Galveston County received welcome sunshine and mild temperatures today, following yesterday’s heavy rains that created street flooding, isolated tornadoes and power outages in some spots. The needed rain over the past two days brought amounts ranging from 3.66 inches in Santa Fe, 3.07 inches…
Contestants in vintage swimwear hit the catwalk for the Galveston Island Beach Review Bathing Beauties Contest at the Hotel Galvez and Spa in Galveston on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The annual event is the official kick-off to the summer season on the island.
The Galveston Ball Tors and Crosby Cougars faced off in a deciding Game 3 of the UIL 5A Region III Baseball Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon in Deer Park.
The Clear Springs Chargers opened their three game regional quarterfinal playoff series with a 1-0 win over Deer Park on Thursday night at Reckling Park.
A sure sign of the changing season is the appearance of annual hurricane preparedness meetings. This year’s round kicked off in League City last Saturday and continues with a meeting in Santa Fe this evening (see link). Other meetings will be in Galveston on Saturday, Friendswood on June 1 a…
Members of law enforcement from across Galveston County gathered with community members Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the League City Police Department to honor peace officers killed in the line of duty.
A record 280 graduates received their degrees Saturday during the Texas A&M University at Galveston 2017 Commencement at the Galveston Island Convention Center.
College of the Mainland graduates celebrated their accomplishments at their 2017 Commencement ceremonies at the Abundant Life Center in La Marque on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
Galveston College held their 50th annual commencement ceremony Friday at the Galveston Island Convention Center. A record 533 candidates for graduation received more than 600 associate degrees and certificates.
With precipitation levels running below normal for four of the first five months, 2017 can hardly be characterized as wet. However, there is a distinct difference in overall moisture levels so far this year between the mainland parts of the County, Galveston Island and areas near the coast.
Another upper-level system due to impact the area late Tuesday into Wednesday may bring more precipitation to Galveston County than the storms that roared through Texas Saturday night, producing a deadly tornado in Canton, Texas along with strong winds and heavy rains across a large portion …
The final weekend of the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo continued Saturday in Hitchcock with the children's cowboy and cowgirl contests. Youngsters dressed in their best western attire and demonstrated skills like dancing, singing and joke-telling for a chance to earn titles.
The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing graduates received their degrees Friday during the 2017 Commencement ceremony at Moody Gardens in Galveston.
Area youngsters brought their livestock to auction at the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo in Hitchcock on Wednesday. Rabbits, sheep, turkeys chickens, hogs, steers and more all hit the auction block. Mason Hubbard’s Grand Champion Steer, Apollo, fetched 26,000 at the event.
A surface low near Fort Worth, a weak cold front and an upper-level trough tracking across the center of the country has contributed to quite breezy conditions locally, along with cloudy to partly cloudy skies and a slight chance for rain. Galveston has already reported 23-mph winds and 31-m…
The first weekend of the 79th Annual Galveston County Fair and Rodeo in Hitchcock kicked off with livestock shows, carnival rides, live music, fair food, rodeo events for children and adults and more. Events at the fair continue throughout the week and next weekend.
A storm complex moved across Galveston County causing havoc in the Santa Fe area where 7 to 9” caused flooding. Ironically, rainfall amounts were quite varied even across small areas as the storms tended to move slowly across the same locales. As a result, precipitation totals at official re…
Rain has been hard to come by so far this month in most of Galveston County, with only 0.01” of rain at Galveston so far and 0.02” at the NWS Office in League City/Dickinson. This lack of moisture is particularly evident near the coast, where a persistent “cap” (layer of warm, stable air alo…
The Houston Astros opened the 2017 season on Monday at Minute Maid Park against the Seattle Mariners in front of 41,678 fans. The Astros beat the Mariners 3-0 for their fifth consecutive opening day victory.
Although northern and western parts of Galveston County have received up to 1 ½ inches of rain over the past 14 days, precipitation has been scarce during that period closer to the coast.
Few will argue with the observation that the weather over the past few days has been near ideal. Fairly light winds, abundant sunshine, mild nights and warm afternoons have stirred spring fever in most people I’ve encountered. This is reflected by increased interest in outdoor activities fro…
Certainly spring break week has begun on a much cooler note than many would want. In fact, the 51 degree low this morning in Galveston equaled the coolest temperature seen during the entire month of February.
A high pressure ridge to the northeast and a steep pressure gradient is bringing brisk winds gusting to 30-mph along the Texas coast, along with higher than normal tides and dangerous rip currents. Already, a Small Craft Advisory is effect for off-shore waters through tomorrow morning.
With one more day of warmer than normal temperatures likely, February, 2017 is set to go in the record books as the warmest ever in Galveston.
Revelers returned to Galveston Island for the second weekend of Mardi Gras festivities. Visitors were treated to numerous parades featuring grand floats, live music and more.
The Clear Springs Chargers returned to the Merrell Center in Katy on Saturday afternoon to battle the Cypress Ranch Mustangs for the UIL 6A Region III title.
Marching bands and drill teams along with floats participated Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in the annual Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Parade during Mardi Gras in Galveston.
The second weekend of Mardi Gras get rolling in Galveston on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, with the Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade, Krewe Babalu's 12th annual All Krewe Parade and the Krewe of Maximilian Parade.
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…