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September 29, 2016

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
Photos: Astros regular season home finale

The Houston Astros took on the Seattle Mariners in their regular season home finale on Wednesday.

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Friday 09/23/2016
Photos: Dickinson vs. Friendswood football

The Friendswood Mustangs and Dickinson Gators got off to a slow start Friday night after a freak rainstorm slowed down the game in the first quarter. However after the skies cleared the Gators took a lead they wouldn't give up. The Mustangs kept things interesting with a solid second half and fell just short as Dickinson hung on to win 21-16.

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Photos: Clear Creek vs. Clear Springs

The Clear Creek Wildcats take on crosstown rivals the Clear Springs Chargers in the Fight for 518 on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at Challenger Columbia Stadium in League City.

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Front to bring rain and touch of autumn next week, but much remains uncertain

An influx of deep Gulf moisture, a low pressure trough to the west and a cold front expected to move into Texas by Sunday will bring us periods of shower and thunderstorm activity through the weekend into next week. Some heavy rain will be possible in our area, especially from Sunday night into late Monday or early Tuesday. In addition, the front should move to the coast by late Monday or early Tuesday, delivering more seasonably appropriate temperatures to Galveston County.

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Tuesday 09/20/2016
The warmest September ever?

Yesterday saw another day and another late season heat advisory. Based on the temperatures this month and projected warmth over the coming 7 days, this month is on track to become the hottest September in Galveston County since records began in 1871.

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Sunday 09/18/2016
Photos: Texans vs. Chiefs

The Houston Texans avenged their shutoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs last year with a 19-12 victory on Sunday. The Texans defense kept the Chiefs out of the end zone the entire game, limiting them to four field goals, while kicking four themselves.

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Saturday 09/17/2016
Photos: La Marque Vs. Columbia Football

The La Marque Cougars fell to the Columbia Roughnecks 14-28 Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. 

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Friday 09/16/2016
Photos: Hitchcock Bulldogs vs. Concordia Crusaders

The Hitchcock Bulldogs take on the Concordia Crusaders on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at Bulldog Stadium in Hitchcock.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
More wet weather, a Gulf disturbance, and questions on when we might see a real cold front

We are going into our sixth consecutive day with rainfall being reported in at least some areas of Galveston County. Rainfall amounts overall during this latest wet spell have ranged from around 1 inch over parts of Galveston Island up to nearly 3 inches over some inland locations. Since we are (believe it or not) running below normal for the month so far, I cannot say that the precipitation has been entirely unwelcome. The good news is that wet weather is likely to continue for the next week or two, with heavy amounts possible near the coast.

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Sunday 09/11/2016
Photos: Texans vs. Bears

The Houston Texans opened the 2016 season at home against the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon. The Texans started off slow but then found their rhythm as quarterback Brock Osweiler threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns as they defeated the Bears 23-14.

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Saturday 09/10/2016
Photos: Clear Creek vs. Houston Heights

The Clear Creek Wildcats took on The Houston Heights Bulldogs in week three high school football action. 

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Photos: Houston Cougars vs. Lamar Cardinals

The University of Houston Cougars shutout the Lamar Cardinals at home on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars weren't phased by a three hour weather delay in the first quarter.

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Photos: The Daily News' annual Press Run

Hundreds of runners waited through a morning thunderstorm and a police chase to compete in The Daily News' annual Press Run on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Galveston. The run helps support to the Newspapers in Education program that provides newspapers to classrooms.

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Friday 09/09/2016
Photos: Texas City vs Dickinson High School Football

The Texas City Stingarees hosted the the Dickinson Gators in week three action. Dickinson claimed the victory 21-7. 

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Photos: Ball High vs. Strake Jesuit

The Ball High School Tors faced the Strake Jesuit Crusaders on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at Kermit Courville Stadium in Galveston. The Crusaders beat the Tors 30-17.

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Rain chances, a cold front and something to watch in the Gulf of Mexico?

