Frank Billingsley

KPRC Chief Meteorologist. Three decades of forecasting Houston weather!

Frank Billingsley
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Get 2 Know Me

  • Houston has been home since April 22, 1989. People say they’ve watched me their whole life, and if they’re under 30, that’s actually true!
  • I’ve been with Kevin Gilliard since 1995 and married since 12/12/12 (we picked that date so I could remember it). We have a son, Morgan. We’re down to one pup now, Ocean, a white schnauzer.
  • I wrote a book, Swabbed & Found, about my DNA journey to find my biological family. Meeting them was unforgettable. If you want more, read my book!
Opening Double Quotation Mark

Attitude is everything.

A favorite quote from my mom, Pat Billingsley

Advice for aspiring journalists:
Don’t overthink your future because none of us knows how long it will last or where it will take us.

Simply follow your passion and be a person others can count on.

Recently Published

IMELDA: Retire the name
Monday, September 23, 2019 • 2:35 PM

IMELDA: Retire the name

Imelda...a Tropical Storm for less than 7 hours, but a name we'll never forget. For that reason alone, I would bet that the World Meteorological Organization (based in Geneva) retires the name when they next meet. Sadly, five people lost their lives to the storm, thousands of structures and cars were damaged or destroyed, and while it's early to know the exact dollar loss, the I-10 bridge repair alone will cost a fortune. Meteorologically, the storm will be studied to determine if it became more powerful over land rather than water (I believe it did), a phenomenon known as " the brown ocean effect ". We know 12-20" of rain was easy to find, while 31.72" fell at the East fork of the San Jac River and FM 2090. An Allison-record beating 43.15" fell in Jefferson County near Beaumont.

Dominique's Q&A: Where's the Lightning in a Hurricane?
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 • 4:11 PM

Dominique's Q&A: Where's the Lightning in a Hurricane?

After the 10pm newscast last night, Dominique asked me why hurricanes don't have lightning? Some do, as we'll get to, but the simple answer is the structure: hurricane winds are on a horizontal trajectory, spiraling inward toward the center and for thunderstorms (and lightning) to develop you need vertical structure. What that means is fast rising air UPWARD into the sky where ice and rain collide in the cold air to create lightning as opposed to a hurricane's horizontal winds.