PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
215 PM CST FRI NOV 09 2012

...DRY CONDITIONS DEVELOPED IN OCTOBER 2012...

A DRY WEATHER PATTERN DOMINATED MOST OF THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. A
SERIES OF FRONTS DID MOVE ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS DURING THE MONTH.
HOWEVER...RAINFALL WAS LIMITED AND ALL CLIMATE STATIONS ENDED WITH
BELOW NORMAL MONTHLY RAINFALL.

MOST OF THE RAINFALL FELL DURING A FRONTAL PASSAGE THAT OCCURRED ON
THE 14TH AND 15TH OF THE MONTH. ALTHOUGH ALL SITES RECEIVED
RAINFALL...THE HIGHEST TOTALS WERE MAINLY ALONG AND NORTH OF THE
INTERSTATE 10 CORRIDOR AND AWAY FROM THE COAST. THREE OTHER FRONTS
MOVED THROUGH THE AREA...ONE ON THE 5TH THROUGH THE 7TH...A SECOND
ON THE 18TH...AND A THIRD ON THE 26TH. EACH ONLY BROUGHT ISOLATED
RAINFALL COVERAGE GENERALLY RANGING FROM A TRACE TO ABOUT A THIRD OF
AN INCH.

BECAUSE OF THE LIMITED RAINFALL DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER...THE
U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR AS OF NOVEMBER 6 INDICATES THAT PORTIONS OF
SOUTHEAST TEXAS WERE BECOMING ABNORMALLY DRY. AFFECTED BY THIS
ASSESSMENT ARE ALL OR PART OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...BRAZORIA...
BRAZOS...BURLESON...CHAMBERS...COLORADO...FORT BEND...GALVESTON...
GRIMES...HARRIS...LIBERTY...MADISON...POLK...SAN JACINTO...AND
WASHINGTON.

DIFFERENCES IN THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES BETWEEN OCTOBER 2012
AND ONE YEAR AGO IN OCTOBER 2011 WERE MIXED AT THE MAJOR CLIMATE
SITES. BOTH THE CITY OF HOUSTON AND GALVESTON WERE FAIRLY CLOSE...
WITH THE AVERAGE OF EACH MONTH BEING WITHIN A HALF OF A DEGREE.
COLLEGE STATION WAS ALMOST 8 DEGREES WARMER THIS OCTOBER THAN
LAST...WHILE HOBBY AIRPORT WAS ABOUT A DEGREE AND A HALF COOLER. ALL
FOUR SITES HAD A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THAT WAS BETWEEN 0.5
AND 1.5 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL MONTHLY AVERAGE.

FROM JANUARY 1ST THROUGH OCTOBER 31ST...2012 IS STILL THE WARMEST
YEAR ON RECORD FOR THE CITY OF GALVESTON. 2012 IS IN SECOND PLACE
TO 2011 AT BOTH HOBBY AIRPORT AND COLLEGE STATION. 2012 HAS NOW
SLIPPED TO THIRD PLACE BEHIND 2011 AND 1962 FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON.
INTERESTINGLY...THE TOP FIVE WARMEST YEARS-TO-DATE FOR THREE OF THE
FOUR MAJOR CLIMATE SITES HAS OCCURRED SINCE THE YEAR 2000. ONLY THE
CITY OF HOUSTON HAS THREE OF THE FIVE YEARS IN THE 20TH CENTURY. THE
FOLLOWING TABLE DESCRIBES THE FIVE WARMEST YEAR-TO-DATE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES FOR THE FOUR FIRST ORDER CLIMATE SITES IN THE AREA.


                    JANUARY 1 THROUGH OCTOBER 31

          CITY OF       HOUSTON       CITY OF       COLLEGE
          HOUSTON       HOBBY         GALVESTON     STATION

         74.5 2011      74.9 2011     76.0 2012     74.6 2011
         74.5 1962      74.6 2012     74.9 2006     74.1 2012
         74.4 2012      74.5 2000     74.8 2000     74.1 1911
         74.0 1911      74.0 2009     74.5 2011     73.2 2009
         73.8 1963      73.9 1999     74.1 1927     73.2 2000


ONE REASON FOR THE WARMER 24-HOUR AVERAGE TEMPERATURES SINCE THE
YEAR 2000 HAS BEEN WARMER NIGHTTIME TEMPERATURES. A WAY OF LOOKING
AT THIS FACT IS TO SEE HOW MANY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES HAVE
BEEN SET VERSUS RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURES. THE FOLLOWING
TABLE SHOWS THE NUMBER OF EACH FOR THE MAJOR CLIMATE SITES BETWEEN
2000 AND 2012. THE LENGTH OF HISTORY FOR EACH SITE VARIES WITH START
YEARS BEING 1902 AT COLLEGE STATION...1882 AT THE CITY OF HOUSTON...
1931 AT HOUSTON HOBBY AIRPORT...AND 1871 AT GALVESTON.


                   NUMBER OF RECORDS BROKEN 2000 TO 2012

                  CITY OF   HOUSTON   CITY OF     COLLEGE
                  HOUSTON   HOBBY     GALVESTON   STATION

RECORD HIGH MIN     137      178         128        115
RECORD LOW MAX       24       44          14         35


NOW FOR THE GENERAL MONTHLY CLIMATE DATA...THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS
THE MONTHLY CLIMATE DATA FOR THE FIRST AND SECOND ORDER CLIMATE
SITES IN THE NWS HOUSTON/GALVESTON COUNTY WARNING AREA FOR THE MONTH
OF OCTOBER.


SITE       AVG     AVG     AVG     DEP     RAIN     DEP
           HIGH    LOW     MONTH

IAH        82.3    59.5    70.9   -0.6     1.00    -4.70
HOU        80.8    60.1    70.5   -1.6     0.70    -5.29
GLS        80.4    67.6    74.0   -0.3     0.51    -5.01
CLL        81.2    59.2    70.2   -0.6     2.17    -2.74
CXO        80.9    54.9    67.9   -0.9     1.12    -4.08
UTS        79.4    57.3    68.3   -1.2     1.53    -3.27
DWH        81.8    56.5    69.2   -0.9     1.07    -4.23
SGR        83.2    60.2    71.7   +0.9     0.92    -4.31
LBX        82.1    58.9    70.5   -0.3     0.51    -4.79
PSX        83.8    65.2    74.5   +2.0     0.26    -4.72
LVJ        82.2    60.7    71.4    0.0     0.76    -4.70
HGX        82.3    60.5    71.4   +1.6     1.38    -4.55


HERE ARE SOME OCTOBER TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL TOTALS AVAILABLE
FROM THE HOUSTON/GALVESTON AREA NETWORK OF CO-OP OBSERVERS THAT
HAVE REPORTED AS OF NOVEMBER 8TH.


LOCATION            RAINFALL       AVERAGE HIGH     AVERAGE LOW
                    (INCHES)       TEMPERATURE      TEMPERATURE

ANAHUAC              0.75              79.5            56.6
BAYTOWN              0.60              79.8            58.5
BELLVILLE            2.82              79.8            57.6
BRENHAM              1.25              79.8            56.6
CLEVELAND            0.96              79.0            53.7
CONROE               1.33              80.0            56.5
CROCKETT             0.77              78.9            54.8
LIBERTY              0.65              82.5            56.8
LIVINGSTON           0.34              81.5            57.1
MADISONVILLE         0.67              78.6            52.3

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