A mid to upper-level low, an influx of deep moisture and a sluggish cold front that should stall somewhere over Southeast Texas could bring a good chance of rain this weekend. How much rain falls in Galveston County may be dependent upon where the frontal boundary stalls, with some models keeping the front north of Houston, and others taking it south to the coast. Rain chances locally would be higher if the front does make it to the coast before hitting the brakes.

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Saturday 09/03/2016
Photos: Hitchcock vs East Bernard Football

The Hitchcock Bulldogs defeated East Bernard 24-19 at home in week 2 action. 

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Photos: UH vs. OU Texas Kickoff

The No. 15 University of Houston Cougars opened their season Saturday against No. 3 University of Oklahoma in the Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium. The Cougars held the lead at halftime and never looked back en route to a 33-23 upset victory.

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Friday 09/02/2016
Photos: La Marque vs Pro-Vision Academy Football

The La Marque Cougars defeated Pro-Vision Academy of Houston at home 36-0 in week two action.

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Wednesday 08/31/2016
Tropical Storm Hermine forms in Gulf

Tropical Depression #9 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Hermine at 1 p.m. today. At that time, Hermine was located at 24.7 N and 88.0 W (or about 395-miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida). The storm was drifting north at 2-mph. Sustained winds were 40-mph and pressure was 1000 MB (29.53"). Tropical Storm Warnings and a Hurricane Watch are now in effect for the west coast of Florida.

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Tuesday 08/30/2016
Running Hills 101: Seven Tips for Running Downhill

Last time, we talked about how to run uphill. Now it’s time to talk about how to make it down the other side.

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Sunday 08/28/2016
Photos: Texans vs. Cardinals preseason

The Houston Texans had little trouble as they defeated the Arizona Cardinals 34-24 in the third week of NFL preseason.

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Friday 08/26/2016
Photos: Challenger Columbia Stadium's inaugural game

The inaugural varsity football game at Clear Creek ISD's Challenger Columbia Stadium was a heated battle between the Clear Springs Chargers and Pearland Oilers on Friday night. After a one hour weather delay the game got started just after 8 p.m. and never slowed down as the two teams traded scores back and forth. It all came down to the final seconds when a defensive play by the Oilers secured their 28-24 victory.

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Photos: Dickinson vs. Fort Bend Elkins

The Dickinson Gators take on the Fort Bend Elkins Knights on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, at Sam Vitanza Stadium in Dickinson.

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Photos: Friendswood vs Texas City Football

The Friendswood Mustangs squared off against Texas City at Henry Winston Stadium in Friendswood Friday, August 26, 2016.

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Monitoring 99-L to the east; a Gulf of Mexico disturbance of interest

A disorganized and weak area of low pressure (99L) located between the northeastern and the coast of Cuba continues to keep forecasters guessing as it moves west-northwest at about 10-mph. Currently, upper-level winds remain unfavorable for development, but should become a little more conducive for development as the system approaches the eastern Gulf of Mexico early next week.

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Photos: La Marque vs. Houston Sterling High School Football

The La Marque Cougars overcame an eight point halftime deficit, outscoring the Houston Sterling Raiders 16-0 in the second half, to claim a 24-16 week one victory at Etheredge Stadium in La Marque Thursday, August 25, 2016. 

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Wednesday 08/24/2016
Our rain prospects and keeping an eye on the Tropics

Mostly dry, hot weather has returned to Southeast Texas, but the outlook is for rain chances to improve later this week and remain reasonably high through the early part of next week. The high pressure that built back into our area over the past few days is expected to retreat back north. This will allow for an influx of deep Gulf moisture in association with an upper-level trough expected to move west.

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Saturday 08/20/2016
Photos: Texans vs. Saints preseason

The Houston Texans played in front of the home crowd for the first time on Saturday night as they took on the New Orleans Saints in Preseason Week 2. Most players saw playing time including League City's Tevin Jones, a rookie trying to make the team. Rookie cheerleader Mallory Moore from Dickinson made her debut as well. The Texans defeated the Saints 16-9 and return home next Sunday afternoon against the Cardinals in Preseason Week 3.

