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January 19, 2017


Tuesday 01/17/2017
Why rains often 'creep' into Galveston County, and a 2016 weather record

People have asked me over the past couple of days about the chances of rain here. It seems that they keep hearing about thunderstorms moving into the area and are wondering where these rains are. I ran into this also with the heavy rain event in early December.

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Monday 01/09/2017
Freeze to be followed by milder weather, periods of fog and a good chance of rain this coming weekend

A 30° low Saturday morning brought the first freeze to Galveston in two years (the last being a 31° low on January 8, 2015). The 25° low in League City was the coldest at that location in three years (a 23° low in January, 2014). Galveston’s minimum temperature on Saturday was also the coldest at that location since a 28° reading in January, 2014.

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Saturday 01/07/2017
Photos: Houston Texans wildcard playoff

The Houston Texans defeated the Oakland Raiders 27-14 in a wildcard playoff game on Saturday.

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Tuesday 01/03/2017
A record-breaking December and a look forward at some chilly, wet weather

Rainfall of slightly over an inch in Galveston on December 31st, placed December, 2016 in the record books as the wettest December since official observations began in 1871. Temperatures this past month also were well above normal, with the monthly average running 6.0° above normal in League City and 5.6° above normal in Galveston. This gave Galveston its 4th warmest December ever.

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Thursday 12/29/2016
Photos: Texas Bowl

The Texas A&M Aggies faced the Kansas State Wildcats in the Texas Bowl on Wednesday night in Houston. It was a back and forth game that came down to the final minutes, but the Wildcats were victorious over the Aggies 33-28.

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Tuesday 12/27/2016
Foggy, mild weather to give way to cooler temperatures and a wet New Year's start

With 10.04 inches of rain so far this month, Galveston appeared to be on track for its wettest December ever just a few days ago.

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Saturday 12/24/2016
Photos: Texans vs. Bengals

The Houston Texans hosted the Cincinnati Bengals in a Christmas Eve game on Saturday night. It was a low scoring affair as the Texans won on a missed field goal by Bengals kicker Randy Bullock. The victory clinches the AFC South and a home playoff game for the Texans.

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Tuesday 12/20/2016
Christmas weather outlook and beyond

A pattern change will keep the coldest air bottled up well to our north as we move into Christmas weekend. In fact, sunny skies and somewhat milder conditions today are a good indication that we may be able to exchange our parkas for short-sleeved shirts this weekend as we rebound from the coldest outbreak so far this season. Monday morning’s low temperatures reached 32° in League City and 37° in Galveston, giving both inland and coastal locations their coldest temperatures since last winter.

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Sunday 12/18/2016
Photos: Texans vs. Jaguars

After replacing starting quarterback Brock Osweiler with backup Tom Savage in the second quarter, the Houston Texans fought from behind to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 21-20 on Sunday.

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Tuesday 12/13/2016
Record warmth to fade later this week, with chilly conditions returning next week

An 80 degree temperature at Scholes Field this afternoon tied the record for the warmest reading ever at that location for the month of December. Meanwhile, temperatures hovering from the upper-70’s to the low-80’s over inland areas of the County prompted many people to abandon winter-wear for summer outfits as they hit the local stores and malls.

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Saturday 12/10/2016
Photos: Second Weekend of Dickens on The Strand

Because of heavy rains last weekend, a second weekend of Dickens on The Strand was held in downtown Galveston.  Visitors once again donned their costumes to participate in the festival that annually transforms The Strand area into Victorian Era England.

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Tuesday 12/06/2016
Sun returns, but gusty cold front to bring high winds and a chill

The welcome sight of bright sunshine greeted area residents today, following record rains that brought up to 14.77 inches to parts of the County. Elsewhere, Scholes Field officially measured 9.83 inches during the rain event and League City a more modest, though hardly inconsequential, 6.59 inches. Galveston needs only 0.46 inch of rain through the 31st to have its wettest December ever.

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Saturday 12/03/2016
Photos: 2016 Dickens on The Strand

Visitors to Dickens on The Strand braved rainy weather to be transported back to 19th Century England.  Because of the inclement weather, event organizers waived admission fees and announced that the event would be held again next weekend. 

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Thursday 12/01/2016
Photos: 2016 Texas City Christmas Parade

The City of Texas City held its Annual Christmas Parade Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. 

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Tuesday 11/29/2016
Soggy weather looming this weekend

A frontal boundary/surface trough expected to set up along the Texas coast this coming weekend, combined with a series of upper-level disturbances, is expected to bring heavy rain, brisk winds, rough seas and elevated tides to Upper-Texas coast and Southeast Texas this weekend.

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Sunday 11/27/2016
Photos: Texans vs. Chargers

The Houston Texans lost to the San Diego Chargers 21-13 at home on Sunday.

