PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
220 PM CDT THU MAY 17 2012

       ...THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 2012 BRING MUCH NEEDED RAIN
                     TO MUCH OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS...

LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN FELL OVER PARTS OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS DURING THE FIRST
HALF OF THE MONTH. AREAS FROM RICHMOND TO SOUTH HOUSTON TO TEXAS CITY
RECEIVED RAINFALL IN EXCESS OF FOUR INCHES LAST WEEKEND WITH ADDITIONAL
RAIN EARLIER THIS WEEK. THE FREQUENT AND AT AT TIMES HEAVY RAIN OF 2012
HAS STOOD IN STARK CONTRAST TO THE DROUGHT OF 2011. THE FOUR MONTH PERIOD OF
FEBRUARY...MARCH...APRIL AND MAY OF 2011 WAS ONE OF THE DRIEST PERIODS ON
RECORD AND IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN RECORDED HISTORY THAT THE CITY OF
HOUSTON ENDURED FOUR CONSECUTIVE MONTHS WITH RAINFALL BELOW AN INCH.
COMPARED TO 2011...2012 HAS BEEN THE YEAR OF PLENTY. MOST LOCATIONS HAVE
RECEIVED RAINFALL IN 2012 THAT IS AT LEAST TEN INCHES GREATER THAN RAINFALL
RECEIVED THROUGH THE END OF MAY IN 2011. THE COMMUNITY OF RICHMOND HAS
REPORTED 35.35 INCHES OF RAIN THUS FAR IN 2012. LAST YEAR...RICHMOND ONLY
RECORDED 3.99 INCHES OF RAIN BY THE END OF MAY. THAT IS A DIFFERENCE OF
31.36 INCHES OF RAIN. THE 30 YEAR CLIMATE NORMALS SUGGEST THAT RICHMOND
SHOULD RECEIVE 17.02 INCHES OF RAIN BY THE END OF MAY. IT APPEARS THAT
WHEN IT COMES TO RAINFALL ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS...IT IS FEAST OR FAMINE.
OTHER LOCATIONS ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS THAT HAVE SEEN RAINFALL DIFFERENCES
BETWEEN 2011 AND 2012 GREATER THAN 20 INCHES INCLUDE HOUSTON HOBBY AIRPORT
AND THE CO-OP SITE AT HOUSTON WESTBURY.

BELOW IS A TABLE CONTAINING RAINFALL DATA FOR SEVERAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS
SOUTHEAST TEXAS THAT SHOWS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 2011 AND 2012. THE
RAINFALL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YEARS IS TRULY REMARKABLE.


LOCATION                JAN     FEB     MAR     APR     MAY     TOTAL

ANAHUAC 2011            3.93    0.82    1.34    0.04    0.60     6.73
ANAHUAC 2012            2.85    5.98    4.69    2.55    1.97    18.04

BRENHAM 2011            4.15    0.81    0.80    0.02    2.19     7.97
BRENHAM 2012            3.00    8.14    6.35    0.69    1.66    20.91

BAY CITY 2011           4.21    0.56    0.60    0.00    0.54     5.91
BAY CITY 2012           3.22    4.78    6.20    6.13    0.00    20.33

BAYTOWN 2011            3.63    0.51    1.17    0.00    0.02     5.33
BAYTOWN 2012            5.41    7.74    5.49    3.13    2.48    24.25

CLEVELAND 2011          4.76    0.85    1.73    2.93    1.97    12.24
CLEVELAND 2012          8.54   10.49    6.10    2.76    0.49    28.38

COL STATION 2011        2.99    0.61    0.69    0.00    3.37     7.66
COL STATION 2012        2.78    9.30    8.66    0.57    1.81    23.12

COLUMBUS 2011           3.51    0.64    0.48    0.05    1.86     6.54
COLUMBUS 2012           7.65    4.27    5.47    1.44    5.94    24.77

CROCKETT 2011           5.29    0.70    0.35    3.28    2.41    12.03
CROCKETT 2012           2.91    5.54    8.91    1.59    2.70    21.65

