Houston’s windy week, explained

Note: Braniff Davis, who is finishing a master’s degree in meteorology from San Jose State University, is joining Space City Weather as a contributor. He and his wife will be moving to Houston this summer, and he’s offered to help explain the why’s of Houston’s weather, and will also be tracking air quality and related issues for the site. Please welcome him!

On Monday, May 9th, the Houston metro area woke up to a strong wind event that rattled the region. Weather stations measured sustained winds over 20 mph and wind gusts in excess of 40 mph, with a station southeast of Missouri City picking up a regional maximum of 51 mph at 8:22 am.

Max wind gusts on May 9 2016
Max wind gusts on May 9, 2016. Map created using MapBox.

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