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TTR Weather Update for DeWitt, Fayette, Gonzales, and Lavaca Counties.

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This update has been issued to increase the severe weather risk level to Enhanced over portions of the southern Edwards Plateau, Rio Grande plains and western Hill Country. (Please see the graphic below). The Enhanced Risk area now covers the cities of Del Rio and Rocksprings.

…Severe Storms Possible This Evening through Early Wednesday Morning…

Area of Concern:

All of South Central Texas, but primarily near the I-35 corridor west to the Rio Grande.

Threats & Impacts:

Winds: Straight-line wind gusts up to 70 mph.

Hail: Hail up to 2 inches in diameter

Tornadoes: Isolated tornadoes possible.

Rainfall: 1 to 2 inches of rainfall across the Hill Country and Central Texas. 1/10 to 1 inch elsewhere.

Timing and Overview:

A storm system will bring a good chance of showers and storms to the region tonight. Conditions will be favorable for some storms to become severe, with the primary threats being damaging straight-line wind gusts and large hail. A lesser, but non-zero, threat for isolated tornadoes will exist. Some isolated pockets of heavy downpours are possible, however due to the speed of the system significant flash flooding impacts are not anticipated at this time.

We could see a few storms as early as late this afternoon across Val Verde and Edwards counties. However, most of the activity is expected late this evening and overnight. Initially, the storms are expected to organize into a line and first impact the Rio Grande plains and southern Edwards Plateau between 9 and 11 PM. The line of storms will then move into the Hill Country and I-35 corridor between Midnight and 6 AM Wednesday morning. The storms will continue east of the I-35 corridor Wednesday morning, however some models indicate a weakening trend during that time.


Moderate to High

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Additional Information Resources:
NWS Austin / San Antonio Webpage: http://www.weather.gov/sanantonio
Storm Prediction Center: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/
Online Severe Weather Reporting: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/StormReport/SubmitReport.php?site=EWX

Request for Information:

Please relay severe weather reports and/or photo’s via Twitter using #eWXspotter

Eric Platt and Trevor Boucher
NWS Austin / San Antonio



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HOUSTON — The world’s largest celebration of agriculture, education, entertainment and Western heritage drew a record-breaking 2,611,176 visitors in total attendance to the 85th annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, March 7 – 26, 2017.

“Powered by more than 33,000 volunteers, the 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo successfully provided a record number of visitors with a world-class entertainment experience,” said Joel Cowley, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo president and CEO.

“During the 2017 Show, fans were immersed in one-of-a-kind educational and agricultural exhibits, larger-than-life entertainment, and nightly celebrations of Western heritage during RODEOHOUSTON®.”




The total 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attendance was more than the population of any Texas city.

• Total attendance for all activities on the grounds was a record 2,611,176. o In three days, the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest entertained 226,369 guests, and on Thursday, March 2, attendance reached an opening-day record of 47,883.

o Another record was broken on Saturday, March 18, with a single-day attendance of 185,667, when the Show had more people on the grounds than Texas’ 16th most populated city.

• Paid Rodeo/concert attendance reached 1,370,263. o Two of the RODEOHOUSTON® performances landed on the list of the Show’s top 20 paid rodeo/concert attendance records. § First: Sunday, March 19, 2017 – Go Tejano Day – Banda El Recodo and Siggno – 75,557

§ 17th: Thursday, March 16, 2017 – Luke Bryan – 75,033


• RODEOHOUSTON committed $2.17 million to its contestants in 2017.

• The 2017 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series invited the world’s top rodeo athletes to compete in seven traditional rodeo events, March 7 – 25. o With the entire purse provided by RODEOHOUSTON, Super Series athletes competed for a share of $1,748,000 in prize money. Each event champion rode out of NRG Stadium with $50,000, plus winnings from the preliminary rounds.

o 2017 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Champions, with total money earned, are: § Tie-Down Roping: Caleb Smidt: Belleville, Texas – $58,500

§ Bareback Riding: Jake Vold: Airdrie, Alberta, Canada – $56,000

§ Team Roping: Zac Small: Welch, Oklahoma; and Levi Lord: Sturgis, South Dakota – $110,000

§ Saddle Bronc Riding: Cody DeMoss: Heflin, Louisiana – $56,438 • 2003 RODEOHOUSTON Champion

