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September 21, 2014

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Saturday 09/20/2014
The rainy spell, sunshine and the surf

Galveston County will move out of its best multi-day (3 or more consecutive days with measurable precipitation) since August, 2012. Rainfall amounts over the County varied from 3.88” at Scholes Field in Galveston to 5.19” at the National Weather Service Office in League City and 5.42” in both Friendswood and Texas City.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Weather Watch: Heavy rain possibility to persist

A combination of moist, unstable air from the Gulf of Mexico and additional moisture coming in from the remnants of former Hurricane Odile to our west, should keep showers and thunderstorms around through the end of the week. Locally heavy rain will be possible in some areas, depending on where the showers and thunderstorms develop and rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches will be possible over all of Galveston County.

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Tuesday 09/16/2014
About the light at the end of summer

One morning at the end of summer, just like that, the light changes. It's a gradual process, but it strikes me the most after a cold front has passed and cleaned the air of static and dust, making the light clear and brilliant.

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Monday 09/15/2014
What will become of The Beach Hut?

Fans of The Beach Hut, 731 Seawall Blvd., on the island, were hoping the bar and live music venue’s recent closure was only seasonal. Alas, it isn’t.

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Saturday 09/13/2014
A cool front and a system in the Gulf of Mexico

A cold front slipped off the Texas coast overnight bringing a fresh, autumn breeze to the area. While the front may not pack as much punch as some can in mid-September, it will still bring lower humidity levels and milder temperatures to Galveston County. Lows on Sunday morning are expected to dip into the lower-70’s  and I would not be surprised to see them drop to the 60’s over the northwest part of the County.

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Thursday 09/11/2014
What I learned from training for a 10k

The Daily News Press Run is Saturday and I’m ready for my first, official 10k. Thanks to readers of this occasional blog for good advice that I gratefully heeded.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Book highlights lesser known sites in Galveston

Biz Buzz is filed for Thursday and I’m already working on next week’s column. One Buzz item of note is about a mother and daughter — Natalie Malphrus and Darcie Malphrus-Schlegel – who have co-written a book “Galveston: Beyond the Beach.”

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Tuesday 09/09/2014
On reclaiming the island, and the soul

As much as we appreciate people traveling to Galveston and how local business thrives off visitors, after Labor Day, the locals issue a gigantic, cleansing sigh. The summer vacationers have left. It is island-reclamation time. The beaches at sunrise are deserted, the miles belong to the residents.

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September is a month of waiting

From a climatological point of view, September is a month that finds many of us in Galveston County waiting. We wait for the first “real” cold front of the season, looking for a break from prolonged summer heat. We find ourselves waiting to move beyond the peak of hurricane season (which statistically comes around September 10). We tell ourselves that if we can only make it a few more weeks, we will be out of the woods for another season. And, we find ourselves looking for some respite from the onslaught of mosquitoes, thinking more fondly of the coming winter.

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Monday 09/08/2014
Developer plans to buy J.C. Penney building at Mall of Mainland

Details are scarce, but rumor has it that developer Jerome Karam plans to buy yet another vacant department store building at Mall of the Mainland — this time the space formerly occupied by J.C. Penney.

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Sunday 09/07/2014
Gallery: Texans vs. Redskins

The Houston Texans opened their season with a 17-6 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. J.J. Watt had a big game an rookie Jadeveon Clowney left the game in the first half with a knee injury.

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Friday 09/05/2014
Backyard bandits cause mixed emotions

Raccoons split opinions. Some love their cute and cuddly appearance, others see them as potentially hazardous varmints.

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Thursday 09/04/2014
My first 10k is fast approaching

The third annual Daily News Press Run is approaching fast – a little too fast. I’m looking forward to the Press Run. I really am. It’s always fun.

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
Waterways and the workingman, a reflection

Especially on Labor Day, it's important to find a moment to appreciate past generations' sacrifices in bringing America forward. Water connects. The Bay ties all of our local industries together. What better place to commemorate the working man's struggles?

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Tropical Storm Dolly forms in the Gulf of Mexico, but should remain well south of Texas

Not unexpectedly, the National Hurricane Center has upgraded the disturbance in the Bay of Campeche to Tropical Storm Dolly overnight and a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Mexico from Tuxpan north to Barra El Mezquital (just south of Brownsville).

