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January 29, 2015


Wednesday 01/28/2015
Sunshine and mild conditions to give way to a chill and a chance of rain

Temperature soared into the 70’s on Tuesday afternoon, giving County residents a preview of spring. The 75 degree high in Galveston tied the record for the day, matching a similar reading on January 27, 1882.

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Tuesday 01/27/2015
The Mysterious World of Fog

The thick coastal fog that comes with many January mornings has the ability to transform the island into a foreign planet, cloaking the world until one could imagine to be the only human being around. The fog distorts shapes and gives them lives of their own and changes sounds until it is hard to pinpoint their origin. Taking a long hike along East Beach Lagoon the birds materialized like statues packed in thick tufts of cotton and the egret soaring with a croak could be a gargoyle loose from a medieval cathedral.

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Monday 01/26/2015
Moody Gardens penguins predict the Super Bowl

As is becoming a big-sporting-event tradition, a local attraction tried to capitalize on the upcoming Super Bowl by having their animals "predict" the outcome of the game.

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Friday 01/23/2015
UPDATE: ShyKatZ Fork & Spoon to reopen Monday


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Wednesday 01/21/2015
System may bring heavy rains, but weekend weather looks fairly good

Most people I know have been pleased with the weather over the past few days, even with the periods of dense night-time and early morning fog. Certainly recent conditions have been a big improvement over the prolonged chilly, wet spell that plagued Galveston County through the first half of the month.

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Graphic: Where did curfew citations happen?

On Wednesday, I reported that the Galveston Police Department issued far more curfew citations to black and Hispanic teenagers than they did to white teens between 2013 and 2014.

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Friday 01/16/2015
Return of the Skimmers

The recent rain has brought the flocks of skimmers and other shorebirds that make rest on Galveston and the Bolivar Flats this time of year. The red-billed skimmers tend to soar and land in flocks of hundreds, creating meandering clouds in the skies. The white pelicans sit like marbled statues on the lagoon, less skittish to passers-by.

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Sunshine brings a respite, but for how long?

You don’t have to be a weatherman to know that 2015 has started out on a cold, wet note. The other day the 46° high in League City was the same as that in Anchorage, Alaska (which ironically is experiencing record warmth). Overall, temperatures for the first 15-days of this month averaged 46.7° in Galveston, which is 8.3°below what would be expected. If this were to continue through the end of the month, it would make this January the coldest in the County since January, 1977 when the final monthly average was 46.6°.

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Monday 01/12/2015
Weber tweet compares Hitler, Obama (UPDATE)

After thousands of people, including dignitaries from more than 40 countries, marched through the streets of Paris on Sunday, President Barack Obama came under criticism for not participating in the event.

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Relief in sight from dismal winter weather?

Some sun and a few patches of blue sky today may be giving some hope to those weary of winter. With a chilly couple of weeks and a three-day rainy spell that brought precipitation amounts from 2.38” on the East End of Galveston Island to 1.87” at Scholes Field, 1.57” at League City and 1.29” at Friendswood, who isn’t ready for a change?

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Tuesday 01/06/2015
Weber votes for Gohmert, against Boehner, for Speaker of the House

John Boehner was re-elected as the Speaker of the House on Tuesday as Republicans assumed full control of Congress for the first time since 2007. 

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Monday 01/05/2015
Winter to tighten its grip on the County this week

A breezy, cold front brought the coldest temperature of the season to Galveston Island this morning (36°) and overnight lows ranging from 33-35° from the mainland to Hobby Airport. This influx of cold air, however, marks just the beginning to what promises to be a cold week that will end with cloudy, chilly, wet weather as we move into the weekend.

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Saturday 01/03/2015
The weather in 2014 and a look ahead

December, 2014, surprisingly, was warmer than normal in both Galveston and League City, with the monthly average in Galveston of 59.2°, being 1.9° above the long-term average for December and the monthly average of 56.6° in League City being 2.3°warmer than would be expected.

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Friday 01/02/2015
Update on island Denny's do over

Plans for a complete makeover of Denny's, 1410 Seawall Blvd., are still on the table, but work hasn't yet begun. And, the restaurant is still open.

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Wednesday 12/31/2014
Photos of the Year 2014

Each year The Daily News publishes hundreds, if not thousands, of images taken by The Daily News’ photo staff. As 2014 comes to an end staff photojournalists Kevin M. Cox, Stuart Villanueva and Photo Editor Jennifer Reynolds have pulled together their favorite images for a year-end gallery.

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Sunday 12/28/2014
Photos: Texans vs. Jaguars

The Houston Texans ended their 2014 season with a 23-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. J.J. Watt made history by becoming the only player in NFL history to have 20 sacks or more in two different seasons and Andre Johnson had his 51st game with over 100 yards receiving.

