PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
818 PM CDT MON MAR 12 2012

      ...SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL FOR MARCH 8-11 2012 BRINGS
          HOUSTON TO ITS 4TH WETTEST START TO A YEAR...

ANOTHER VIGOROUS STORM SYSTEM BROUGHT PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN TO
SOUTHEAST TEXAS. THE CITY OF HOUSTON HAS RECEIVED 4.73 INCHES OF
RAIN ALREADY IN MARCH AND 15.78 INCHES FOR THE YEAR. LAST YEAR...
THE CITY OF HOUSTON HAD ONLY RECEIVED 5.83 INCHES OF RAIN THROUGH
MARCH 11TH. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 2011 AND 2012 IS STRIKING. LAST
YEAR WAS THE 3RD DRIEST YEAR ON RECORD AND THE FEB/MAR PERIOD WAS
THE SECOND DRIEST FEB/MAR PERIOD ON RECORD. FAST FORWARD TO 2012
AND THE YEAR TO DATE RAINFALL OF 15.78 INCHES IS THE 4TH WETTEST
START TO THE YEAR ON RECORD. 2012 TRAILS ONLY 1992 (18.26
INCHES)...1891 (17.48 INCHES) AND 1934 (16.48 INCHES).

TO PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE...THE CITY OF HOUSTON HAS RECEIVED
15.78 INCHES OF RAIN THROUGH MARCH 11TH (71 DAYS). IN 2011...IT TOOK
304 DAYS OR UNTIL NOVEMBER 8TH TO ACCUMULATE THE SAME AMOUNT OF
RAIN.

OTHER COMMUNITIES ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS ARE ALSO OFF TO
WET STARTS. CLEVELAND HAS MEASURED 20.31 INCHES OF RAIN SO FAR
THIS YEAR AND THIS IS THE WETTEST START TO ANY YEAR ON RECORD
(PREV 18.75 IN 1979). BRENHAM HAS RECEIVED 13.43 INCHES OF RAIN
THIS YEAR AND THIS IS THE 3RD WETTEST START TO A YEAR (17.88
INCHES IN 1932...AND 16.30 IN 1992). RICHMOND IS ALSO OFF TO A WET
START WITH 20.30 INCHES OF RAIN IN 2012. ONLY THE 22.02 INCHES OF
RAIN IN 1992 WAS GREATER.

THE GREATEST FOUR DAY RAINFALL TOTALS OCCURRED OVER THE NORTH AND
NORTHEAST PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. RATCLIFF (HOUSTON COUNTY)
RECEIVED THE HIGHEST RAINFALL TOTAL WITH 6.73 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE
THURSDAY. OTHER COMMUNITIES WITH HIGH RAINFALL TALLIES INCLUDE
ONALASKA WITH 5.64 INCHES OF RAIN AND MADISONVILLE WITH 5.22
INCHES OF RAIN.

RESERVOIR LEVELS HAVE UNDERGONE REMARKABLE IMPROVEMENT OVER THE
LAST THREE WEEKS. ON DECEMBER 31 2011...LAKE SOMERVILLE ONLY
RECORDED 38 PERCENT CAPACITY. CURRENTLY...THE CAPACITY AT LAKE
SOMERVILLE IS AT 93.4 PERCENT. THE LAKE IS ONLY 0.6 FEET BELOW ITS
NORMAL POOL ELEVATION LEVEL. LAKE TEXANA IS ALSO RISING...ALBEIT
AT A SLIGHTLY SLOWER PACE. THE CAPACITY AT LAKE TEXANA WAS AT 53
PERCENT CAPACITY ON FEBRUARY 16TH AND IS CURRENTLY AT 82 PERCENT
CAPACITY. THE LAKE LEVEL IS STILL 3.2 FEET BELOW ITS NORMAL POOL
ELEVATION. THE ONLY OTHER RESERVOIR WELL BELOW NORMAL IS LAKE
CONROE. THE POOL ELEVATION AT LAKE CONROE IS STILL 3.5 FEET BELOW
ITS NORMAL POOL ELEVATION AND THE LAKE IS CURRENTLY AT 83.4
PERCENT OF ITS NORMAL CAPACITY. BOTH LAKE HOUSTON AND LAKE
LIVINGSTON ARE BETWEEN 1 TO 2 FEET ABOVE THEIR RESPECTIVE NORMAL
POOL ELEVATIONS. HOUSTON COUNTY LAKE IS AT 90.0 PERCENT CAPACITY
AND IS ABOUT A FOOT BELOW ITS NORMAL POOL ELEVATION.

