PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
443 PM CDT FRI JUN 3 2011

          ...SPRING 2011 WAS ONE OF THE WARMEST ON RECORD...

       ...MAY 2011 WAS WARMER...DRIER AND WINDIER THAN NORMAL...

         ...HOUSTON RECORDS IT`S 6TH DRIEST AND 8TH WARMEST
                         MAY ON RECORD...

MAY 2011 CONTINUED A RECENT TREND OF UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES
AND BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL. THE FIRST ORDER CLIMATE SITES ALL
REPORTED BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH AS DID OUR NETWORK OF
CO-OP OBSERVERS. THE CITY OF HOUSTON RECORDED IT`S 6TH DRIEST MAY
SINCE 1891 WITH ONLY 0.33 INCHES OF RAIN. HOBBY AIRPORT RECORDED
IT`S 4TH DRIEST MAY ON RECORD WITH A DISMAL 0.19 INCHES OF RAIN.
SOME GOOD NEWS AT HOBBY AIRPORT...THE RAIN ON MAY 12TH SNAPPED A 58
DAY STREAK WITHOUT MEASURABLE RAIN. GALVESTON RECORDED IT 18TH
DRIEST MAY ON RECORD DESPITE ONLY RECEIVING 0.38 INCHES FOR THE
MONTH. COLLEGE STATION RECEIVED 3.37 INCHES OF RAIN DURING THE
MONTH...STILL BELOW NORMAL...BUT CONSIDERABLY GREATER THAN CLIMATE
SITES TO THE SOUTH. OTHER PARTS OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS WERE MORE
FORTUNATE WITH REGARD TO RAINFALL. WASHINGTON STATE PARK AND
SOMERVILLE REPORTED RAINFALL GREATER THAN THREE INCHES FOR THE
MONTH. PARTS OF MADISON AND HOUSTON COUNTIES RECEIVED BETWEEN SIX
AND NINE INCHES OF RAIN DURING THE MONTH. HOUSTON HAS NOW RECORDED
FOUR CONSECUTIVE MONTHS WITH RAINFALL BELOW AN INCH. THE TOTAL
RAINFALL FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON SINCE FEBRUARY 1 2011 IS ONLY 1.91
INCHES. A BIT MORE BLEAK ON THE SOUTHEAST SIDE AS HOBBY AIRPORT HAS
ONLY RECORDED 1.31 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE FEBRUARY 1ST. OVERALL...THE
SPRING OF 2011 (MARCH...APRIL AND MAY) WAS ONE OF THE DRIEST SPRINGS
ON RECORD. HERE ARE THE BONE DRY DETAILS:

      COLLEGE       CITY OF       HOUSTON       CITY OF
      STATION       HOUSTON       HOBBY         GALVESTON

      2.42 2003     1.22 2011     0.97 2011     0.81 1963
      2.42 1925     2.73 1996     2.09 1963     1.79 2003
      3.17 2002     3.56 2003     2.19 1996     2.00 1978
      3.18 1961     3.57 1998     2.70 1960     2.02 1960
      4.06 2011     3.90 1901     2.91 2003     2.25 1958

TEMPERATURES WERE AGAIN CONSIDERABLY WARMER THAN THE 30 YEAR
NORMALS. AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WERE 1 TO 2 DEGREES WARMER THAN NORMAL
NEAR THE COAST AND 2 TO 3 DEGREES WARMER THAN NORMAL FURTHER INLAND.
THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON TIED FOR THE
EIGHTH WARMEST MAY ON RECORD. COLLEGE STATION RECORDED IT`S 10TH
WARMEST MAY ON RECORD AND HOBBY AIRPORT TIED FOR IT`S EIGHTH WARMEST
MAY ON RECORD. GALVESTON...WITH RECORDS DATING BACK TO 1875...
TIED FOR IT`S 7TH WARMEST MAY ON RECORD.

LASTLY...YES IT WAS WINDIER THAN NORMAL. THE AVERAGE WIND SPEED IN
MAY IS AROUND 8.1 MPH. THE AVERAGE WIND SPEED DURING MAY 2011 WAS
11.1 MPH. THIS IS ROUGHLY 40 PERCENT HIGHER THAN WHAT IS TYPICALLY
EXPECTED.

