PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
1022 AM CDT TUE NOV 1 2011

    ...OCTOBER 2011 TEMPERATURES RETURN TO NEAR NORMAL LEVELS...

        ...RAINFALL REMAINS WELL BELOW NORMAL OVER THE 
                 NORTHWEST HALF OF THE REGION...

AFTER SIX MONTHS OF UNRELENTING AND RECORD BREAKING HEAT...
SOUTHEAST TEXAS RECEIVED A BIT OF A REPRIEVE FROM THE INTENSE LATE
SUMMER AND EARLY AUTUMN HEAT. AVERAGE TEMPERATURES DURING OCTOBER
WERE GENERALLY WITHIN A DEGREE OF NORMAL WITH SEVERAL LOCATIONS
ACTUALLY REPORTING MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES BELOW THE 30 YEAR
CLIMATE NORMALS. THE LAST TIME AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURES WERE
BELOW NORMAL WAS BACK IN FEBRUARY. THERE WERE NO RECORD HIGH OR
RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES ESTABLISHED THIS MONTH AT ANY OF THE FIRST
ORDER CLIMATE SITES. 2011 WAS THE WARMEST YEAR TO DATE ON RECORD
FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER...BUT A RELATIVELY
COOL OCTOBER HAS SUPPRESSED THE ANNUAL TOTAL AND 2011 IS NOW TIED
WITH 1962 FOR THE WARMEST YEAR TO DATE ON RECORD. HOUSTON HOBBY
AND COLLEGE STATION ARE STILL REPORTING THEIR WARMEST YEAR TO DATE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES. BELOW ARE THE TOP FIVE WARMEST YEAR TO DATE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR THE FOUR FIRST ORDER CLIMATE SITES:

                        AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
                        JAN 1 THROUGH OCT 31

     CITY OF        HOUSTON      CITY OF          COLLEGE
     HOUSTON        HOBBY        GALVESTON        STATION
 
     74.5 2011      74.9 2011    74.9 2006        74.6 2011
     74.5 1962      74.5 2000    74.8 2000        74.1 1911
     74.0 1911      74.0 2009    74.6 2011        73.3 2009
     73.8 1963      74.0 1999    74.1 1927        73.2 2000
     73.8 1927      73.7 2006    74.0 1995        72.8 2006    

RAINFALL REMAINED BELOW NORMAL DURING THE MONTH. THE NORTHWEST
HALF OF THE REGION REMAINED VERY DRY WITH RAINFALL DEFICITS FOR
THE MONTH AVERAGING 2 TO 3 INCHES BELOW THE 30 YEAR NORMALS. THE
SOUTHEAST HALF OF THE REGION FARED A BIT BETTER. HEAVY RAIN FELL
OVER PARTS OF HARRIS...BRAZORIA AND GALVESTON COUNTIES ON OCTOBER
9TH. HOUSTON HOBBY AIRPORT RECEIVED 5.11 INCHES OF RAIN ON THAT
DAY ALONE WHICH WAS A 24 HOUR RAINFALL RECORD. THE CITY OF HOUSTON
RECEIVED 3.02 INCHES OF RAIN ON THE 9TH AND MANY LOCATIONS FROM
CLEAR LAKE TO PASADENA RECEIVED BETWEEN 4 AND 6 INCHES OF RAIN ON
THAT SUNDAY. DESPITE THE HEAVY RAIN ON THE 9TH...RAINFALL DURING
THE REST OF THE MONTH WAS SPOTTY AT BEST. OCTOBER MONTHLY RAINFALL
TOTALS REMAINED BELOW THE MONTHLY NORMALS AND ANNUAL RAINFALL
DEFICITS CONTINUED TO GROW.

COLLEGE STATION RECEIVED LESS THAN AN INCH OF RAIN IN OCTOBER.
THIS IS THE NINTH MONTH OUT OF THE LAST 13 MONTHS WITH A MONTHLY
RAINFALL TOTAL LESS THAN AN INCH. ALTHOUGH HOUSTON RECEIVED MORE
THAN AN INCH OF RAIN IN OCTOBER...THE CITY HAS ENDURED SEVEN OUT
OF THE LAST 13 MONTHS WITH MONTHLY RAINFALL TOTALS LESS THAN AN
INCH.

WITH LA NINA CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO PERSIST OR INTENSIFY...THE
OUTLOOK FOR NOVEMBER DOES NOT OFFER MUCH IN THE WAY OF CHANGE.
PROBABILITIES FAVOR WARMER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW
NORMAL RAINFALL. THE OUTLOOK FOR WINTER IS MORE OF THE SAME. THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN WARMER THAN NORMAL WITH
BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL. 

HERE IS THE OCTOBER CLIMATE DATA FOR FOR THE FIRST ORDER CLIMATE
SITES AND SUPPLEMENTAL DATA FROM OTHER ASOS SITES AROUND THE AREA:

SITE       AVG     AVG     AVG     DEP     RAIN     DEP
           HIGH    LOW     MONTH 

IAH        83.2    58.4    70.8    -0.7    3.36     -2.34
HOU        82.2    61.9    72.1     0.0    5.43     -0.56
CLL        83.7    58.3    71.0    +0.2    0.96     -3.95
GLS        80.4    68.6    74.5    +0.2    4.60     -0.92
SGR        83.2    58.4    70.8     0.0    2.45     -2.78
CXO        82.9    52.7    67.8    -1.0    1.76     -3.44
UTS        82.9    57.4    70.1    +0.6    2.00     -2.80
DWH        82.8    55.6    69.2    -0.9    2.47     -2.83
LBX        83.3    57.9    70.6    -0.2    1.41     -3.89
PSX        82.5    60.9    71.7    -0.8    4.32     -0.66
HGX        81.7    58.1    69.9    +0.1    3.90     -2.03

HERE ARE SOME MONTHLY RAINFALL TOTALS FROM OUR NETWORK OF CO-OP OBSERVERS:

LOCATION     OCT RAIN

ANAHUAC      0.60
BAY CITY     2.58
BAYTOWN      1.63
BELLVILLE    1.64
BRENHAM      1.72
CLEVELAND    3.71
COLUMBUS     1.81
CROCKETT     1.55
DANEVANG     2.20
FREEPORT     2.05
HOU WESTBURY 4.21
KATY         3.49
LIVINGSTON   3.13
MADISONVILLE 1.94
MATAGORDA    3.80
NEW CANEY    2.92
RICHMOND     1.46 
SOMERVILLE   0.85
WHARTON      1.92 
WASH ST PARK 1.69

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