The current rainy spell has brought much needed precipitation to Galveston County (which largely missed out on the heavier rains north and west of Houston). Thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday delivered 1.13” of rain to Galveston and 0.91”  to League City. This still leaves both locations well below normal for June (and the year), with Galveston running 3.46” below normal for the month and League City 3,98” receiving less than would be expected by June 26.

The combination of an upper-level trough and deep tropical moisture should bring additional rain through the end of the week, with a drier trend setting in over the weekend as high pressure builds into the region.

There is some indication that the same elements that are bringing this week’s rains may reappear after July 4. The GFS Model is projecting a return of heavy rain to the area around the 5th or 6th of July, even developing a surface low along the Texas coast around that time. While model projections beyond five days tend to be fairly speculative and subject to change, the long-term outlook for the first part of July seems to indicate that somewhat wetter than normal conditions may prevail.

At any rate, I’ve enjoyed the break from the summer heat and the lawns and trees in our area are already showing signs of improvement. I definitely won’t be disappointed to see another round of rain after the July 4th Holiday!

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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