§ Steer Wrestling: Tyler Waguespack: Gonzales, Louisiana – $56,500

§ Barrel Racing: Kassie Mowry: Dublin, Texas – $60,000

§ Bull Riding: Garrett Smith: Rexburg, Idaho – $53,375

• The RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout®: North America’s Champions, presented by Crown Royal, was held Sunday, March 26, 2017. o This one-day event featured champion athletes from eight of the best rodeos in the U.S. and Canada.

o Contestants competed as individuals, and as part of a team consisting of event champions from each of the eight rodeos.

o The Super Shootout features five fan-favorite events: bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling.

o With a total purse of $250,000, the Super Shootout is among the richest one-day rodeo events in the world. Each event champion earned $25,000, and team members earned an additional $2,500 each for their share of $12,500 for the winning team.

o 2017 champions, with the rodeos they represented, are:

§ Bareback Riding: Tim, O’Connell, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

§ Barrel Racing: Ivy Conrado, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

§ Bull Riding: Riker Carter, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

§ Saddle Bronc Riding: Taos Muncy, Reno Rodeo

§ Steer Wrestling: Sterling Lambert, Rodeo Austin

§ Super Shootout Team Award: Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

• each team member took home an additional $2,500


• Livestock and horse show competitions drew 32,793 entries.

• There were more than 19,000 Houston Livestock Show junior entries for the 10 breeding, market and dairy livestock shows, and 21 judging competitions and contests.

• Junior auction sales totaled $15,239,356

• Six junior auction Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion lots set world or Show records. The prices for the top winners in the junior market and school art auctions were:

o Junior Market Barrow

§ Grand Champion Barrow: $212,000 (world record)

§ Reserve Grand Champion Barrow: $133,000 (world record)

o Junior Market Pen of Broilers § Grand Champion Pen of Broilers: $150,000

§ Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Broilers: $75,000

o Junior Market Goat § Grand Champion Goat: $180,000 (world record)

§ Reserve Grand Champion Goat: $115,000

o Junior Market Lamb § Grand Champion Lamb: $270,000 (world record)

§ Reserve Grand Champion Lamb: $125,000

o Junior Market Steer § Grand Champion Steer: $345,000

§ Reserve Grand Champion Steer: $330,000

o Junior Market Turkey § Grand Champion Turkey: $110,000

§ Reserve Grand Champion Turkey: $68,000

o School Art § Grand Champion Work of Art: $235,000 (Show record)

§ Reserve Grand Champion Work of Art: $221,000 (Show record)

• Auction totals (unaudited preliminary totals that do not include cash contributions and some purchase commitment amounts) were:

o Barrow: $2,773,280

o Lamb and Goat: $3,101,479

o Poultry: $1,615,334

o School Art: $2,285,233

o Steer: $4,354,700

• The Junior Commercial Steer Auction totals were $628,539 (live auction of choice steers).

• The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Champion Wine Auction brought in $1,844,208.

• The Ranching & Wildlife Auction totaled $551,116.

• Calf scramble and judging contest winners received 370 certificates, each worth $2,000, to apply toward the purchase of a registered beef heifer, steer or dairy calf to exhibit at the 2018 Houston Livestock Show. Certificate premiums totaled $740,000.

• Calf scramble exhibitors from 2016 who returned with their heifer, steer and dairy projects to compete at the 2017 Houston Livestock Show received more than $100,000 total in premiums and awards.


• The Show committed $26,065,510 to the youth of Texas in 2017:

o $14,272,000 in scholarships to be awarded this summer ($18,000 scholarships were increased to $20,000);

o $7,653,750 to junior show exhibitors and calf scramble participants;

o $3,614,360 in educational program grants; and

o $525,400 in graduate assistantships.



• Three RODEOHOUSTON entertainers drew 75,000 or more fans to NRG Stadium.

• Show officials announced on Thursday, March 16, that country music icon Garth Brooks would open and close 2018 RODEOHOUSTON.

• The new Mare and Foal presentation became a fan-favorite during the nightly 2017 performances, highlighting animal welfare and breeding programs. A new foal was born during RODEOHOUSTON, and fans voted to name the new addition Houston’s Honey.

AGVENTURE, presented by Occidental Petroleum

• More than 61,000 people participated in a scheduled school tour or field trip.

