PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
1100 AM CDT SAT APR 23 2011

      ...RECORD WARMTH TO CONTINUE FOR A FEW MORE DAYS...

...COLLEGE STATION ON TARGET FOR IT`S WARMEST APRIL ON RECORD...

APRIL 2011 HAS BEEN ONE OF THE WARMEST ON RECORD FOR THE FOUR
PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. IF THE MONTH ENDED
TODAY...APRIL 2011 WOULD BE THE WARMEST ON RECORD FOR COLLEGE
STATION (RECORDS BACK TO 1902). IT WOULD BE THE FIFTH WARMEST ON
RECORD FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON (RECORDS BACK TO 1891)...THE FOURTH
WARMEST APRIL ON RECORD FOR GALVESTON (RECORDS BACK TO 1875) AND
THE THIRD WARMEST ON RECORD FOR HOUSTON HOBBY (RECORDS BACK TO 1930).

        COLLEGE      CITY OF      HOUSTON     GALVESTON
        STATION      HOUSTON      HOBBY

        74.5 2011    75.2 1963    75.7 1967   76.5 1888
        74.0 1967    75.0 1967    74.5 1963   75.0 1967
        73.7 1925    74.3 1981    73.9 2011   74.5 2006
        73.1 2006    74.0 1965    73.6 2006   73.8 2011
        72.8 2002    73.9 2011    73.5 1965   73.4 1929

THE EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS THAT GRIP SOUTHEAST TEXAS HAVE
BEEN EXACERBATED BY THE RECENT WARM SPELL. THE LAST FIVE DAYS
HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY WARM WITH OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURES RARELY
FALLING BELOW 73 DEGREES. THE NORMAL LOW FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR IS
TYPICALLY IN THE UPPER 50S. HIGH TEMPERATURES HAVE ALSO BEEN WARM
WITH HIGHS IN THE UPPER 80S AND LOWER 90S. THE NORMAL HIGH
TEMPERATURE DURING THE LAST HALF OF APRIL IS IN THE LOWER 80S.

BELOW IS A LIST OF NEW OR TIED TEMPERATURE RECORDS FOR OUR FOUR
PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES:

COLLEGE STATION - 10 NEW/TIED TEMPERATURE RECORDS

NEW/TIED               PREVIOUS

 8TH 93 DEGREES        91 1930
10TH 92 DEGREES        92 1968
19TH 96 DEGREES#       95 1951
20TH 94 DEGREES        94 1925
22ND 93 DEGREES        91 2009

# TIES FOR THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE RECORDED IN APRIL (APRIL 16
1920 AND APRIL 30 1933)

18TH 71 DEGREES        71 1970
19TH 73 DEGREES        72 1972
20TH 76 DEGREES#       73 1925
21ST 73 DEGREES        72 1925
22ND 74 DEGREES        73 1925

# WARMEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN THE MONTH OF APRIL.
PREVIOUS WARMEST WAS 75 DEGREES ON APRIL 27 1994 AND APRIL 29 1970.

CITY OF HOUSTON 9 NEW/TIED TEMPERATURE RECORDS

11TH 89 DEGREES        89 1934
19TH 92 DEGREES        92 1987
22ND 90 DEGREES        90 2009

 8TH 73 DEGREES        73 1999
18TH 73 DEGREES        72 1970
19TH 73 DEGREES        73 1996
20TH 76 DEGREES        74 1964
21ST 76 DEGREES        74 1963
22ND 74 DEGREES        74 1967

HOUSTON HOBBY AIRPORT 5 NEW/TIED TEMPERATURE RECORDS

19TH 88 DEGREES        88 1984

 8TH 72 DEGREES        72 2001
10TH 71 DEGREES        71 2001
20TH 74 DEGREES        72 1964
21ST 73 DEGREES        72 2002

GALVESTON 4 NEW/TIED TEMPERATURE RECORDS

11TH 87 DEGREES        83 2007
15TH 86 DEGREES        85 1878
19TH 83 DEGREES        83 1965

20TH 74 DEGREES        74 1972

RAINFALL HAS BEEN MEAGER. AS APRIL 22ND...THE CITY OF HOUSTON HAS
ONLY RECEIVED 0.11 INCHES OF RAIN. THIS IS CURRENTLY THE DRIEST
APRIL ON RECORD. HOUSTON HOBBY AIRPORT AND COLLEGE STATION HAVE
ONLY RECEIVED A TRACE OF RAIN DURING IN APRIL. THIS MAKES
APRIL 2011 THE DRIEST ON RECORD FOR EACH OF THESE SITES. WASN`T
IT JUST TWO YEARS AGO THAT HOBBY AIRPORT ENDURED IT`S WETTEST
APRIL OF ALL TIME WITH OVER 15 INCHES OF RAIN? IT SEEMS SO LONG
AGO. GALVESTON HAS RECEIVED 0.11 INCHES OF RAIN SO FAR THIS MONTH
AND IT IS THE THIRD DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD. MUCH CAN CHANGE BY THE
END OF THE MONTH AND THESE VALUES COULD CHANGE. SEE OUR LATEST
DROUGHT STATEMENT DGTHGX FOR MORE DETAILS ON THIS EXCEPTIONAL
DROUGHT.

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