DANEVANG 2011           3.70    0.62    0.05    0.02    1.63     6.02
DANEVANG 2012           2.02    5.55    5.61    2.30    3.29    18.77

EDNA 2011               2.94    0.35    0.90    0.06     2.41    6.66
EDNA 2012               2.27    3.77    4.68    1.39     3.13   15.24

EL CAMPO 2011           3.18    0.65    0.22     0.08    1.05    5.18
EL CAMPO 2012           4.36    4.43    4.21     1.82    1.83   16.65

FREEPORT 2011           4.21    0.84    0.81     0.00    0.53    6.39
FREEPORT 2012           0.72    7.23    5.12     3.09    4.48   20.64

GALVESTON 2011          3.86    0.67    2.70     0.12    0.38    7.73
GALVESTON 2012          3.01    7.32    4.96     1.99    3.54   20.82

HOUSTON 2011            5.05    0.69    0.78     0.11    0.33    6.96
HOUSTON 2012            5.07    5.98    7.14     3.28    0.77   22.24

HOU-HOBBY 2011          4.10    0.34    0.78     0.00    0.18    5.40
HOU-HOBBY 2012          5.39    6.82    4.98     2.06    7.04   26.29

HOU-WESTBURY 2011       3.46    0.86    0.63     0.05    0.82    5.82
HOU-WESTBURY 2012       7.68    7.98    5.54     2.37    6.19   29.76

LIBERTY 2011            2.97    0.75    1.78     0.47    1.29    7.26
LIBERTY 2012            5.55    8.01    5.33     2.46    2.31   23.66

MADISONVILLE 2011       2.89    0.81    0.95     0.08    2.91    7.64
MADISONVILLE 2012       3.48    5.66    9.01     1.31    1.67   21.73

MATAGORDA 2011          3.42    0.61    0.27     0.00    1.01    5.31
MATAGORDA 2012          3.40    5.45    5.10     4.72    2.77   21.44

NEW CANEY 2011          6.42    0.96    0.90     0.17    0.63    9.08
NEW CANEY 2012          4.81    7.97    5.27     3.93    1.32   23.30

RICHMOND 2011           2.22    0.37    0.69     0.02    0.69    3.99
RICHMOND 2012          10.66    7.51    5.02     1.90   10.26   35.35

SOMERVILLE 2011         2.77    0.51    0.08     0.00    3.34    6.70
SOMERVILLE 2012         3.27    6.64    6.47     0.65    2.16   19.19

WASH ST PARK 2011       3.76    0.66    1.09     0.00    3.13    8.64
WASH ST PARK 2012       2.51    8.57    5.75     0.82    1.26   18.91

LOOKING AHEAD...IT APPEARS THAT UPPER LEVEL RIDGING WILL DEVELOP AND EXPAND
OVER SOUTHEAST TEXAS THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH. RAIN CHANCES WILL DWINDLE
AND HEAT WILL RETURN. THE RAINS OVER THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THE YEAR HAS
HELPED TO REPLENISH AREA RIVERS AND RESERVOIRS. OVERALL...SOUTHEAST TEXAS IS
IN REASONABLY GOOD SHAPE TO HANDLE AN EXTENDED DRY PERIOD SHOULD ONE DEVELOP.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
815 PM CDT SAT MAY 19 2012

          ...2012 IS NOW THE WARMEST START TO A YEAR ON RECORD
                       ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS...

THE LACK OF A WINTER COUPLED WITH WARM OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURES DURING
THE EARLY SPRING HAS PRODUCED THE WARMEST START TO A YEAR IN WEATHER RECORDS
HISTORY ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. ALL FOUR FIRST ORDER CLIMATE SITES
HAVE RECORDED THEIR WARMEST START TO A YEAR. DESPITE THE RECORD WARMTH...THERE
WAS A PRONOUNCED LACK OF DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS. HOUSTON HOBBY AND
COLLEGE STATION FAILED TO TALLY A SINGLE HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORD. THE CITY OF
HOUSTON ESTABLISHED ONE NEW HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORD AND THE CITY OF GALVESTON
RECORDED NINE RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES SINCE THE FIRST OF THE YEAR. RECORD HIGH
MINIMUMS WERE A BIT MORE COMMON BUT CERTAINLY NOT AS FREQUENT AS ONE MIGHT
THINK. HOUSTON ESTABLISHED EIGHT HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS THUS FAR IN
2012. COLLEGE STATION ESTABLISHED FOUR NEW RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE
RECORDS AND GALVESTON HAS 21 NEW OR TIED HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS.