• More than 20,000 little cowboys and cowgirls rode the pony rides.

• More than 425 eggs hatched in the Poultry Exhibit.

• Fifty-eight piglets, 20 calves and 14 lambs and were born at the Birthing Center.

• More than 65,000 sunflower seeds were planted in the Soil Exhibit.

The Junction

• More than 109,500 little farmers visited TDECU Fun on the Farm.

• More than 16,000 people rode camels.

• More than 3,500 children participated in Mutton Bustin’ in The Junction.


• Visitors consumed o 47,480 tamales;

o 38,000 cinnamon rolls;

o 29,196 potatoes;

o 18,915 barbecue sandwiches;

o 10,819 sausages on-a-stick;

o 8,000 funnel cakes;

o 3,400 corn dogs;

o and 122 slices of bug pizza.


• Live television broadcasts were available on FOX Sports Southwest throughout the U.S. and Canada, March 22 – 26.

• Live streaming of RODEOHOUSTON action each night was available at rodeohouston.com and FoxSports.com/Southwest.

• The Show produced four live streams of various Show activities and live rodeo competition each day.

Show Merchandise

• Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and entertainer merchandise sales reached more than $4 million.

• More than 80,000 items with the Show’s logo went home with fans, including 25,000 T-shirts, 10,000 lapel pins, and 10,000 cups and mugs.

Social Media

• Since March 1, 2017,

o more than 357,000 public mentions online were recorded;

o 281,259,000 fans were reached online;

o and more than 287,683,000 additional fans were reached due to shares of the Show’s online content.


• More than 830,000 visitors utilized the Rodeo Express and METRO Park & Ride locations, including more than 380,000 riding METRORail.


• It took 350 truckloads of equipment to build the carnival.

• The carnival hosted more than 2.4 million riders during the 20-day run of the Show.

• Eighty semitrailers full of teddy bears found new homes.

• Forty-one miles of turkey legs, if lined up end to end, were eaten.

• The equivalent of two fields of corn were roasted.

• The top five rides were Skyride, La Grande XL, Windstorm, RaveWave and G Force.

• The top five games were Bank a Ball #1, One Ball, Mini Basketball, Bank a Ball #2 and Tubs.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 27 – March 18.

This week on Lone Star Outdoors with Cable Smith…

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We start off by visiting with pro bass angler Alton Jones Jr. I caught up with Alton at the Bassmaster Classic media day in Houston this week. We’ll deviate from the normal script here as I ask Alton some off the wall questions and try to keep him on his toes as he gears up for his first Bassmaster Classic appearance.

Next, we discuss the 6.5 Creedmoor caliber in detail with Horizon Firearm’s Derrick Ratliff. This caliber has taken the hunting/shooting community by storm in the past two years and Derrick tells us why he thinks it’s the most versatile caliber available.


Then we get Derrick’s take on muzzle breaks. Should you have one on your hunting rifle? He gives us the pros and cons.


We round out the show by checking in with 2015 Bassmaster Classic Champ Casey Ashley. He gives us his thoughts on how Conroe will fish for this weekend’s tournament. Surprisingly, a very warm winter has the majority of the field scrambling to figure out what pattern the bass are in. Casey also gives us his take on tying baits directly to braided line. Does he do it? Under what circumstances? All that, plus we talk Nashville and the ruination of country music with the recording artist turned angler.

Join us Saturday morning at 8, on Texas Thunder Radio.

Cable Smith
Owner/Host  Lone Star Outdoors Show
Twitter: @LonestarOutdoor



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HOUSTON —  RODEOHOUSTON Semifinal 1 contestants advance to the Super Series Championship, set for Saturday, March 25.

Tyson Durfey of Weatherford, Texas, took home the Semifinal 1 win in Tie-Down Roping. The reigning 2016 Tie-Down Roping Champion is confident in his horse, Niko, and his ability to adapt to any challenge the Super Series Championship might present.

“My horse, Niko, always puts me in a position to win,” Durfey said. “He rarely makes mistakes, so it all boils down to the draw of the calf.”

