PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
1003 AM CDT FRI JUL 1 2011

          ...RECORD WARMTH DOMINATES JUNE WEATHER...

       ...RAINFALL REMAINS WELL BELOW FOR THE MONTH...

AN UPPER LEVEL RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE CONTINUED ITS STRANGLEHOLD
ON SOUTHEAST TEXAS BRINGING DRY CONDITIONS AND RECORD WARM
TEMPERATURES. MONTHLY AVERAGE JUNE TEMPERATURES WERE FOUR TO FIVE
DEGREES WARMER THAN THE 30 YEAR NORMALS. THERE WERE SO MANY RECORDS...
IT IS HARD TO DETERMINE WHERE TO BEGIN. THE CITY OF HOUSTON AND
GALVESTON RECORDED THEIR WARMEST JUNE ON RECORD...WHILE HOUSTON
HOBBY AND COLLEGE STATION REPORTED THEIR 2ND WARMEST JUNE ON
RECORD. BELOW ARE THE TOP FIVE WARMEST MONTHLY TEMPERATURES FOR
EACH SITE:

         CITY OF     HOUSTON     COLLEGE     GALVESTON
         HOUSTON     HOBBY       STATION  

         86.2 2011   86.2 1998   86.7 1998    86.2 2011
         85.9 1902   85.9 2011   86.5 2011    85.6 1881
         85.6 2009   85.0 1990   86.2 1925    85.2 1875
         85.5 1998   84.8 2009   86.0 2009    84.9 2008
         85.1 1980   84.7 2008   85.5 1906    84.7 2005

THE CITY OF HOUSTON ALSO RECORDED THE EARLIEST 100 DEGREE
TEMPERATURE IN CITY RECORDS WHEN THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE REACHED
100 DEGREES ON JUNE 2ND. THE CITY OF HOUSTON ALSO RECORDED THE
WARMEST JUNE TEMPERATURE WHEN THE MERCURY CLIMBED TO 105 DEGREES
ON JUNE 5TH AND 6TH. ALL TOLD...THE TEMPERATURE REACHED OR
EXCEEDED 100 DEGREES SEVEN TIMES DURING JUNE. THIS TIES 2009 FOR
THE THIRD MOST 100 DEGREE DAYS. ONLY 1902 AND 1980 HAD MORE 100
DEGREE DAYS WITH 10 AND 8 RESPECTIVELY. HOUSTON ALSO RECORDED 17
DAYS WITH THE TEMPERATURE AT OR ABOVE 98 DEGREES. THIS IS ALSO A
RECORD FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 15 AND
OCCURRED IN 1902 AND 1980. THERE WERE 26 DAYS IN THE MONTH WHERE
THE TEMPERATURE REACHED OR EXCEEDED 95 DEGREES AND YES...THIS IS
ANOTHER RECORD FOR THE MONTH. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 22 DAYS AND
OCCURRED IN 1998 AND 1980. THERE WAS ONLY ONE DAY IN JUNE WHEN THE
TEMPERATURE FAILED TO REACH 90 DEGREES AND THAT OCCURRED WITH THE
BLISSFUL RAIN ON JUNE 22ND. 

GALVESTON ESTABLISHED SOME NEW RECORDS AS WELL. THE HIGH
TEMPERATURE REACHED 99 DEGREES ON JUNE 5TH. THIS WAS THE EARLIEST
99 DEGREE DAY IN GALVESTON WEATHER HISTORY AND ALSO TIED THE
WARMEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORD IN THE MONTH OF JUNE (JUNE 18
1918). GALVESTON ALSO RECORDED ITS WARMEST AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE
IN CITY HISTORY WITH AN AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE OF 80.5 DEGREES.
THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 80.4 DEGREES IN 1990. GALVESTON ALSO TIED
ITS WARMEST OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH WITH A VALUE OF
85 DEGREES ON JUNE 27TH. THE ONLY OTHER TIME THE LOW TEMPERATURE
ONLY DROPPED TO 85 DEGREES WAS ON JUNE 24TH 1881.

THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE IN COLLEGE STATION FOR JUNE WAS 98.3
DEGREES WHICH IS THE SECOND WARMEST ON RECORD. ONLY THE 98.5
AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE IN JUNE OF 1911 WAS WARMER. THE AVERAGE
LOW FOR JUNE WAS 74.8 DEGREES AND THIS IS THE THIRD WARMEST
AVERAGE LOW FOR THE MONTH...TRAILING ONLY 1906 AND 2010 (76.3 AND
75.9 RESPECTIVELY). 

