PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
1022 AM CDT FRI JUN 1 2012

...YEAR TO DATE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES ARE THE WARMEST ON RECORD...

     ...CITY OF GALVESTON RECORDS WARMEST MAY ON RECORD...

LIKE EVERY OTHER MONTH SO FAR IN 2012...MAY WAS AGAIN WARMER THAN NORMAL.
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DURING MAY WAS 1.5 TO 2.5 DEGREES WARMER THAN
THE 30 YEAR CLIMATE NORMALS. THE CITY OF GALVESTON RECORDED ITS WARMEST
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF MAY. THE CITY OF HOUSTON ENDURED
ITS EIGHTH WARMEST MAY...COLLEGE STATION RECORDED ITS SEVENTH WARMEST
MAY AND HOUSTON HOBBY AIRPORT TIED FOR ITS SEVENTH WARMEST MAY IN
WEATHER RECORDS HISTORY. DESPITE THE ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES...THE
CITY OF HOUSTON...HOUSTON HOBBY AND COLLEGE STATION FAILED TO ESTABLISH
ANY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS. IN FACT...THE CITY OF HOUSTON HAS ONLY
TALLIED ONE HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORD DURING 2012 (OCCURRED ON JANUARY
20TH). HOUSTON HOBBY AND COLLEGE STATION HAVE YET TO REGISTER A RECORD
HIGH TEMPERATURE THIS YEAR.

YEAR TO DATE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES HAVE ALSO BEEN EXTREMELY WARM. THE
FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THE YEAR HAVE BEEN THE WARMEST EVER RECORDED FOR
ALL FOUR FIRST ORDER CLIMATE SITES. BELOW ARE THE FIVE WARMEST JANUARY
1 THROUGH MAY 31ST ON RECORD FOR THE FIRST ORDER CLIMATE SITES:

               WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE JAN 1 - MAY 31

             CITY OF       HOUSTON       CITY OF       COLLEGE
             HOUSTON       HOBBY         GALVESTON     STATION

             68.1 2012     68.6 2012     69.5 2012     66.6 2012
             67.5 1911     67.8 2000     68.0 2006     66.3 1911
             66.8 1927     67.4 1999     68.0 2000     65.2 2006
             66.5 1950     67.0 2006     67.9 1882     65.0 2000
             66.4 1999     66.5 2008     67.6 1999     64.9 2011

RAINFALL VARIED GREATLY ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS. PARTS OF THE REGION
RECEIVED IN EXCESS OF TEN INCHES OF RAIN DURING MAY...WHILE OTHER PARTS
OF THE AREA RECEIVED LESS THAN AN INCH OF RAIN FOR THE MONTH. RAINFALL
ACROSS THE CITY OF HOUSTON SHOWED TREMENDOUS VARIABILITY DURING MAY.
HOUSTON INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT (ON THE NORTH SIDE) RECEIVED 0.77
INCHES OF RAIN DURING MAY. HOBBY AIRPORT (ON THE SOUTH SIDE) RECEIVED
7.44 INCHES OF RAIN. THESE LOCATIONS ARE ONLY ABOUT 30 MILES APART.
MUCH OF THIS VARIABILITY IS DUE TO THE INTENSE STORMS THAT DEVELOPED
ON MAY 11TH AND 12TH. A LINE OF STORMS DEVELOPED OVER FORT BEND COUNTY
ON THE 11TH AND THIS LINE EXTENDED EASTWARD ACROSS SOUTHERN HARRIS...
NORTHERN BRAZORIA AND GALVESTON COUNTIES DURING THE PRE-DAWN HOURS ON
THE 12TH. THIS LINE PRODUCED 4 TO 6 INCHES OF RAIN WITH ISOLATED POCKETS
OF HEAVY RAIN EXCEEDING 10 INCHES IN 24 HOURS. FLOODING WAS REPORTED
IN RICHMOND AND PORTIONS OF NORTHERN FORT BEND COUNTY. INITIALLY...THE
STORMS THAT DEVELOPED ON THE 11TH PRODUCED LARGE HAIL WITH GOLF BALL
SIZED HAIL REPORTED IN WALKER COUNTY. ON MAY 31ST...OTHER STRONG STORMS
DEVELOPED AND THESE STORMS PRODUCED NUMEROUS FUNNEL CLOUDS ACROSS
COLORADO...FORT BEND...HARRIS AND BRAZORIA COUNTIES. THE STORMS ALSO
PRODUCED ONE INCH DIAMETER HAIL NEAR ROSENBERG.

HERE IS THE TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL DATA FOR THE FIRST AND SECOND ORDER
CLIMATE SITES FOR THE MONTH OF MAY:

SITE     AVG     AVG     AVG     DEP      RAIN     DEP
         HIGH    LOW     MONTH

IAH      88.6    69.1    78.8    +1.9     0.77     -4.32
HOU      87.1    70.3    78.7    +1.7     7.44     +2.69
GLS      85.1    75.0    80.0    +2.4     4.22     -0.10
CLL      88.4    68.5    78.5    +2.3     1.82     -2.51
CXO      87.8    64.2    76.0    +1.6     0.99     -3.93
UTS      88.0    67.4    77.7    +1.6     2.50     -2.04
SGR      87.6    68.3    78.0    +1.6    10.57     +5.94
DWH      87.2    66.7    76.9    +1.1     0.66     -4.11
LBX      86.0    67.4    76.7    +1.2     4.11     +0.08
LVJ      86.9    69.5    78.2    +2.1     6.92     +2.38
PSX      85.7    71.7    78.7    +1.6     1.48     -2.73
HGX      87.1    68.5    77.8    +2.7     8.94     +4.29

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

LOCATION       MAY RAIN

ANAHUAC        2.19
BAY CITY       2.90
BAYTOWN        2.48
BELLVILLE      2.71
BRENHAM        2.73
CLEVELAND      1.86
COLUMBUS       5.94
CROCKETT       2.71
DANEVANG       3.29
EDNA           3.13
EL CAMPO       1.83
FREEPORT       4.48
HOU WESTBURY   6.19
KATY           2.32
LIBERTY        2.31
MADISONVILLE   1.82
NEW CANEY      1.32
RICHMOND      10.26
SOMERVILLE     2.16
WASH ST PARK   1.26
WEST COLUMBIA  4.83

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