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 at the official recording site at Scholes Field and 3.42 inches in central Galveston to a more modest 2.11 inches at the NWS office in League City.

Despite the sunshine today, a cold front moving towards Southeast Texas and atmospheric instability over the region is setting off thunderstorms tonight over our area. Already, a large area northwest of the County has been placed under a Severe Storm Watch with thunderstorms developing from west of Waco to northeast Texas.

While the greatest threat of severe storms appears to be off to the north and west of the immediate area, strong storms cannot be ruled out tonight ahead of the advancing front.

The good news is that the front will bring drier and somewhat cooler conditions for tomorrow and early Thursday, along with plenty of sunshine!

Severe Storm Watch area

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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