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The Galveston County Daily News: Blogs

July 29, 2016

Blogs

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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Saturday 06/04/2016
Photos: Friendswood High School 2016 Commencement

Friendswood High School held their Commencement ceremony Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Dan Coleman Coliseum in Spring.

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Photos: UTMB School of Medicine 2016 Commencement

More than 200 graduates from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine received their degrees Saturday, June 4, 2016, during their Commencement ceremony at the Moody Gardens Convention Center.

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Photos: 2016 Dickinson High School Graduation

A rain delay and shortened ceremony didn't dampen the spirits of the 605 Dickinson High School seniors who comprised the Class of 2016 on Friday night.

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Photos: Hitchcock High School 2016 Commencement

Hitchcock High School held their Commencement ceremony Friday, June 3, 2016, at Bulldog Stadium. It was one of the largest classes at the school with 75 students. Bailey Bohannon and Katie Pineda were honored with their dipolma's awarded posthumously.

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Photos: Texas City High School Commencement

Texas City High School held their Commencement ceremony Friday, June 3, 2026, at Stingaree Stadium.

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Photos: Santa Fe High School Commencement

Santa Fe High School graduates didn't let a little rain dampen their spirits Friday, June 3, 2016, as they took the field at Joe Raitano Stadium for their Commencement ceremony. Family and friends filled the stands to see the 314 seniors graduate.

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Friday 06/03/2016
Photos: La Marque High School 2016 Graduation

La Marque High School held its 2016 commencement ceremony Friday, June 3, 2016. 

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Photos: Ball High School 2016 Commencement

More than 400 Ball High School graduates received their diplomas Thursday, June 2, 2016, during their commencement ceremony at the Moody Gardens Convention Center.

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Thursday 06/02/2016
Photos: Clear Springs High School 2016 Graduation

Clear Springs High School held its 2016 Commencement Ceremony at Challenger Columbia Stadium in Webster Thursday, June 2, 2016. 

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Wednesday 06/01/2016
Photos: Clear Falls High School 2016 Graduation

Clear Falls High School held its 2016 Commencement Ceremony at Challenger Columbia Stadium in Webster Wednesday, June 1, 2016. 

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Multi-day rain event to challenge river and municipal drainage systems

An upper-level low tracking into Texas, combined with an excessively moist atmosphere, will produce several days with heavy rains and thunderstorms. With saturated soils and many rivers already at flood stage, significant flooding cannot be ruled out before the system moves out of Texas this weekend.

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Friday 05/27/2016
Photos: Galveston Island Beach Patrol "Night Swim"

Lifeguards with the Galveston Island Beach Patrol geared up for the summer months by participating in their "night swim", a grueling race that features running, swimming, paddle boarding and other skills needed for their crucial job. 

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Thursday 05/26/2016
Photos: O'Connell College Preparatory School 2016 Commencement

O'Connell College Preparatory School held their Commencement ceremony Thursday, May 26, 2016, at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston.

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Tuesday 05/24/2016
Some surprising facts about our “wet” spring in Texas

With all the rain we’ve had this spring, I was curious to see how this year matched with previous years. What I found is that sometimes impressions can be misleading.

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Saturday 05/21/2016
Photos: Galveston Island Beach Review

More than 30 contestants modeled vintage and vintage-inspired swimwear Saturday, May 21, 2016, during the seventh annual Galveston Island Beach Revue at the Hotel Galvez and Spa's Beach Central.

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Photos: Red, White and Bayou festival

Crawfish and music enthusiasts gathered in Dickinson for the Red, White & Bayou Crawfish and Texas Music Festival Saturday, May 21, 2016.  The annual event featured live music, vendors, games and rides and , of course, crawfish.  

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Tuesday 05/17/2016
Wet weather likely to continue

Although we will get somewhat of a break today, and possibly, tomorrow, wetter than normal weather is likely to continue a while longer. More widespread rain is anticipated on Thursday and Friday and the long-term outlooks suggest that we will receive somewhat above normal precipitation through the end of the month.

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Monday 05/16/2016
Dance of a Tern

After a day of overcast skies the sun introduced some color with a watery sponge on nature's canvas primed in grey. Often, a bland sky can form nature's version of a studio white backdrop when we focus on a single object. A tern was fishing in Galveston's West Bay, circling around the same area, scooping up fish after fish. The lack of depth in the skies allowed for a study of the bird's wings and movements. This seabird has an intricate feather arrangement, almost translucent, which can give it similarities to drawings of angels. The tern flutters its wings in a vertical position to keep itself in one spot from which it then dives down to pick up a fishy snack. The tern lost contrast and substance to the human eye with the disappearance of daylight, until it blended into the skies like a fuzz of cotton.

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Saturday 05/14/2016
Photos: Texas A&M Galveston 2016 Commencement

Texas A&M University Galveston held its 2016 Commencement Ceremony at the Galveston Island Convention Center Saturday, May 14, 2016.  About 250 students including Midshipmen in the Texas A&M Maritime Academy were awarded their degrees at the event. 

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Photos: College of the Mainland 2016 Commencement

College of the Mainland held two Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the Abundant Life Center in La Marque.

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Friday 05/13/2016
Photos: Galveston College 2016 Commencement

Galveston College held their 49th annual Commencement on Friday, May 13, 2016, at the Galveston Island Convention Center. This year's graduating class had nearly 500 graduates who received more than 570 associated degrees and certificates.

