PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
1136 AM CDT WED JUN 24 2009

                  ...YES...IT`S BEEN HOT...
                  ...YES...IT`S BEEN DRY...

THERE IS NO WAY TO SUGARCOAT THE CURRENT WEATHER REGIME. IT HAS
BEEN HOT AND IT HAS BEEN VERY DRY. LET`S START WITH THE
TEMPERATURES. THE MONTH IS NOT OVER YET...SO MUCH CAN CHANGE. AT
THE CURRENT TIME...HOUSTON IS SUFFERING THROUGH IT`S 7TH WARMEST
JUNE. AT HOBBY AIRPORT...THIS IS THE 6TH WARMEST JUNE. GALVESTON
IS ENDURING IT`S 10TH WARMEST JUNE AND COLLEGE STATION IS ENDURING
IT`S 7TH WARMEST JUNE. TO PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE...THE FIRST
SEVEN DAYS OF JUNE WERE COOLER THAN NORMAL SO THE INTENSE HEAT
OVER THE LAST 16 DAYS HAS MADE UP THE TEMPERATURE DEFICIT WITH
CHANGE TO SPARE. THIS LATEST HEATWAVE SHOWS NO SIGN OF RELENTING
SO THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WILL LIKELY INCREASE.

2009 AVG TEMP                    WARMEST AVG TEMP (ENTIRE MONTH)

IAH 84.1 7TH WARMEST             85.5 IN 1998
HOU 83.5 6TH WARMEST             86.2 IN 1998
GLS 83.6 10TH WARMEST            85.6 IN 1881
CLL 84.6 7TH WARMEST             86.7 IN 1998

THE TEMPERATURE CLIMBED TO 101 DEGREES AT INTERCONTINENTAL
AIRPORT ON JUNE 23RD. THE LAST TIME THE MERCURY CLIMBED ABOVE 101
DEGREES IN JUNE WAS BACK ON JUNE 14 1998. THE LAST TIME TIME THE
TEMPERATURE REACHED 101 DEGREES IN HOUSTON WAS ON AUGUST 2 2008.
THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN JUNE WAS 103 DEGREES ON
JUNE 30 1980.

THE TEMPERATURE IN HOUSTON HAS REACHED OR EXCEEDED 100 DEGREES 36
TIMES IN THE MONTH OF JUNE. THERE WERE 10 DAYS IN 1902 WHERE THE
TEMPERATURE REACHED OR EXCEEDED 100 DEGREES. BACK IN 1980...THERE
WERE 8 DAYS THAT REACHED OR EXCEEDED 100 DEGREES. MORE
MISCELLANEOUS TRIVIA...THERE WERE 7 CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH 100
DEGREE HEAT IN 1902 AND 6 CONSECUTIVE DAYS IN 1980. THE LONGEST
STRETCH OF CONSECUTIVE 100 DEGREE DAYS OCCURRED BACK IN 1980. THE
TEMPERATURE REACHED OR EXCEEDED 100 DEGREES FOR 14 CONSECUTIVE
DAYS BETWEEN JULY 6 1980 AND JULY 19 1980. THE TEMPERATURE ALSO
REACHED 100 DEGREES OR GREATER FOR 11 STRAIGHT DAYS BETWEEN JULY
26 1998 AND AUGUST 5 1998.

           HOUSTON - NUMBER OF 100 DEGREE DAYS IN JUNE

                  10 IN 1902 (7 IN A ROW)
                   8 IN 1980 (6 IN A ROW)
                   4 IN 1906
                   2 IN 1998
                   2 IN 1934
                   2 IN 1930
                   2 IN 1911

          HOUSTON - NUMBER OF CONSECUTIVE 100 DEGREE DAYS (ALL TIME)

                  14  07/06/1980 THROUGH 07/19/1980
                  11  07/26/1998 THROUGH 08/05/1998
                   9  06/25/1980 THROUGH 07/03/1980
                   8  08/29/2000 THROUGH 09/05/2000*
                   8  08/14/1993 THROUGH 08/21/1993
                   8  08/07/1962 THROUGH 08/14/1962

* ALL TIME RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR HOUSTON OCCURRED DURING
  THIS STRING OFF 100 DEGREE DAYS. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE REACHED
  109 DEGREES ON SEPTEMBER 4TH 2000.

