March brought the fifth consecutive month with below normal temperatures and below normal precipitation to the area.

In Galveston, March ended with a monthly temperature average of 60.1 degrees, which was 3.3 degrees cooler than normal. Rainfall on the Island was 1.82 inches, which was 1.34 inches below normal. Galveston has seen an accumulated deficit of 9.79 inches of rain since Nov. 1.

Fortunately, rainfall has been dispersed fairly evenly. This, combined with the cool temperatures, has mitigated the impact of the drought to some extent.

In League City, the March average temperature was 58.7 degrees, which is 3.1 degrees below normal for the month. Rainfall there was 2.37 inches, which was 0.91 of an inch less than would be anticipated.

With spring in full bloom, and summer on the horizon, it would be nice to see a return of wetter conditions. The April outlook from the Climate Prediction Center does project a return to warmer than normal conditions for the month and near normal precipitation. We shall see.

April outlook from the Climate Prediction Center

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.

(4) comments

M L Fincher
Lew Fincher

Hopefully the Elissa has been enjoying nice breezes to fill its sails this week as it leaves Her port at the Texas Seaport Museum and moves out into the Gulf again. I hope to see you aboard Friday afternoon. Forecast us fair wind and calm seas, that's all we ask.

Stan Blazyk
Stan Blazyk

Window of opportunity this afternoon with skies breaking and a cool, northerly wind. May be a little breezy over the water, but at least there shouldn't be any rain (until tomorrow).

Robert Buckner

Works for me.

George Croix

Hope you're right.
My gear has been mudded in at the lease for weeks due to a torn up road courtesy of logging in the rain.

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