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Hurricane awareness tour is big opportunity for locals

Ever wish to tour hurricane reconnaissance aircraft or chat with pilots and meteorologists involved in hurricane preparedness and response? If so, then Tuesday will provide a chance to do just that.

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Monday 05/09/2016
Reflections on a windy day

Forecasts calling for windy conditions on Monday certainly turned out to be true. The overall average of 18.1 MPH at Galveston today brought the highest daily wind speed average there since April 16-17. Of more importance, the sustained 38-mph wind maximum wind speed and the 47-mph highest wind gust, were both the highest seen this year, eclipsing a 36-mph maximum wind speed and 46-mph gust in February.

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Tuesday 05/03/2016
Impressions of May

In the cool breeze of a sunny May morning local wildflower fields beckon. The songbirds are back from Central and South America, crisscrossing the air in brightest streaks of color like the red cardinals and tanagers. Below them flowers sway in the breeze, opening their petals to the sun, framed in the long thick green grass brought about by recent heavy rains. Exotic garden seedlings grow among shady crops of trees while the native flowers cluster together, attracting butterflies and bees. The colors make for a fantastic carpet which one's imagination may attribute to the machinations of industriously weaving elves. Far enough from traffic, the birds' chirping, clacking and singing to attract mates are the only distinct sounds one hears. Breathing the perfume of fresh grass, still wet, and feeling the breeze on our skin we know that summer is just around the corner but we have still a respite from the heat.

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Spring cold front brings a welcome break from the rain and humidity

A spring cold front moved off the coast yesterday bringing sunshine, lower humidity levels and noticeably cooler weather. Temperatures this morning dipped below 60 degrees in the northern fringes of the County and a 64 degree low in Galveston was the coolest temperature at that location since April 15.

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Saturday 04/30/2016
Photos: Texas City Cinco de Mayo Festival

Texas City celebrated Mexican heritage with the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival at Nessler Park Saturday, April 30, 2016.  The free event featured a parade, food, musical and dance performances as well as cultural displays. 

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Photos: UTMB School of Nursing Commencement

The University of Texas Medical Branch’s School of Nursing held its commencement ceremony Friday, April 29, 2016,  at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston. More than 450, of the school's 607 graduates this year, participated in the ceremony.

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Thursday 04/28/2016
High Water

Sunset on April 27 seemed much like an aquarelle painting on which the artist spilled too much water. High tide and the recent rainfalls have inundated big stretches of Galveston Bay's shorelines, making way for birds to find passage to new areas. The sky still seems drenched with humidity and the birds mere smudges against the saturated skies. Of late we have lived in a water world on the Upper Texas Gulf Coast, where the land we use is subject to the sea's goodwill, to be swallowed within days.

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Tuesday 04/26/2016
Stormy weather to continue

Two rounds of stormy weather will roll through Southeast Texas between now and Sunday, one tomorrow and the other as we move into the weekend. More severe thunderstorms and heavy rain will be possible both events.

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Monday 04/18/2016
Galveston County Fair and Rodeo winds down
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Friday 04/15/2016
Photos: Galveston County Fair and Rodeo CPRA Rodeo-Friday, April 15

Rodeo Riders of all ages came out to compete in the CPRA Rodeo at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo Friday.  The rodeo action continues Saturday.

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Brisk winds, high tides and locally heavy rain in the picture for early next week

Galveston residents are finding near perfect spring weather as the week winds down and we move into the weekend. Following in the wake of Wednesday morning’s storms which brought the heaviest rains to Galveston County since March 9, the break in the weather has given many a chance to return to outdoor activities and pay some attention to their now well-watered gardens.

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Thursday 04/14/2016
Photos: Galveston County Fair and Rodeo-Thursday, April 14

The first night of rodeo action took place at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo as riders from across the region came out to compete in the CPRA Rodeo.  In addition to rodeo action, fair-goers continued to take in the sights and sound of the annual fair. 

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The mysterious world of Smith Oaks

With Feather Fest in full swing all local birding spots are usually quite crowded. The Rookery at Smith Oaks on High Island is a favorite for ornithologists beyond Texas and even the US. The viewing platforms are quite crowded with spectators and photographers hailing from as far as Japan. Over the meeting point of waders, predominately great egrets, roseate spoonbills and snowy egrets, hovers a cacophony of avian and human languages and sounds. Alligators waiting for a dropped egg of the nesting birds hover on the water's surface. On this foggy, misty spring morning the sun is absent, but the contrasts of complimentary pinks and greens still offers enough for photographic interpretations.

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Take a virtual ride on MASSIV, Schlitterbahn's new water coaster

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Water Park has released a video simulation of MASSIV, the new water coaster under construction.

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Wednesday 04/13/2016
Photos: Galveston County Fair and Rodeo Junior Livestock Auction

Youths from across the county participated in the annual Junior Livestock Auction at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo in Hitchcock Wednesday, April 13, 2016. 

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Photos: County and market steer show at the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo

The County and Market Steer show got underway Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo in Hitchcock. Area youth washed and groomed their steer, which they have been raising for several months, for the judges in the show ring.

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Tuesday 04/12/2016
Photos: The Galveston County Fair & Rodeo

The 78th annual Galveston County Fair & Rodeo is underway at Jack Brooks Park in Hitchcock and continues through Sunday April 17. The livestock barn is busy with youth from the area showing animals they've raised, from broiler hens and market rabbits to lambs, goats and steer.

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