PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
532 AM CDT SUN APR 1 2012

            ...MARCH WAS CONSIDERABLY WARMER THAN NORMAL...

            ...MARCH RAINFALL REMAINED WELL ABOVE NORMAL...

AS MONTHS GO...MARCH WAS ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS. UNSEASONABLY WARM
TEMPERATURES COUPLED WITH ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL PRODUCED A SLEW OF
RECORDS FOR SEVERAL CLIMATE SITES. COLLEGE STATION ESTABLISHED TWO
NEW CALENDAR RAINFALL RECORDS AND ALSO ESTABLISHED A NEW MONTHLY
RAINFALL RECORD WITH 8.66 INCHES OF RAIN. SINCE JANUARY 1ST...
COLLEGE STATION HAS RECEIVED 20.74 INCHES OF RAIN AND THIS IS THE
SECOND WETTEST START TO A YEAR IN RECORDED HISTORY. THE WETTEST
START TO ANY YEAR WAS 1991 WITH 20.79 INCHES OF RAIN. THE 2012
RAINFALL TOTAL (20.74 INCHES) HAS ALREADY SURPASSED THE RAINFALL
TOTAL FOR 2011 (19.01 INCHES). THE RAINFALL TOTALS FOR FEBRUARY-
MARCH WAS 17.95 INCHES AND THIS IS THE WETTEST FEBRUARY-MARCH
COMBINATION IN CITY HISTORY...EASILY SURPASSING THE 13.44 INCHES
OF RAIN THAT FELL IN 1992. IT WASN`T JUST WET IN COLLEGE
STATION...IT WAS QUITE WARM TOO. THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE
WAS 67.1 DEGREES WHICH TIES FOR THE SIXTH WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD.

IT WAS QUITE WARM ELSEWHERE ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS. ALL FOUR FIRST
ORDER CLIMATE SITES HAD UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES. THE MONTHLY
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WERE BETWEEN SIX AND SEVEN DEGREES WARMER THAN
NORMAL.

THE CITY OF HOUSTON RECORDED AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 69.0
DEGREES WHICH IS THE FOURTH WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD. GALVESTON
RECORDED AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 70.1 DEGREES WHICH IS THE
SECOND WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD. GALVESTON RECORDED TEN WARMEST
MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS...TWO HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS AND ALSO
TIED ITS WARMEST OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN MARCH
(TWICE) WITH A MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF ONLY 73 DEGREES. HOUSTON HOBBY
AIRPORT TRUMPED ALL THE OTHER CLIMATE SITES BY ENDURING ITS WARMEST
MARCH ON RECORD. BELOW ARE THE FIVE WARMEST AVERAGE MONTHLY MARCH
TEMPERATURES FOR THE FOUR PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES:

              CITY OF      HOUSTON     CITY OF      COLLEGE
              HOUSTON      HOBBY       GALVESTON    STATION

              72.1 1907    69.5 2012   70.4 1907    68.5 1921
              69.4 1953    68.5 1953   70.1 2012    67.7 1935
              69.2 1908    68.0 1974   68.2 1882    67.7 1938
              69.0 2012    67.8 2011   68.0 2000    67.5 1945
              68.8 1945    67.8 2000   68.0 1921    67.2 1916

2012 HAS BEEN VERY WARM AND THE YEAR TO DATE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE HAS
BEEN ONE OF THE WARMEST ON RECORD. THE CITY OF HOUSTON HAS RECORDED
ITS SECOND WARMEST START TO THE YEAR WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF
62.8 DEGREES. BELOW IS A TABLE WITH THE YEAR TO DATE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE:

                      YEAR TO DATE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE

              CITY OF      HOUSTON     CITY OF       COLLEGE
              HOUSTON      HOBBY       GALVESTON     STATION

              64.1 1911    63.3 2012   64.4 1907     62.3 1911
              62.6 2012    63.2 2000   63.9 2012     60.3 2012
              62.1 1921    62.1 1999   63.6 1882     59.8 1916
              61.9 1950    61.6 1950   63.3 1890     59.6 2000
              61.5 2000    61.4 2006   63.2 2000     59.2 1935

IT WAS RATHER WET ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS WITH MOST AREAS RECEIVING
ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL. THE CITY OF HOUSTON RECORDED 7.14 INCHES OF
RAIN IN MARCH AND THIS IS THE EIGHTH WETTEST MARCH IN CITY HISTORY.
THIS IS ALSO  THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH WITH ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL
FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON. AFTER LAST YEARS DEVASTATING DROUGHT...THE
RECENT RAIN HAS REPLENISHED AREA RIVERS AND RESERVOIRS.

