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The Galveston County Daily News: Weather Watch

July 23, 2016

Weather Watch

Monday 07/18/2016
Rains unlikely to make much impact as the heat continues
Posted: July 18, 2016 - 3:51 pm

Showers and isolated thunderstorms popped up again today as a combination of fairly deep Gulf moisture and heating created a somewhat unstable atmosphere. Unfortunately, the rains have been sporadic and amounts overall have been fairly light over most of the area. Even a 0.32 inch downpour this morning at Scholes Field and a 0.08 inch shower there yesterday, left the Island with a 2 inch rainfall deficit for the month compared to what would be expected. Meanwhile, as of Sunday evening, the National Weather Service at League City still had a meagre 0.02 inches of rain for the first 17 days of the month.

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Monday 07/11/2016
July off to the driest start in 20 years
Posted: July 11, 2016 - 2:15 pm

No need to state the obvious. This month, so far, has been drier and hotter than normal. The official NWS recording station at Scholes Field measured only a trace of rain through the first 10 days of the month. The last time the first third of July was so dry was in 1996, when absolutely no rain was reported for the first third of the month. The same situation holds for the National Weather Service Office in League City, where only 0.02 inch of rain was measured for the first ten days this month.

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Friday 07/01/2016
Hot, mostly dry weather in store for the holiday as summer strengthens its grip
Posted: July 01, 2016 - 3:57 pm

Weather over the long July 4th Holiday weekend should come close to stereotyped impressions of the summer event. There will be plenty of sunshine and sultry conditions with only a slight chance of early morning thundershowers near the coast and inland during the afternoon hours.

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Thursday 06/23/2016
Typical summer weather to prevail, but early July could be “interesting”
Posted: June 23, 2016 - 8:39 pm

Near to slightly above normal temperatures for this time of year and near normal precipitation should prevail through the end of June. This is about what we would normally expect for this time of year.

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Tuesday 06/14/2016
Heat to linger, a “chilly” day in June, and a look at the Tropics
Posted: June 14, 2016 - 11:47 am

By most accounts, the muggy, somewhat oppressive conditions we are now seeing are unlikely to fade anytime soon. Generally forecasts are calling for warmer than normal temperatures for at least the next week or two. Rain chances will also remain low for the rest of this week as high pressure aloft dominates our weather. Temperatures may moderate a little this weekend as the upper-level high pressure ridge shifts west and low-level winds veer to the east, along with a slight increase in precipitation probabilities.

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Monday 06/06/2016
Rain and the Tropics: what can we expect?
Posted: June 06, 2016 - 2:45 pm

Several people have asked me about the Tropics, especially since Bonnie and Colin have popped up, and I promised a few days ago to write a blog with my thoughts about the upcoming season.

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Wednesday 06/01/2016
Multi-day rain event to challenge river and municipal drainage systems
Posted: June 01, 2016 - 10:15 am

An upper-level low tracking into Texas, combined with an excessively moist atmosphere, will produce several days with heavy rains and thunderstorms. With saturated soils and many rivers already at flood stage, significant flooding cannot be ruled out before the system moves out of Texas this weekend.

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Tuesday 05/24/2016
Some surprising facts about our “wet” spring in Texas
Posted: May 24, 2016 - 6:30 pm

With all the rain we’ve had this spring, I was curious to see how this year matched with previous years. What I found is that sometimes impressions can be misleading.

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Tuesday 05/17/2016
Wet weather likely to continue
Posted: May 17, 2016 - 10:40 am

Although we will get somewhat of a break today, and possibly, tomorrow, wetter than normal weather is likely to continue a while longer. More widespread rain is anticipated on Thursday and Friday and the long-term outlooks suggest that we will receive somewhat above normal precipitation through the end of the month.

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Friday 05/13/2016
Hurricane awareness tour is big opportunity for locals
Posted: May 13, 2016 - 10:23 am

Ever wish to tour hurricane reconnaissance aircraft or chat with pilots and meteorologists involved in hurricane preparedness and response? If so, then Tuesday will provide a chance to do just that.

