PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
549 PM CDT WED AUG 1 2012

           ...LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN RETURNS DURING JULY...

      ...AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURES FINALLY BELOW NORMAL OVER
                       MOST OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS...

A WEAK UPPER LEVEL WEAKNESS COUPLED WITH HIGH MOISTURE LEVELS
BROUGHT WIDESPREAD MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN TO SOUTHEAST TEXAS DURING
JULY. MOST LOCATIONS RECEIVED RAINFALL TOTALS BETWEEN FIVE AND EIGHT
INCHES WITH SEVERAL LOCATIONS RECEIVING MONTHLY TOTALS EXCEEDING 15
INCHES. UNFORTUNATELY...SOME LOCATIONS IN NORTHWEST HARRIS COUNTY
RECEIVED 10 TO 15 INCHES OF RAIN IN JUST A FEW DAYS (JULY 11TH AND
12TH). THE EXCESSIVE RAINFALL PRODUCED FLOODING ON SPRING AND
CYPRESS CREEKS. THE CONROE ASOS REPORTED THE MOST RAIN DURING JULY
WITH 12.88 INCHES. FOUR INCHES OF THE MONTHLY TOTAL FELL IN LESS
THAN TWO HOURS DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS ON THE 12TH. IT WAS
CONSIDERABLY DRIER OVER THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE REGION. THE DRIEST
LOCATION ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS WAS WASHINGTON STATE PARK. THIS
LOCATION ONLY RECEIVED 1.28 INCHES OF RAIN DURING JULY. STRONG
STORMS ON THE 22ND BROUGHT WIND DAMAGE TO PARTS OF HOUSTON...
TRINITY...WALKER AND POLK COUNTIES.

IF THERE WAS A SILVER LINING WITH ALL THE RAIN...IT HAD TO BE THE
TEMPERATURES. CLOUDS AND RAINFALL KEPT TEMPERATURES COOLER THAN THE
30 YEAR NORMALS. MOST CLIMATE SITES WERE 1 TO 2 DEGREES COOLER THAN
NORMAL. CLIMATE SITES OVER THE FAR NORTHWEST PART OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS
WERE WARMER AND CLOSER TO THEIR 30 YEAR NORMALS. IT IS THE FIRST
TIME HOUSTON HAS RECORDED BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES SINCE OCTOBER
2011 (70.8 DEGREES OR -0.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL). THIS WAS THE FIRST
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR JULY TO BE COOLER THAN NORMAL SINCE JULY
2007 (82.2 DEGREES OR -1.4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL). EVEN THOUGH JULY
2012 WAS NEAR TO SLIGHTLY COOLER THAN NORMAL...THE YEAR TO DATE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IS STILL ON PACE TO BE THE WARMEST ON RECORD.
HERE ARE THE FIVE WARMEST YEAR TO DATE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR THE
FOUR FIRST ORDER CLIMATE SITES:

                        JANUARY 1 THROUGH JULY 31

          CITY OF       HOUSTON       CITY OF       COLLEGE
          HOUSTON       HOBBY         GALVESTON     STATION

          72.5 2012     72.9 2012     73.9 2012     71.8 2012
          71.8 1911     72.4 2000     72.6 2000     71.4 2011
          71.5 2011     72.1 2011     72.3 2006     71.4 1911
          71.4 1953     72.1 1998     72.1 1882     70.9 2009
          71.2 2009     71.7 2008     72.1 1999     70.8 1925

THE SUMMER OF 2012 HAS BEEN RELATIVELY BENIGN WHEN COMPARED TO THE
SUMMER OF 2011. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 2011 AND
2012 HAS BEEN THE RAINFALL TOTALS AND THE NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
MEASURABLE RAIN. THE FOLLOWING TABLE WILL CONTRAST THE RAINFALL
TOTALS AND NUMBER OF RAIN DAYS (0.01 INCHES OR GREATER) BETWEEN THE
TWO YEARS:

SITE                 JUN 2011   JUN 2012    JUL 2011    JUL 2012

CITY OF HOUSTON      0.92 (3)   4.97 (6)    2.98 (10)   4.71 (10)
HOUSTON HOBBY        1.79 (3)   2.78 (7)    3.27 (12)   8.15 (14)
CITY OF GALVESTON    0.94 (5)   4.10 (8)    1.11  (6)   5.60 (12)
COLLEGE STATION      2.87 (2)   2.13 (6)    0.10  (2)   4.56 (11)

THERE HAVE BEEN FEWER 100 DEGREE DAYS THUS FAR IN 2012:

SITE                 JUN 2011   JUN 2012    JUL 2011    JUL 2012

CITY OF HOUSTON         7          3           4           0
HOUSTON HOBBY           2          3           0           0
COLLEGE STATION         9          5          18           2

THE NUMBER OF DAYS WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES LESS THAN 90 DEGREES ALSO
STRIKES AN INTERESTING CONTRAST BETWEEN YEARS.

SITE                 JUN 2011   JUN 2012    JUL 2011    JUL 2012

CITY OF HOUSTON         1          5           1           9
HOUSTON HOBBY           1          5           1          10
COLLEGE STATION         1          1           0           4

THE NUMBER OF DAYS WITH LOW TEMPERATURES GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO 80
DEGREES IS ALSO OF INTEREST:

SITE                 JUN 2011   JUN 2012    JUL 2011    JUL 2012

CITY OF HOUSTON         5          1           6           0
HOUSTON HOBBY           5          3           2           0
COLLEGE STATION         4          2           2           0

HERE ARE THE JULY CLIMATE STATISTICS FOR THE FIRST AND SECOND ORDER
CLIMATE SITES ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS:

SITE       AVG     AVG     AVG     DEP     RAIN     DEP
           HIGH    LOW     MONTH

IAH        90.9    75.0    82.9    -1.5    4.71     +0.92
HOU        89.9    76.1    83.0    -0.8    8.15     +3.49
GLS        89.4    80.2    84.8    +0.3    5.60     +1.80
CLL        94.4    75.2    84.8    +0.1    4.56     +2.42
CXO        90.6    72.0    81.3    -1.3   12.88     +9.45
UTS        92.5    74.7    83.6    -0.5    4.30     +0.92
SGR        90.3    74.6    82.5    -1.1    7.79     +3.43
DWH        90.4    72.8    81.6    -0.5   12.71     +8.87
LVJ        90.2    75.6    82.9    -0.1    7.73     +3.02
LBX        89.5    73.4    81.5    -0.8    6.17     +1.61
PSX        89.7    78.4    84.0     0.0    5.06     +0.30
HGX        90.5    75.0    82.8    +0.8    8.27     +3.69

HERE ARE SOME JULY RAINFALL TOTALS FROM OUR NETWORK OF CO-OP
OBSERVERS:

LOCATION             RAIN

ANAHUAC              11.47
BAY CITY             10.69
BAYTOWN               6.34
BELLVILLE             8.22
BRENHAM               8.85
CLEVELAND             9.60
COLUMBUS              7.20
CONROE               11.97
CROCKETT              4.27
DANEVANG              7.09
EDNA                 12.24
EL CAMPO              8.44
FREEPORT             10.87
HUNTSVILLE            4.08
LIBERTY              10.21
LIVINGSTON            6.92
MADISONVILLE          5.89
MATAGORDA             4.73
RICHMOND              5.57
SOMERVILLE            2.11
SUGARLAND             7.03
TOMBALL              11.83
WASH ST PARK          1.28
WHARTON              10.22

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