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Friday 12/26/2014
The weather is looking somewhat “messy” for the New Year

A cold front and upper-level system moving through the area this weekend will mark the beginning of a period of chilly, wet weather for Southeast Texas that should last through the first week of January.

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Wednesday 12/24/2014
Ten years ago Galveston got a real Christmas surprise

Time flies, but it is strange to realize that it has been ten years since Galveston’s magical and marvelous Christmas snow. The storm moved northeast from South Texas, transforming the area into a winter wonderland. In addition, it brought the heaviest snow to the Island since 1895 creating story-book like images of a snow laden landscape.

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Sunday 12/21/2014
Photos: Texans vs. Ravens

Case Keenum returned to Houston on Sunday as the Texans defeated the Baltimore Ravens 25-13.

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Christmas weather may be ideal, but the New Year’s Holiday could present a problem

Despite heavy rains yesterday averaging 2-3”  across the County and a cold front due on Tuesday, the weather for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is actually looking quite promising. Cool, sunny weather on Wednesday should slowly evolve into milder, partly cloudy conditions on Christmas Day.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Christmas miracle: A popular Biz Buzz tradition returns

I'm bringing back a Biz Buzz holiday tradition. Tell me what store, restaurant or business you'd love to see in your Galveston County or Clear Lake area community.

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Monday 12/15/2014
Christmas week weather

While there is still plenty of weather in the mix for this week, including a fairly potent system that should bring rain to Texas by Thursday and Friday, there appears to be even more interest in what we may expect next week.

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Friday 12/12/2014
Holiday magic in the wetlands

The cool December air sends the birds out into the open to seek the warmth of the sun and thus mid-morning sees as busy a traffic of pink-, white- and grey-winged birds as on an airport hub over the holidays.The Cranes' croaking mixes with the chattering of Spoonbills as they flick water droplets around as brilliant as Christmas ornaments when taking off. I don't know if I prefer the clear blue skies only winter can produce or the misty, foggy mornings also typical for the season.

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Monday 12/08/2014
Idyllic weather to linger for a while

The weather this week should be as good as can be expected for the second week of December with sunny to partly cloudy skies, low humidity levels seasonably cool days and cool to chilly (but not really cold) nights.

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Saturday 12/06/2014
Photos: Dickens on the Strand 2014

Downtown Galveston has been transformed into the Victorian era England of Charles Dickens for the 41st annual Dickens on the Strand festival. The world-renowned festival, which features musical performances, food, a costume contest and parades will continue on Sunday.

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Photos: Dickinson vs. Cypress Ranch 6A Region III Final

The Dickinson Gators fell to the Cypress Ranch Mustangs 31-28 in a closely fought game that came down to the final play on Saturday afternoon at the University of Houston.

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Friday 12/05/2014
Shrimp 'N Stuff debuts downtown island eatery

It’s open. After months of anticipation, Shrimp ‘N Stuff this week debuted its island downtown site, 2228 Mechanic St.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
A closer look at weekend weather

With the big Dickens weekend coming up, I have had a few questions regarding weather for the event. Unfortunately, we are in one of those patterns that make crystal balls as murky as the cloudy skies.

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Monday 12/01/2014
November’s weather and the outlook for Dickens Weekend

November in Galveston County was cooler than normal with slightly below average precipitation. A milder trend towards the end of the month, kept it from making the top 10 coolest November lists. In fact, this November turned out to be slightly milder than last year (with a 61.5° average at Scholes Field compared with a 61.0° mean last November). The monthly average in League City was 58.0°, which was 3.7° below normal.

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Sunday 11/30/2014
Gallery: Texans defeat the Titans

The Houston Texans rebounded against the struggling Tennessee Titans on Sunday to notch a 45-21 victory. J.J. Watt stole the show while DeAndre Hopkins had a career game with two touchdowns and and nine receptions for 238 yards. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 358 yards and six touchdowns in is return as a starter.

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
54,000 copies of The Daily News' delivered in time for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving edition of The Daily News is a holiday shopper's delight. It is full of bargains just in time for the Black Thursday and Black Friday sales.

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Tuesday 11/25/2014
Have Comcast, Bank of America scored one for consumers?

National companies bombard reporters daily with pitches about new products or how they’re making life easier for consumers. I delete a lot of them.

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Thanksgiving week weather should be near ideal; Dickens weekend not so much

Cool, dry air and a developing high pressure ridge to our west, should ensure fairly good weather for this week and the Thanksgiving Holidays. Although the week will start out on the chilly side, we should see seasonably mild to cool weather for most of the period, including Thanksgiving Day, when high temperatures should be in the mid to upper-60’s, with the mercury climbing into the low-70’s by the weekend.