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Monday 05/09/2016
Reflections on a windy day
Posted: May 09, 2016 - 10:09 pm

Forecasts calling for windy conditions on Monday certainly turned out to be true. The overall average of 18.1 MPH at Galveston today brought the highest daily wind speed average there since April 16-17. Of more importance, the sustained 38-mph wind maximum wind speed and the 47-mph highest wind gust, were both the highest seen this year, eclipsing a 36-mph maximum wind speed and 46-mph gust in February.

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Tuesday 05/03/2016
Spring cold front brings a welcome break from the rain and humidity
Posted: May 03, 2016 - 10:20 am

A spring cold front moved off the coast yesterday bringing sunshine, lower humidity levels and noticeably cooler weather. Temperatures this morning dipped below 60 degrees in the northern fringes of the County and a 64 degree low in Galveston was the coolest temperature at that location since April 15.

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Tuesday 04/26/2016
Stormy weather to continue
Posted: April 26, 2016 - 5:29 pm

Two rounds of stormy weather will roll through Southeast Texas between now and Sunday, one tomorrow and the other as we move into the weekend. More severe thunderstorms and heavy rain will be possible both events.

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Friday 04/15/2016
Brisk winds, high tides and locally heavy rain in the picture for early next week
Posted: April 15, 2016 - 5:14 pm

Galveston residents are finding near perfect spring weather as the week winds down and we move into the weekend. Following in the wake of Wednesday morning’s storms which brought the heaviest rains to Galveston County since March 9, the break in the weather has given many a chance to return to outdoor activities and pay some attention to their now well-watered gardens.

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Monday 04/11/2016
Outlook brightens for mid-week rains
Posted: April 11, 2016 - 1:44 pm

I am not sure if the current trends will be to everyone’s liking, but the latest American (GFS) and European models are continuing to portray moderate to heavy rainfall for the Galveston County area. The rains are especially needed in Galveston where only 0.01” has been received through the first third of April. League City has had only a trace over the past nine days, but they did benefit from a 1.16” downpour on April 1.

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Thursday 04/07/2016
The weather is nice, but where is the rain?
Posted: April 07, 2016 - 2:48 pm

It is difficult to find much fault with our weather of late. Temperatures have been moderate and rain has not been much of a problem. But could the later part of that statement become a problem?

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Wednesday 03/30/2016
Public meeting on Thursday to discuss hurricane protection plans
Posted: March 30, 2016 - 2:46 pm

An important public meeting will be held tomorrow, March 31, at the County Commissioner’s Court in Galveston from 6 to 8 pm. This is part of an ongoing series of meetings sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD). The District was created by Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jefferson and Orange Counties in response to a state Commission initiated by Governor Perry in the wake of Hurricane Ike. It is responsible for developing plans to address the impacts of future storms on the upper-Texas coast.

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Monday 03/21/2016
How will this coming week and weekend compare weather-wise?
Posted: March 21, 2016 - 10:09 am

A morning low of 48 degrees brought the coldest temperature in three weeks to the Island. Temperatures on the mainland, likewise, hovered near 40 degrees at several locations as a weekend cold front brought the chilliest weather since February to the County.  As I mentioned last week, the front made the weekend a little less than ideal for those who wished to frolic in the surf.

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Tuesday 03/15/2016
Weekend weather may be less than ideal
Posted: March 15, 2016 - 6:49 pm

If one were to construct a Chamber of Commerce picture of a perfect spring break weekend, it would consist of soft breezes, surf and sand, sunny days, and of course, plenty of happy visitors.

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Monday 03/07/2016
Monitoring an advancing storm system
Posted: March 07, 2016 - 9:40 am

Our spell of near ideal early spring-like weather is due to come to an abrupt end this week.

