PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
648 AM CST SAT FEB 5 2011

          ...FEBRUARY BEGINS ON A FRIGID NOTE...

UNLESS YOU LIVE IN A CAVE OR AN IGLOO...YOU ARE PROBABLY AWARE
THAT THE FIRST FOUR DAYS OF FEBRUARY HAVE BEEN VERY COLD. THE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES OF HOUSTON...
HOUSTON HOBBY AIRPORT...COLLEGE STATION AND GALVESTON HAVE ALL
AVERAGED ALMOST 20 DEGREES COLDER THAN THE 30 YEAR CLIMATE
NORMALS. HOUSTON AND COLLEGE STATION HAVE RECORDED FIVE
CONSECUTIVE MORNINGS WITH LOW TEMPERATURES IN THE 20S. THIS HAS
NOT HAPPENED IN FEBRUARY SINCE 1989. WIND CHILL VALUES HAVE ALSO
BEEN BRUTALLY COLD WITH VALUES DIPPING INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS A
FEW DAYS AGO.

BELOW IS A TABLE WITH THE COLDEST AVERAGE HIGH...LOW AND AVERAGE DAILY
TEMPERATURES FOR FEBRUARY (THROUGH THE 4TH) FOR THE FOUR PRIMARY
CLIMATE SITES:

                             HOUSTON

        AVG HIGH             AVG LOW            AVG DAILY

        36.2 1985            22.2 1951          30.8 1985
        38.5 1996            24.0 2011          32.1 1951
        42.0 1951            25.2 1985          33.0 1996
        42.8 1905            27.5 1996          33.8 2011
        43.5 2011            29.5 1917          39.2 1916


                           HOUSTON HOBBY

        AVG HIGH             AVG LOW            AVG DAILY

        36.0 1996            20.2 1951          30.9 1951
        39.0 1985            27.0 2011          33.1 1996
        41.5 1951            28.2 1996          34.2 1985
        44.2 2011            29.5 1985          35.6 2011
        47.0 1978            32.0 1966          42.0 1980

                          COLLEGE STATION

        AVG HIGH             AVG LOW            AVG DAILY

        32.5 1985            15.8 1951          27.0 1985
        35.0 1996            21.2 2011          29.4 1996
        42.0 2011            21.8 1985          29.5 1951
        42.8 1951            23.8 1996          31.6 2011
        42.8 1905            26.0 1918          37.3 1916

                             GALVESTON

        AVG HIGH             AVG LOW            AVG DAILY

        38.0 1985            26.8 1951          34.0 1985
        39.2 1996            28.5 2011          34.2 1951
        41.8 1951            30.0 1985          35.0 1996
        42.0 2011            30.8 1996          35.2 2011
        45.8 1978            34.2 1917          42.2 1905

EACH OF THE PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES HAD THEIR 2ND COLDEST AVERAGE
LOW TEMPERATURES FOR THE FIRST FOUR DAYS OF THE MONTH. ALTHOUGH
TEMPERATURES REBOUND A BIT DURING THE FIRST HALF OF NEXT WEEK...
IT TURNS COLDER FOR THE SECOND HALF WITH LOW TEMPERATURES BACK IN
THE 20S. DON`T LET THE COLD START TO THE MONTH FOOL YOU. BACK IN
1996...THE FIRST FOUR DAYS OF FEBRUARY WERE COLD BUT AN EXPANSIVE
UPPER RIDGE BUILT OVER TEXAS ON THE 21ST...22ND AND 23RD WITH
COLLEGE STATION RECORDING A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 99 DEGREES
ON THE 21ST AND HOUSTON RECORDING A RECORD HIGH OF 90 ON THE 22ND.
AHHHH WEATHER...YOU JUST NEVER KNOW.

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