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Friday 08/19/2016
Our recent rains and a look at the Tropics

After the hot, dry start to August, the rains of the past five days have refreshed parched yards and gardens and provided a welcome relief from the heat. Rainfall totals in Galveston County as of 8 am this morning, were more than sufficient to replenish soil moisture levels. Totals around the County since Sunday have amounted to 4.72" at Scholes Field in Galveston and 4.94" at the National Weather Service Office in League City. Other measurements around the County include 5.79" in east-central Galveston, 5.62" in Friendswood, 5.57" in LaMarque, 5.50" in Bayou Vista and around 4.50" at sites in Texas City.

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Tuesday 08/16/2016
Running Hills 101: Ten Tips for Running Uphill

For us flat-landers, the thought of running or walking up a hill as big and steep as the Galveston Causeway can be a little intimidating. But think of the views from the top! How awesome is it to have a pelican-eye view of Galveston Bay?

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Monday 08/15/2016
Needed rains and a more active Tropics

An upper-level low that drifted west from Louisiana and sheared out to a low pressure trough over Texas, combined with ample Gulf moisture, has brought some much needed rains to Galveston County. Rain amounts over the past two days have ranged from 1.83” at Scholes Field in Galveston to 2.10”. Some areas in the northern part of the County have received up to 3” so far.

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Wednesday 08/10/2016
Rain chances to creep up, but will we see real relief?

Early August has been a near carbon copy of early July, with dry conditions and heat dominating our weather picture. Both Galveston and League City have recorded only a trace of rain through the first ten days of the month. In addition, temperatures are running 1.7° above normal in Galveston for the month and a whopping 4.4° above normal. Whatever aid that the County received from the rains in late July has been undone by two weeks of withering heat and sun.

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Thursday 08/04/2016
Photos: Houston Texans Training Camp Day 5

After a break from the heat on Wednesday, the Houston Texans brought training camp back outside in full pads on Thursday in front of a crowd of 4,705 spectators. The team will take Friday off before returning to the Methodist Training Center on Saturday morning.

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Tuesday 08/02/2016
Tropical Storm Earl forms, local impact unlikely

Tropical Storm Earl has formed in the Caribbean about 535 miles east of Belize City. At noon, Earl was located near 16.3 N and 80.2 W. Sustained winds were 45-mph with some intensification expected. Central barometric pressure was 1001 MB (29.56"). Earl was moving west at 22-mph and Tropical Storm Warnings and a Hurricane Watch have been issued for Belize, the east coast of the Yucatan and for the northern coast of Honduras.

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Sunday 07/31/2016
Photos: Houston Texans Training Camp

The Houston Texans opened their 2016 Training Camp on Sunday morning without two of their star players. Defensive End and three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt is recovering from back surgery and Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins held out of practice over a contract dispute. Rookie wide receiver Tevin Jones, a League City native and graduate of Clear Creek High School is in camp hoping to make the team.

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Saturday 07/30/2016
A buzz about the Tropics

It is no secret by now for most people that the first disturbances emerging from the Cape Verde region are making their way west across the Tropical Atlantic. In one sense, this marks the beginning of the “Cape Verde” season in which systems form as frequently in the far eastern Atlantic as in the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico. And, even when they do form further west in the Caribbean or Gulf, they often do so from disorganized disturbances that ultimately find a more favorable environment closer to the United States.

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Friday 07/29/2016
Hydration Basics for Summertime: 8 Tip for Proper Hydration

Daily water intake must be balanced with losses to maintain our total body water. We lose water not only through sweating but also through breathing and using the restroom. Losing body water without replacing it can have huge negative effects on your mind and overall health.

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Thursday 07/28/2016
McAlister's Deli on island surprises patrons with sudden closure

Deli downer: Some islanders are mourning the sudden closure of sandwich shop McAlister’s Deli, 6600 Seawall Blvd.

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Saturday 07/23/2016
Some relief in sight, but will it be enough?

