Now that grumbling about heat and humidity has become the norm again, I thought that I would revisit what may be the strangest weather event ever for Galveston. This involves a sharp mid-June cold front on this date 111 years ago (June 14, 1903) that shattered the all-time cold weather records for the month.
The three-day cold spell, which peaked on June 14 with a low of 57 degrees and high of only 63 degrees (both all-time records for the month) was accompanied by strong, gusty northeast winds and cloudy skies, bringing a strange touch of winter to the area. The event prompted a headline in the Galveston Daily News calling it “June’s Coldest Day”. Adding the details, the newspaper went on to say that “throughout the day the wind held from the northeast and blew a nasty breeze across the island. Overcoats were common yesterday and heavy wraps with fur were worn by women. Fires in houses were very comfortable and many spent most of the day hugging the kitchen stove.”
Meanwhile, do not expect too much in the way of either cool temperatures or precipitation for the last half of this month. Most models are calling for drier and near to slightly above normal temperatures through the end of the month, and this is reflected in the latest outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center.
Finally, I need to mention in passing that the GFS Model continues to try to spin up a tropical system in the western Caribbean in about a week. The model has been showing this for some time. Most other models, however, are not picking this up, with the exception of one (the NAVGEM), which is calling for disturbed weather in the area around the same time, but little organization.
I wouldn’t take too much stock in this unless the other models pick it up. Still, it is unusual for the GFS to be so consistent from run to run, regarding this feature. In any case, we should know more later next week.
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