PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
218 PM CDT THU SEP 3 2009

            ...HOT TEMPERATURES CONTINUE IN AUGUST...

           ...AUGUST RAINFALL REMAINS BELOW NORMAL...

AUGUST TEMPERATURES CONTINUED ABOVE NORMAL. THIS TREND OF
UNUSUALLY WARM TEMPERATURES BEGAN IN MID JUNE AND HAS BEEN
UNRELENTING SINCE THEN. HOUSTON TIED 1980 FOR ITS WARMEST
SUMMER (JUNE THROUGH AUGUST) IN RECORDED HISTORY. COLLEGE STATION
SMASHED ITS PREVIOUS WARMEST SUMMER BY ALMOST A WHOLE DEGREE.
GALVESTON AND HOUSTON HOBBY ENDURED THEIR SECOND WARMEST SUMMER
ON RECORD. BELOW ARE THE FIVE WARMEST SUMMERS FOR OUR PRIMARY
CLIMATE SITES.

   HOUSTON        COLLEGE       GALVESTON     HOUSTON
                  STATION                     HOBBY

86.4 2009/1980    87.6 2009     85.8 2005     86.0 1998
85.6 1998         86.8 1998     85.7 2009     85.9 2009
85.3 1962         86.3 1925     85.5 1875     84.6 1980
85.0 1958/1951    86.1 1934     85.0 1881     84.3 2005
                  86.0 1951     84.7 1876     84.3 2008

AUGUST STARTED OUT VERY WARM WITH TEMPERATURES NEAR 100 DEGREES.
THE THERMOMETER COOLED TOWARD SEASONAL NORMALS BY THE END OF THE
MONTH. THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR AUGUST AVERAGED 2 TO 3
DEGREES WARMER THAN NORMAL. HOUSTON REGISTERED ITS SEVENTH WARMEST
AUGUST WHILE GALVESTON AND HOUSTON HOBBY AIRPORT ENDURED THEIR
SECOND WARMEST AUGUST. COLLEGE STATION WAS ALSO VERY WARM AND THEY
HAD THEIR THIRD WARMEST AUGUST IN RECORDED HISTORY. BELOW IS A YET
ANOTHER TABLE TRYING TO WOW YOU WITH NUMBERS.

             WARMEST AUGUST MONTHLY TEMPERATURES

    HOUSTON        COLLEGE       GALVESTON     HOUSTON
                   STATION                     HOBBY

    87.5 1962      88.5 1951     86.6 2005     86.4 1999
    87.1 1951      87.7 1962     86.5 2009     86.2 2009
    86.8 1999      87.6 2009     86.1 1999     85.9 1962
    86.8 1902      87.4 1988     85.8 1995     85.8 1951
    86.6 1980      87.3 1937     85.7 2007     85.7 2007

    86.2 2009

HERE IS AN UPDATE LIST FOR THE NUMBER OF 100 DEGREE DAYS SO FAR
THIS YEAR AND HOW THIS YEAR COMPARES TO OTHER HOT YEARS.

             NUMBER OF 100 DEGREE DAYS - 2009

       HOUSTON     COLLEGE     GALVESTON     HOUSTON
                   STATION                   HOBBY

MAY       0            0           0            0
JUNE      7           11           0            4
JULY      4           23           0            1
AUG       6           19           0            1

SUM      17           53           0            6

HERE ARE THE YEARS WITH THE MOST 100 DEGREE DAYS.

     HOUSTON           COLLEGE        HOUSTON
                       STATION        HOBBY

     32 1980           58 1917        13 2000
     24 1998           53 2009        13 1998
     20 2000           51 1998        10 1948
     19 1902           49 1913         9 1962
     17 2009           48 2000         8 1980

DESPITE THE MONTHLY AVERAGES...THERE WERE NO DAILY HIGH
TEMPERATURE RECORDS AT ANY OF THE PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES. THERE
WERE NUMEROUS RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS BUT IT
APPEARS THAT THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS PRODUCED THROUGH
JUST CONSISTENTLY WARM DAYTIME AND NIGHTTIME TEMPERATURES.
TYPICALLY...TROPICAL MOISTURE WILL BRING CLOUDS...RAINFALL AND A
RESPITE FROM THE HEAT. THE SUMMER OF 2009 HAS ALSO BEEN A RATHER
DRY SUMMER. MORE NUMBERS BELOW:

