Last week the Houston Rockets made a stunning move by trading Chris Paul for 2017 NBA MVP Russel Westbrook, reuniting him with previous Oklahoma City Thunder teammate James Harden.

The Rockets send Paul to OKC along with two first-round draft picks and the right to switch picks in two additional drafts.

Continuing to make moves, the Rockets agreed to terms with Tyson Chandler, a center who played last year for the Los Angeles Lakers.  They have also added former first overall NBA Draft pick Anthony Bennet, offering him a non-guaranteed contract.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1, concluding on Nov. 30.  On both coasts, most of the intense storms hit during peak season between August and October.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the forecast for the 2019 season on May 23, predicting the season would be near normal (between 10 and 15 tropical storms and between four and nine hurricanes).  They speculate there is a 30-percent chance of an above-normal season (between 12 and 28 tropical storms and between seven and 15 hurricanes) and 30-percent chance of a below-normal season (between four and nine tropical storms and two to four hurricanes).

Colorado State University scientists forecast 2019 will have 13 named storms in the Atlantic Ocean, including five becoming hurricanes and two of those reaching at least a Category 3 status.  NOAA estimates a 70-percent chance of between nine and 15 named storms, of which four to eight potentially become hurricanes and two to four are major hurricanes.


How Hurricanes Get Their Names

Initially, hurricanes were named to honor a feast day for a Catholic saint.  By the 1950s, the process changed in the United States and hurricanes were assigned female names in alphabetical order.  It wasn’t until 1978 this practice was abandoned.  The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has a list of alphabetical storm names that repeats on a six-year cycle.  The names are to be basic and reflect the languages spoken by those in areas most affected: English, Spanish, Dutch and French.

Good news though, if a storm was so destructive that the WMO deems one name may be perceived as insensitive, the name will be removed from the list, such as: Katrina, Ike, Hattie or Opal.

See Live Science’s Hurricane Season 2019: How Long it Lasts and What to Expect for more information.

This Thanksgiving week, expect to see some major delays around the Houston-area roadways. It is expected that more than four million Texans will travel for the holiday, almost a five-percent increase than in 2017.

The heaviest traffic is projected for Monday on Beltway 8 East and on 249 to US-59 at 3 p.m. Traffic is expected to be nearly three times more hectic than is usual.

Also on Monday, the Southwest Freeway should see a 23-percent surge in traffic around 5 p.m.

As we head into Tuesday the I-45 (The Gulf Freeway) could experience a 73-percent rise in travelers around 2 p.m.

On I-10 East, around 5:30 p.m., traffic is supposed to be 44 percent busier than normal.

Then, at 6:45 p.m., roads will carry twice the volume as does the regular commute on I-45 North.

Your best time to hit the road is early on Thanksgiving Day.

Credit KTRK-TV Best and worst times to hit Houston freeways this Thanksgiving holiday week

The Houston area added the most construction jobs in the nation during the past year, according to a new report by the Associated General Contractors of America, gaining 19,300 jobs through June, 2018.

Construction employment rose in 76 percent of the 358 metro areas tracked by the organization.

Midland added 6,700 jobs, a 24-percent rise for the year, and was among 64 metro areas that set new construction employment highs. Only Merced, Calif. posted a higher percentage gain, adding 700 jobs or 28 percent.

Houston’s 9-percent gain in construction jobs matched the Dallas region, which added 12,200 jobs. Phoenix posted an 11-percent gain, adding 13,100 jobs.

“Increases in construction employment in the past year were widespread and strong, as employment increased in three-fourths of metro areas,” chief economist Ken Simonson said in an announcement.

“Workers in most metro areas are benefiting as firms keep pace with strong demand for construction services.”

Cities with the largest year-over-year job losses through June were Middlesex, N.J. (-3,400 jobs or -8 percent), followed by Newark, N.J. (-2,800 jobs or -6 percent); and Nashville, Tenn. (-2,300 jobs or -5 percent).

Metro areas with the most jobs added from June 2017 to June 2018:

Houston: 19,300 jobs, 9 percent
Phoenix, Ariz.: 13,100 jobs, 11 percent
Dallas: 12,200 jobs, 9 percent
Atlanta, Ga.: 8,400 jobs, 7 percent
New York City: 8,300 jobs, 5 percent

Source:  The Houston Chronicle’s Houston tops nation for construction job growth

Jose Altuve’s fourth consecutive All-Star start is almost in the books, as he continues to lead the entire MLB with 3,405,815 votes.  The Houston Astros second basemen is currently the leading all major league players in votes received and joins the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts as the only players to surpass 3 million.

Altuve is looking to join elite company with Rod Carew, Roberto Alomar, and Robinson Cano as the only AL second baseman to win fan elections four consecutive years.

You can vote for the Astros HERE until Thursday, July 5 at 10:59 p.m.

After a dominant win in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, the Houston Rockets head to Oakland, California to battle the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 on Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m.

The Rockets tied the series at 1-1 with the leadership of James Harden and Eric Gordon, each scoring 27 points, and significant contributions from the team’s roaster.

On Monday, May 14, at 8 p.m., the Houston Rockets open the Western Conference finals with the goal of reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995. The Rockets won a franchise-record 65 games this season. James Harden, Chris Paul and Mike D’Antoni have appeared in a grand total of five NBA Finals games, with no championships.

“It’s going to be a great series,” James Harden said. “You have two high-powered offenses, two extremely talented teams. We expect it to be a great showdown. They have a lot more experience. We’re fine with that. We’ve been having that great mindset all year, just go out there and be the best Houston Rockets team we can be and letting things play out.”

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