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Wednesday 03/02/2016
February’s weather and an early spring?
Posted: March 02, 2016 - 12:53 pm

February was warmer and drier than normal in Galveston County. The monthly average was 2.0° above normal in Galveston and 2.9° above normal in League City. This also marked the first time since 1998 that the temperature failed to dip below 40° in either January or February in Galveston.

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Monday 02/22/2016
Recent rain was first significant weather swing
Posted: February 22, 2016 - 9:49 am

The old saying: "If you do not like the Texas weather then just wait a little while,” will be certainly true this week. Rains will move into the area today to end a month-long dry spell. Today’s weather will be just the first in some significant swings in the weather this week.

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Thursday 02/18/2016
Sunny, mild weather to linger, but rain and cooler weather on the horizon
Posted: February 18, 2016 - 11:15 am

Our current spate of sunny, mild weather should continue through Saturday, though we are likely to see increasing clouds and humidity levels over the weekend.

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Thursday 02/11/2016
Is our near ideal spell of sunny weather a prelude to a dry spring?
Posted: February 11, 2016 - 10:22 am

There is no doubt that our recent spell of sunny weather, with humidity levels more in line with New Mexico than Southeast Texas, has been welcomed by most. Combined with seasonably cool to mild temperatures, we really couldn’t ask for better weather than we have seen so far this month.

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Wednesday 02/03/2016
January’s weather and a look at this weekend
Posted: February 03, 2016 - 5:45 pm

This January was slightly cooler than normal in Galveston County. The month, however, was characterized by persistent cool conditions rather than any really cold weather. In fact, the lowest temperature during the month in Galveston was only 40 degrees, marking the first time that the temperature has failed to dip below the 40 degree mark since 2006. League City, likewise, reported a lowest temperature of 33 degrees during the month, giving that part of the County its first freeze-free January in nearly a decade.

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Tuesday 01/26/2016
A peek at Mardi Gras weather this weekend and beyond
Posted: January 26, 2016 - 2:24 pm

Ever since Mardi Gras was revived in 1985 as public celebration, those attending the event have seen a wide variety of weather, from sleet and freezing temperatures to sunshine and temperatures in the 60’s.

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Wednesday 01/20/2016
Windy conditions likely as cold front and surface low move across the region
Posted: January 20, 2016 - 4:46 pm

While parts of the Middle Atlantic States are facing a major snow storm and sections of the South likely to see severe weather and possible tornadoes from a developing Winter Storm, Galveston County will likely experience mostly indirect effects as the system moves east across the region.

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Wednesday 01/13/2016
Sub-Tropical Storm Alex adds to a very strange week in the Tropics
Posted: January 13, 2016 - 8:34 pm

The formation of Sub-Tropical Storm Alex today and the development of Hurricane Pali in the central Pacific put an exclamation mark on what has been a strange week in the Tropics weather wise.  Pali became the earliest hurricane ever in the central Pacific and Sub-Tropical Storm Alex has become the earliest ever named storm in the Atlantic, though Hurricane Alice-2 (there were two storms named Alice that year) did form in the Atlantic on December 30, 1954 and move across the Leeward Islands before dissipating on January 6, 1955.

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Friday 01/08/2016
Possible thunderstorms tonight and impending cold snap signal more changeable, wet weather
Posted: January 08, 2016 - 1:25 pm

So far the weather in 2016 has followed a typical El Niño type pattern for our area with frequent periods of rain and generally cool temperatures alternating with brief spells of milder conditions. 

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Saturday 01/02/2016
Looking back at our weather in 2015 and a glance ahead
Posted: January 02, 2016 - 4:15 pm

It will come as no surprise to anyone to learn that this past year was very wet. Galveston’s official reporting site at Scholes Field ended 2015 with 61.53 inches of rain. This gave the Island its wettest year since 2006. Rainfall amounts over inland areas of the County were even more impressive with a soggy 72.16 inches measured at the National Weather Service office in League City/Dickinson.

