The first full day of Mardi Gras festivities kicked off in Galveston on Saturday, February 18, 2017 with numerous parades featuring costumed revelers, colorful beads and live music. The annual celebration will continue until Fat Tuesday on February 28th.
Mardi Gras Galveston started Friday evening with events including the Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Parade and the George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Honoree Parade, this year held in recognition of Larry Del Papa of Del Papa Distributing Co.
An upper-level disturbance tracking east across Texas and northern Mexico will keep showers and occasional thunderstorms around for most of the day. Although the bulk of the precipitation is expected to move out some time this evening, there is a chance that parades scheduled tonight in Galv…
An advancing cold front, a warm front and an upper-level system will bring us a good chance of thunderstorms tomorrow. Currently, it appears as though the best chance for rain will be in the afternoon hours. The good news is that the heaviest rain and best chance for severe weather will be o…
A zonal (mostly straight west to east) wind pattern aloft will keep warmer than normal weather around for most of the next 6-7 days. A zonal pattern tends to keep cold weather bottled up well to our north and in many circumstances brings drier than normal conditions.
The 2017 Mardi Gras season kicked off with the annual Mainland Mardi Gras Parade in Texas City on Saturday. The event, presented by the Rotary Club of Texas City, featured numerous decorated floats complete with beads and candy. Mardi Gras in Galveston will begin on February 17.
Festivities continued Thursday at the George R. Brown Convention in advance of Super Bowl LI. Guests at the NFL Experience were able to participate in numerous interactive events, purchase memorabilia and see many of their favorite current and former players.
Super Bowl LI halftime show performer Lady Gaga and National Anthem singer Luke Bryan met with the media on Thursday to discuss their upcoming performances at the big game on Sunday.
Over 1,000 area students got the opportunity to visit the NFL Experience Wednesday morning for the NFL PLAY 60 Kids' Day where they interacted with Houston Texans players and were entertained by Grammy Award winner Jordin Sparks.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held his annual press conference in the Media Center at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on Wednesday afternoon.
On the final day of the month, it appears likely that this month will be the warmest January in Galveston since 1950. The 62.6° average for Galveston (unlikely to change much with today’s mild weather) will also rank as the 4th warmest ever for the Island. League City, with a 60.3° average (…
The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots were welcomed to Houston by thousands of fans and members of the media during Super Bowl LI Opening Night at Minute Maid Park on Monday.
Foggy weather and warm temperatures did little to temper the enthusiasm of participants at the 6th Annual Polar Plunge. Hundreds of costumed revelers sprinted in groups into the surf at Stewart Beach in Galveston on Saturday during the event, which raises funds for Special Olympics Texas.
A Gale Warning for gusts up to 50-mph has been issued for Galveston Bay and off-shore waters on Sunday. In addition, a Wind Advisory is effect for Galveston County with winds of 20-30 mph expected and gusts to 35-mph (or higher right along the coast).
People have asked me over the past couple of days about the chances of rain here. It seems that they keep hearing about thunderstorms moving into the area and are wondering where these rains are. I ran into this also with the heavy rain event in early December.
A 30° low Saturday morning brought the first freeze to Galveston in two years (the last being a 31° low on January 8, 2015). The 25° low in League City was the coldest at that location in three years (a 23° low in January, 2014). Galveston’s minimum temperature on Saturday was also the colde…
Rainfall of slightly over an inch in Galveston on December 31st, placed December, 2016 in the record books as the wettest December since official observations began in 1871. Temperatures this past month also were well above normal, with the monthly average running 6.0° above normal in League…
With 10.04 inches of rain so far this month, Galveston appeared to be on track for its wettest December ever just a few days ago.
The Houston Texans hosted the Cincinnati Bengals in a Christmas Eve game on Saturday night. It was a low scoring affair as the Texans won on a missed field goal by Bengals kicker Randy Bullock. The victory clinches the AFC South and a home playoff game for the Texans.
A pattern change will keep the coldest air bottled up well to our north as we move into Christmas weekend. In fact, sunny skies and somewhat milder conditions today are a good indication that we may be able to exchange our parkas for short-sleeved shirts this weekend as we rebound from the c…
After replacing starting quarterback Brock Osweiler with backup Tom Savage in the second quarter, the Houston Texans fought from behind to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 21-20 on Sunday.
An 80 degree temperature at Scholes Field this afternoon tied the record for the warmest reading ever at that location for the month of December. Meanwhile, temperatures hovering from the upper-70’s to the low-80’s over inland areas of the County prompted many people to abandon winter-wear f…
Because of heavy rains last weekend, a second weekend of Dickens on The Strand was held in downtown Galveston. Visitors once again donned their costumes to participate in the festival that annually transforms The Strand area into Victorian Era England.
The welcome sight of bright sunshine greeted area residents today, following record rains that brought up to 14.77 inches to parts of the County. Elsewhere, Scholes Field officially measured 9.83 inches during the rain event and League City a more modest, though hardly inconsequential, 6.59 …
Visitors to Dickens on The Strand braved rainy weather to be transported back to 19th Century England. Because of the inclement weather, event organizers waived admission fees and announced that the event would be held again next weekend.
Rains of 4-5 inches are not out of the question for many localities in Galveston County and various advisories are likely to be issued as the weekend nears.
The Friendswood Mustangs faced off with the Katy Cinco Ranch Cougars in a UIL 6A Region III Divison 2 semifinal on Saturday afternoon at NRG Stadium in Houston.
This week brings one of the longest and busiest holidays of all with Thanksgiving and the long Thanksgiving week looming. With many people planning to travel during this holiday, I thought it would be good to see what kind of weather we may have during this time.
The Friendswood Mustangs defeated the La Porte Bulldogs 56-35 in a UIL 6A Region III Area Playoff on Friday night at Challenger Columbia Stadium in League City.
The Houston Cougars welcomed #3 Louisville and Heisman frontrunner Lamar Jackson to TDECU Stadium on Thursday night for the final regular season home game.
Unless you are a gardener or ready for real fall weather to set in, this week should be near ideal. Mostly sunny skies, with cool to mild nights and mild to warm afternoons will continue through Thursday or Friday. In fact, temperatures may even reach 80° over inland areas of the County by T…
The Friendswood Mustangs defeated George Ranch in the Bi-District round of the State Football Playoffs at Henry Winston Stadium in Friendswood Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.
The Clear Springs Chargers and Pearland Oilers faced off in the first round of the playoffs Friday night with the Chargers looking to avenge their 28-24 loss to the Oilers from week one of the season.
The La Marque Cougars were defeated 40-7 by the Coldspring Trojans in the Bi-District round of the 3A Division I Football Playoffs at Abshier Stadium in Deer Park Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.
The Hitchcock Bulldogs headed to Etheredge Stadium to take on the La Marque Cougars on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. The Coogs bested the Bulldogs 12-10 in the inaugural showdown between the two Galveston County team.
As anyone who lives on Galveston Island or anywhere on the mainland is aware, this is not your typical weekend. An estimated 400,000 people will attend the Lone Star Rally in Galveston, adding to traffic congestion from Houston to the coast.
October 2016 went into the record books as the 2nd warmest October since observations began 145 years ago.
The Ball High Lady Tors defeated the Houston Austin Lady Mustangs on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in a bi-district playoff match at Clear Brook High School. The Lady Tors swept the Lady Mustangs by the scores of 25-15, 25-16 and 25-13.