Spring breakers will encounter unusually chilly water if they try wading or swimming. The cold water is a direct effect of a prolonged period of below normal temperatures that appeared in November and stubbornly persisted into March. Ironically, while southeast Texas shivered during January, it was turned out to be the fourth warmest January of record for the globe. I guess we just got the “luck of the draw.”

Anyway, the Houston-Galveston National Weather Service office has a graphic highlighting the fact that this spring break will be unpleasant for those wishing to get in the surf. I guess it will be more like those polar plunges that some people take in the middle of winter than a pleasant dip in the Gulf.

Speaking of maps, I ran across an interesting map that shows the low level winds across the entire United States. If you want to know which way the wind is blowing in any particular locale, this map will fit the bill. Because it shows the wind flow in motion, it seems easier to really visualize than other maps that simply show wind directions.

At any rate, below are links showing water temperatures along the Texas coast and the wind flow map:

Texas Gulf water temperature graphic

National wind flow map

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.

(3) comments

Lars Faltskog

Thanks, Mr. Blazyk for the wind map. It's now added to FAV place. Looks like right now (7:24 Fri) we have some 10mph or so south winds, if I'm reading it right.

Lars Faltskog

well, maybe 6.1....I finally fell upon the box that pops up and tells the latitude/longitude and such. This could be a neat tool for schoolchildren!

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Stan Blazyk

Your correct. Glad you like the map. Notice the stronger winds to our north flowing into the low near and north of the Texas Panhandle.

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