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Cold fronts that reach the Texas coast in July are about as rare as penguins in the Amazon. Still, it seems as though we have a good chance for a “cold front” to reach Galveston County by the middle of next week.

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The disturbance in the northern Gulf of Mexico has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Barry. At 10 am, Barry was centered near 27.8 N and 88.7 W, or about 95 miles south-southeast of the Mississippi River. Sustained winds were 40 mph and barometric pressure was 1005 MB (29.68 inches). Barry was…

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Cities across the middle parts of Galveston County on Wednesday sent crews out to clear debris from drainage ditches and continued watching forecasts, officials said.

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At 10 am, the National Hurricane Center announced that a tropical cyclone is likely to form in the northern Gulf of Mexico and may present a threat to Louisiana or the Upper-Texas coast. At that time, the system was centered near 25.8 N and 86.4 W., or about 170 miles south of the mouth of t…

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Projections have the system tracking toward Louisiana over the weekend, but forecasters won’t have much solid data until the system actually moves into the Gulf either late Wednesday or Thursday.

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High pressure aloft and at the surface will continue to bring typical mid-summer weather with sunny days, seasonably hot temperatures and light winds to the Galveston area for the next few days.

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During the recently concluded Texas legislative session, lawmakers changed laws to legalize some products that might contain THC, like CBD oils or hemp clothing as the cannabis industry booms. But the law appears to have caused an unintended problem in the way marijuana crimes can be prosecuted.

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In August, 1913, the local forecaster in Galveston (W. F. Stewart) wrote an article titled “Midsummer Showers At Galveston, Texas”. In his article, he noted that the typical showers that impact inland areas “fall only occasionally on Galveston Island.”

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Tuesday's storms in Galveston County caught many by surprise as up to 2 ½ inches or rain soaked Galveston Island and the eastern half of the county. Meanwhile, the western half of the county generally received from ½ inch to 1 ½ inch of rain from the storms.

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This weekend’s closure is just the latest in a string of them. Department officials have closed down many of the exits between FM 517 and FM 518 as part of that $120 million effort to expand the interstate in several phases starting in the north part of the county and moving south.

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An upper-level high pressure ridge over Texas and south-southwest winds are bringing extreme summer heat to Galveston. Although high temperatures will range from the near to low 90s at the coast and mid-90s inland over the county, heat and humidity will put heat indexes in excess of 100 degr…