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An influx of deep moisture from the Gulf of Mexico (partly residual moisture from former Tropical Depression #4) and an upper-level low just north of the Yucatan will keep a good chance of showers or thunderstorms in our picture through early next week.

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July has begun on a very different note than June. Through the first six days of June, Galveston had already received 4.14 inches of rain. By contrast, no rain has been reported at either Scholes Field in Galveston or the National Weather Service Office in League City.

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More showers rolled across the already soggy coastal areas of Galveston County this morning. Even before these latest rains, Galveston had measured 9.22 inches of rain, giving the Island city its wettest June since 2004 when 10.98 inches of rain were recorded. While inland areas of the Count…

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This morning, Tropical Storm Cindy is a disorganized storm that is still producing 60-mph hour sustained winds over sections of the Gulf of Mexico. The center is located around 200 miles southeast of Galveston with the storm currently tracking to the northwest at 8-mph. The latest thinking i…

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The disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Cindy. A Tropical Storm Warning extends west from Louisiana to High Island and a Tropical Storm Watch from High Island to San Luis Pass and the west end of Galveston County. At 1 p.m., CDT, Cindy was centered near 25.4…

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The 10 a.m. CDT update from the National Hurricane Service has extended Tropical Storm Warnings west to High Island and a Tropical Storm Watch has been extended across Galveston Island to San Luis Pass. This reflects uncertainty on how far to the west the system will track before making its …

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Although not technically a tropical storm yet, the National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the southeast Louisiana coast and a Tropical Storm Watch from southwest Louisiana to High Island, Texas. At 4 pm, the center of Potential Tropical Storm #3 was located 380 mil…

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High pressure over Texas and the Southwest, high pressure to the east and a frontal boundary and low pressure over the Plains are likely to bring us a sunny, breezy and warm weekend. While the surf may be a little rough, it should be a good weekend overall for outdoor activities if you do no…

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I’ve always felt that true summer begins when the overnight lows fail to drop below 80 degrees on the Island and struggle to get much below that mark on the mainland. At that point, the weather outside begins to feel downright muggy as I can attest after walking my dogs. With high humidity l…

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Summer can be a tough time for many varieties of vegetation in Galveston County. Long hours of near peak sunshine and a combination of high evaporation rates and extremely warm soil temperatures can put maximum stress on local plants — to the dismay of area gardeners.

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The Tropical Meteorology Project released its updated pre-season outlook today, revising its April forecast calling for a below-average season (in terms of the number of named storms) to one projecting an about average season. This is more in line with the outlook issued by the National Hurr…

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While the bulk of the weekend is likely to be breezy and warm, the chances for another spell of rain will be creeping up from late Sunday into Monday. A cool front is expected to drift southward across the state over the weekend, stalling somewhere between the northern part of Southeast Texa…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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 (…

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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).

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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The 88 degree high in Galveston today not only set a warm temperature record for the date — eclipsing an 87 degree high in 2007 — but also is the hottest temperature ever seen on the Island this late in the season since observations began in 1871.

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In many ways, October has been a repeat of September with much above normal temperatures. Through the 16th, the October monthly average for Galveston was 80.3° (which is 3.9° above normal). If the month were to end today or tomorrow, this October would be the warmest since observations began…

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I received a number of calls last week, including one from my wife, asking about some model projections which had Hurricane Michael turning back south, crossing either Florida or Cuba and ending up in the Gulf of Mexico. I answered that it was far too soon to worry about this. Projections th…

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A 66° reading this morning at Scholes Field in Galveston brought the coolest temperature to the Island since May 27th. Cool, dry high pressure will set the stage for near perfect early autumn weather for this weekend. In addition, the cool-down over the past couple of days will keep this Sep…