BELOW ARE THE FIVE WARMEST STARTS TO A YEAR (THROUGH MAY 18TH) FOR THE FOUR
PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES:

                 WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE JAN 1 - MAY 18

             CITY OF       HOUSTON       CITY OF       COLLEGE
             HOUSTON       HOBBY         GALVESTON     STATION

             66.9 2012     67.4 2012     68.3 2012     65.2 2012
             66.5 1911     66.6 2000     67.0 1882     65.1 1911
             65.4 1927     66.3 1999     66.8 2006     63.8 2006
             65.3 1950     65.9 2006     66.8 2000     63.6 2000
             65.2 1999     65.3 1972     66.5 1999     63.3 1935

THE CITY OF GALVESTON SMASHED ITS PREVIOUS WARMEST START TO A YEAR BY 1.3
DEGREES AND HOUSTON HOBBY SURPASSED ITS PREVIOUS WARMEST START TO A YEAR BY
0.8 DEGREES.

A CURSORY LOOK AT A FEW CO-OP SITES SHOW SOME DIFFERING RESULTS. THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE AT BRENHAM THUS FAR IN 2012 WAS 63.9 DEGREES. THIS IS THE EIGHTH
WARMEST START TO A YEAR. THE WARMEST START TO A YEAR IN BRENHAM OCCURRED BACK
IN 1938 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 65.5 DEGREES. DANEVANGS WARMEST START
TO A YEAR WAS IN 1911 WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 67.1 DEGREES. IN 2012...
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR DANEVANG WAS 65.2 DEGREES WHICH IS THE 13TH WARMEST
START TO A YEAR. FREEPORTS AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN 2012 WAS 67.3 DEGREES AND
THIS IS THE WARMEST START TO A YEAR BESTING THE PREVIOUS WARMEST START OF
67.0 DEGREES ESTABLISHED IN 2000.

BELOW ARE THE FIVE WARMEST AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR THE FOUR PRIMARY
CLIMATE SITES:

             WARMEST AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE JAN 1 - MAY 18

             CITY OF       HOUSTON       CITY OF       COLLEGE
             HOUSTON       HOBBY         GALVESTON     STATION

             76.5 1999     75.8 2012     73.7 2012     76.3 1911
             76.3 2012     75.6 2006     73.3 2006     76.1 1916
             75.9 2000     75.5 1967     72.6 2000     75.1 1925
             75.6 2006     75.4 2000     72.5 1999     75.0 2012
             75.3 1911     75.4 1999     71.8 1882     74.8 2011

BELOW ARE THE FIVE WARMEST AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES FOR THE FOUR PRIMARY
CLIMATE SITES:

              WARMEST AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE JAN 1 - MAY 18

             CITY OF       HOUSTON       CITY OF       COLLEGE
             HOUSTON       HOBBY         GALVESTON     STATION

             57.7 1911     59.0 2012     62.8 2012     55.4 2012
             57.5 2012     57.7 2000     62.2 1882     53.9 1911
             57.3 1957     57.3 1999     61.6 1907     53.6 1935
             57.3 1950     56.4 1991     61.5 1890     53.5 1938
             57.2 1927     56.3 1957     61.0 1880     53.4 1927

PERIOD OF RECORD:

CITY OF HOUSTON          1892 - 2012
CITY OF GALVESTON        1875 - 2012
COLLEGE STATION          1902 - 2012
HOUSTON HOBBY            1930 - 2012
BRENHAM                  1897 - 2012
DANEVANG                 1897 - 2012
FREEPORT                 1960 - 2012

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