8-14 day precipitation outlook

8-14 day precipitation outlook

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.

So, while the Chamber of Commerce may not agree, precipitation over the last two weeks has given us a good start to our climatological summer. For the second consecutive year, heavy rains have Galveston County entering the season with ample soil moisture.

Latest soil moisture map

Over the first six days of this month, Scholes Field in Galveston has measured 4.14 inches of rain with measurable precipitation on 5 of the days. League City, while receiving less rain overall (with 2.21”), still has had measurable rain every day this month.

In addition, drier air moving in behind the upper-level system, will guarantee ample sunshine and fairly low humidity levels through Friday, if you desire a change in the weather. Overall, weather this weekend looks fairly decent, though increasing humidity levels may make daytime temperatures seem somewhat muggy. Rain chances may appear again by late Saturday, or more likely Sunday and Monday, as another upper-level system drops into the middle of the country, adding instability to the atmosphere over Texas. At the present, rainfall amounts are not expected to be too impressive with this next round of unsettled weather.

7 day precipitation outlook

Looking far ahead, and paying attention to the season, a couple of models suggest that a strong wave currently heading west from Central Africa towards the West African coast could ultimately stir up some tropical activity in the Gulf of Mexico. Still, this is highly speculative at this point in time, though it may be worth checking on about a week and a half or so down the line.

Stan Blazyk is a life-long weather enthusiast, long-time Galveston resident and author of "A Century of Galveston Weather." He has written the weather blog for the Galveston County Daily News for more than a decade.

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