I'm the first to admit, I hate a gloomy day. I need the sunshine, it makes me smile and puts me in a good mood.

Sure, the sun can be hot and all, but without it all we do is dwell on things we don't want to. So I looked around Texas and found a few places we sunshine driven people should be looking at.


They top the list with 293 total days with sun. 193 of those are days that are complete sunshine, while the other 100 are what we call "partly sunny" days. Truthfully, I can deal with partly sunny days, at least it comes out for awhile. A place that only gives me 72 days without sun is a place I think I can handle.


Our neighbor to the south checks in at #2 on the list with 262 days with sun. It has a somewhat similar ratio to El Paso with 160 of those days being nothing but the sun out and shining. Kind of makes you wonder, if Lubbock is that close to us, where does Amarillo fall on this list?


How about in a tie for 3rd on the list? Lubbock beats these 2 places out by only ONE day. 261 days of sunshine isn't too bad. The one difference between Amarillo and Midland/Odessa is the days of complete sunshine. We've got 8 less days of total sunshine than Midland/Odessa does, but that's ok. We don't mind a little cloud cover now and again.


Coming in as the 5th sunniest city in Texas is San Angelo with 251 days of sun. A place that has over 100 days WITHOUT sun is not a place for me honestly, but if it was spaced out enough I could probably deal. I'll take the extra 10 days we get here in Amarillo and be happy with that.

Check Out This $1.3 Million Home: 9 Valhalla Lane

This incredible La Paloma home is on the market for $1.3 million.

The listing for this home describes it as:

Fabulous La Paloma home! The floor plan features 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a 4 car garage and a wing with its own kitchen/butler's pantry that would be the perfect set up for a college-aged kid or in-laws....Each bedroom features a private bathroom and walk-in closet. Other features include a theatre, wet bar, office, luggage closet, room to install an elevator and outdoor patio!

If you've ever had the urge to buy a home that's got the "oomph" to be worth installing an elevator, then you better move quick. The realtor in charge of selling this home is Jennifer Rosenbach with Amarillo's Parkview Realty, LLC

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Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

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