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):
Tyson Durfey: Weatherford, Texas — $6,750
Caleb Smidt: Bellville, Texas — $8,500
Tuf Cooper: Decatur, Texas — $5,250
Ace Slone: Cuero, Texas — $3,375

After a thrilling ride, Jake Vold of Airdrie, Alberta, Canada, won the Semifinal 1 Bareback Riding event. Vold said that he has confidence going into the Championship Round.
“There’s a great group of guys here at RODEOHOUSTON and a great group of horses,” Vold said. “It’s anybody’s game.”

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):
Jake Vold: Airdrie, Alberta, Canada — $6,000
Ty Breuer: Mandan, North Dakota — $6,000
Chad Rutherford: Itasca, Texas — $5,500
RC Landingham: Vina, California — $3,375

Charly Crawford and Walt Woodard, both of Stephenville, Texas, claimed the Semifinal 1 Team Roping win. Crawford said RODEOHOUSTON is a great place to ride, but much of the duo’s success is dependent upon the calf they pull.

“Houston has great fans, the best athletes and great competition,” Crawford said. “Tonight it was easy, but it’s all dependent on the draw.”

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):
Charly Crawford: Stephenville, Texas; and Walt Woodard: Stephenville, Texas — $13,500
Clay Smith: Bowie, Texas; and Paul Eaves: Millsap, Texas — $12,000
Zac Small: Welch, Oklahoma; and Levi Lord: Sturgis, South Dakota — $10,000
Trevor Brazile: Decatur, Texas; and Patrick Smith: Lipan, Texas — $8,500

Cort Scheer of Elsmere, Nebraska, had the top Saddle Bronc ride of Semifinal 1 to secure his spot in the Super Series Championship. Sheer said he loves what he does and is going to use this win as motivation for the Super Series Championship.

“Any day riding broncs is the best day,” Scheer said. “This win gives me more momentum, and big rodeos are exciting because the crowd is so loud.”

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):
Cort Scheer: Elsmere, Nebraska — $9,000
Isaac Diaz: Desdemona, Texas — $ 5,500
Layton Green: Meeting Creek, Alberta, Canada — $6,875
Chuck Schmidt: Keldron, South Dakota — $5,625

Baylor Roche of Tremonton, Utah, wrestled his steer in 4.6 seconds tonight to win the Semifinal 1 Steer Wrestling event. Roche said that it is always great to be at RODEOHOUSTON.

“The atmosphere in the arena is pretty electric,” Roche said. “[RODEOHOUSTON] is a great place to be in the top 10.”
Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):
Baylor Roche: Tremonton, Utah — $6,583
JD Struxness: Appleton, Minnesota — $5,000
Nick Guy: Strasburg, Colorado — $4,750
Trevor Knowles: Mount Vernon, Oregon — $4,500

Sydni Blanchard of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is headed to the Super Series Championship in Barrel Racing. In back-to-back nights, Blanchard came away with a win, and is now in the chase for $50,000.

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):
Sydni Blanchard: Albuquerque, New Mexico — $8,500
Taylor Langdon: Aubrey, Texas — $ 6,500
Kelly Tovar: Rockdale, Texas — $6,000
Nellie Williams-Miller: Cottonwood, California — $5,750

Parker Breding of Edgar, Montana, took home the Semifinal 1 win after a tie for first with Cody Campbell of Summerville, Oregon. The tie was decided by Breding’s greater winnings to date. Breding said there is nothing like performing at RODEOHOUSTON.

“It’s great to ride in such a big arena in front of all of the fans, even if you don’t do well,” Breding said. “It’s even better though if you win.”
Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):
Parker Breding: Edgar, Montana — $5,500
Cody Campbell: Summerville, Oregon — $3,250
Neil Holmes: Cleveland, Texas — $7,000
Sage Steele Kimzey: Strong City, Oklahoma — $2,750

The top four from each event in the Semifinal rounds will advance to the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Championship on Saturday, March 25. The remaining six from each event in the two semifinals will compete in the Wild Card Round, Friday, March 24, where the top two from each event will advance to the Championship. Each event champion will walk away with a $50,000 payout, in addition to previous winnings.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2017 Show runs through March 26.

Mark McKinney on TTRMS!

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We would like to thank Mark McKinney for being our guest on TTRMS, below are a few pics from the show. As always, you can hear the show on demand, as well as, learn more about upcoming guests by visiting the Texas Thunder Radio Music Showcase page. Here are a few pictures from the show!

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