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Hurricane Roadtrip

Pearland in Texas – next trip

My first trip of the new week: Pearland, Tx, I am tired and can’t wait to get some time off on July 4th – tomorrow.

Pearland is in the state of Texas, within the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. The area that is now Pearland had its humble beginnings near a siding switch on the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway in 1882. When a post office was established in 1893, the community was originally named “Mark Belt”. At the time Pearland had many fruits harvested by residents.

“Pear-Land” was filed with the Brazoria County courthouse by Witold von Zychlinski. The man of Polish nobility saw the pear trees and decided that “Pearland” would make a good name for the community.The Galveston hurricane of 1900 and the Galveston hurricane of 1915 destroyed most of the fruit trees and slowed growth for a considerable period of time, and caused a period of desertification in the area.

Today, Pearland is served by State Highway 288 which connects the city to Houston. A majority of the community’s labor force commutes daily into the Texas Medical Center and other employment centers in the region. Pearland also has many people employed by NASA at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.

Thunderstorm in Pearland:

Violent Thunderstorm with high winds and intense lightning in Pearland, Texas on July 18, 2009. Pearland is 20 miles south of Houston. Max wind gust recorded was 74.9 mph.

Peak of storm was approximately 8 minutes after video was recorded. Heavy odor of ozone penetrated the air after the very close lightning strikes. Extreme rainfall caused the camera to go in and out of focus lock.

To see the difference between extremely heavy rain and light rain during a high wind event, see August 12, 2009 video of severe thunderstorm at same location- vimeo.com/6122956

Max sustained winds- 1 minute average was 55.4 mph.
Winds of 50+ mph were recorded for approx. 15 min.

Max Rain Rate measured in inches per hour was 10.89″.
Total rainfall in 30 min. was 3.41″

Total passage time of storm was approx. 30 min.

This location received the edge of Hurricane Ike’s eyewall in September 2008 with sustained winds in excess of 80 mph for over 3 hours with gusts over 105 mph.




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