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Saturday 12/26/2015
High tides and a threat of severe storms to herald a return to more wintry weather
Posted: December 26, 2015 - 3:46 pm

As expected, unseasonably mild weather continued across Galveston County on Christmas Day. The 76 degree high yesterday at Scholes Field in Galveston set a new all-time warm maximum temperature for Christmas, breaking the previous high of 75 set in 2012.

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Monday 12/21/2015
I’m dreaming of a mild Christmas
Posted: December 21, 2015 - 9:15 pm

On this day (Dec. 21) in 1924, Galveston was pelted with sleet and a biting north wind that held the afternoon temperature to 33 degrees after a frigid 24-degree low.

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Thursday 12/17/2015
A look ahead at next week and Christmas Day weather
Posted: December 17, 2015 - 5:13 pm

It is only seven days until Christmas Eve so I am beginning to get questions about what kind of weather we can expect for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. So far, the forecast models have been fairly consistent, so we can have some confidence in the general picture, though some variations may appear as we actually get closer to Christmas.

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Friday 12/11/2015
Weekend storms and a look ahead
Posted: December 11, 2015 - 9:00 am

An upper-level disturbance and approaching cold front will bring at least two periods of showers and thunderstorms to our area tomorrow into sometime on Sunday. The first will be associated with the upper level disturbance Saturday afternoon. The second will be the result of a cool front moving through the area late Saturday night & Sunday morning.

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Monday 12/07/2015
Galveston weather myths: fact or fiction?
Posted: December 07, 2015 - 10:46 am

This will be the first of three blogs looking at Galveston myths/tales about our unique local weather.

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Tuesday 12/01/2015
Soggy November caps wettest fall in 74 years
Posted: December 01, 2015 - 9:14 am

This should come as no surprise.

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Wednesday 11/25/2015
Thanksgiving Day weather to be good, but weekend travel could be problematic
Posted: November 25, 2015 - 9:50 am

As advertised, Thanksgiving Day weather should be fine locally with partly to mostly cloudy skies, mild temperatures and a slight chance of showers. Those traveling over the weekend, however, may find more challenging conditions, especially if they are headed north and west towards the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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Thursday 11/19/2015
A looming cool-down and a peek at Thanksgiving weather
Posted: November 19, 2015 - 10:14 am

As mentioned in my previous blog we may be looking at the chilliest weather so far this season by late this weekend and early next week. A blustery cold front should push through Galveston County on Saturday, bringing a chance of showers and sharply cooler temperatures. Lows by Sunday or Monday could reach the upper-40’s at the coast and plunge into the 30’s on the north and west side of the Houston area. Fortunately, skies should clear out fairly rapidly in the wake of the front, allowing sunshine to prevail during the period of chilliest weather.

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Thursday 11/12/2015
Stormy weather and a hint of winter on the horizon?
Posted: November 12, 2015 - 9:11 am

Cooler weather and a few showers are moving through Galveston County this morning. This should set the stage for a seasonably cool, partly cloudy weekend.

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Thursday 11/05/2015
Heaviest rain likely to miss Galveston County
Posted: November 05, 2015 - 3:17 pm

A dry line and upper-level disturbance in West Texas is resulting in Flash Flood and Tornado Watches for large areas of Central Texas this evening. A line of storms approaching that area are likely to produce severe weather with more possible tomorrow.

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Friday 10/30/2015
Heavy rain, high tides possible as new storm approaches
Posted: October 30, 2015 - 12:56 pm

Yet another storm system is moving towards Southeast Texas this afternoon bringing a threat of heavy rain, gusty winds and elevated tide levels. An upper-level low pressure trough to our west will result in a strong southeast flow and an unstable atmosphere as it moves across Texas. Strong thunderstorms will be likely with 1-3 inches of rain possible. A Tornado Watch has been issued for areas to our west and isolated tornadoes and severe thunderstorms cannot be ruled out for our area tonight and early tomorrow.

