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The Galveston County Daily News : Weather Watch

April 24, 2014

Weather Watch

Thursday 04/24/2014
Rain a long shot for next few weeks
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 5:18 pm

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.

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Saturday 04/19/2014
Season forecasts and the coming hurricane season
Posted: April 19, 2014 - 4:11 pm

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.

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Monday 04/14/2014
Strong cold front brings gale and wind advisories
Posted: April 14, 2014 - 9:01 am

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.

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Thursday 04/10/2014
Rainfall remains elusive while drought increases in Central Texas
Posted: April 10, 2014 - 10:03 am

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.

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Saturday 04/05/2014
Forecast models are looking bullish on rain
Updated: April 05, 2014 - 4:51 pm

With summer rapidly approaching, April tends to be a pivotal month in southeast Texas.

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Wednesday 04/02/2014
Predictions call for warmer-than-normal April
Updated: April 02, 2014 - 10:24 am

March brought the fifth consecutive month with below normal temperatures and below normal precipitation to the area.

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Friday 03/28/2014
Severe weather, an ideal weekend and a look ahead
Updated: March 28, 2014 - 5:03 pm

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.

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Monday 03/24/2014
Approaching system may complicate oil spill clean-up efforts
Updated: March 24, 2014 - 1:29 pm

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.

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Wednesday 03/19/2014
Spring is creeping in, but winter may be reluctant to go
Updated: March 19, 2014 - 10:48 am

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.

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Saturday 03/15/2014
Mid-March notes and the chance for thunderstorms
Updated: March 15, 2014 - 12:09 pm

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.

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Wednesday 03/12/2014
Breezy conditions a sign of spring
Posted: March 12, 2014 - 11:12 am

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.

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Thursday 03/06/2014
Chilly surf for spring break and an interesting weather map
Posted: March 06, 2014 - 9:56 am

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.”

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Monday 03/03/2014
Avocets leaving indicates a turn of the seasons
Updated: March 03, 2014 - 11:48 am

Early mornings may still have the bite of winter in the air, but spring has arrived; at least for the birds.

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More rain likely as wintry blast chills the area
Updated: March 03, 2014 - 11:17 am

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.

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Thursday 02/27/2014
Winter not quite finished yet
Posted: February 27, 2014 - 9:12 am

This latest cold spell has found a number of people wondering when spring will really appear.

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Monday 02/24/2014
Some rain likely, but weekend may be dry
Updated: February 24, 2014 - 11:39 am

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.

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Monday 02/17/2014
This weekend’s weather and beyond
Posted: February 17, 2014 - 2:07 pm

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.

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Wednesday 02/12/2014
Sunshine, fog and a somewhat milder trend
Posted: February 12, 2014 - 6:04 pm

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.

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Monday 02/10/2014
Winter to return, but maybe not for long
Updated: February 10, 2014 - 11:11 am

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.

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Monday 02/03/2014
Chilly, wet weather to continue
Updated: February 03, 2014 - 5:42 pm

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.

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Friday 01/31/2014
Rain and fog likely, but will it be enough?
Posted: January 31, 2014 - 3:10 pm

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).

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Tuesday 01/28/2014
Winter storm warning discontinued for Galveston County
Updated: January 28, 2014 - 10:01 am

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.

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Monday 01/27/2014
Winter Storm Watch upgraded to Warning
Updated: January 28, 2014 - 8:54 am

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.

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Saturday 01/25/2014
Here we go again!
Updated: January 28, 2014 - 8:55 am

Here we go again!

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Thursday 01/23/2014
Winter Storm Warning issued for the county
Updated: January 24, 2014 - 11:21 am

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.

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Wednesday 01/22/2014
What are the chances of freezing precipitation in Galveston County?
Updated: January 28, 2014 - 8:55 am

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.

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Monday 01/20/2014
Spell of mild weather to vanish
Updated: January 28, 2014 - 8:55 am

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.

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Wednesday 01/15/2014
Are we heading toward drought?
Posted: January 15, 2014 - 9:50 am

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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Wednesday 01/08/2014
Pattern change will bring milder weather
Updated: January 08, 2014 - 10:33 am

A shift in the upper-level pattern to a more west-to-east zonal flow will cut off, at least for the time being, the flow of cold Arctic air into our region. As a result, milder conditions are likely to continue through the next week or so, although a Pacific cold front may bring cooler weather by late in the weekend and early next week.

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Friday 01/03/2014
Freeze and coldest weather of season headed for Galveston County
Updated: January 03, 2014 - 9:52 pm

A major outbreak of Arctic air will push into southeast Texas on Sunday, bringing freezing temperatures to most, if not all, of Galveston County by Monday and Tuesday mornings.

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Thursday 01/02/2014
2013 was surprising year weather wise
Updated: January 02, 2014 - 11:23 am

First, and probably most important, it was a very quiet year along the Texas Gulf Coast and most of the United States for tropical activity. Despite, pre-season predications for a very active hurricane season, with a 40 percent chance of a hurricane in the western or central Gulf of Mexico, the season passed with no distinct threats to Southeast Texas.

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Friday 12/27/2013
New Year, same weather
Posted: December 27, 2013 - 10:48 am

The weather pattern for the past couple of weeks, with seasonally cool to chilly temperatures, followed by brief spells of somewhat milder weather and periods of clouds and light rain, should continue through the New Year’s Holiday into early January.

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Friday 12/20/2013
Dense fog, thunderstorms and a seasonably cool Christmas
Posted: December 20, 2013 - 4:58 pm

We will continue to see a wide variety of weather leading up to Christmas Day. Onshore winds and increasing humidity levels are contributing to fog formation and the issuance of a dense fog advisory for Galveston County through Saturday morning. The fog may cut visibility to 1/4-mile or less at many locales.

