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Forecasters predict more rain for Crossroads

By Jessica Priest
July 17, 2013 at 2:17 a.m.
Updated July 18, 2013 at 2:18 a.m.

Robert Kahanek, left, and his son, Kade Kahanek, 16, both of Hallettsville, wait out the rain at Riverside Golf Course. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Victoria on Wednesday as heavy rains fell on the Crossroads region.

A low pressure system swept in from the East Coast on Wednesday, drenching much of the Crossroads.

Victoria received 0.91 inches of rain from midnight to 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, while Goliad and Port Lavaca recorded receiving 1.22 inches and 2.06 inches respectively, said Alina Niezes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi.

And although the agency issued a two-hourlong flash flood warning for Calhoun and parts of Refugio and Victoria counties, no damage was reported.

There's a 30 percent chance of rain in Victoria on Thursday. Temperatures will also soar to 94 degrees with a low of 72 degrees. The wind will also blow during the day from the northeast at 7 to 9 mph, she said.

"We'll continue this pattern for at least the next couple of days until the weekend, so we'll continue to see 20 to 30 percent chance of showers," Niezes said.

Reaction to the rain is likely mixed for those in the agriculture business, said Peter J. McGuill, the Victoria County AgriLife extension agent.

Some farmers are in the midst of harvesting corn and sorghum. Sorghum, also known as maize, is used in bird, chicken or cattle feed and particularly susceptible to moisture, humidity and warm temperatures, conditions under which it may germinate.

"Corn is protected by a husk that will shed a lot of water. Sorghum is not. It has an exposed grain," McGuill said. "Once that seed sprouts, then the value of that seed of that grain is much diminished."

McGuill said it is too early to tell whether that will happen.

"Overall, it's a blessing," he said, noting ranchers will be happy because the weather gives their livestock more grass to munch on.

"Hopefully, we'll continue to be blessed with more," he said.



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