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Monday 09/01/2014
Mosquito, PattyCakes Bakery close for improvements

For some island businesses, the end of the busy summer season is a time to regroup and make improvements.

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Gallery: Texans vs. 49ers preseason week 4

The Texans held their own during the first half, but ultimately fell to the 49ers 40-13 in their final preseason tune-up. They open the season at home next Saturday against Washington.

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Rains to hang around for awhile

The League City/Clear Lake area received heavy rains yesterday, while a downpour measuring nearly 3 inches caused street flooding and the heaviest rain on the Island since October 31, 2013.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
What's your message in a bottle?

We've been very busy around here working on the launch of the new and improved Coast, which comes out in October with a very different look, feel and name — Coast Monthly.  

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Neutral density filter helpful in photographing water

Living on this island, any landscape photographer will be including water in many, if not most of their shots. In order to photographically translate what we see with the human eye, a variety of tools are helpful. Some tools, e.g. exposure or aperture options, are part of the technology a SLR camera comes with, but sometimes adding a filter can be helpful. For photographing water, I choose a neutral density filter.

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Sunday 08/24/2014
Weather Watch: Looking for relief from the heat

Many people that I know have had enough steamy, August weather for a while and would like a break. This time of year, however, relief usually comes from a spell of increased cloudiness and scattered thundershowers, since late August cold fronts are exceedingly rare.

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Friday 08/22/2014
What's the sound of two wings slapping? Bath time

A pelican taking a bath is a noisy affair. Pier 19 in Galveston is a good place to watch the splashing spectacle of the brown pelicans cleaning their feathers.

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Tuesday 08/19/2014
Rattler crashes West End wedding

Diamonds at a wedding? Of course. Diamondbacks? Well that’s another matter.

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It’s Just a Hill...Get Over It!

The 3rd annual DAILY NEWS PRESS 5K, 10K and kids 1K is just around the corner…are you ready?

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Steamy August weather, a heat advisory and the Tropics

A heat advisory has been issued again today for the counties along the upper-Texas coast.  While the mercury is generally are not expected to rise above the mid-90’s nor  topple any daily high temperature records, a combination of intense August heat and high humidity levels will inhibit vigorous outdoor activities

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Monday 08/18/2014
Galveston County and military hardware

If you are like me, you were probably glued to the television Wednesday night at the situation going on in Ferguson, Mo. On that night, protests over the police shooting that caused the death of 19-year-old Michael Brown turned violent, and police used tear gas and other methods to disperse protesters.

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Sunday 08/17/2014
Gallery: Texans vs. Falcons preseason week 2

The Houston Texans notched their first win since September 15th of last year with a 32-7 victory over the Falcons in week two of the NFL pre-season.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Bistro LeCroy turns to crowds for help in financing repairs

Owners of Bistro LeCroy are turning to crowd funding to raise enough money to reopen the downtown island restaurant after an Aug. 8 electrical fire.

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Palais Royal to move its Texas City store

Department store Palais Royal is making a move in Texas City, but not too far from its longtime spot at the Mall of the Mainland.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Luby's/Fuddruckers combo firing up the grill

I thought I would offer this friendly restaurant reminder after talking to Webster officials, who are worried that nearby construction work might block signage and keep people from knowing that the 12,000-square-foot Luby’s/Fuddruckers at Baybrook Shopping Center is opening today (Aug. 14).

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Those “scattered” thunderstorms and CoCoRaHS

Sunday, I was on the extreme East End of Galveston. A thunderstorm rumbled off to the southwest, but only a few drops of rain fell at that location. Later as I traveled towards the central part of the city, the streets were flooded in some areas to curb level and a CoCoRaHS observer (a volunteer precipitation observation network) in that area reported 0.96” of rain. Meanwhile, just a couple of miles further west, the official reporting station at Scholes Field monitored but a trace of rain from the same event.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Crunch time for the Season and the Texas coast

The period between Aug. 1 and Sept. 22 is usually the most active part of the hurricane season. How we fare during this crucial period often determines what kind of season we will have locally.

