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...HOUSTON'S DECEMBER TOP 10 LIST...

The following is a list of Houston's Top 10 wettest, driest, warmest, and coolest Decembers (see note below table).

Houston's December Lists (1889-2013)
Top 10
Wettest
14.38 1923
11.55 1911
11.43 1914
10.09 1912
9.62 1949
9.34 1991
7.93 1935
7.58 1945
7.51 1927
7.33 1971
Top 10
Driest
0.43 1889
0.54 1958
0.64 1970
0.80 1989
1.05 1894
1.06 1893
1.13 1950
1.19 1917
1.20 1968
1.25 1980
Top 10
Warmest
65.7 1889
64.4 1933
63.4 1984
61.4 1922
60.5 1970
60.3 1956
60.3 1921
59.9 1971
59.9 1965
59.8 1906
Top 10
Coolest
44.4 1989
45.7 1983
47.6 2000
48.6 1914
49.2 1976
49.4 1963
49.4 1909
49.4 1898
50.1 1997
50.1 1925

 

Other Months
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The official observation site for the city of Houston was moved quite a few times during its long history. The city office was located in downtown Houston and observations began in July 1881. Regrettably, weather records prior to 1889 are not available. However, a relatively complete set of daily temperature and rainfall data is available dating back to 1892 with some temperature and rainfall records dating back to 1889. The city office remained in downtown Houston from 1881 through May 1969. Intercontinental Airport opened in June 1969 and the official observation site was moved to the airport upon its opening. The official observation site has been located at Intercontinental Airport ever since.

Although the downtown office was the official observation site for almost eighty years, the office moved quite a few times around downtown Houston. Below is a list of locations and dates of the official observation site.

  • Cotton Station (July 1881 - September 1909)
  • Stewart Building at Preston and Fannin (September 1909 - February 1926)
  • Shell Building at Texas and Fannin (March 1926 - August 1938)
  • Federal Building at Franklin and Fannin (August 1938 - May 1969)
  • Intercontinental Airport (June 1969 - Present)
Questions/Comments concerning this data should be sent to Chuck Roeseler.

 


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