             DRIEST SUMMERS JUNE THROUGH AUGUST

    HOUSTON        COLLEGE       GALVESTON     HOUSTON
                   STATION                     HOBBY

   3.89 1980       0.64 1980     2.43 1907     3.57 1934
   4.06 1930       1.69 1970     2.81 1956     4.83 1956
   4.57 1970       1.99 1947     3.00 1924     5.02 1944
   4.88 1913       2.05 1934     3.05 1930     5.09 1980
   5.22 2009/1948  2.47 1913     3.32 2000     5.70 1935

                  DRIEST MAY THROUGH AUGUST

    HOUSTON        COLLEGE       GALVESTON     HOUSTON
                   STATION                     HOBBY

    5.60 2009      2.53 1934     3.81 1956     4.90 1934
    7.47 1917      4.59 2009     4.31 2009     6.71 1931
    7.82 1934      4.66 1998     5.14 1954     7.30 2009
    7.99 1934      4.91 1913     5.19 1948     8.10 1988
    8.40 1901      5.20 1970     5.41 1896     8.15 1956

EVEN THOUGH RAINFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL FOR THE MONTH...MOTHER
NATURE OCCASIONALLY TURNED ON THE SPIGOT IN THE SKY. STORMS
ERUPTED OVER THE AREA ON THE 12TH AND 13TH BRINGING A VARIETY OF
HAZARDOUS WEATHER INCLUDING NICKEL SIZED HAIL IN COLLEGE
STATION...WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH IN HARRIS COUNTY...NICKEL SIZED
HAIL IN WHARTON COUNTY AND WIND DAMAGE IN FORT BEND COUNTY.
ADDITIONAL STORMS DEVELOPED ON THE 21ST BRINGING STRONG WINDS AND
HAIL TO PORTIONS OF HARRIS...WALKER AND FORT BEND COUNTIES.

BELOW ARE THE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL DATA FOR THE
PRIMARY AND SUPPLEMENTAL CLIMATE SITES ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS:

SITE     AVG     AVG     AVG    DEP     RAIN     DEP
         HIGH    LOW     MONTH

IAH      96.4    76.1    86.2   +2.9    2.11     -1.72
GLS      92.3    80.7    86.5   +2.1    1.08     -3.14
CLL      99.2    76.0    87.6   +2.9    0.69     -1.94
HOU      95.5    76.9    86.2   +1.8    1.63     -2.91
CXO      94.9    72.8    83.8   +0.5    2.78     -0.92
DWH      96.3    72.9    84.6   +1.7    1.47     -3.35
LBX      95.2    73.7    84.5   +2.1    1.90     -2.86
LVJ      94.3    75.6    85.0   +1.7    4.32     -0.70
PSX      93.0    80.2    86.6   +3.6    0.81     -2.55
SGR      96.4    74.3    85.3   +2.2    3.97     -0.57
UTS      96.4    75.1    85.7   +2.5    0.86     -2.86
HGX      92.4    75.4    83.9   +1.9    4.66     +0.09

HERE IS THE TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL DATA FROM SOME OF OUR CO-OP
VOLUNTEERS FROM OTHER COMMUNITIES ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS:

COMMUNITY         AVG     AVG     RAIN    WARMEST   COOLEST
                  HIGH    LOW             TEMP      TEMP

ALVIN             91.8    74.1    3.76    97        70
ANAHUAC           91.8    71.9    3.85    98        65
BAYTOWN           93.5    77.5    3.85    98        73
BELLVILLE         98.0    73.4    2.51   102        69
BRENHAM           95.3    70.7    2.81   102        68
CLEVELAND         93.4    71.6    3.07    97        67
COLUMBUS          98.6    74.5    3.06   102        70
CROCKETT          99.5    73.3    4.24   104        68
DACUS                             2.01
DANEVANG          96.8    73.1    0.40   101        70
EDNA                              4.15
EL CAMPO          99.5    75.0    3.35   104        71
FREEPORT          92.5    79.1    1.46    95        73
HOU HEIGHTS                       5.52
HOU PORT          95.2    78.9    0.17   101        75
HOU WESTBURY                      2.93
KATY                              2.69
LIBERTY                           3.31
LIVINGSTON        96.6    75.0    2.95    99        69
MATAGORDA         90.4    78.8    0.05    93        72
MONTGOMERY                        6.28
NEW CANEY                         3.47
RICHMOND                          4.39
SOMERVILLE                        0.94   101        70
WASH ST PARK    100.9     74.9    2.22   103        64
WEST COLUMBIA                     2.34
WHARTON                           2.53

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