PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
812 AM CST THU FEB 14 2013

...JANUARY STARTS 2013 OUT WITH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES...

AN ACTIVE PATTERN ALOFT BROUGHT MUCH NEEDED RAINFALL TO SOUTHEAST
TEXAS IN JANUARY. HOWEVER...ALL FIRST AND SECOND ORDER CLIMATE
STATIONS REPORTED ABOVE NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURES.

EVEN WITH THE RAINFALL...MOST OF THE CLIMATE SITES RECEIVED BELOW
NORMAL AMOUNTS FOR THE MONTH. THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH
EXPERIENCED A SERIES OF FRONTS WHICH BROUGHT LIMITED BUT WIDESPREAD
RAINFALL. EVEN THOUGH MOST OF THE SECOND HALF WAS DRIER...THE MONTH
DID END WITH AN AREAWIDE RAINFALL EPISODE. BECAUSE OF THE BELOW
NORMAL RAINFALL...THE DROUGHT MONITOR CONTINUED TO RECORD ABNORMALLY
DRY TO MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NWS HOUSTON/GALVESTON
COUNTY WARNING AREA. DRIEST CONDITIONS WERE FOUND TO BE LOCATED
MAINLY ALONG AND NORTHWEST OF A LINE FROM COLUMBUS TO CONROE TO
LIVINGSTON.

FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW...JANUARY EXPERIENCED ABOVE NORMAL
MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES. THIS HAS BEEN DUE IN PART TO A DRASTIC
INCREASE IN THE MONTHLY AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES...ESPECIALLY LAST
YEAR. FOR EXAMPLE...IAH HAS A NORMAL JANUARY LOW TEMPERATURE OF
43.2...YET THE AVERAGE FOR 2012 WAS 47.8 AND THIS YEAR WAS 45.8.
THIS IS AN INCREASE OF 6.6 AND 2.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL
RESPECTIVELY. THE FOLLOWING THREE TABLES SHOW THE SHORT TERM TRENDS
OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY. NOTE THAT 2012
WAS UNUSUALLY WARM WITH THE DEPARTURES FOR THE FOUR FIRST-ORDER
CLIMATE STATIONS RANGING FROM OVER 4.5 TO ALMOST 6 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL FOR THE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES ALONE.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES COMPARED TO
THE 30-YEAR NORMAL SINCE 2010 WITH DEPARTURES FOR THE FOUR FIRST-
ORDER CLIMATE SITES.


SITE   NORMAL    AVE TEMP      AVE TEMP      AVE TEMP      AVE TEMP
                2010   DEP    2011   DEP    2012   DEP    2013   DEP

IAH    53.1     49.0  -4.1    51.3  -1.8    58.8  +5.7    55.5  +2.4
HOU    54.1     50.0  -4.1    53.5  -0.6    59.7  +5.6    56.4  +2.3
CLL    51.1     48.0  -3.1    49.9  -1.2    55.8  +4.7    53.8  +2.7
GLS    55.2     50.4  -4.8    52.0  -3.2    61.1  +5.9    57.0  +1.8


THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS MONTHLY AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES COMPARED
TO THE 30-YEAR NORMAL SINCE 2010 WITH DEPARTURES FOR THE FOUR FIRST-
ORDER CLIMATE SITES.


SITE   NORMAL    AVE TEMP      AVE TEMP      AVE TEMP      AVE TEMP
                2010   DEP    2011   DEP    2012   DEP    2013   DEP

IAH    43.2     39.0  -4.2    41.6  -1.6    47.8  +4.6    45.8  +2.6
HOU    45.1     40.9  -4.2    44.7  -0.4    50.1  +5.0    47.5  +2.4
CLL    41.2     38.0  -3.2    39.2  -2.0    44.3  +3.1    43.8  +2.6
GLS    48.6     44.1  -4.5    46.1  -2.5    54.8  +6.2    51.0  +2.4


THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS MONTHLY AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURES COMPARED
TO THE 30-YEAR NORMAL SINCE 2010 WITH DEPARTURES FOR THE FOUR FIRST-
ORDER CLIMATE SITES.


SITE   NORMAL    AVE TEMP      AVE TEMP      AVE TEMP      AVE TEMP
                2010   DEP    2011   DEP    2012   DEP    2013   DEP

IAH    62.9     59.1  -3.8    61.1  -1.8    69.7  +6.8    65.2  +2.3
HOU    63.0     59.1  -3.9    62.4  -0.6    69.2  +6.2    65.4  +2.4
CLL    61.0     58.1  -2.9    60.6  -0.4    67.4  +6.4    63.8  +2.8
GLS    61.8     56.7  -5.1    57.9  -3.9    67.4  +5.6    62.9  +1.1


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 JANUARY.


SITE      AVG       AVG       AVG        DEP      RAIN       DEP
          HIGH      LOW       MONTH

IAH       65.2      45.8      55.5      +2.4      3.21      -0.17
GLS       62.9      51.0      57.0      +1.8      7.18      +2.98
CLL       63.8      43.8      53.8      +2.7      5.06      +1.82
HOU       65.4      47.5      56.4      +2.3      3.13      -0.74
UTS       62.3      44.0      53.1      +2.3      3.70      -0.12
CXO       63.4      41.1      52.2      +1.5      4.84      +1.06
DWH       65.6      44.0      54.8      +3.3      5.68      +2.13
SGR       66.0      45.9      55.9      +3.5      3.51      -0.09
LBX       65.1      44.8      55.0      +1.4      2.64      -1.81
PSX       66.3      48.5      57.4      +3.1      2.67      -0.70
LVJ       64.4      45.9      55.1      +1.8      4.40      +0.18
HGX       64.1      45.1      54.6      +2.0      5.37      +0.90


HERE ARE SOME JANUARY TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL TOTALS AVAILABLE FROM
THE HOUSTON/GALVESTON AREA NETWORK OF CO-OP OBSERVERS THAT HAVE
REPORTED AS OF FEBRUARY 14TH.


LOCATION            RAINFALL       AVERAGE HIGH     AVERAGE LOW
                    (INCHES)       TEMPERATURE      TEMPERATURE

ANAHUAC               6.19             61.5             44.2
ANGLETON              5.11             72.2             56.1
BAY CITY              3.26             63.6             47.0
BAYTOWN               5.88             62.4             44.7
BRENHAM               4.41             62.3             42.4
CLEVELAND             5.85             63.5             43.1
CONROE                4.24             62.0             42.0
DANEVANG              4.76             63.4             44.2
FREEPORT              5.68             64.3             48.5
HOUSTON WFO           5.37             64.1             45.1
HUNTSVILLE            4.77             59.0             42.4
LIBERTY               4.45             64.2             45.6
MADISONVILLE          6.37             61.9             38.7

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