PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
837 PM CDT SAT AUG 8 2009

              ...HEAT CONTINUES OVER SOUTHEAST TEXAS...

               ...SOME RELIEF ON THE WAY...MAYBE???...

MOISTURE LEVELS INCREASED SLIGHTLY OVER SOUTHEAST TEXAS TODAY
RESULTING IN TEMPERATURES ONLY 2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL VERSES THE 5
TO 6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL THAT THE AREA HAS FACED SINCE MID JUNE.
COLLEGE STATION STILL MANAGED TO REACH 100 DEGREES TODAY. THIS IS
THE 41ST DAY THIS SUMMER THAT THE HIGH TEMPERATURE MANAGED TO
REACH OR EXCEED 100 DEGREES AT EASTERWOOD FIELD IN COLLEGE
STATION. WE HAVE RECEIVED A FEW INQUIRIES REGARDING 100 DEGREE DAYS
AND HOW OFTEN THEY OCCUR. BELOW IS A TABLE WITH THE YEARS WITH THE
MOST HUNDRED DEGREE DAYS AND THE MONTHS OF OCCURRENCE FOR BOTH
COLLEGE STATION AND HOUSTON:

                         COLLEGE STATION

      MAY   JUNE   JULY   AUG   SEPT   TOTAL   YEAR

      0     10     22     26    0      58      1917
      1     11     28     10    1      51      1998
      0     20     25      4    0      49      1913
      0      0     13     27    8      48      2000
      0     13     21     14    0      48      1925
      0     11     11     21    4      47      1948
      0      7     14     23    3      47      1937
      0      0     12     27    5      44      1951
      0      7     24      9    3      43      1980
      0     11     23      7    -      41      2009

WARMEST TEMPERATURE ALL TIME WAS 112 DEGREES ON SEPTEMBER 4 2000.

                         HOUSTON

      MAY   JUNE   JULY   AUG   SEPT   TOTAL   YEAR

      0     8      18     5     1      32      1980
      0     2      14     8     0      24      1998
      0     0      10     5     5      20      2000
      0     10      0     9     0      19      1902
      0     0       7     7     2      16      1909
      0     7       4     3     -      14      2009
      0     0       0    14     0      14      1993
      0     1       2     8     2      13      1907
      0     0       0    10     0      10      1999
      0     0       4     1     4       9      1995

WARMEST TEMPERATURE ALL TIME WAS 109 DEGREES ON SEPTEMBER 4 2000.

THE AREA HAS SUFFERED RELENTLESS HEAT SINCE MID JUNE AND THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FROM JUNE 1 THROUGH AUGUST 7 REFLECTS THIS. THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT COLLEGE STATION BETWEEN JUNE 1 AND AUGUST 7
HAS BEEN 87.7 DEGREES. THIS IS NOW THE WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
FOR THIS TIME FRAME IN RECORDED HISTORY. IT IS THE SAME STORY FOR
HOUSTON. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT FOR JUNE
1 THROUGH AUGUST 7 HAS BEEN 86.7 DEGREES AND THIS IS NOW THE
WARMEST PERIOD IN CITY HISTORY. HOW ABOUT SOME MORE TABLES WITH
NUMBERS?

                       COLLEGE STATION
                      JUNE 1 - AUGUST 7

                AVERAGE      AVERAGE      PERIOD
                HIGH           LOW        AVERAGE

                99.6 1998    76.7 1902    87.7 2009
                99.5 1917    76.2 2009    87.6 1998
                99.2 2009    75.5 1998    86.3 1925
                98.9 1934    75.1 1906    86.2 1996
                98.2 1925    74.4 1925    86.0 1934
                98.1 1996    74.3 2008    85.7 2008
                98.1 1913    74.3 1996    85.6 1958
                97.6 1937    74.1 2007    85.5 1980
                97.6 1914    74.0 1981    85.4 1902
                97.5 1958    74.0 1932    85.3 1951

                            HOUSTON
                       JUNE 1 - AUGUST 7

                AVERAGE      AVERAGE      PERIOD
                HIGH           LOW        AVERAGE

                97.7 1980    77.0 1963    86.7 2009
                97.1 1998    76.9 1958    86.3 1980
                96.9 2009    76.8 1962    86.1 1998
                95.4 1890    76.5 2009    85.2 1958
                95.3 2008    76.5 1964    84.8 2008
                95.1 1902    76.4 1965    84.8 1944
                94.9 1982    76.3 1953    84.6 1962
                94.2 2000    76.3 1951    84.5 1963
                94.0 1994    75.9 1960    84.4 1953
                94.0 1909    75.9 1944    84.4 1951

THE FIRST 8 DAYS OF AUGUST HAVE BEEN DRY. DROUGHT CONDITIONS
BRIEFLY IMPROVED TOWARD THE END OF JULY OVER EASTERN PARTS OF THE
AREA. EXCEPTIONAL TO EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS PERSIST OVER THE
WESTERN HALF OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. GROUND FUELS REMAIN DRY OVER THE
WEST AND SEVERAL SPOTTY WILDFIRES WERE REPORTED OVER THE LAST FEW
DAYS. RAINFALL DEFICITS ARE STILL EXTREME AT PALACIOS...ANGLETON
AND BAY CITY. ANOTHER TABLE WITH NUMBERS FOLLOWS THIS NARRATIVE
WITH THE LOWEST RAINFALL TOTALS FOR HOUSTON...COLLEGE STATION...
GALVESTON AND HOUSTON HOBBY AIRPORT FROM MAY 1 THROUGH AUGUST 7:

              LOWEST RAINFALL MAY 1 THROUGH AUGUST 7

   HOUSTON      COLLEGE      GALVESTON      HOUSTON
                STATION                     HOBBY

 3.49 2009      1.08 1998    1.95 1956      3.86 1934
 4.76 1915      1.47 1934    2.38 1958      4.71 1998
 5.15 1931      3.11 1925    2.44 1897      5.18 1931
 5.36 1998      3.30 1917    3.17 1930      5.67 2009
 5.59 1958      3.83 2009    3.23 2009      5.82 1964
 6.15 1964      3.86 1977    3.24 1996      6.60 1932
 6.35 1935      4.03 1913    3.77 2008      6.67 1957
 6.47 1917      4.82 1996    3.81 1948      6.93 1988
 6.57 1896      4.89 1963    3.84 1960      7.11 1955
 6.73 1937      4.99 1931    3.93 1954      7.33 1971

IT DOES APPEAR THAT AN INCREASE IN MOISTURE COUPLED WITH SLIGHTLY
COOLER TEMPERATURES ALOFT WILL LEAD TO HIGHER RAIN CHANCES FOR THE
NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. LONG RANGE MODELS CONTINUE TO HINT AT
ADDITIONAL PRECIPITATION MID MONTH.

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