HITCHCOCK — The city has begun a wide-ranging search for a new police chief, commissioners said.
HITCHCOCK — The city has begun a wide-ranging search for a new police chief, commissioners said.
GALVESTON — With at least three deaths of pets attributed to wild animals and a rise in number of calls to the city, island residents are worried about the safety of domesticated dogs and cats
TEXAS CITY – The Texas City Stings and their standout senior inside linebacker D’Vonta Hinton find themselves in a very different place now compared to this time last year.
Week 1 of Galveston County football saw familiar standouts from last season look like they were in midseason form.
The discussion about College of the Mainland’s pool has been painful.
A jury awarded Russell Washington, the former police chief for the La Marque Independent School District who claimed he was wrongfully terminated, $83,236, including $70,049 for mental anguish.
Science has long proved that smoking is bad for you and those around you, with 90 percent of lung cancer cases caused by smoking.
GALVESTON — Patients arriving at the Transitional Learning Center in Galveston’s East End live within a shadow.
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TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO's security commitments to nervous member states near the Russian border.
Not unexpectedly, the National Hurricane Center has upgraded the disturbance in the Bay of Campeche to Tropical Storm Dolly overnight and a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Mexico from Tuxpan north to Barra El Mezquital (just south of Brownsville).
The League City/Clear Lake area received heavy rains yesterday, while a downpour measuring nearly 3 inches caused street flooding and the heaviest rain on the Island since October 31, 2013.
Many people that I know have had enough steamy, August weather for a while and would like a break. This time of year, however, relief usually comes from a spell of increased cloudiness and scattered thundershowers, since late August cold fronts are exceedingly rare.
A heat advisory has been issued again today for the counties along the upper-Texas coast. While the mercury is generally are not expected to rise above the mid-90’s nor topple any daily high temperature records, a combination of intense August heat and high humidity levels will inhibit vigorous outdoor activities
Sunday, I was on the extreme East End of Galveston. A thunderstorm rumbled off to the southwest, but only a few drops of rain fell at that location. Later as I traveled towards the central part of the city, the streets were flooded in some areas to curb level and a CoCoRaHS observer (a volunteer precipitation observation network) in that area reported 0.96” of rain. Meanwhile, just a couple of miles further west, the official reporting station at Scholes Field monitored but a trace of rain from the same event.
The period between Aug. 1 and Sept. 22 is usually the most active part of the hurricane season. How we fare during this crucial period often determines what kind of season we will have locally.
This afternoon a cold front is pushing slowly through Central Texas and should move off the coast by sometime Friday. Although a cold front this time of year is somewhat unusual, do not get too excited. Any cooling from this frontal passage will be quite modest, with morning temperatures dipping only into the upper 70s near the coast and mid- to low 70s inland.
With Tropical Depression #2 weakening back into a tropical wave, systems in the Tropical Atlantic Basin continue to have a difficult time developing — not that I am complaining.
The elements are coming together for fairly decent rains over large parts of North and East Texas. Whether this will benefit Galveston County remains the big question.
Hurricane Arthur may be typical of what we see this season with tropical systems. Given cooler than normal water in the Tropical Atlantic, dry air over the central Tropical Atlantic, high wind shear levels and a very slowly developing El Niño, many forecasters are saying that the greatest threat from tropical cyclones this year will be from what is colloquially called “home grown storms.”
A slowly developing low pressure area (AL 91) located 125 miles east of Melbourne, Fla., is being given an 80 percent of developing into a tropical depression or tropical storm during the coming 24 to 48 hours. Although the low is currently drifting in a southwest to westerly direction, it should turn northeast during the next couple of days and head towards the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina.
The current rainy spell has brought much needed precipitation to Galveston County (which largely missed out on the heavier rains north and west of Houston). Thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday delivered 1.13” of rain to Galveston and 0.91” to League City. This still leaves both locations well below normal for June (and the year), with Galveston running 3.46” below normal for the month and League City 3,98” receiving less than would be expected by June 26.
This is the time of year when rain is less likely to be the result of mid-latitude events (cold fronts, low pressure troughs and so on) and more likely to appear as the result of tropical weather systems.
Now that grumbling about heat and humidity has become the norm again, I thought that I would revisit what may be the strangest weather event ever for Galveston. This involves a sharp mid-June cold front on this date 111 years ago (June 14, 1903) that shattered the all-time cold weather records for the month.
A weak cold front sagging southward over Texas and an upper-level trough and low moving into the southern Plains may bring some rain to the county over the next day or two. A storm complex and squall has reformed over North Texas this morning and could track south to the coast by later today or this evening.
The rains over the past week were definitely what the doctor ordered. The 3.32 inches of rain that fell in Galveston over the past five days of the month ended a dry spell that lasted much of April and May.
An upper-level low to the northwest and a moist, unstable atmosphere is contributing to shower and thunderstorm activity over southeast Texas this morning. This has resulted in a special marine warning for Galveston Bay and adjacent waters and a flash flood watch for the area.
Most people have heard that the experts are predicting an average to below-average season in terms of named tropical systems. This consensus was reflected the other day by NOAA’s official forecast calling for a comparatively slow season in the Tropical Atlantic Basin, as a developing El Niño pattern suppresses activity in the Atlantic while enhancing it in the eastern Pacific.
A very dry spring and an intermediate-term outlook that offer little hope for much precipitation is raising severe drought risk for Galveston County as we move towards summer.
A number of people this spring mentioned how ready they were for summer after our long, chilly (by Galveston standards) winter. However, I also found some of these same people grumbling a couple days ago when warm, muggy weather hinted at our long, impending warm season.
