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  1. Most of the real tropical species were hit very hard by the December 5th freeze, so I don't see that much extra damage on this event. During the mid 20s of the December event, the plants and palms especially were still really in growth mode which is why that freeze was so hard on them. By now they've slowed down and hardened off a bit. I saw burned Royals, Majesty, Foxtails, Kings, and fishtails all over Houston after the December event. All of those palms should expect 100% defoliation unless you're real close to Galveston. I imagine a lot of the Royals for instance will die outright after this, but obviously you're pushing the limits with that stuff. In the more subtropical species, I doubt any Canary Island or True Date Palms will die from this event, even up to say the Woodlands. I wouldn't be surprised by some light burn on those though. They're slow to recover and have large canopies so this may be an eye sore for a bit. The northwestern suburbs will lose some Queens no doubt, but inside the loop I bet you'll get only light damage. Mexican Fan palms north of 59 will get some burn. California fan palms will be entirely unaffected. Hybrids will have intermediate damage. Texas or Florida Sabals will both sail through this event unaffected. There are some beautiful Bismarckias around town that are going to get a bit fried, but established ones should survive at least from Houston proper south. Pindos, Mediterranean Fan Palms, and Brahea Armatas should be fine. I'd try to protect bougainvillea anywhere around town with at least a blanket or frost cloth. North of town I'd put a blanket over Sagos too, otherwise it may be an ugly brown until late spring. Jason
  2. The most commonly accepted USDA record length is 30 years. By those measures: Houston Intercontinental is a borderline 9a/9b Houston Hobby is a solid 9b Galveston is a 10a San Antonio is a 9a Conroe, College Station, and Dallas are 8b The funny thing, is temps during this event are forecast to be a mere 4 or 5 degrees below "normal" winter lows. The reason it seems so cold is the climatological norms are biased by the terrible 1980s. And there are thousands of micro-climates all over greater Houston. If you've got a canopy of pines over your yard for instance, the reduced radiational cooling on clear night will keep tender plants from frying nearly as fast. Too many more examples to note. The differences you see between the coastal areas of Cali and the valleys is just a plain climate change, not a micro-climate... not that they don't have gobs of them. Jason
  3. The fountain jets were there before Victory Plaza was there. I really think they no longer serve a purpose. Jason
  4. There was an estimate released this week by "Business First" that showed Houston was just a few thousand away from Philly as of this week and I would presume days away from passing them up. This was their estimate for this week:
  5. I've tried 3 of the Dallas area restaurants over the past few years and they seem about the same as what I grew up with in CA. It's weird to think that they have so much overlap with Hardees now because when I came to Texas in the 90s Hardees was still the place you got burgers for around a quarter and they tasted like it too. I guess the Carl's Jr. parents made them use better meat after the purchase. Jason
  6. It's funny you say that. I think there was a poll on here a while ago about whether people from Houston considered themselves Texans or Houstonians and I was surprised how many people didn't say Texans. Many times I've been asked from Europeans why everyone says they're from "Dallas Texas" instead of just Dallas. I guess there just is a huge Texas pride thing that rubs off on even non-natives. From the persepctive of U.S. citizens outside of Texas, I think they would definitely disagree about a desire to reject Texas, in fact they would state the opposite to the point of being excessive about it. Jason
  7. I have a rich (top ~1.5%) friend in Houston that takes the bus. He enjoys being able to concentrate on something other than driving. He's in the oil business too, he's not trying to save the earth or anything. Jason
  8. So, I have a stupid question. You pay for every ride? So there isn't anything like a day pass for rail? I'm asking because I'm coming down to the area for a wedding in February. Jason
  9. I think Dallas was a better choice than Houston or Galveston for the exact opposite reason you imply. The ad is playing in the dead of winter and your target market is all of these people in the landlocked cities (this is a getaway vacation) that could more easily relate to Dallas. Also, in Dallas you need to fly somewhere to take a cruise, this promotion helped market Galveston as a place to go instead of the longer flight to say Florida. I bet there are a lot more people in the DFW metro that didn't realize Galveston was an option than in the Houston metro. To answer the previous poster's question, there was a festival downtown put on by Carnival with live music and free food that attracted all those people. jason P.S. For whatever reason the above link didn't work right for me but this one does:
  10. The trachycarpus fortunei (aka Chinese Windmill Palm Tree) in your first photo will actually enjoy this snow much more than the typical summer heat you find in Texas. It's native to areas that get decent snow falls. Some subtropical plants may defoliate, but this snow will not be as hard on many plants as a 35/36F frost would be, because the temps on the leaves will go down into the 20s in that sort of event. Most years experience a freeze in Houston (all years in the north 'burbs) so the same plants that brown out then would be the culprits after this event. Jason
  11. I've seen it done two ways on 2000' towers in the US. Helicopter and lower it down piece by piece (the latter is more common). When you lower it down piece by piece there are cables dedicated to holding it away from the tower. Jason
  12. When you put 100kw-hr or so into the pool it is nice and toasty! Jason
  13. It's funny how this information was released a week ago (see the first post) and it takes a week for somebody to do the 4th grade math to put out the metro numbers... then today there are thousands of articles across the nation with the news all simultaneously. Never understood why the data wasn't all released at the same time. Jason
  14. Houston is about 200k behind Philly, but could catch them before the 2010 census and possibly break 6million just a bit after that. Jason
  15. Atlanta grew by 151k. Of course, they seem to have the same effect as the Texas counties had, which was that the population estimates were lowered. So, that growth was only 140k over last year if you use last years estimates. Are you just repeating the Philly stuff off your site or did you look it up? Philly had been performing very well, for Houston to pass them up would have been insane growth in Houston or a real mess in Philly. EDIT Edit, I wasn't as mixed up as I thought. Philly is about 200k ahead of Houston but Houston is growing far faster. Jason
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