Although storm systems have moved across Texas on a regular basis, rain is still needed in most of Galveston County as we move through the third week of April. The system that passed through the area on Friday and Saturday brought only 0.01 inch of rain to Galveston and only 0.13 inch to League City. This left the Island only 0.43 inch of rain for April (or 1.07 inch less than would be expected) and League City with 1.13 inch (or 0.51 inch below normal for mid-month). As a result, much of the County is classified as being abnormally dry and in need of additional moisture.

Drought in Texas

Fortunately, models seem to suggest a slightly better chance for meaningful rainfall with our next system which is characterized by a developing upper-level trough expected to move into the Plains by Wednesday and Thursday and an associated cold front.

24 Hour Rainfall Forecasts

While upper-level dynamics are still not ideal for our area, they may be sufficient to provide more needed precipitation than our last round. However, as with this weekend’s system, the best chance for rain and the greatest threat of severe weather will be off to our north and east.

Storm Prediction Center's Day 2 Convective Outlook

Fortunately, the cold front does not appear to be as potent as the one that dropped temperatures to 49° Sunday morning in Galveston and 47° in League City and should set the stage for seasonably cool to mild conditions and mostly sunny skies for most of this coming weekend.

Stan Blazyk is a life-long weather enthusiast, long-time Galveston resident and author of "A Century of Galveston Weather." He has written about weather for The Daily News for more than a decade.

(2) comments

Rusty Schroeder

Stan I still have water standing in the ruts left by my tractor from this fall and winter rains. I don't need any rain right now thank you, we got 1/2 " in the Fe with last weeks rain. My lawnmower got stuck in my ditch 2 hours ago while mowing it, I would be fine with another week of no rain. Unless that is, if you can stop it once it starts :)

Stan Blazyk Staff
Stan Blazyk

Rusty, I appreciate your concerns. Certainly there are areas of the County who can get by with little or no rain over the coming week or two. However, gardeners closer to the coast are noticing a distinct drying of the soil, which will gradually get worse without additional rainfall. Hopefully those who need the rain will get it and those who do not will miss out on the next round or two of spring rains. The very latest model outputs are showing about 1/2 to 1/4 inch of rain at the coast with higher amounts over inland areas of the County.

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