Galveston weather, news, photos, history, tourism, beaches & night life
"Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it." Joseph Conrad in Typhoon (1899)
This Galveston Arrow is hosted as part of VASTHEAD.COM.How The Galveston Arrow evolved
We use some other domain names, but all pages on this site are part of VASTHEAD.COM. The Galveston Arrow came together as various news and weather pages developed.
It began in 1999 with The Vasthead Weather Balloon. It was just a quickly created early effort at a weather web page.
In 2OO1, that page became Space City Weather. Its purpose was to pull together all of the current weather conditions over,near, and surrounding Houston.
We weren't interested in dubious 15-day forecasts, discussions of "feels like" temperatures, or insight into what weather creates "bad hair days."
We just presented the current conditions in a lot of different places. Current conditions remain the main focus of all our weather pages.
The Galveston Light launched in 2002. It began as a single page to monitor weather on all the coasts of North America. Gradually, we added pages for Galveston tourism, Galveston area news, and Galveston scheduled events.Why this site is now The Galveston Arrow
I chose the name Galveston Light in 2002 with a mythical lighthouse in mind. With no real Galveston Island lighthouse in sight, we briefly used a generic lighthouse from a clip art service. Eventually, we settled on one of our own photos: an area light at East Beach (Appfel Park).
Recently, our arrow over water image replaced the light tower as the emblem for all the Galveston pages. The arrow image is no radical change. I took the picture on the Galveston seawall in 1980, and it has long appeared on most other Vasthead pages.
The Galveston Arrow name ties in directly with that image.
The persistent anamorphic arrow means that as people move between The Vasthead, Houston Retro Radio, The Galveston Arrow, News Fronts, The Houston Balloon, and The James Thomson Poetry Works, they will know when they are still on one of my pages.
As for the light tower image, it is not about to go away. I expect to make it the most well-known mild rain shower to ever strike Galveston.
I conclude with an excellent suggestion: As you take in the sights on this web site, find an ad, click on it, and buy something delightful. That is one way to keep these pages on line
Above: McAlister's Deli in Galveston, as viewed on a foggy evening during Mardi Gras, February 18, 2011. Click images for a larger view.
Below: McAlister's Deli in Galveston as viewed from across Seawall Boulevard on October 24, 2010.
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The Balinese Room was a fabled landmark on a pier along the Galveston Seawall. Hurricane Ike wiped it from the Galveston seascape in 2008.
Below: Our own photo of the Hut Club on Stewart Beach in 1982. Click for a larger image.
Above: The Galveston seawall in 1980 and 1981. Photos by Grady McAllister
Above: Galveston's north shore near Moody Gardens, October 17, 2013. Click for a larger view.
Above: The new Galveston Pleasure Pier, November 17, 2012. The amusement park is a reincarnation of a mid-century Pleasure Pier that occupied the same spot until Hurricane Carla demolished it in 1961. The Flagship Hotel beckoned from the pier from 1965 until 2008 when it suffered a similar fate from Hurricane Ike.
Below: On the same pier as the new amusement park, the Flagship Hotel in 1980. All photos by Grady McAllister.
Above: The Galveston seawall at dawn in 1982.
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Below: Dashing into the surf for a January swim.Galveston Area Tides
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Above:"A Light Streaks on a Beach."Appfel Park on Galveston's East Beach after a brief summer shower in 1985. The rainfall had driven off most of the remaining beach people when a lone vehicle appeared, leaving its tail light streak just under the horizon. Time exposure (about 30 seconds) taken with an Olympus pocket 35mm camera set on a tripod. Click photo for a higher quality image.
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Above: Moonrise at Galveston, April 9, 2009. The
statue commemorates the Galveston 1900 Storm, the worst natural disaster
to ever strike the United States. In 2008, Hurricane Ike knocked it off
its pedestal, but it was soon restored to its position as a Galveston
Above: The Moody Gardens on October 16, 2010. Click for a wider view.
Above: The Galveston Strand, May 3, 2014.
Below: Mitchell Avenue (24th Street) at twilight, May 3, 2014.
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Above: Looking as bright as Christmas, the Paddle Colonel landing at the Moody Gardens.
Above: The north shore of Galveston Island as viewed from 61st Street, February 13, 2011. Below: A light fog over Galveston's East Beach, December 16, 2010.
All images originating on The Galveston Arrow, The Vasthead, and Houston Retro Radio are by Grady McAllister.
Above: The Galveston Strand Historical District, March 13, 2010.
Pointing toward Galveston Harbor: Located in the middle of Broadway at 25th Street, the statue stands atop a tall memorial to the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836.
The photos below were shot at the Galveston Strand Historical District on March 13, 2010, using Kodachrome 64 film.
Below: The American National Insurance Company Building, the tallest in Galveston, March 13, 2010. Most photos on this site can be clicked for a larger, higher quality image. Photo by Grady McAllister.
Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises,
That, if I then had waked
William Shakespeare in "The Tempest"
The Galveston Arrow presents the news of metropolitan Houston with extra attention to southeast suburbia and exurbia, Galveston Island, and the upper Texas coast.Contact The Galveston Arrow Below: On October 24, 2010, a plane comes in for a landing on the north side of Galveston Island. This was shot from the boat launch area on 61st Street near I-45. This is across the water from Moody Gardens. From that location, there are just a few days each fall when you see the sun set over the water. There is another opportunity in February when the sun makes its slow journey back north.