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Saturday 11/26/2016
Photos: Friendswood vs. Cinco Ranch playoff

The Friendswood Mustangs faced off with the Katy Cinco Ranch Cougars in a UIL 6A Region III Divison 2 semifinal on Saturday afternoon at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Mustangs were dealt a blow when quarterback Tyler Page left the game due to injury after the first offensive play, and the fell to the Cougars 34-7.

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Monday 11/21/2016
A peek at Thanksgiving week weather and beyond

This week brings one of the longest and busiest holidays of all with Thanksgiving and the long Thanksgiving week looming. With many people planning to travel during this holiday, I thought it would be good to see what kind of weather we may have during this time.

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Friday 11/18/2016
Photos: Dickinson vs North Shore Playoff Football

The Dickinson Gators were eliminated from the postseason after falling to North Shore 7-17 at Sam Vitanza Stadium in Dickinson Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. 

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Photos: Friendswood vs. La Porte football playoff

The Friendswood Mustangs defeated the La Porte Bulldogs 56-35 in a UIL 6A Region III Area Playoff on Friday night at Challenger Columbia Stadium in League City.

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Thursday 11/17/2016
Photos: Houston vs. Louisville football

The Houston Cougars welcomed #3 Louisville and Heisman frontrunner Lamar Jackson to TDECU Stadium on Thursday night for the final regular season home game. The Cougars started off strong, forcing a turnover on the opening kickoff and scoring on the very next play. They never looked back as they went on to upset the Cardinals in dominant fashion, 36-10, in front of a record crowd of 42,822.

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Monday 11/14/2016
A dry, mild week ahead, but rain is possible Friday, followed by a cool weekend

Unless you are a gardener or ready for real fall weather to set in, this week should be near ideal. Mostly sunny skies, with cool to mild nights and mild to warm afternoons will continue through Thursday or Friday. In fact, temperatures may even reach 80° over inland areas of the County by Thursday or Friday.

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Saturday 11/12/2016
Photos: Houston vs. Tulane football

The Houston Cougars defeated the Tulane Green Wave 30-18 on Saturday at TDECU Stadium.

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Friday 11/11/2016
Photos: Friendswood vs. George Ranch Playoff Football

The Friendswood Mustangs defeated George Ranch in the Bi-District round of the State Football Playoffs at Henry Winston Stadium in Friendswood Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.

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Photos: Clear Springs vs. Pearland bi-district football playoff

The Clear Springs Chargers and Pearland Oilers faced off in the first round of the playoffs Friday night with the Chargers looking to avenge their 28-24 loss to the Oilers from week one of the season. Pearland took an early lead and held it until Springs tied the game late in the fourth quarter. However the Oilers were able to drain the remaining five minutes in the game setting up a 24 yard field goal as the clock hit zero for a 20-17 win over the Chargers.

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Thursday 11/10/2016
Photos: La Marque vs. Coldspring Football

The La Marque Cougars were defeated 40-7 by the Coldspring Trojans in the Bi-District round of the 3A Division I Football Playoffs at Abshier Stadium in Deer Park Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. 

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Saturday 11/05/2016
Photos: 2016 Lone Star Rally

Motorcycle Riders from across the country flocked to Galveston for the annual Lone Star Rally. 

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Photos: Dickinson vs. Clear Brook football

The Dickinson Gators defeated the Clear Brook Wolverines 21-7 on Saturday at Challenger Columbia Stadium.

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Friday 11/04/2016
Photos: La Marque vs. Hitchcock football

The Hitchcock Bulldogs headed to Etheredge Stadium to take on the La Marque Cougars on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. The Coogs bested the Bulldogs 12-10 in the inaugural showdown between the two Galveston County team.

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Photos: Friendswood vs Alvin High School Football

The Friendswood Mustangs closed out their regular season schedule at home against Alvin Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. 

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Wet weather could roll in by late Sunday

As anyone who lives on Galveston Island or anywhere on the mainland is aware, this is not your typical weekend. An estimated 400,000 people will attend the Lone Star Rally in Galveston, adding to traffic congestion from Houston to the coast.

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Tuesday 11/01/2016
After another record warm month, can we find any hope for a real cool down….or rain?

October 2016 went into the record books as the 2nd warmest October since observations began 145 years ago. The monthly average of 78.5 ° on the Island was 4.2° above normal. Meanwhile, League City reported temperatures running 5.1° above long-term means. In Galveston, the temperature failed to reach at least 80° on only two days during the month. This unseasonable, combined with the 3rd warmest September of record, puts Galveston County on track for the warmest autumn ever.

