The summer heat and humidity built up last week to create a potboiler of an afternoon storm that left La Vernia and nearby areas awash and reeling.
The pop-up thunderstorm July 28 toppled part of a mature cottonwood tree on Mulberry Street in La Vernia. In the storm’s aftermath, Wilson County Precinct 3 workers closed the bridge over the Cibolo Creek at Scull Crossing, as Randolph Air Force Base advised it would release flood water after an accumulation of more than 9 inches of rain in three days.
Unofficial rainfall totals in and around La Vernia ranged from 3 inches to 3.86 inches. Nearby Sutherland Springs reported only 1/2 inch.
The rain was a welcome break from the summer heat, but that’s returning, with temperatures this weekend due to flirt with the century mark again. The next chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service, may be Monday.