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Monday 12/16/2013
Wide variety of weather likely this week and next
Updated: December 16, 2013 - 11:53 am

First the good news:. Milder weather is on the way for most, if not all of this week, as winds swing to the south ahead of the next system. Even better, the models have backed off the really frigid Arctic outbreak for Christmas.

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Thursday 12/12/2013
Looking at some rain and an early peek at Christmas weather
Posted: December 12, 2013 - 3:10 pm

An upper-level low and trough to our east should result in increasing clouds and a good chance for rain on Friday. The rain and clouds will be slow to move out on Saturday, but seasonably chilly temperatures and sunshine are likely by Sunday.

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Friday 12/06/2013
Cold to linger into next week
Posted: December 06, 2013 - 12:49 pm

A weather pattern is developing that should keep cold air around Galveston County through the middle of next week. In fact, longer term forecasts suggest mostly chilly, cloudy, wet weather will persist into the third weekend of December with only brief spells of sunshine and somewhat milder temperatures.

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Sunday 12/01/2013
This year’s Dickens may be chilly and wet
Posted: December 01, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Depending on their costume choice, visitors to last year’s Dickens either enjoyed or sweltered in daily record high temperatures, as the mercury soared to 78 degrees on Saturday and 79 degrees on Sunday.

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Monday 11/25/2013
Sunshine and seasonably chilly weather likely for Thanksgiving
Updated: November 25, 2013 - 10:11 am

Cold, high pressure, a developing surface low in the Gulf of Mexico and a deep upper-level low tracking across the Texas Panhandle will lead to cloudy, wet, chilly conditions for Galveston County through tomorrow.

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Thursday 11/21/2013
Chilly weekend and Thanksgiving in store as cold wave moves into the area
Posted: November 21, 2013 - 3:06 pm

The coldest air of the season is headed for Texas today, with the front moving through southeast Texas tomorrow afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms will accompany the cold front and clouds and cold rain may linger into early next week as a low develops off the Texas coast by Monday and tracks t to the northeast.

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Monday 11/18/2013
Front to dispel fog, but long-term outlook remains “messy”
Updated: November 18, 2013 - 10:46 am

Dense fog rolled into Galveston County marking the dramatic start of the winter fog season (3/4 of all dense fog events in this area occur between November 15 and March 31).

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Thursday 11/14/2013
Cold snap lived up to the hype
Posted: November 14, 2013 - 9:21 am

An Arctic cold front brought an abrupt change to our weather and the coldest temperatures since January to both Galveston Island and the mainland.

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Tuesday 11/12/2013
Coldest weather of the season arrives, but freeze is unlikely for the County
Posted: November 12, 2013 - 5:23 pm

The strongest cold front of the season pushed through Galveston County Tuesday afternoon. The cold front prompted a Wind Advisory for the Galveston area, where sustained winds of 31-mph and gusts to 38-mph had already been recorded at Scholes Field by 4 pm. The same front is prompting Gale Warnings over the Gulf of Mexico and the immediate coast where gusts to 45-mph or higher will be possible before winds begin diminishing on Wednesday.

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Monday 11/11/2013
Gale Watch issued for offshore waters as strong cold front approaches
Updated: November 11, 2013 - 10:17 am

The coldest air of the season will push into southeast Texas on Tuesday. Temperatures in the 40s are likely over the county, even near the coast, by Wednesday morning. In addition, the possibility of very strong northerly winds behind the front has resulted in the issuance of a Gale Force Watch along the upper-Texas coast.

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Friday 11/08/2013
The coolest weather of the fall likely by next week
Updated: November 08, 2013 - 9:18 am

If you like the current spell of cool, autumn weather then you will love the weather by late next week. A Canadian cold front is expected to bring the chilliest temperatures of the fall to Galveston County.

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Monday 11/04/2013
Less rain likely with the next system
Updated: November 04, 2013 - 11:11 am

After heavy rains on Thursday and early Friday, cooler, drier air moved into southeast Texas. The same pattern of low pressure troughs and cold fronts migrating from west to east across the county will continue, however, and the next system is likely to bring us rain through Wednesday night if current projections hold.

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Thursday 10/31/2013
Flash-flood watch in effect for Galveston County through this afternoon
Posted: October 31, 2013 - 9:58 am

A flash-flood watch has been issued for much of Southeast Texas, including Galveston County as rains of up to 4 inches per hour will be possible in areas where storms track.

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Monday 10/28/2013
Halloween weather could be a little “spooky”
Updated: October 29, 2013 - 5:57 pm

The wet pattern that brought rains ranging from ½ “to nearly 1 ½ “across Galveston County today, shows no sign of vanishing just yet.

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Tuesday 10/22/2013
Brilliant fall sunsets explained, plus a hint of winter in the works
Updated: October 22, 2013 - 9:39 am

People have asked me about the spectacular sunsets we have seen of late. Certainly, they have been outstanding.

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Thursday 10/17/2013
Weekend may bring a medley of weather
Posted: October 17, 2013 - 5:08 pm

A weather pattern is in place that promises to bring a wide variety of weather over the next few days. With a low pressure trough hanging back to our west, a jet stream configuration that promises to bring upper-level disturbances across Texas and another cold front heading for the state, we are likely to see a wide variety of weather through early next. Periods of rain will alternate with nearly ideal autumn weather and relatively cool temperatures.

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Monday 10/14/2013
Will rain spoil this weekend?
Posted: October 14, 2013 - 4:23 pm

During the past few days, I have been asked about the weather outlook for the weekend of Oct. 18-21. This is an important question for many, with at least three major outdoor events planned (ARToberFEST on Postoffice Street,, the 13th Annual D’Feet Breast Cancer Walk/Run at Moody Gardens and Clean Galveston Walk-About).

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