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Monday 10/31/2016
Photos: Ball High Lady Tors vs. Austin Mustangs

The Ball High Lady Tors defeated the Houston Austin Lady Mustangs on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in a bi-district playoff match at Clear Brook High School. The Lady Tors swept the Lady Mustangs by the scores of 25-15, 25-16 and 25-13.

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Sunday 10/30/2016
Photos: Texans vs. Lions

The Houston Texans defeated the Detroit Lions 20-13 on Sunday.

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Saturday 10/29/2016
Photos: Houston Cougars vs. UCF Knights

The Houston Cougars got off to a bad start agains the UCF Knights on Saturday morning, trailing by 18 at halftime and as much as 21 in the third quarter. However the Cougars came alive in the second half, holding the Knights to only a field goal and scoring 28 unanswered points on their way to a 31-24 win.

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Friday 10/28/2016
Photos: Clear Springs vs. Friendswood football

The Clear Springs Chargers and Friendswood Mustangs squared off Friday night with the District 24-6A title on the line. The Chargers got off to a hot start and took a 14-0 lead into half time. But the Mustangs pick up the pace in the fourth quarter to keep the game interesting until the final minutes. Friendswood twice pulled within three points before Springs was able to wrap things up with a 38-28 win, securing at least a share of the district championship since 2012.

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Photos: Texas City vs. Fort Bend Marshall Football

The Texas City Stingarees took in the Fort Bend Marshall Buffalos at Stingaree Stadium Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.  

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Photos: Ball High Tors vs. Elkins Knights

The Ball High Tors take on the Elkins Knights on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, at Kermit Courville Stadium in Galveston.

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Wednesday 10/26/2016
Halloween weather won’t be too scary, as mild, mostly dry conditions to continue

If you like summer, then this fall is a dream come true.

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Friday 10/21/2016
Photos: La Marque Cougars vs. East Chambers

The La Marque Cougars take on the East Chambers Buccaneers on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at Etheredge Stadium in La Marque. Cougars' honored the 1986, 1996 and 2006 state championship teams during a halftime "Night of Champions." 

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Photos: Clear Springs vs Clear Brook High School Football

The Clear Springs Chargers clashed with the Clear Brook Wolverines at Veterans Memorial Stadium in League City Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. 

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Thursday 10/20/2016
Photos: “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event

Students from Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston College and the University of Texas Medical Branch strut down the seawall in lipstick-red high heels Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, for the  “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. More than 100 people, including dozens of young men, traded their comfortable footwear to walk a mile in the heels.

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Tuesday 10/18/2016
All-time temperature record set

The 88 degree high in Galveston today not only set a warm temperature record for the date — eclipsing an 87 degree high in 2007 — but also is the hottest temperature ever seen on the Island this late in the season since observations began in 1871.

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Monday 10/17/2016
Friday to bring cold front and gusty winds, cool down may not last long

In many ways, October has been a repeat of September with much above normal temperatures. Through the 16th, the October monthly average for Galveston was 80.3° (which is 3.9° above normal). If the month were to end today or tomorrow, this October would be the warmest since observations began in 1871. Even with a cold front expected by Friday, the month could match September’s record of being the 3rd warmest ever.

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Photos: Texans vs. Colts

The Houston Texans overcame a 23-9 deficit with seven minutes remaining the in the game to defeat the Indianapolis Colts 26-23 in overtime on Sunday Night Football.

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Saturday 10/15/2016
Photos: Houston vs. Tulsa football

The Houston Cougars returned home Saturday night against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane looking to get back on track after last week's loss to Navy. After a back-and-forth first half the teams went to halftime tied at 17. The game remained close in the second half before two solid defense series delivered the Cougars to a 38-31 win in the final seconds.

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Photos: Clear Creek Vs. Friendswood Football

The Friendswood Mustangs defeated the Clear Creek Wildcats 52-34 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in League City behind a dominant performance by Mustang quarterback Tyler Page.  

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Friday 10/14/2016
Photos: Texas City vs. Willowridge

The Texas City Stings and Fort Bend Willowridge Eagles got off to a slow start on Friday night with no scores in the first quarter. But the Stings came out of the locker room after halftime and didn't waste any time running away with the game for a 41-23 victory.

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Monday 10/10/2016
Speaking of strange hurricane tracks

I received a number of calls last week, including one from my wife, asking about some model projections which had Hurricane Michael turning back south, crossing either Florida or Cuba and ending up in the Gulf of Mexico. I answered that it was far too soon to worry about this. Projections that far out often fail to materialize and the odds were fairly slim that the storm would take such an unusual track.

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Friday 10/07/2016
Photos: Dickinson vs. Clear Springs football

The Clear Springs Chargers travelled to Dickinson to take on the Gators Friday night. The Chargers took an early lead and never looked back, defeating the Gators 23-7 to remain undefeated in District 24-6A and move ahead of Dickinson in the standings.

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