BELOW IS A TABLE WITH THE MARCH AND YEAR TO DATE RAINFALL FOR THE
FIRST AND SECOND ORDER CLIMATE SITES AND ALSO A COMPARISON TO LAST
YEARS RAINFALL:

SITE     MARCH     MARCH     MARCH     YTD      YTD
         2012      2011      NORM      2012     2011

IAH      4.73      0.78      3.41      15.78    5.83
HOU      3.22      0.78      3.20      15.43    4.66
CLL      4.01      0.61      3.17      16.09    4.09
GLS      2.07      2.70      3.16      12.40    7.12
LVJ      3.63      0.44      3.03      13.98    3.73
SGR      2.34      1.40      3.25      16.37    3.88
DWH      2.03      1.24      3.59       9.66    3.10
CXO      3.00      0.35      3.19      15.92    4.83
UTS      3.35      0.07      3.41      13.74    3.99
LBX      2.51      1.36      3.47      11.39    5.41
PSX      1.65      0.77      3.00       6.56    4.92
HGX      2.80      1.96      3.24      14.87    5.75

HERE ARE SOME OTHER RAINFALL TOTALS FROM OUR NETWORK OF CO-OP
OBSERVERS (THROUGH MARCH 12TH):

LOCATION       JAN    JAN    FEB    FEB    MAR    MAR
               2012   2011   2012   2011   2012   2011

ANAHUAC        2.85   3.93   5.89   0.82   2.25   1.34
BELLVILLE      5.70   2.75   5.04   0.76   2.88   1.14
BRENHAM        3.00   4.15   8.14   0.81   3.80   0.80
CLEVELAND      8.54   4.76  10.49   0.85   2.28   1.73
COLUMBUS       7.65   3.51   4.27   0.64   3.03   0.48
CROCKETT       4.27   5.29   5.54   0.70   4.95   0.35
DANEVANG       2.02   3.70   5.55   0.62   2.24   0.05
EDNA           3.08   2.94   3.69   0.35   2.15   0.90
EL CAMPO       4.36   3.18   4.43   0.65   2.51   0.22
FREEPORT       0.72   4.21   7.23   0.84   2.66   0.81
HOU WESTBURY   7.55   3.46   7.98   0.86   3.83   0.63
LIVINGSTON     6.71   3.73   6.31   0.89   3.37   0.84
MADISONVILLE   3.48   2.89   5.66   0.81   5.22   0.95
MATAGORDA      3.40   3.42   5.45   0.61   3.60   0.27
NEW CANEY      4.81   6.42   7.28   0.96   3.71   0.90
RICHMOND      10.66   2.22   7.51   0.37   3.08   0.69
WHARTON        4.67   2.51   4.09   0.84   2.34    T

HERE ARE SOME OTHER 4 DAY RAINFALL TOTALS FOR OTHER COMMUNITIES
ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS (UPDATED):

ALVIN           3.61 INCHES
BAY CITY        2.31 INCHES
CALDWELL        2.90 INCHES
CYPRESS         3.84 INCHES
GRAPELAND       3.23 INCHES
INDUSTRY        3.13 INCHES
KINGWOOD        3.19 INCHES
MONTGOMERY      2.45 INCHES
ONALASKA        5.64 INCHES
NEW ULM         3.79 INCHES
RATCLIFF        6.73 INCHES

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