BELOW IS A LIST OF HOUSTON WARMEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE AND WARMEST
MINIMUM TEMPERATURES FOR JUNE:

              MAXIMUM TEMP               MINIMUM TEMP

              96.3 IN 1980               76.1 IN 1906
              96.2 IN 1902               76.0 IN 1953
              95.7 IN 1906               75.9 IN 1998
              95.3 IN 1990               75.9 IN 1958
              95.1 IN 1998               75.7 IN 1965
              95.1 IN 2009               75.3 IN 1944
              95.1 IN 2008               75.1 IN 1963
              94.3 IN 1890               75.0 IN 1964
              93.8 IN 1911               75.0 IN 1962
              93.5 IN 2005               74.8 IN 1981

                                         73.0 IN 2009


SO IT`S BEEN HOT!! BUT IT HAS ALSO BEEN DRY! HOW DRY?
CURRENTLY...HOUSTON INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT HAS GONE 30
CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITHOUT MEASURABLE RAIN. THE DRIEST STRETCH OF
WEATHER EVER RECORDED FOR HOUSTON WAS BACK IN 1904. THERE WAS NO
MEASURABLE RAIN BETWEEN JANUARY 8 1904 AND FEBRUARY 16 1904 - 40
DAYS! BELOW IS A TABLE WITH THE DRIEST PERIODS ON RECORD

              DATE                NUMBER OF DRY DAYS

       01/08/1904 - 02/17/1904         40
       09/11/1917 - 10/17/1917         37
       09/20/1963 - 10/25/1963         36
       05/01/1937 - 06/03/1937         34
       09/22/1978 - 10/24/1978         33

       04/25/2009 - 06/23/2009         30*

* THIS TIES FOR THE 17TH LONGEST PERIOD WITHOUT MEASURABLE RAIN.
  THE LAST TIME HOUSTON WENT 30 DAYS WITHOUT RAIN WAS FROM MAY 3
  2003 THROUGH JUNE 1 2003.

OTHER COMMUNITIES ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS HAVE SUFFERED A SIMILAR
FATE. COLLEGE STATION...HUNTSVILLE AND CONROE HAVE NOT RECORDED
MEASURABLE RAINFALL DURING JUNE. ANGLETON...BAY CITY AND EDNA HAVE
YET TO RECEIVE 10 INCHES OF RAIN THIS YEAR. EXTREME TO EXCEPTIONAL
DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE AFFECTING PARTS OF JACKSON...MATAGORDA...
WHARTON AND BRAZORIA COUNTIES.

HOUSTON HAS RECEIVED 16.85 INCHES OF RAIN IN 2009. THE NORMAL
VALUE THROUGH JUNE 23 IS 23.04 INCHES. THIS IS 6.19 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL AND THIS DEFICIT IS LIKELY TO GROW. IF NOT FOR THE FREAKISH
HEAVY RAIN AT THE END OF APRIL...THE HOUSTON AREA WOULD BE 10 TO
12 INCHES OF RAIN BELOW NORMAL. SINCE MAY 1...HOUSTON HAS ONLY
RECEIVED 0.38 INCHES OF RAIN. THIS IS THE SECOND DRIEST MAY 1
THROUGH JUNE 23 ON RECORD. BELOW IS A TABLE WITH THE FIVE DRIEST
MAY 1 THROUGH JUNE 23 ON RECORD:

                    RAINFALL          DATE

                    0.35              1906
                    0.38              2009
                    0.45              1931
                    1.01              1960
                    1.15              1901

IF ADDITIONAL RAIN DOES NOT FALL BY THE END OF THE MONTH...THIS
WILL BE THE DRIEST MAY/JUNE RAINFALL TOTAL IN RECORDED HISTORY.
HERE ARE THE FIVE DRIEST MAY/JUNE IN RECORDED HISTORY:

                        MAY/JUNE RAIN

               * 0.38 IN 2009 (THROUGH JUNE 23)

                 0.98 IN 1931
                 1.78 IN 1915
                 1.82 IN 1934
                 1.87 IN 1901
                 1.96 IN 1906

SO IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR RAIN? HOW DOES A VAGUE "MAYBE" SOUND? A
WEAK BACK DOOR COLD FRONT WILL SLIDE SOUTHWEST TOWARD SOUTHEAST
TEXAS ON THURSDAY MORNING. THIS FEATURE COULD TRIGGER SOME SHOWERS
ACROSS THE AREA. THE EXPANSIVE RIDGE WHICH HAS TAKEN UP RESIDENCE
OVER SOUTHEAST TEXAS IS ALSO FORECAST TO SHIFT NORTHWEST BY THE
END OF THE MONTH. THIS WILL WEAKEN THE CAPPING INVERSION AND ALLOW
DIURNALLY DRIVEN SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO DEVELOP BY EARLY
JULY. LONG RANGE MODELS HAVE TEASED US BEFORE ABOUT THE RIDGE
WEAKENING AND MOVING WEST. BUT LIKE AN UNWELCOME HOUSE GUEST...THE
RIDGE SHOWS NO SIGNS OF LEAVING.

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