Friendswood senior Weston Owens and junior Reid Nickerson each crack a smile when they admit that they’re not the fastest safety duo in District 24-6A.
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.
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.
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.
Dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Matthew, with 145-mph sustained winds, is moving through eastern Cuba today with the Bahamas and parts of the Southeastern U.S. in its projected path. In addition, a second storm, Tropical Storm Nicole has formed northeast of Puerto Rico in the open Atlantic. Meanwhile, Galveston Island basks in warm, early October weather with the prospect looming of another nearly perfect weekend, weather-wise..
A 66° reading this morning at Scholes Field in Galveston brought the coolest temperature to the Island since May 27th. Cool, dry high pressure will set the stage for near perfect early autumn weather for this weekend. In addition, the cool-down over the past couple of days will keep this September from going into the record books as the warmest ever since observations began in 1871. Instead, September, 2016 will likely end up being either the 2nd or the 3rd warmest ever, depending on how the temperatures today impact the final monthly average. Still, the relief was more than welcome after a seemingly endless summer.
NASA and Boeing Space Exploration mark a major milestone in nation's return to space.
Barrios employee Vera Annenkova was recently honored with NASA’s prestigious Silver Snoopy, in recognition of her work on the Johnson Space Center Engineering, Technology and Science Contract and support of NASA’s Orion program.
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.
In October 2008, immediately after Hurricane Ike, a wave of contractors flooded Galveston Island to help repair Ike-induced flood damage.
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.
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.
One goal of the Bay Area organization is to raise public awareness of what for many remains a hidden problem. To that end, the group is organizing and promoting “Kids in Crisis: A Summit on Education,” set for Oct. 25 in the main auditorium of the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
They walked 110 flights at the League City Volunteer Fire Department training field, 718 N. Kansas Ave., a tribute to the number of stairs in twin towers.
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.
We have to come together and heal the wounds rather than fan the flames of bigotry.
Due to an AT&T outage in the area, The Daily News' phone lines are down and we are operating on limited internet connectivity.
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.
Last time, we talked about how to run uphill. Now it’s time to talk about how to make it down the other side.
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? But the first day of school is also a time to show off how cute your little boy or girl is, and how much they’ve grown over the summer. Here at The Galveston County Daily News we wanted to bring you full coverage of the first day of school throughout the county, and here are some of the photos our readers sent us.
Texas lawmakers this month formed a caucus aimed at keeping NASA funding from falling out of orbit.
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.
Clear Creek ISD has formed a new center meant to make it easier for parents to get answers and resolutions when problems arise with their children at school.
As Jaycob Freeman surveyed the hundreds of teachers gathered at the South Shore Harbour Resort in League City on Aug. 11, he realized he had come full circle.
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.
I was visiting Galveston with my family last week. Although I have been swimming all of my life, I underestimated how quickly you can get into trouble when swimming in the Gulf.
From star quarterbacks taking center stage to La Marque making the move to Class 3A, storylines abound for the 2016 football season in Galveston County. The Daily News' 2016 Football Preview covers those stories and more, including the University of Houston Cougars, regional college teams and the Houston Texans. Read online using the links below or view the E-Edition.
The Daily News' predicted playoff teams out of each local district.
The top five candidates for The Daily News' all-county football player of the year.
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.
I’m deeply concerned by the lack of media attention your organization has shown the third party presidential candidate, Libertarian Gov. Gary Johnson. Johnson and his running mate, Gov. Bill Weld, are both former two-term Republican governors of Democratic states — New Mexico and Massachusetts. Both governors are credible, honest, pragmatic and have proven that they can work across party lines. This executive dream team will be on the presidential ballot in all 50 states.
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?
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.
Stoney LaRue’s latest album is a little different from his previous recordings. “Us Time” is an album for the fans and a compilation of songs picked by the fans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newest member Kennedy Dance Theatre. Although KDT has been in the Clear Lake area for over 30 years, they have recently opened their brand-new 8,000-square foot facility in the heart of Clear Lake at Pineloch and El Camino.
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.
The violence continues and more blood has been shed; a misguided individual has once again taken the lives of innocent people. According to the true teachings of Islam, it’s important that we continue speaking out against these atrocities and offer our prayers and condolences to the families of all the innocent victims.
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.
Barrios Technology recently held its annual Awards Banquet with a special luncheon at the Johnson Space Center Gilruth Center. This event recognized employees who were recipients of awards from the 2015 Barrios Employee Awards and Recognition (BEAR) program as well as those receiving higher education degrees, company service awards, and the corporate Emy Award for community service.
UHCL gathers expert advisory board
“So Long Frank Lloyd Wright” is a wistful ballad by Simon and Garfunkel lamenting that “Architects may come and architects may go and never change your point of view.” Recently, I met one who did.
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.
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.
As part of Kelly McGuire’s annual New Years Bash at the Hilton NASA Clear Lake, the silent auction that is held each year raises money to benefit the Boys & Girls Harbor Music Program. This year’s event raised $1,000 and the check was presented by McGuire to Richard Gruen, Director of Development and Communications at Frenchie’s Restaurant in Houston.
I read with great interest the story about Parkinson's disease ("Q-and-A: What is Parkinson's?" The Daily News, June 14); however, I was surprised to find no mention at all of the Galveston County Parkinson Support Group, a nonprofit formed six years ago. We meet the first and third Thursdays of the month at First United Methodist Church in Dickinson.
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.
A longtime employee of the League City Police Department, who handled DWI breathalyzer tests for more than six years, has been fired, throwing into question an undetermined but potentially large number of drunken-driving convictions.
The Daily News has launched a new and improved website for its monthly Connection publications, which serve readers and advertisers in the League City, Kemah and Clear Lake markets.
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.
A man found dead and floating near a dock in Clear Creek last week appears to have left the scene of a crash on Interstate 45 before his death, authorities said.
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.
Clear Springs High School held its 2016 Commencement Ceremony at Challenger Columbia Stadium in Webster Thursday, June 2, 2016.
Clear Falls High School held its 2016 Commencement Ceremony at Challenger Columbia Stadium in Webster Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
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.
The official start of the Atlantic hurricane season is June 1.
While June 1 brings another hurricane season, Galveston County still carries scars left by the storms of the past. Some — shrunken coastlines, empty spaces where beach houses once stood — are plainly visible, even years later. Others are visions only in the memories of those who made it through previous storms.