The latest system to roll through Texas failed again to bring any meaningful precipitation to Galveston County. With the long, hot days of summer looming, our chances for slipping into severe drought conditions are certainly on the high side.
April 2014 went into the record books as the third driest April ever for Galveston with only 0.10 inches of rain recorded. That brought total precipitation since January 1 to 4.97 inches of rain, 8.14 inches less than would be expected for the first four months of the year. League City fared a little better with 1.46 inches in April, but that was still less than half of normal for the month. League City has measured 6.35 inches of rain since Jan. 1, which is 7.58 inches less than would be expected.
The dry spell that has left Galveston with a 7.44-inch precipitation deficit since Jan. 1, and on the verge of the driest April since the drought of 2010, shows little sign of abating over the coming few weeks.
It may seem premature to talk about tropical weather with a long, chilly winter barely behind us and Hurricane Season a month and a half away. Still, the topic has been in the air among forecasters and emergency management specialists, with the National Tropical Weather Conference concluding in South Padre Island and the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Fla.
A strong late season cold front will roar into Galveston County today, bringing strong, gusty winds, a winter-like chill and a threat of showers and thunderstorms.
Rainfall has been elusive so far this month over Southeast Texas. Galveston has recorded but 0.04 of an inch through the first 10 days of the month — 10 percent of normal. League City has fared a little better with 0.46 of an inch for the month. But even that is less than half of what would be expected through April 10.
With summer rapidly approaching, April tends to be a pivotal month in southeast Texas.
March brought the fifth consecutive month with below normal temperatures and below normal precipitation to the area.
Severe weather is breaking out along a squall line in north-central Texas this afternoon. The good news is an upper-level cap (a layer of warm air aloft) may keep the severe weather north of Galveston County. This is particularly true along the coast, where cool, foggy conditions may keep temperatures below the threshold needed to “break the cap”. Still, I will be watching the radar closely this evening.
An upper-level system expected to track east from Southern California to Texas, combined with a surface trough that may develop along the coast and/or a dry line advancing eastward across the region may complicate efforts to clean up an oil spill in Galveston Bay.
Spring was definitely in the air yesterday, with sunny skies and mild temperatures in the afternoon after a cool start to the day. The long-term forecasts seem to indicate that we have finally turned the corner for good on winter. Still, there may be a few bumps in the road, before we can finally say goodbye to chilly weather.
It will come as no surprise that the first half of March in Galveston County has been much cooler than normal, with average temperatures running near 6 degrees below normal at both Galveston and League City. At this rate, March, 2014 has a chance to go into the record books as one of the 10 coldest of record, locally. Based on the temperatures so far, and long-term forecasts, it seems unlikely, however, that this month end up anywhere near the top five coldest of record.
A touch of spring was definitely in the air yesterday with sunshine and mild temperatures. Accompanying the generally pleasant conditions were increasingly brisk breezes this afternoon. The breezes are as much a sign of spring as the sunshine and milder temperatures.
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.”
Early mornings may still have the bite of winter in the air, but spring has arrived; at least for the birds.
The weather seems to be somewhat of a “good news, bad news” situation. The good news is that more rain is likely over the coming seven days, with another round of rain likely by early Tuesday. The bad news is that unseasonably cold weather has again settled into southeast Texas.
This latest cold spell has found a number of people wondering when spring will really appear.
Both Galveston and League City are well on their way to having a fourth consecutive month of below normal rainfall. With the latest Climate Prediction Center suggesting a drier than normal March through May, this is not good news for local gardeners.
The first weekend of Mardi Gras festivities kicks off on Friday night with a host of parades and parties. A number of people have been asking about what kind of weather is likely for the events this weekend.
Sunshine brought a fabulous end today to a dismal spell of cold, wet weather in Galveston County. The strange part is that even though a couple of cold fronts may reach the area during the coming seven days, temperatures during this period will be much more moderate than we have seen of late.
Milder conditions eased back into southeast Texas with temperatures Sunday creeping back into the mid- to upper 60s. So far this month, temperatures have averaged more than 7.5 degrees below normal.
The chilly, cloudy weather we’ve seen since November should continue through this weekend. Two upper-level systems and a couple of cold fronts will be the culprits with this latest scenario.
This month will go into the record books as the driest January in Galveston County since 2009. It will also mark the third consecutive month with below normal rainfall, despite a couple of cold, wet spells with rain and freezing precipitation. Galveston will finish the month with a 1.36-inch rainfall total (2.84 inches less than normal) League City is even drier with a 0.78 inches total rainfall (a 3.690-inch deficit).
The Winter Storm Warning issued yesterday afternoon has been lifted for Galveston County as the bulk of the freezing rain, sleet and snow track north of the immediate area and temperatures remain above freezing.
The Winter Storm Watch in effect for all of southeast Texas, including Galveston County, has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning. Some uncertainty remains on exactly what we will see tomorrow due to a somewhat drier outlook overall. Still, the chances for freezing rain, sleet and snow remain.
A winter storm threatening to bring freezing rain, sleet and snow, has prompted the Houston-Galveston National Weather Service to issue a Winter Storm Warning for our area.
It’s no secret by now that freezing precipitation may be headed toward southeast Texas. The big question is how serious is this threat to Galveston County? The short answer is that the chances of having to deal with freezing rain and sleet will be moderate to high in the northwest part of the County and progressively lower as you near the coast and Galveston Bay.
Although temperatures will creep into the 70s this afternoon across most, if not all, of Galveston County, we will be saying “goodbye” to our seasonably mild weather for a while. In fact, it may seem downright wintry by the end of this week.
Although the past couple of years have brought relief to drought conditions over the county and much of southeast Texas, a dry trend beginning in early November has some people worried that we may be headed back to the severe drought experienced in 2010-11.
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