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Tuesday 10/27/2015
Anatomy of a near “perfect” storm and a look at the next one
Posted: October 27, 2015 - 11:16 am

The no-name storm that passed through our area this weekend won’t soon be forgotten soon. To me it was the near “perfect” (not in the sense of being good) storm in that an unusual combination of factors led to virtual tropical storm conditions in a system that was as much a mid-latitude type system as it was tropical. It was not “perfect” (in the bad sense of the term) in that it did not completely unload the feared catastrophic rains in Galveston County and surrounding areas.

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Sunday 10/25/2015
County weather slowly improving after a wet night of high tides
Updated: October 25, 2015 - 9:04 am

Heavy rains Saturday and overnight, ranging from 6.17 inches at Scholes Field International Airport, 6.48 inches in mid-Galveston and about 5.5 inches over most of the county caused widespread street flooding.

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Saturday 10/24/2015
Coastal and inland flooding possible as major storm moves towards Southeast Texas
Posted: October 24, 2015 - 10:15 am

A dangerous storm will begin impacting the Galveston area later today into Sunday. How dangerous will depend upon the exact track of a surface low beginning to form over Deep South Texas. This morning’s GFS model has the low moving along and just off the Texas coast, while this morning’s European model has the system tracking a little further off the coast. As a consequence, the GFS is calling for in excess of 11 inches of rain for Galveston between later today and late Sunday, while the European model is a more modest (though still considerable) 5 ½ inches of rain during the same time span.

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Wednesday 10/21/2015
Hazardous Weather Outlook issued as wet system develops this weekend and early next week
Posted: October 21, 2015 - 6:04 pm

The National Weather Service Office for the Houston/Galveston area has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Thursday through Tuesday, indicating that there will be heavy rains of 2-4 inches east of Interstate 45 and 4-6 inches west of there, along with strong rip currents, above normal tides and minor flooding in low lying areas of the coast.

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Monday 10/19/2015
Heavy rains could mess with Octoberfest
Posted: October 19, 2015 - 5:40 pm

First, the good news: chances of tropical activity in our area have decreased markedly over the past couple of days.

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Friday 10/16/2015
Near ideal weekend weather, but will next week bring tropical activity?
Posted: October 16, 2015 - 6:22 pm

Despite unseasonably warm temperatures this afternoon, a cold front expected to move across Galveston County overnight and early Saturday should set the stage for near ideal weekend conditions.

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Friday 10/09/2015
Idyllic early autumn weather to continue
Posted: October 09, 2015 - 8:03 pm

Mild to warm temperatures, light winds and plenty of sunshine continue to bring what some locals call “Galveston’s second summer”. Gulf waters remain relatively warm, but the heat is less intense, inviting those who have discovered the joys of late September and early October to area beaches and bays. Of course, as one wag commented: “It’s good that our summers are not like this, because few of us could afford to live here!”

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Saturday 10/03/2015
September, October tidbits and a look ahead
Posted: October 03, 2015 - 11:47 am

This past month was the wettest September in Galveston since 2002 with the 11.13” at Scholes Field nearly matching the 11.38” measured back then. Oddly, the rather impressive precipitation did not even make one of the ten wettest September’s of record. Certainly, it will probably be a long time, if ever, before we exceed the incredible 26.01” measured in September, 1885.

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Monday 09/28/2015
Rain, high tides and a look ahead
Posted: September 28, 2015 - 10:34 am

The combination of an mid and upper-level low over Texas and a surface low in the northwest Gulf of Mexico have brought two days of rain to much of Galveston County, with two- day amounts (through 10am Monday)totaling  2-3 inches of rain at many places. While rain chances will persist today, we should gradually see a transition to more sun, somewhat warmer temperatures and lower precipitation probabilities as we move through this week. As it is, Galveston has already had in excess of 11 inches of rain this month and League City more than 7 inches.

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