UpToEleven In about twelve hours.]]
*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Harvey "Harvey"]] - Hurricane Harvey was the strongest hurricane to hit the United States in over a decade and despite not getting a direct hit, it wreaked havoc on the entire Houston metro area. In ONE NIGHT, it matched the devastation that Allison brought to the city... [[OhCrap and it was just got started]]. When it was all said and done, virtually every part of Houston flooded out as the entire area received about 30-40 inches of rain with a few isolated spots topping '''50''' inches over the four day event. An estimated 19 TRILLION gallons of water fell in the area. Harvey was responsible for an untold number of billions of dollars in damages and sadly also recorded several more days of heavy rains to go as fatalities. Officials have dubbed Harvey the storm stalled out. worst rain event in the history of the United States.
27th Aug '17 4:32:57 PM dranoel48
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Houston also has a very active sports scene with pro teams in almost every major American league (except hockey). Houston is home to the Houston Texans of the NFL, the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball, the Houston Rockets of the NBA, and the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. There used to be a different NFL team in the city once upon a time, the Houston Oilers, but the team left town for Tennessee in the late 90s (kind of a sore topic for native sports fans, so bring this up at your own risk). Houston also has two major college athletic programs: the University of Houston Cougars and the Rice University Owls. Overall, major successes of Houston based sports teams have been few and far between. While both the Rockets and the Dynamo won two championships each, and the (now defunct) Houston Comets of the WNBA were that league's first dynasty, the Astros have made the World Series only once (and were swept by the Chicago White Sox in four games), and the Texans have never made it to the conference championship game, let alone the Super Bowl. This has led some to characterize the city's teams as [[ButtMonkey hapless]], although it's not for the lack of trying. Houston has had a very impressive list of players play for its teams, like Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Tracy [=McGrady=], Yao Ming, and James Harden for the Rockets; Nolan Ryan, Craig Biggio (whose entire career was spent here), and Jeff Bagwell for the Astros; Andre Johnson and J.J. Watt for the Texans; Ken Stabler, Chris Matthews, Earl Campbell, and Warren Moon for the Oilers; Brian Ching and Brad Davis for the Dynamo and Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler were the biggest-name members of the Phi Slama Jama Cougars era.

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Houston also has a very active sports scene with pro teams in almost every major American league (except hockey). Houston is home to the Houston Texans of the NFL, the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball, the Houston Rockets of the NBA, and the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. There used to be a different NFL team in the city once upon a time, the Houston Oilers, but the team left town for Tennessee in the late 90s (kind of a sore topic for native sports fans, so bring this up at your own risk). Houston also has two major college athletic programs: the University of Houston Cougars and the Rice University Owls. Overall, major successes of Houston based sports teams have been few and far between. While both the Rockets and the Dynamo won two championships each, and the (now defunct) Houston Comets of the WNBA were that league's first dynasty, the Astros have made the World Series only once (and were swept by the Chicago White Sox in four games), and the Texans have never made it to the conference championship game, let alone the Super Bowl. The Rice baseball team at least has made the playoffs for over two consecutive decades but has only won a championship in 2003. This has led some to characterize the city's teams as [[ButtMonkey hapless]], although it's not for the lack of trying. Houston has had a very impressive list of players play for its teams, like Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Tracy [=McGrady=], Yao Ming, and James Harden for the Rockets; Nolan Ryan, Craig Biggio (whose entire career was spent here), and Jeff Bagwell for the Astros; Andre Johnson and J.J. Watt for the Texans; Ken Stabler, Chris Matthews, Earl Campbell, and Warren Moon for the Oilers; Brian Ching and Brad Davis for the Dynamo and Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler were the biggest-name members of the Phi Slama Jama Cougars era.
27th Aug '17 7:34:32 AM dknights411
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