Hurricane Harvey Photo Album

August 30th, 2017 § Comments Off on Hurricane Harvey Photo Album § permalink

Before, during, and after Hurricane Harvey, I made my way around Buffalo Bayou and downtown. Kept it safe, fun, and able to see parts of my city flooded like I never seen before.

Before Harvey

Fri, August 25, 2017

It was the calm before the storm and I decided to take a lap around Buffalo Bayou. I didn’t really plan to document the storm. I didn’t even know about it until Wednesday and had no idea what to expect. We’ve already had three storms in the past two years that caused major flooding, no way we could get another, right?

Fri, Aug 25 16:51:44 - Buffalo Bayou

Fri, Aug 25 16:51:44 – Buffalo Bayou

During the evening, we all watched Harvey grow in strength and slam Rockport and the Corpus Christi area as a Category 4 hurricane. I followed Jeff Piotrowski‘s live stream and man it was scary.

After Round One of Harvey

We got a lot of rain overnight and it seemed like everything was over in our area. Looking at the radar, it was just the first rainband from Harvey and the gap to the next was a couple hours.
Sat, August 26, 2017

Sat, Aug 26 12:59:58 - Buffalo Bayou

Sat, Aug 26 12:59:58 – Buffalo Bayou

I took advantage of this and attempted another bike ride around Buffalo, no luck. I had to take a bunch of detours. It was impressive to see how much water was dumped in just on evening. Many thought it was over. Many didn’t realize it was just the start of the chaos.

Sun, August 27, 2017
This morning, we found a gap from rainfall to venture out into the storm. We made our way into downtown, but the rain got too heavy and we decided it was best head back and stay indoors for the rest of the day. I spent most of my time staring at charts, graphs, gauges, maps, and following the Reddit Live Thread.

Aug 27 12:57:15 - Sabine Street Bridge

Aug 27 12:57:15
Sabine Street Bridge

Before I went to bed, there was a gap in rain and I made my a couple blocks out to see downtown and amazed to see to see how high the water got.

Sun, Aug 27 23:10:25 - Memorial and Sabine

Sun, Aug 27 23:10:25
Memorial and Sabine

Mon, August 28, 2017
Water receded a bit over night. I got a little anxious, so I took a walk around the area. This time, I was able to get into downtown and up to UH Downtown. This has a great view of the city, including parts of the park – completely submerged in water.

Mon, Aug 28 17:13:45 - UH Downtown

Mon, Aug 28 17:13:45 – UH Downtown

Tue, August 29, 2017
After reading about all the craziness, a group of us attempted to volunteer at the GRB. There was an overwhelming turnout for volunteers. After registering and going through orientation, we talked with a few coordinators and thought it would be best for us to return at 7 PM, when they have a light number of overnight volunteers.

After some rest and a nap, we returned to the GRB and the volunteering line was twice as long as before, WOW. After waiting in line for quite some time, we got near the front and they announced they were at capacity for volunteers for the evening. I’m amazed to see how many people were ready to help out when our city needed them most!

After Harvey

Wed, August 30, 2017
I woke up this morning and the sun was out!

Wed, Aug 30 10:10:47 - Near 2100 Memorial

Wed, Aug 30 10:10:47
Near 2100 Memorial

Instead of attempting to help out at the large mass shelters, my brother and I helped out in the morning at our the Houston Police Officers Union near our house and the retirement facility on the other side of the neighborhood.

We finished around lunch time and I took a bike ride around the area. It’s insane to see the amount of water still lingering. Houston’s infamous August heat and humidity got the best of me, and I cut the adventure short and went home to rest.

Hurricane Harvey Update

August 27th, 2017 § Comments Off on Hurricane Harvey Update § permalink

First of all, we’re safe, doing well, and the houses are clear from flooding at the moment

Over the past couple years, I’ve put together a list of favorite places to get data, maps, and information. I was finally able to put some of it to use over the weekend.

Downtown Houston - August 27, 2017 12:48:19

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Weather Forecasting

These folks are freaking awesome. They keep it short and sweet and back it up with tons of data with no bullshit hype.

Space City Weather

Maps and Gauges

From flood maps to bayou gauges, anything that would help me understand when we were in trouble is really helpful.

Harris County Flood Education Mapping Tool
Before purchasing homes in the near downtown, we check made sure we had a low chance of flooding since we are near Buffalo Bayou. Luckily, we’re just outside the 500-year floodplain.

Harris County Flood Education Mapping Tool

Harris County Flood Education Mapping Tool

United States Geological Survey
The gage site is near us, so it’s a great way to keep track with their WaterAlert tool. I set it up to notify me when the height is above 23 feet and 30 feet. It’s also an interesting way to see the historical trends in order for us to prepare for current and future flooding events.

Hurricane Ike - September 2008

Hurricane Ike
September 2008

Flooding - April 2009

April 2009

Memorial Day - May 2015

Memorial Day
May 2015

Hurricane Patricia - October 2015

Hurricane Patricia
October 2015

Tax Day Flood - April 2016

Tax Day Flood
April 2016

October 2017 - Hurricane Harvey

October 2017
Hurricane Harvey

Each graph is five week’s worth of data, and noticed that when it stops raining, the bayou drains out pretty quickly. We just need Harvey to chill out and let the water recede a little bit.

September 8, 2017 Update

Addicks and Barker reservoirs map

Addicks and Barker
Reservoirs Map

Addicks Reservoir


Barker Reservoir


Above are graphs of the water surface elevation at Addicks and Barker Reservoirs in northwest Houston.

October 2017 - Hurricane Harvey

Zooming in on the Harvey gauge profile, notice how long it’s taking the water levels to go down compare to all other events. This is because the city has open up the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs, dumping a tons of water into Buffalo Bayou. You can see the water levels at both reservoirs are extremely high and now slowly draining out.


Google Play Store: Raindar
This is map is super useful to find out where the heavy rainfall is located in the area, along with a time lapse to help predict the path.

Hurricane Harvey - Saturday

Saturday – Hurricane Harvey

This map is just hauntingly beautiful. Keep in mind the one linked is a live feed for visible spectrum, so if it’s night time, you won’t see anything. Just change what you want to see – water vapor, infrared, and bunch of other things I don’t know about.

Click to see the 39.6 MB file

Click to see the 39.6 MB animated file

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