PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
133 PM CST SAT FEB 2 2013

     ...2012 WAS THE WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD FOR SOUTHEAST TEXAS...

AN OVERALL DRY 2012 BECAME THE WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD FOR THE COUNTY
WARNING AND FORECAST AREA OF THE HOUSTON/GALVESTON NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE OFFICE. OF THE FOUR FIRST ORDER CLIMATE SITES...2012 WAS THE
WARMEST ON RECORD FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON...THE CITY OF GALVESTON...
AND HOBBY AIRPORT. 2012 TIED 2011 AS THE WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD AT
COLLEGE STATION.

WHEN IT COMES TO RAINFALL...2012 HAD A WET START WITH THE FIRST
THREE MONTHS EXPERIENCING WELL ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL. HOWEVER...
APRIL BEGAN A DRY PERIOD WHICH HELPED TO OVERCOME THE PRIOR RAINFALL
EXCESS. OF THE FIRST ORDER SITES...ONLY COLLEGE STATION EXPERIENCED
ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE YEAR DUE IN LARGE PART TO RAINFALL
TOTALS OF JUST ABOVE 20 INCHES FOR THE JANUARY THROUGH MARCH PERIOD.
ELSEWHERE...THE ANNUAL RAINFALL DEFICITS RANGED FROM 2.79 TO 7.45
INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE DESCRIBES THE FIVE WARMEST YEARLY AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES FOR THESE FOUR FIRST-ORDER CLIMATE SITES. NOTE THAT THE
FIFTH WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON OF 71.5 WAS SET
ALSO IN 1927. FOR THE CITY OF GALVESTON...THE 3RD WARMEST YEAR OF
72.3 WAS SET IN TWO ADDITIONAL YEARS...1994 AND 1993.


    HIGHEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR JANUARY 1 THROUGH DECEMBER 31

         CITY OF        HOUSTON       CITY OF         COLLEGE
         HOUSTON        HOBBY         GALVESTON       STATION

        72.1 2012      72.6 2012      73.9 2012      71.6 2012
        71.9 1962      72.4 2011      72.6 2006      71.6 2011
        71.8 2011      72.3 1998      72.3 2011      70.9 1933
        71.7 1933      71.4 2006      72.3 2005      70.7 1911
        71.5 1965      71.4 2008      72.3 1999      70.4 1927


THE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE DATA IS SHOWN IN THE NEXT TWO TABLES. THE
MONTHS THAT REALLY STAND OUT ARE JANUARY THROUGH APRIL WHERE EVERY
CLIMATE SITE EXPERIENCED ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES FROM
NORMAL OF BETWEEN 3.0 AT THE LOWEST TO 6.7 AT THE HIGHEST.


                  2012 HIGH AND LOW TEMPERATURE DATA
                   1ST ORDER CLIMATE SITES BY MONTH

      CITY OF HOUSTON  HOBBY AIRPORT  COLLEGE STATION     GALVESTON
        HIGH    LOW     HIGH    LOW     HIGH    LOW      HIGH    LOW

JAN     69.7    47.8    69.2    50.1    67.4    44.3     67.4    54.8
FEB     67.7    52.4    67.4    53.7    66.2    49.7     65.6    55.5
MAR     78.4    59.7    77.8    61.2    76.2    58.1     75.2    65.1
APR     83.2    64.0    82.7    65.0    83.3    62.6     80.4    69.4
MAY     88.6    69.1    87.1    70.3    88.4    68.5     85.1    75.0
JUN     93.6    73.7    92.6    75.6    94.8    73.8     89.8    79.6
JUL     90.9    75.0    89.9    76.1    94.4    75.2     89.4    80.2
AUG     95.4    76.8    94.0    77.8    97.8    76.5     92.0    81.2
SEP     89.7    69.7    88.2    70.5    92.0    69.8     87.3    76.9
OCT     82.3    59.5    80.8    60.1    81.2    59.2     80.4    67.6
NOV     76.0    49.8    76.4    53.4    75.7    50.1     73.2    59.6
DEC     69.9    47.5    71.0    50.6    68.1    45.7     68.9    54.3


                    2012 AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DATA
                  1ST ORDER CLIMATE SITES BY MONTH

      CITY OF HOUSTON  HOBBY AIRPORT  COLLEGE STATION     GALVESTON
        AVE     DEP     AVE     DEP     AVE     DEP      AVE     DEP

