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River Flooding along the Blanco and San Marcos Rivers/Flash Flood Watch

Sunday May 24th, 2015


Heavy rains have moved out of Central Texas.  Sunday was mainly mostly cloudy and mild. Highs ranged from the upper 70s to lower 80s.  Flood Warnings continue along the Blanco and San Marcos rivers.  Sunday night, only isolated showers/storms will be possible through early Monday morning.

Another storm system approaches overnight and another round of strong to severe storms is likely for Monday.  This time I am expecting the heaviest of rains around midday to the afternoon time frame.  Flash flooding is again a likely bet, which is very bad news for Central Texas.  Rainfalls totals of 1-2” on average with locally higher amounts of 3-5”+ are expected.  Remember, Turn Around. Don’t Drown.


The week ahead will have rain chances each of the 7 days, with rain chances increasing for the latter half of the week going into the weekend.  Heavy rain again is possible for the Thursday through Saturday period. 


The Blanco River rose to historic levels - more than 40 feet - in Wimberley and points downstream after between 9-10" of rain fell in Blanco, streamed into the Blanco River and pushed downstream.  Flooding continued down the Blanco River to San Marcos and down the Blanco and San Marcos River to Martindale and on towards Luling.


Lake Travis rose to 47% and continue to rise Sunday.  Lake Travis jumped to 52% full with Lake Buchanan at 40% full.  Amazing recovery - highest at Lake Travis since Memorial Day 2012.


If you need a reminder to Turn Around Don't Drown - just look back at history.  Central Texas is known as "Flash Flood Alley."  On May 24th, 1981, 13 people lost their lives.  Floodwaters rose out of Shoal Creek and caused significant damage to homes and business and caught a lot of people off guard.  Here's a photo gallery from the storm:

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"13 Sins" Reals You In

Updated: Monday, June 2 2014, 12:01 AM CDT

One of the Midnighters that opened SXSW is 13 Sins, with Ron Pearlson in attendance. 13 Sins leaves you on the edge of your seat from beginning until end. The plot reminds of of Drafthouse Films' Cheap Thrills, but is far superior with twists and turns that you don't expect. Written by David Birke and Daniel Stamm, it is smart and edgy.

Eliot Brindle (Snow Day's Mark Webber) is a salesman that's not doing so well. He is about to get married to the girl of his dreams, but he's in a lot of debt. He receives a phone call that tells him that he's on a game show with a hidden camera. If he carries out 13 tasks, he will receive over $6 million. With every task he performs, several thousands of dollars show up in his bank account. Each task gets deadlier, with one where he has to kill someone in his family. What he finds out is that his brother is going through the same tasks, which end up affecting him and could become fatal.

There has been a lot of similar plots over the years starting with Saw (2004). Next came Identity, Eagle Eye, The Box, but I do believe this is a little different. It's like playing Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with a knife in your back with a blanket or sinister creepiness over the film.     

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

"13 Sins" Reals You In

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