PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
1203 PM CST THU MAR 1 2012

         ...FEBRUARY WAS WARMER AND WETTER THAN NORMAL...

COLLEGE STATION TALLIED 9.30 INCHES OF RAIN DURING FEBRUARY AND
THIS IS THE SECOND WETTEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD. COLLEGE STATION HAS
NOT REPORTED THIS MUCH RAIN IN A MONTH SINCE OCTOBER 2006. THE CITY
OF HOUSTON ALSO RECEIVED ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL AND THE RAINFALL AT
THE AIRPORT TALLIED 5.98 INCHES WHICH IS THE 8TH WETTEST FEBRUARY
ON RECORD. THE CITY OF GALVESTON RECORDED ITS 6TH WETTEST FEBRUARY
ON RECORD WITH 7.32 INCHES OF RAIN. HOBBY AIRPORT RECORDED 6.81
INCHES OF RAIN DURING THE MONTH AND THIS IS ALSO THE 6TH WETTEST
FEBRUARY ON RECORD.

THE RAINFALL TOTALS IN 2012 STAND IN STARK CONTRAST TO THE
RAINFALL TOTALS OF 2011. THE CITY OF HOUSTON HAS RECORDED 11.05
INCHES OF RAIN SO FAR THIS YEAR. HOUSTON DID NOT RECEIVE THIS MUCH
RAIN IN 2011 UNTIL SEPTEMBER 17TH. COLLEGE STATION HAS RECORDED
12.08 INCHES SINCE JANUARY 1 2012 AND THIS VALUE WAS NOT EXCEEDED
IN 2011 UNTIL SEPTEMBER 19TH. GALVESTON HAS RECEIVED 10.33 INCHES
OF RAIN IN 2012. GALVESTON DID NOT RECEIVE THIS AMOUNT OF RAIN IN
2011 UNTIL SEPTEMBER 3RD.

FEBRUARY 2012 WAS RATHER STORMY WITH EPISODES OF SEVERE WEATHER AND
HEAVY RAIN. THE FIRST HAZARDOUS EVENT OCCURRED ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY
3RD. A TORNADO DEVELOPED NEAR SNOOK IN BURLESON COUNTY. THIS STORM
PRODUCED AN EF-2 RATED TORNADO. THE TORNADO DAMAGED SEVERAL
BUILDINGS AND TOSSED SEVERAL 18 WHEELERS WERE TOSSED ABOUT A 100
YARDS. THE STORM ALSO PRODUCED 2 1/4 INCH DIAMETER HAIL JUST NORTH
OF THE TEXAS A AND M CAMPUS. LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN ALSO ACCOMPANIED
THIS STORMS. COLLEGE STATION SET A DAILY RAINFALL RECORD ON THE 3RD
WITH 4.11 INCHES OF RAIN. OVER 6 INCHES OF RAIN FELL IN A SIX HOUR
PERIOD AND FLOODING WAS WIDESPREAD ACROSS PARTS OF MADISON...
BRAZOS...BURLESON...GRIMES AND WALKER COUNTIES. ANOTHER HEAVY RAIN
EVENT DEVELOPED OVER THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE REGION ON THE 15TH.
ANOTHER 2 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN FELL ON THIS DAY AND MORE FLOODING WAS
REPORTED FROM NAVASOTA TO HUNTSVILLE TO TRINITY. ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT
WEATHER EVENT DEVELOPED ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18TH. THESE STORMS
PRODUCED DAMAGING WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN. STRONG WINDS UPROOTED TREES
AND DOWNED POWER LINES IN AUSTIN...WASHINGTON AND MONTGOMERY
COUNTIES. THE STORMS ALSO PRODUCED 2 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN ACROSS THE
REGION. THIS PRODUCED FLOODING IN COLORADO AND GRIMES COUNTIES.

THE MONTH WAS ALSO WARMER THAN THE 30 YEAR NORMALS. THE MONTHLY
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS ABOUT 3.0 TO 3.5 DEGREES WARMER THAN
NORMAL. ON FEBRUARY 23 AND AGAIN ON FEBRUARY 29...IN AN EFFORT OF
UNITY...ALL FOUR OF THE FIRST ORDER CLIMATE SITES ESTABLISHED NEW
OR TIED THEIR RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE. ALTHOUGH THE HEAT
IN FEBRUARY WAS NOT RECORD BREAKING...THE AVERAGE MONTHLY
TEMPERATURE WAS THE 17TH WARMEST AT GALVESTON AND 18TH WARMEST
FEBRUARY FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON. LOOKING AHEAD...PROBABILITIES
FAVOR WARMER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR MARCH WITH RAINFALL
TOTALS DRIER THAN THE 30 YEAR NORMALS.

HERE IS THE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL DATA FOR FIRST AND
SECOND ORDER CLIMATE STATIONS:

SITE      AVG     AVG     AVG     DEP     RAIN     DEP
          HIGH    LOW     MONTH

IAH       67.7    52.4    60.1    +3.7    5.98     +2.78
HOU       67.4    53.7    60.6    +3.3    6.82     +3.61
CLL       66.2    49.7    57.9    +3.3    9.30     +6.45
GLS       65.6    55.5    60.6    +3.0    7.32     +4.75
CXO       66.1    48.4    57.3    +3.6    4.61     +1.35
UTS       65.7    48.6    57.2    +2.8    6.55     +3.49
PSX       67.3    53.4    60.4    +3.2    3.49     +1.14
LBX       66.8    52.9    59.9    +3.2    5.30     +2.36
SGR       67.9    52.5    60.2    +4.2    7.33     +4.11
LVJ       67.3    53.5    60.4    +3.6    5.28     +2.10
DWH       66.2    50.9    58.5    +3.4    3.83     +0.80
HGX       66.2    51.1    58.7    +2.6    5.73     +2.82

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

LOCATION         FEB       FEB          DEP
                 RAIN      NORMAL

ANAHUAC          5.89      3.21         +2.68
BAY CITY         4.78      2.69         +2.09
BELLVILLE        5.04      2.65         +2.39
BRENHAM          8.14      3.09         +5.05
COLUMBUS         4.27      2.88         +1.39
CLEVELAND       10.49      4.17         +6.32
CROCKETT         5.54      3.62         +1.92
DANEVANG         5.55      2.80         +2.75
EDNA             3.69      2.46         +1.23
EL CAMPO         4.43      2.68         +1.75
FREEPORT         7.23      2.79         +4.44
HOU WESTBURY     7.98      3.23         +4.75
KATY             6.89      3.11         +3.78
LIBERTY          8.01      4.18         +3.83
LIVINGSTON       6.31      3.92         +2.39
MADISONVILLE     5.66      3.28         +2.38
MATAGORDA        5.45      2.68         +2.77
NEW CANEY        7.28      3.62         +3.66
RICHMOND         7.51      3.02         +4.49
SOMERVILLE       6.64      2.91         +3.73
WASH ST PARK     8.57      2.83         +5.74
WHARTON          4.09      3.04         +1.05

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