BELOW IS A TABLE WHICH INDICATES THE FIVE WETTEST STARTS TO A YEAR
FOR EACH OF THE FIRST ORDER CLIMATE SITES:

          CITY OF        HOUSTON       CITY OF       COLLEGE
          HOUSTON        HOBBY         GALVESTON     STATION

          20.17 1896     19.33 1997    19.73 1997    20.79 1991
          19.97 1992     19.30 1944    19.50 1903    20.74 2012
          18.93 1891     18.95 1992    18.97 1992    19.19 1932
          18.89 1922     18.00 1979    18.66 1934    18.69 1934
          18.19 2012     17.19 2012#   18.49 1944    18.36 1992

                                       15.25 2012 12TH
# TIES 17.19 IN 1991

AS NOTED EARLIER IN THIS STATEMENT...RESERVOIR LEVELS HAVE MADE A
REMARKABLE TURN AROUND. LEVELS ARE EITHER NEAR OR ABOVE THE NORMAL
POOL ELEVATION. BELOW ARE THE SIX RESERVOIR LEVELS WITH THEIR
PERCENT OF CAPACITY AND POOL ELEVATIONS (FEET ABOVE MSL AND
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL POOL ELEVATION IN FEET):

SITE                 CAPACITY        POOL LEVEL     DEPARTURE

LAKE CONROE           89.7             198.74        -2.26
LAKE HOUSTON         100.0              42.26        +0.53
HOUSTON CNTY LAKE     99.9             259.99        -0.01
LAKE LIVINGSTON      100.0             132.46        +1.46
LAKE SOMERVILLE      100.0             242.82        +4.82
LAKE TEXANA          100.0              44.07        +0.07

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

SITE       AVG     AVG     AVG      DEP     RAINFALL     DEP
           HIGH    LOW     MONTH

IAH        78.4    59.7    69.0     +6.3    7.14         +3.73
HOU        77.8    61.2    69.5     +6.2    4.98         +1.78
CLL        76.2    58.1    67.1     +5.7    8.66         +5.49
GLS        75.2    65.1    70.1     +6.7    4.96         +1.80
CXO        77.0    55.5    66.3     +6.0    5.36         +2.17
UTS        76.6    57.8    67.2     +6.6    6.69         +3.28
PSX        75.6    61.6    68.6     +5.7    4.50         +1.50
LBX        76.7    59.8    68.3     +6.3    4.76         +1.29
SGR        77.5    59.0    68.2     +6.4    4.43         +1.18
LVJ        77.5    60.7    69.1     +6.6    5.56         +2.53
DWH        76.6    58.3    67.5     +6.7    3.88         +0.29
HGX        77.0    59.6    68.3     +6.5    5.32         +2.08

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

LOCATION            MARCH RAIN

ANAHUAC               4.69
BAY CITY              4.85
BAYTOWN               5.11
BELLVILLE             4.35
BRENHAM               6.35
CALDWELL              5.05
COLUMBUS              5.47
CLEVELAND             3.90
CROCKETT              8.91
DANEVANG              5.61
EDNA                  4.68
EL CAMPO              4.21
FREEPORT              5.12
HOU WESTBURY          5.54
KATY                  6.20
LIBERTY               5.22
LIVINGSTON            5.07
MADISONVILLE          9.01
MATAGORDA             5.10
NEW CANEY             3.45
RICHMOND              5.01
SOMERVILLE            5.70
WASH ST PARK          5.75
WEST COLUMBIA         4.69
WHARTON               NA

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