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Monday 11/24/2014
Your best holiday photos can win you $100

Holidays mean time with family and friends and usually lots of photos.

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Sunday 11/23/2014
Gallery: Texans 13, Bengals 22

Houston fell to Cincinnati 22-13 on Sunday afternoon. Andy Dalton and the Bengals controlled all aspects of the game and limited the Texans to just 248 yards of total offense.

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Friday 11/21/2014
San Luis Pass is a window to the past

The stretches of tidal lagoons around San Luis Pass give us an idea about how the Texas Coast looked before any settlers set foot on its shores.

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Severe thunderstorms possible on Saturday

An upper-level short wave trough is expected to develop over California and swing eastward into Texas on Friday and Saturday, bringing the threat of severe storms to much of Southeast Texas, including Galveston County. Strong winds and even a few tornadoes cannot be ruled out as moist air from the Gulf of Mexico provides fuel for the upper-level system.

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Tuesday 11/18/2014
Photographically, November is perfect for birds

The camera is a visual arts tool that produces a two-dimensional image. The challenge is to bring this image to life. Exposure can capture a sense of movement, even sound.

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Monday 11/17/2014
Update: Power struggle: Yaga's, Tsunami temporarily closed

Popular downtown island eatery Yaga’s Café and neighboring bar, Tsunami Exotic Tequila Emporium, are temporarily out of commission after a power pole behind Yaga’s, 2314 Strand, fell Sunday, knocking out electricity.

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Sunday 11/16/2014
Gale warnings issued for off-shore waters as blustery cold front approaches

The Houston-Galveston National Weather Service has issued Gale Warnings for near shore and offshore waters for this evening and Monday as a blustery cold front barrels towards Southeast Texas.

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Saturday 11/15/2014
Gallery: Clear Falls volleyball Region III Champs

The Clear Falls Lady Knights defeated the Cypress Ranch Mustangs in five sets (16-25, 25-22, 29-27, 22-25, 15-10) Saturday to become the Region III 6A champions. They'll play in the state tournament semifinals on Friday evening in Garland for a shot at the state title.

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Friday 11/14/2014
Gallery: RIII 6A Volleyball Semifinals

Clear Creek and Clear Falls played back-to-back in the Region III 6A volleyball semifinals on Friday night at Aldine's M.O. Campbell Center. The Knights swept Katy Seven Lakes in straight sets (25-15, 25-19, 25-20) and will play Cypress Ranch for the Region 3 title and a trip to state Saturday at 2 p.m. The Wildcats lost a hard fought battle against Cypress Ranch in five sets (25-16, 14-25, 25-18, 24-26, 16-14).

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
It's time to rediscover Anahuac

The 1.5 hour drive to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is never more worthwhile than during autumn when hundreds of migrant water fowl pass the reserve's ponds.

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Monday 11/10/2014
Sudie's Seafood House shuts down in League City

After a little more than 11 years, Sudie's Seafood House, known for that large neon catfish hanging in the front, has closed its League City site.

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Sunday 11/09/2014
Cold front to usher in a prolonged chill?

Given the media coverage, it is certainly no secret that this coming week will see both the chilliest weather in southeast Texas so far this season and a major outbreak of very cold air over the eastern 2/3 of the country.  What may not be so clear is that the cool-down this week will usher in a colder than normal period that will persist until late November.

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Saturday 11/08/2014
Gallery: Lone Star Rally 2014

The Lone Star Rally roared into Galveston this weekend for the 13th year. The event is the largest four-day motorcycle rally in North America.

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Tuesday 11/04/2014
League City couple votes for first time since becoming U.S. citizens

LEAGUE CITY — Dr. Omar Albustami said his wife Nadia told him he was acting "like a kid," as he walked into the voting center at Creekside Intermediate School.

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Monday 11/03/2014
System could bring heavy rain as it moves east

It has been more than three weeks since Galveston County has received any substantial rains (0.42” at League City and 0.59” at Galveston on October 13). As nice as the dry, cool weather has been, we are in a situation where precipitation is definitely needed.

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Saturday 11/01/2014
Gallery: Dickinson vs. Clear Creek football

The Dickinson Gators defeated the Clear Creek Wildcats 42-20 on Saturday afternoon to remain undefeated and claim the District 24-6A title.

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Thursday 10/30/2014
First week of November to bring a chill and some rain

October, 2014 will go into the record books as milder and drier than normal in Galveston County. The lowest temperature so far this month on Galveston Island is 60 degrees. Barring a rapid chill down Friday night, this will be the mildest October minimum since 1988.

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