It should come as no surprise that the first two weeks of May have been exceedingly wet in Galveston County. The National Weather Service Office in League City/Dickinson has measured 10.26 inches of rain through the first 14 days of this month (8.49 inches more than would be anticipated for that time period). Scholes Field in Galveston has seen 6.70 inches of rain fall so far, giving that location 5.09 inches more precipitation than would be anticipated for the first 14 days of May.

The good news is that the last half of this month is likely to result in drier and warmer conditions than we have seen so far this month. Given the swollen rivers, creeks and bayous over Southeast Texas this may bring a welcome break to areas at risk for additional flooding with any more significant rainfall.

This doesn’t mean that we will be entirely rain-free. Precipitation chances will be reasonably high this weekend (especially Saturday and Sunday), as an upper-level system moves into the Plains and a weak, Pacific cold front slides across the state. Longer term forecasts also are hinting at another round of rain by the middle of next week. Still, precipitation levels are not expected to be excessive over the County and the best chances for heavy rain will be off to our north and west with both events.

• Days 1-7 Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts

On the plus side, this will result in more favorable weather for outdoor activities and for those tourists planning to visit the coast over the next couple of weeks.

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.

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