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.
The three-day cold spell, which peaked on June 14 with a low of 57 degrees and high of only 63 degrees (both all-time records for the month) was accompanied by strong, gusty northeast winds and cloudy skies, bringing a strange touch of winter to the area. The event prompted a headline in the Galveston Daily News calling it “June’s Coldest Day”. Adding the details, the newspaper went on to say that “throughout the day the wind held from the northeast and blew a nasty breeze across the island. Overcoats were common yesterday and heavy wraps with fur were worn by women. Fires in houses were very comfortable and many spent most of the day hugging the kitchen stove.”