• By RALPH PARR
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The Clear Creek Independent School District is recognized across Texas, and is a major driver of the growth in Northern Galveston County. Clear Creek ISD is led by a dynamic 2012 Superintendent of the Year and a talented board of trustees honored for progressive thinking, transparency, respo…

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A surface low near Fort Worth, a weak cold front and an upper-level trough tracking across the center of the country has contributed to quite breezy conditions locally, along with cloudy to partly cloudy skies and a slight chance for rain. Galveston has already reported 23-mph winds and 31-m…

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A storm complex moved across Galveston County causing havoc in the Santa Fe area where 7 to 9” caused flooding. Ironically, rainfall amounts were quite varied even across small areas as the storms tended to move slowly across the same locales. As a result, precipitation totals at official re…

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Rain has been hard to come by so far this month in most of Galveston County, with only 0.01” of rain at Galveston so far and 0.02” at the NWS Office in League City/Dickinson. This lack of moisture is particularly evident near the coast, where a persistent “cap” (layer of warm, stable air alo…

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Few will argue with the observation that the weather over the past few days has been near ideal. Fairly light winds, abundant sunshine, mild nights and warm afternoons have stirred spring fever in most people I’ve encountered. This is reflected by increased interest in outdoor activities fro…

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A high pressure ridge to the northeast and a steep pressure gradient is bringing brisk winds gusting to 30-mph along the Texas coast, along with higher than normal tides and dangerous rip currents. Already, a Small Craft Advisory is effect for off-shore waters through tomorrow morning.

  • By BEN SCHATZ
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Recently, President Trump initiated several controversial executive immigration orders that are deeply concerning to immigrants and native-born Americans alike. We all value our security, however, I’m concerned that more than terrorists and criminals will be swept up in a broader deportation net.

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An upper-level disturbance tracking east across Texas and northern Mexico will keep showers and occasional thunderstorms around for most of the day. Although the bulk of the precipitation is expected to move out some time this evening, there is a chance that parades scheduled tonight in Galv…

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On the final day of the month, it appears likely that this month will be the warmest January in Galveston since 1950. The 62.6° average for Galveston (unlikely to change much with today’s mild weather) will also rank as the 4th warmest ever for the Island. League City, with a 60.3° average (…

  • By PATRICK HUBBELL
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In regard to the article ("Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Galveston churches on Super Bowl Sunday," The Daily News, Jan. 25): It may interest readers to know that this "church" is a fraud. The late Fred Phelps and his followers, mostly family members, have been making a public nuisa…

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A Gale Warning for gusts up to 50-mph has been issued for Galveston Bay and off-shore waters on Sunday. In addition, a Wind Advisory is effect for Galveston County with winds of 20-30 mph expected and gusts to 35-mph (or higher right along the coast).

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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…

  • By MALCOLM D. GIBSON
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There’s nothing good about goodbyes. So the European Union learned several months ago in Brussels when Great Britain said its adieus. Goodbye to unity, hello to nationalism.

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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 c…

  • By JOSEPH JANCZAK
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Today, marks a century since the passing of Nicholas Joseph Clayton, the premier architect of historic Galveston. The island wouldn't be the place it is without his legacy of talent which continues to influence building design today.

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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 …

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Rains of 4-5 inches are not out of the question for many localities in Galveston County and various advisories are likely to be issued as the weekend nears.

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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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Presidential electoral votesU.S Rep. District 14State Rep. District 23R: Trump/PenceD: Clinton/KaineR: WeberD: ColeR: FairclothD: Criss27921861.95%38.04%57.82%42.17% Click for Full Results

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President of the United StatesDonald J. Trump/Mike Pence, R53,343,18848.2%Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine, D52,233,65747.2%U.S. Representative, District 14Randy Weber, R159,06161.95%Michael Cole, D97,69638.04%Texas Railroad CommissionerWayne Christian, R4,221,98352.97%Grady Yarbrough, D3,078,02438…

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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.

  • By RALPH PARR
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The decision to throw out the complaint against Mayor Pat Hallisey in League City is further evidence of the disingenuous, suspicious and unfounded motives of those who initiated the compliant ("Board: Mayor has no ethics violation," The Daily News, Nov. 1).

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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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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…

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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 th…

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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 i…

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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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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 ke…

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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…

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The first day of school is a big deal. Boys and girls alike spend time thinking about that perfect first day outfit (okay, maybe it’s mom), worrying about where they will sit at lunch and if they’ll make new friends. Will they like their new teacher?

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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 conduc…