Chances for meaningful rainfall will be increasing for Galveston County over the next 2-5 days. This is good news as Galveston has received less than ½ inch of precipitation so far this month (2 ½ inches less than would be anticipated by July 23). League City has fared a little better with 1.55 inches of rain since July 1. That still is almost 2 inches below normal for this point in the month.

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Monday 07/18/2016
Rains unlikely to make much impact as the heat continues

Showers and isolated thunderstorms popped up again today as a combination of fairly deep Gulf moisture and heating created a somewhat unstable atmosphere. Unfortunately, the rains have been sporadic and amounts overall have been fairly light over most of the area. Even a 0.32 inch downpour this morning at Scholes Field and a 0.08 inch shower there yesterday, left the Island with a 2 inch rainfall deficit for the month compared to what would be expected. Meanwhile, as of Sunday evening, the National Weather Service at League City still had a meagre 0.02 inches of rain for the first 17 days of the month.

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Hydration Basics for Summertime: 6 Health Benefits of Water

Water is the most important — and often most forgotten — nutrient needed for survival. A certain amount of water is essential to every cell in our bodies. Here are 6 health benefits of water:

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Monday 07/11/2016
July off to the driest start in 20 years

No need to state the obvious. This month, so far, has been drier and hotter than normal. The official NWS recording station at Scholes Field measured only a trace of rain through the first 10 days of the month. The last time the first third of July was so dry was in 1996, when absolutely no rain was reported for the first third of the month. The same situation holds for the National Weather Service Office in League City, where only 0.02 inch of rain was measured for the first ten days this month.

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Sunday 07/10/2016
Dragon boats battle on Offatts Bayou

Dragon boat teams from Texas and Louisiana competed Sunday, July 10, 2016, in the Texas Dragon Boat Association's Island Party that was part of Island Paddle's 4th annual Ocean Fest. Paddling to the beat of a drummer on the 40-foot boats, the 20 paddlers and steersperson raced the traditional Hong Kong-style BuK dragon boats on a 300-meter course on Offatts Bayou at Moody Gardens in Galveston.

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Saturday 07/09/2016
Photos: Astros vs. Athletics

The Houston Astros fell just short in a come from behind effort at Minute Maid Park on Saturday afternoon. Entering the bottom of the ninth inning trailing the Oakland Athletics 3-0 the Astros drove in two runs but couldn't replicate Luis Valbuena's heroics from Friday night, falling 3-2.

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Friday 07/01/2016
Hot, mostly dry weather in store for the holiday as summer strengthens its grip

Weather over the long July 4th Holiday weekend should come close to stereotyped impressions of the summer event. There will be plenty of sunshine and sultry conditions with only a slight chance of early morning thundershowers near the coast and inland during the afternoon hours.

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Thursday 06/23/2016
Typical summer weather to prevail, but early July could be “interesting”

Near to slightly above normal temperatures for this time of year and near normal precipitation should prevail through the end of June. This is about what we would normally expect for this time of year.

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Tuesday 06/14/2016
Heat to linger, a “chilly” day in June, and a look at the Tropics

By most accounts, the muggy, somewhat oppressive conditions we are now seeing are unlikely to fade anytime soon. Generally forecasts are calling for warmer than normal temperatures for at least the next week or two. Rain chances will also remain low for the rest of this week as high pressure aloft dominates our weather. Temperatures may moderate a little this weekend as the upper-level high pressure ridge shifts west and low-level winds veer to the east, along with a slight increase in precipitation probabilities.

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Monday 06/06/2016
Rain and the Tropics: what can we expect?

Several people have asked me about the Tropics, especially since Bonnie and Colin have popped up, and I promised a few days ago to write a blog with my thoughts about the upcoming season.

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Sunday 06/05/2016
Photos: Clear Creek High School 2016 Commencement

More than 470 seniors graduated from Clear Creek High School on Sunday, June 5, 2016, during their Commencement ceremony at Challenger Columbia Stadium.

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