A Year of Extremes

December 26, 2017by Stacia Gotto0

The people of Southeast Texas experienced a year of constantly shifting emotions:

  • February – Houston hosts Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium.  The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the first-ever Super Bowl game decided in overtime.  The Patriots came back from a 25-point deficit, making it the largest comeback in NFL history.
  • August – Hurricane Harvey devastates Southern Texas, becoming the costliest tropical cyclone recorded, imposing nearly $200 billion in damages.  Harvey is the rainiest tropical cyclone on record in the US, resulting in flooding that submerged hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people and prompted more than 17,000 rescues.  Amidst the heartache of Harvey, Houston showed strength, character and resilience.
  • November – When a town appeared down and out to the rest of the world, Texas rallied behind the Houston Astros as they earned the state’s first World Series championship in the team’s 56-year history.
  • December – For the first time since 2009, Houston wakes up to snow!

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