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...HOUSTON'S MAY TOP 10 LIST...

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

Houston's May Lists (1889-2013)
Top 10
Wettest
15.87 1907
15.47 1914
15.03 1946
14.39 1970
13.56 1989
12.35 2000
12.03 1929
11.55 1936
11.03 1968
10.27 1938
Top 10
Driest
Trace 1937
0.04 1998
0.04 1892
0.06 2003
0.15 1906
0.33 2011
0.34 1927
0.37 1931
0.38 2009
0.40 1901
Top 10
Warmest
81.4 1996
80.7 2003
79.4 2010
79.3 1962
79.2 1902
79.1 1933
79.1 1905
78.8 2012
78.7 2011
78.7 1998
Top 10
Coolest
70.5 1976
71.2 1891
71.7 1917
71.8 1895
72.1 1970
72.1 1931
72.2 1907
72.8 1973
73.1 1979
73.1 1919

 

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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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