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Downpours saturate parts of Crossroads

By JR Ortega
June 26, 2014 at 1:26 a.m.
Updated June 27, 2014 at 1:27 a.m.

Motorists driving on U.S. Highway 77  may have thought they saw Kermit the Frog riding a bicycle in downtown Refugio during a heavy downpour. The National Weather Service recorded 2 inches of rain between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Thursday in Refugio County. The decorative frog on his bike is in front of the Antique Station store in Refugio.

Heavy downpours have drenched much of the Crossroads so far this week, and residents such as Jeff Brittain welcome the change in weather.

Brittain, owner of the Antique Station in Refugio, was worried his 9-mile drive to his business was going to be a messy one.

Water stood in the fields along his route into town, and the rain fell so quickly that water was accumulating on U.S. Highway 77 about 9 a.m., he said.

Once the rain slowed, the water on the roadways receded.

"We lack rain, but we haven't had this much in a while," said Brittain, who measures precipitation at his home's rain gauge. "We got 3 or 4 inches several days ago - more than we're used to."

Brittain said he hopes the rain gets the area closer to a normal precipitation level by the end of the year, he said.

Victoria Regional Airport recorded .21 of an inch of rain since midnight Wednesday, wrote National Weather Service Corpus Christi forecaster Ian Blaylock in an email.

In Refugio, some community gauge readers recorded anywhere from 2.46 to 4.05 inches in a 24- to 48-hour period, Blaylock wrote.

Areas such as Port Lavaca received about 0.58 of an inch of rain, and Goliad gauge readers recorded anywhere from a half inch to 2.53 inches.

"Basically, we've been in an environment with an abundance of tropical moisture, instability and a generally favorable upper-level pattern for convective activity due to a slow-moving upper-level trough," Blaylock wrote.

Rain chances will taper off throughout the rest of the week with highs climbing to the lower 90s this weekend, he said.



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