Dense fog and mostly cloudy skies, along with cool to chilly temperatures have characterized our February weather so far.

The dense fog is not unusual for this time of year (especially when off-shore shelf waters are chilled by a cold winter). Typically, Galveston County gets 6-7 days of dense fog each month from January through the end of March, with lesser bouts of fog several more days each month. In fact the western and northern Gulf coast is the fourth foggiest region in the U.S.

Map showing average number of days per year with heavy fog.

As for spring, I know very few people who are not longing for milder weather at this point in time. Fortunately, the overall weather pattern is changing so that most of the cold air will be bottled up over the western third to half of the country with warmer than normal conditions over the eastern half (almost the complete opposite of the pattern for most of this winter).

While we will still have periodic cold fronts reaching Southeast Texas, including one this weekend and another in the middle to later part of next week, they will be puny compared to what we have experienced so far. Milder weather will be the rule rather than the exception with temperatures generally hovering between 50 and 70 degrees in Galveston County (if the intermediate range models are correct) for most of the remainder of February. In fact temperatures could climb to the mid-70's next week over some inland areas of Texas

Nevertheless, one thing that doesn't seem likely to change much is our string of cloudy, wet weather. This is one thing that doesn't seem likely to change very soon!

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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