Reliant returns to sponsor Space City Weather for all of 2019

As we get a little bit deeper into the new year, Matt and I are thrilled to announce that Reliant has returned to sponsor Space City Weather for all of 2019. For those keeping score at home, this means Reliant has been our partner since mid-2017—just before Hurricane Harvey—and we’re excited to have an old friend back for a new year. This represents a win-win-win partnership:

  • Space City Weather gets the support it needs to publish daily
  • Readers get a completely free site with absolutely no gimmicks
  • Reliant gets recognized for their ongoing support, and provides readers with information about their services and energy management solutions

What Matt and I really appreciate about this ad-free model is that we are under no pressure to deliver a set number of page views, or generate traffic just for the sake of clicks. When there’s not much to say or write about, we’re going to say so. And when there’s some serious weather threatening the area, we’ll write and cover the heck out of it. We’re never just going to write filler stories—we aim to reduce the clutter in your lives, rather than add to it.

Not much will change this year. As long-time readers know, we will (very) occasionally highlight an electricity, or home service or energy management solution that Reliant offers when it’s relevant for you, service that Reliant offers, and our site will feature deals from the company—right now, that deal is free weekend electricity and a Google Home Hub at no cost to you.

Reliant and its president Elizabeth Killinger want to support what we do, not get in the way of it. Reliant shares our mission of keeping readers informed and prepared, no matter what the weather brings. They’ve been a great partner for us over the last 18 months, and we’re excited to have them back with us for 2019.

31 thoughts on “Reliant returns to sponsor Space City Weather for all of 2019

  1. Eric

    This website is my go-to for weather news for exactly the reasons written above. I’m very happy for Eric and Matt. But mostly for myself. Keep up the good work!

  2. Susan Sternberg

    Thanks so much, Reliant! Your sponsorship is much appreciated!! And, of course, thanks to Eric and Matt for keeping us well-informed without any hype. That’s also much appreciated!

  3. Leslie Alexander

    THANK YOU Reliant for sponsoring such quality news reporting. And THANK YOU Eric and Matt for your passion to keep your neighbors meteoroLOGICALLY educated and informed. Fan for life!

  4. Carol Harris

    Thank you Reliant. This is such a gift for us who want the weather without the hype. And thank you, Matt and Eric, for keeping it real!

  5. Stephen Blyskal

    Three Cheers for Reliant! Many of us rely on the weather reports on this site, which is much easier to digest than local newscasts and more detailed than weatherbug and related sites.

    1. Tonya F.

      Oh Greg, it’s a cute caricature of a dillo which is the official State of Texas mascot. While it is recommended not to handle them bare handed, they’re beneficial critters. Go Reliant! Go Space City, you guys rock! Yay for armadillos!

      1. Amy N.

        You are right, Tonya! My father was one of the researchers who identified leprosy in the 9-banded armadillo population in the mid 1970’s. The disease was no doubt present in armadillos before then. The most Dad ever said about it was that we shouldn’t eat armadillos, and if handling, use gloves. 🙂

    2. Reliant Energy

      Hi Greg- you’re right. Armadillos can carry leprosy. However, Hugo, our latest Reliant team member, just got a clean bill of health – and is pretty fun to hang out with!

  6. Amy N.

    Wonderful! I’ve been a Reliant customer for a long time, and this sponsorship just reinforces my loyalty. Thank you Reliant!

  7. Steven

    Space City Weather is my go to site each morning for the local weather forecast. Concise, detailed, local and usually reasonably accurate. Thanks Reliant for your continuing support for this public service.

  8. Susan Engelmann

    I look forward to seeing the daily report even if here is nothing to report. So glad the day I found out about Space City Weather! Now I don’t have to make a point of seeing news on tv as I know the reporting here will be true!
    Thanks Eric and Matt and also to Reliant! I am a Reliant customer and luv that they provide this service for us to follow!

  9. Julie Drum

    Thanks Eric and Matt for another year of calm and reasoned weather reporting–you are my daily go-to. And thank you Reliant, our long-time power provider, for your support of this valuable community asset.

  10. martha estes

    I have lived on a ranch for MANY years where there are armadillos and THEY are NOT cute critters. They are vectors for leprosy in humans and are now present from Texas & Louisiana along the Gulf coast states to Florida.

    Ranch dogs often kill them and proudly present them to their owners. Fortunately, the dogs are not susceptible to the disease.

    The female armadillo generally produces identical quadruplets.

    They dig a birthing canal to deliver the young out of harms way. One of the canals dug on my ranch undermined the slab of my small water tank house. Another was under the pier & beam slab of my home and was quite long. I know that because I ran water into the tunnel to see how long it took to fill up the canal. Snakes of all sorts often winter together in these birthing canals.

    Armadillos have been shown to transmit M. leprae to people in Texas, Louisiana and Florida, where humans come into contact with the animals.

    John Spencer, senior author of the study and an associate professor, said what the research team found was astonishing. In Brazil, clinicians diagnose about 25,000 cases of leprosy each year.

    A person can test positive for the antibody but still not have the disease, Spencer said. Testing positive for the antibody means that a person has been infected with M. leprae, but it is not a good indicator of disease progression. The best way to diagnose the disease is through clinical signs and symptoms, including skin lesions, loss of sensation and nerve damage, pain and inflammation.

    Link: https://cvmbs.source.colostate.edu/new-evidence-that-wild-armadillos-spread-leprosy-to-humans/

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