JAN     58.8   +5.7     59.7   +5.6     55.8   +4.7      61.1   +5.9
FEB     60.1   +3.7     60.6   +3.3     57.9   +3.3      60.6   +3.0
MAR     69.0   +6.3     69.5   +6.2     67.1   +5.7      70.1   +6.7
APR     73.6   +4.1     73.9   +4.1     73.0   +4.5      74.9   +4.8
MAY     78.8   +1.9     78.7   +1.7     78.5   +2.3      80.0   +2.4
JUN     83.6   +1.2     84.1   +2.1     84.3   +2.1      84.7   +1.8
JUL     82.9   -1.5     83.0   -0.8     84.8   +0.1      84.8   +0.3
AUG     86.1   +1.5     85.9   +1.7     87.2   +1.9      86.6   +1.6
SEP     79.7   -0.1     79.3   -0.8     80.9   +0.9      82.1   +0.5
OCT     70.9   -0.6     70.5   -1.6     70.2   -0.6      74.0   -0.3
NOV     62.9   +0.6     64.9   +1.7     62.9   +2.1      66.4   +1.3
DEC     58.7   +4.3     60.8   +5.2     56.9   +4.7      61.6   +4.3


THE FOLLOWING TABLE GIVES THE MONTHLY RAINFALL TOTALS AND DEPARTURES
FROM NORMAL FOR THE FIRST ORDER CLIMATE STATIONS.


              2012 AVERAGE DAILY RAINFALL DATA IN INCHES
                   1ST ORDER CLIMATE SITES BY MONTH

      CITY OF HOUSTON  HOBBY AIRPORT  COLLEGE STATION     GALVESTON
        TOTAL   DEP     TOTAL   DEP     TOTAL   DEP      TOTAL   DEP

JAN     5.07   +1.69    5.39   +1.52    2.78   -0.46     3.01   -1.19
FEB     5.98   +2.78    6.82   +3.61    9.30   +6.45     7.32   +4.75
MAR     7.14   +3.73    4.98   +1.78    8.66   +5.49     4.96   +1.80
APR     3.28   -0.03    2.06   -1.19    0.57   -2.09     1.99   -1.06
MAY     0.77   -4.32    7.44   +2.69    1.82   -2.51     4.22   -0.10
JUN     4.97   -0.96    2.78   -4.32    2.13   -2.32     4.10   -1.59
JUL     4.71   +0.92    8.15   +3.49    4.56   +2.42     5.60   +1.80
AUG     3.88   +0.12    3.04   -2.02    1.71   -0.97     6.14   +1.75
SEP     2.02   -2.10    3.98   -1.23    3.22   +0.04     5.63   -0.40
OCT     1.00   -4.70    0.70   -5.29    2.17   -2.74     0.51   -5.01
NOV     0.65   -3.69    0.80   -3.52    0.53   -2.69     0.86   -3.65
DEC     2.85   -0.89    5.72   +1.69    3.73   +0.50     2.87   -0.65


THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS THE ANNUAL RAINFALL FOR 2012 WITH THE
DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL FOR THE MAJOR CLIMATE SITES.


            YEARLY RAINFALL TOTALS AND DEPARTURES IN INCHES

SITE                 DAILY   DAILY    DAILY    DAILY       RAINFALL
                     MAX     MIN      AVE      RAINFALL    DEPARTURE

CITY OF HOUSTON      82.1    62.1     72.1     42.32       -7.45
HOBBY AIRPORT        81.4    63.7     72.6     51.86       -2.79
COLLEGE STATION      82.1    61.1     71.6     41.18       +1.12
GALVESTON            79.6    68.3     73.9     47.21       -3.55


THE NEXT TABLE CATEGORIZES THE RAINFALL AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL
INTO FOUR PERIODS CONTAINING THREE MONTHS EACH. NOTE THAT THE FIRST
THREE MONTHS EXPERIENCED RAINFALL TOTALS OF BETWEEN 15 AND ALMOST 21
INCHES.


           CITY OF           HOBBY         COLLEGE
           HOUSTON          AIRPORT        STATION        GALVESTON
PERIOD   RAIN    DEP     RAIN    DEP     RAIN    DEP     RAIN    DEP

JAN-MAR  18.19  +8.20    17.19  +6.91    20.74 +11.48    15.29  +5.36
APR-JUN   9.02  -5.31    12.28  -2.82     4.52  -6.92    10.31  -2.75
JUL-SEP  10.61  -1.06    15.17  +0.24     9.49  +1.49    17.37  +3.15
OCT-DEC   4.50  -9.28     7.22  -7.12     6.43  -4.93     4.24  -9.31

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