THE SPRING OF 2011 WAS MORE LIKE SUMMER THAN SPRING. TEMPERATURES
WERE WELL ABOVE NORMAL SINCE FEBRUARY 15TH. LOOKING BACK THROUGH THE
RECORDS REVEALS THAT THE SPRING OF 2011 WAS EITHER THE WARMEST OR
SECOND WARMEST SPRING (MARCH...APRIL AND MAY) ON RECORD. BELOW ARE
THE FIVE WARMEST SPRINGS ON RECORD FOR THE PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES:

       COLLEGE       CITY OF       HOUSTON       CITY OF
       STATION       HOUSTON       HOBBY         GALVESTON

       73.1 2011     73.6 1963     73.7 2011     73.4 2006
       72.0 1925     73.4 2011     73.0 1967     73.1 2011
       71.4 2006     73.0 1908     72.2 2006     72.2 1882
       70.7 1963     72.6 1967     72.2 2000     72.1 1879
       70.7 1935     72.0 2006     72.2 1963     72.0 1967

HAZARDOUS WEATHER MADE A RETURN VISIT TO SOUTHEAST TEXAS DURING THE
MONTH. A LINE OF STRONG STORMS ON THE 12TH BROUGHT LARGE HAIL AND
DAMAGING WINDS TO PARTS OF BRAZOS...WASHINGTON AND COLORADO
COUNTIES. ANOTHER CLUSTER OF SEVERE STORMS AFFECTED THE REGION ON
THE 25TH BRINGING GRAPEFRUIT SIZED HAIL TO THE CLEVELAND AREA IN
LIBERTY COUNTY. TWO TO THREE INCH DIAMETER HAIL WAS ALSO REPORTED
NEAR SHERIDAN AND GANADO. DAMAGING WIND GUSTS NEAR 70 MPH WERE ALSO
REPORTED IN JACKSON COUNTY.

BELOW IS THE MONTHLY DATE FOR THE PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES ACROSS
SOUTHEAST TEXAS:

SITE          AVG     AVG     AVG     DEP     RAIN     DEP
              HIGH    LOW     MONTH

IAH           89.1    68.4    78.7    +2.9    0.33     -4.82
HOU           87.7    69.1    78.4    +1.4    0.19     -4.92
GLS           84.4    72.7    78.5    +1.6    0.38     -3.32
CLL           89.1    66.4    77.8    +2.5    3.37     -1.68
UTS           88.6    64.1    76.3    +1.9    2.69     -2.39
CXO           88.3    62.4    75.3    +0.7    0.66     -4.96
DWH           88.7    65.7    77.2    +1.1    0.21     -2.55
SGR           88.7    67.3    78.0    +0.8    0.53     -3.09
LBX           86.4    67.9    77.2    +0.9    0.30     -4.46
LVJ           85.8    68.6    77.2    +1.1    0.22     -3.53
PSX           84.5    70.3    77.4    +1.7    2.66     -1.89
HGX           86.5    67.8    77.2    +1.8    0.10     -4.48

OTHER MAY RAINFALL TOTALS FOR SOME COMMUNITIES ACROSS SOUTHEAST
TEXAS:

LOCATION        MAY        MAY       DEP
                RAIN       NORMAL

ANAHUAC         0.60       5.22      -4.62
BAYTOWN         0.02       5.45      -5.43
BELLVILLE       1.21       5.64      -4.43
BRENHAM         2.19       5.14      -2.95
CLEVELAND       1.97       5.89      -3.92
COLUMBUS        1.80       5.75      -3.95
CROCKETT        2.41       4.66      -2.25
DANEVANG        1.63       5.08      -3.45
EDNA            2.41
EL CAMPO        1.05
FREEPORT        0.53       4.02      -3.49
HOU WESTBURY    0.82       5.09      -4.27
KATY            1.25       4.73      -3.48
LIBERTY         1.26       5.80      -4.54
LIVINGSTON      1.28       5.54      -4.26
MADISONVILLE    2.91       5.06      -2.15
MATAGORDA       1.01       4.53      -3.52
RICHMOND        0.69       4.28      -3.59
SOMERVILLE      3.34       4.39      -1.05
WASH ST PARK    3.13       4.42      -1.29
WHARTON         0.82       4.91      -4.09

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