Thursday, May 28, 2015


At around 200 PM CDT on May 11th, 2015, showers and thunderstorms began developing across the South Texas Brush Country. This was due to avery moist and extremely unstable airmass residing across South Texas. A slow-moving cold front and outflow boundary (image to the right) along with anupper level disurbance set the stage for a widespread heavy rain and flooding event that peaked from the evening on the 11th into the morning hours of the 12th. Widespread 2 to 4 inches of rain fell across South Texas. Many areas across San Patricio...Nueces... Kleberg and southern Jim Wells counties generally received 4 to 6 inches. Southern Duval and southeastern Webb counties received as much as 8 to 10 inches!
Due to the very heavy rainfall, many streets and low-lying areas became flooded due to high water. Hardest hit areas were Benavides, near Ramirez and west of Realitos in Duval county where several county roads were closed due to high water. Even a portion of state highway 16 was closed for a time due to high water. 3 to 5 feet of water affected portions of Benavides. Other hard-hit areas includedCorpus ChristiRobstownAransas Pass, and Port Aransas. Many flooded roads and low-lying areas occurred during the morning hours on the 12th across these areas. 

Several rivers rose sharply due to runoff from the heavy rain. In particular, Oso Creek rose from nearly 6 feet to more than 20 feet in less than two hours! Oso Creek is expected to crest around 28.5 feet during the morning hours on the 13th. Ongoing major flooding will persist for more than 48 hours. This Oso Creek flooding event already ranks as the 4th highest crest ever recorded but may become the 3rdhighest of all-time on the 13th.
Besides the heavy rain and flooding. there were several severe thunderstorms which affected South Texas during the evening of the 11th and during the morning of the 12th. The strongest thunderstorm affected Riviera with 70-80 winds due to a downburst. Damaging wind gusts generally between 40 and 60 mph occurred across portions of the Coastal Bend during the early morning hours. A peak measured wind gust of 66 mph occurred at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station at 331 AM CDT on the 12th. These strong winds produced sporadic damage that included downed trees and power poles either bent or blown completely down.

Scenes of the flooding in Texas this May 25th., 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


The Story of Fatima, Portugal

The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared 6 times to 3 sheperd children; Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta; between May 13 and October 13, 1917. She came to the little village of Fatima which had remained faithful to the Catholic Church during the recent persecutions by the government. Our Lady came with a message from God to every man, woman, and child of our century. Our Lady of Fatima promised that the whole world would be in peace, and that many souls would go to Heaven if Her requests were listened to and obeyed. She told us that war is a punishment for sin; that God would punish the world for its sins in our time by means of war, hunger, persecution of the Church and persecution of the Holy Father, the Pope, unless we listened to and obeyed the command of God. At Fatima, Pope John Paul II said on May 13; " the message of Fatima is more relevant and more urgent " then when Our Lady first appeared. The message is an anguished appeal of our Heavenly Mother, Who sees us in great danger and Who comes to offer Her help and advice. Her message is also a prophesy, a clear indication of what was about to transpire in the 20th century, and what is still going to happen infallibly in the near future, depending on our response to Her requests.

As a great sign of the whole message truly coming from God, a marvelous miracle was worked in the sky above Fatima before 70,000 witnesses on October 13, 1917 at the time, date and place that Lucy and the other two children had prophesized in the name of Our Lady of Fatima. The children were told by Our Lady that God would perform a miracle so that people would believe in the apparitions. The date the children was October 13, 1917, in Fatima. On that date, 70,000 people came to see the phenomenon. The miracle occurred with the sun. All could stare perfectly at the sun without blinking, or even hurting heir eyes. While all were watching the sun, it rotated, got large and small, got close to the people, and got far away from them. The sun " danced ". Every single person who was there testified to seeing the sun dance, even non- believers who immediately dropped onto their knees and begged for forgiveness.

MIRACLES TODAY Our Lady of Fatima continues to work miracles today through Fatima water which is sent from Fatima, Portugal around the world. This Fatima water sprang up in Fatima at the spot the Bishop told people to dig, very near where Our Lady appeared at the Cova de Iria (the Cove of Peace) in Fatima. The water is known to cure people with sicknesses and poor health. Still, other people are cured when they go on pilgrimage to Fatima, which is about 90 miles north of Lisbon, Portugal.

Monday, May 11, 2015


Ole Miss student’s family killed in a plane crash on the way to his graduation

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Travis Polanco, An Unnecessary End to a Young Life


Six years old Travis Polanco passed away yesterday after he was taken off life support earlier in the afternoon. Travis was shot in the head on Thursday evening last week by another minor in Valley Community. He had been on life support ever since because he was hit five times. Doctors were unable to remove a few of the pellets from his brain because of swelling.

According to Travis’ father, Thomas Polanco, the sixteen-gauge shotgun used in the shooting by the year old, is the weapon utilized by the minor’s family for hunting.  Police have since questioned the parents of the boy who pulled the trigger and they have been released. Now, the nine year old is under the age of criminal liability and then there is the other matter to determine if his parents are negligent for leaving the weapon unsecured in the house and in the reach of a child.  Still, Polanco says there is need for parents to exercise caution.