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September 26, 2016

Winter’s last gasp?

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Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:47 am

A number of people this spring mentioned how ready they were for summer after our long, chilly (by Galveston standards) winter. However, I also found some of these same people grumbling a couple days ago when warm, muggy weather hinted at our long, impending warm season.

The breezy, late season cold front that pushed into Galveston County overnight should satisfy the grumblers. Already, the 61 degree temperature at Scholes Field set a new daily record low for Galveston, eclipsing the previous record of 62 degrees, recorded exactly 100 years ago in 1914.

With temperatures forecast to plummet Wednesday morning to the low 50s on the mainland and the upper 50s on the Island, the daily record low for May 15 (57 degrees set in 1926) may also be broken before warmer conditions return.

Usually we see the last “real” cold front of the season reach southeast Texas sometime during the first 10 days of May, with any subsequent fronts being too weak and mild to make much change in our weather. The last time we had a late May cold front like this was in 2002 when the mercury dipped to 56 degrees on May 19.

Usually, the last 2/3 of May consists of increasingly warm humid conditions as we slip inevitably into summer. Looking ahead, if the latest short to intermediate term forecast models are correct, this should be the case again once warmer weather returns on Friday and Saturday. None of the models show any significant cold fronts through the end of the month.

In other words, we better enjoy this cool snap while it lasts, because we are unlikely to see another before next fall.

On a side note, the rains were quite welcome in Galveston County, but were disappointingly light in some areas close to the coast. Over two days, total amounts ranged from over an inch for inland sections of the County to only around 1/3 inch on the East End of the Island.

Forecast and record lows for Southeast Texas

Rainfall totals over Southeast Texas