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Tuesday 08/05/2014
Flesh eating bacteria is not a new threat

GALVESTON — Over the weekend, reports emerged that an Austin woman was recovering from a fight with Vibrio vulnificus, a form of flesh-eating bacteria.

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Sunday 08/03/2014
Press Run: My new running companion is brutally honest

I finally broke down and got a running app. And it’s making a more honest runner out of me.

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Thursday 07/31/2014
A “cold” front and the Tropics

This afternoon a cold front is pushing slowly through Central Texas and should move off the coast by sometime Friday. Although a cold front this time of year is somewhat unusual, do not get too excited. Any cooling from this frontal passage will be quite modest, with morning temperatures dipping only into the upper 70s near the coast and mid- to low 70s inland.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
Smashburger speculation; plus Riondo's opens on isle

I’ll be out of the office on Monday and won’t have a Tuesday Biz Buzz column. So, I thought I would leave you with some small bites of next Thursday’s Buzz.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Persistent SAL impacting the Hurricane Season

With Tropical Depression #2 weakening back into a tropical wave, systems in the Tropical Atlantic Basin continue to have a difficult time developing — not that I am complaining.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Area El Tiempo fans face long wait

Tiempo means time in Spanish and it looks like everyone will have plenty of it as we wait for El Tiempo Cantina to finally open in Webster.

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Friday 07/18/2014
Press Run: Help, I need race-day costume advice!

Daily News staff members met this week to discuss details of our Press Run, which is Sept. 13. We’ve been meeting for months, but this time I felt a real sense of urgency.

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Monday 07/14/2014
Rain likely this week over southeast Texas, but will Galveston County benefit?

The elements are coming together for fairly decent rains over large parts of North and East Texas. Whether this will benefit Galveston County remains the big question.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Microsoft to take on Apple at Baybrook Mall

This should get interesting.

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Monday 07/07/2014
Thoughts on Hurricane Arthur, the Hurricane Season and rain

Hurricane Arthur may be typical of what we see this season with tropical systems. Given cooler than normal water in the Tropical Atlantic, dry air over the central Tropical Atlantic, high wind shear levels and a very slowly developing El Niño, many forecasters are saying that the greatest threat from tropical cyclones this year will be from what is colloquially called “home grown storms.”

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Web tool shows Galveston through the decades

GALVESTON - I came across a pretty cool web tool today, created by the United States Geological Survey. 

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Sunday 07/06/2014
Target under fire for no-guns request

Retailer Target last week put itself in the crosshairs of gun advocates by requesting shoppers not bring firearms into its stores — even where local laws allow.

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Monday 06/30/2014
Could Arthur spoil the Holiday Weekend in the Carolinas?

A slowly developing low pressure area  (AL 91) located 125 miles east of Melbourne, Fla., is being given an 80 percent of developing into a tropical depression or tropical storm during the coming 24 to 48 hours. Although the low is currently drifting in a southwest to westerly direction, it should turn northeast during the next couple of days and head towards the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina.

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Sunday 06/29/2014
Press Run: How do I fit in all the fitness?

Since I last posted about my efforts to train to run a 10k during The Daily News’ Press Run on Sept. 13, I’ve logged a total of 10 miles of running. That’s pretty lame, I know.

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Thursday 06/26/2014
Current rainy spell may repeat in July

The current rainy spell has brought much needed precipitation to Galveston County (which largely missed out on the heavier rains north and west of Houston). Thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday delivered 1.13” of rain to Galveston and 0.91”  to League City. This still leaves both locations well below normal for June (and the year), with Galveston running 3.46” below normal for the month and League City 3,98” receiving less than would be expected by June 26.

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Thursday 06/19/2014
June is chick time for the royal tern

The Royal Tern is one of our more common local sea-birds, distinguishable by its bright orange bill and black head-cap. Texas is the most southern area of the tern's breeding grounds. June is when their chicks hatch. In the winter, the tern migrates as far as Argentina in order to find warmth.

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Looking to the Tropics for some rain

This is the time of year when rain is less likely to be the result of mid-latitude events (cold fronts, low pressure troughs and so on) and more likely to appear as the result of tropical weather systems.

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Saturday 06/14/2014
Video: Cleaning the seaweed

GALVESTON — The effect of this year’s seaweed season on the island has been a hot topic this week on the island.

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