HOUSTON HOBBY AIRPORT RECORDED ITS WARMEST AVERAGE HIGH
TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WITH 95.8 DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS WARMEST
AVERAGE HIGH WAS 95.0 AND OCCURRED IN 1998. THE AVERAGE JUNE LOW
TEMPERATURE WAS 76.0 AND THIS WAS THE FOURTH WARMEST ON RECORD.

RAINFALL WAS A BIT BETTER OVER PARTS OF THE REGION BUT ALL
REPORTING SITES NOTED BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL ONCE AGAIN. THE CITY
OF HOUSTON AND GALVESTON BOTH REPORTED LESS THAN AN INCH OF RAIN
DURING THE MONTH. THIS WAS THE 15TH DRIEST JUNE FOR THE CITY OF
HOUSTON AND THE 25TH DRIEST FOR GALVESTON. HOUSTON HAS NOW
REPORTED FIVE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS WITH MONTHLY RAINFALL TALLIES
BELOW AN INCH. THIS IS ALSO A NEW RECORD. BELOW ARE THE MONTHLY
RAINFALL TOTALS FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON SINCE FEBRUARY 1ST:

           FEB     MAR     APR     MAY    JUN     TOTAL

RAIN       0.69    0.78    0.11    0.33   0.92     2.83
NORM       2.98    3.36    3.60    5.15   5.35    20.44
DEP       -2.29   -2.58   -3.49   -4.82  -4.43   -17.61

THERE WAS HAZARDOUS WEATHER DURING THE MONTH BUT NOT WHAT IS
TYPICALLY ASSOCIATED WITH HAZARDOUS WEATHER IN THIS PART OF THE
COUNTRY. THE PROLONGED DROUGHT HAS CREATED WATER SHORTAGES AND
HARSH AGRICULTURAL CONDITIONS. SOUTHEAST TEXAS ENDURED DANGEROUS
FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS THAT SET THE STAGE FOR SEVERAL WILD FIRES
DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH. THE BEARING FIRE IN POLK AND
TRINITY COUNTIES BURNED OVER 22000 ACRES. THE DYER MILLS FIRE IN
GRIMES COUNTY BURNED ABOUT 5000 ACRES...20 HOMES AND ANOTHER 30
OUTBUILDINGS. THE MIDWAY FIRE BURNED ANOTHER 4500 ACRES AND THE
SMOKE WAS SO THICK THAT A PORTION OF I-45 HAD TO BE CLOSED.

BELOW ARE THE MONTHLY JUNE TOTALS FOR THE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY
CLIMATE SITES ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS:

SITE     AVG     AVG     AVG     DEP     RAIN     DEP
         HIGH    LOW     MONTH

IAH      97.4    74.9    86.2    +4.8    0.92     -4.43
HOU      95.8    76.0    85.9    +3.6    1.79     -5.05
GLS      91.8    80.5    86.2    +4.0    0.94     -3.10
CLL      98.3    74.8    86.5    +4.9    2.87     -0.92
UTS      98.9    74.4    86.6    +6.0    1.39     -3.27
CXO      98.2    70.5    84.3    +3.5    1.45     -3.13
DWH      97.7    72.5    85.1    +4.4    1.15     -5.11
PSX      90.1    77.6    83.8    +2.8    1.66     -2.65
LBX      93.1    73.9    83.5    +2.7    1.70     -3.06
SGR      96.2    73.5    84.8    +3.1    2.03     -3.01
LVJ      93.8    75.0    84.4    +3.1    0.86     -6.59
HGX      94.9    74.3    84.6    +4.3    2.54     -4.82

HERE IS SOME JUNE RAINFALL DATA FROM OUR CO-OP OBSERVATION
NETWORK:

LOCATION         RAIN

ANAHUAC          2.87
BAY CITY         3.85
BAYTOWN          1.94
BELLVILLE        2.45
BRENHAM          2.87
CLEVELAND        0.84
COLUMBUS         3.80
CROCKETT         1.18
DANEVANG         2.88
EDNA             1.02
EL CAMPO         2.90 
FREEPORT         2.48
HOU WESTBURY     1.70
KATY             1.94
LIVINGSTON       1.43
MADISONVILLE     1.78
MATAGORDA        0.65
NEW CANEY        0.99
RICHMOND         1.56
SOMERVILLE       2.42
WASH ST PARK     1.95
W COLUMBIA       1.98
WHARTON          3.07

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