PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
1052 AM CST WED MAR 6 2013

...A WARMER THAN NORMAL FEBRUARY IS ACCOMPANIED BY BELOW NORMAL
RAINFALL...

AN ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN CONTINUED FROM JANUARY INTO FEBRUARY
ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS. HOWEVER...THIS ACTIVE PATTERN MOVED SLIGHTLY
TO THE NORTH DURING THE LATTER HALF OF THE MONTH. RAINFALL DID
ACCOMPANY A SERIES OF COLD FRONTS...YET THE MONTH ENDED WITH BELOW
NORMAL AMOUNTS AT ALL BUT ONE OF THE FIRST AND SECOND-ORDER CLIMATE
SITES.

FOR THE SECOND MONTH IN A ROW OF 2013 ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES
AFFECTED THE AREA. ALL OF THE FIRST AND SECOND ORDER STATIONS
RECORDED DEPARTURES BETWEEN 1 AND 4.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. TAKING
THESE IN ACCOUNT WITH THE BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL...ABNORMALLY DRY TO
MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE INCREASED ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN
TEXAS. THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 26TH SHOWED
THAT MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE COMMON ALONG AND NORTHWEST OF
A LINE FROM COLUMBUS TO CONROE TO LIVINGSTON. DRIEST CONDITIONS WERE
FOUND ACROSS WASHINGTON COUNTY AND THE SOUTHERN HALF OF GRIMES
COUNTY.

FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW...FEBRUARY EXPERIENCED ABOVE NORMAL
MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES. IN CONTRAST TO LAST MONTH WHERE THE
INCREASE WAS DUE IN PART TO WARMER THAN NORMAL AVERAGE MINIMUM
TEMPERATURES...THIS MONTH EXPERIENCED AN INCREASE IN BOTH THE DAILY
MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES OVER THE 30-YEAR AVERAGE. THE
FOLLOWING THREE TABLES SHOW THE SHORT-TERM TRENDS OVER THE PAST
THREE YEARS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY.

THIS TABLE SHOWS MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR FEBRUARY COMPARED
TO THE 30-YEAR NORMAL SINCE 2011 WITH DEPARTURES FOR THE FOUR FIRST-
ORDER CLIMATE SITES.


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

IAH       56.4       55.0  -1.4       60.1  +3.7       58.4  +2.0
HOU       57.3       56.8  -0.5       60.6  +3.3       60.4  +3.1
CLL       54.6       54.6   0.0       57.9  +3.3       57.6  +3.0
GLS       57.6       53.6  -4.0       60.6  +3.0       62.0  +4.4


THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS MONTHLY AVERAGE MINIMUM TEMPERATURES
COMPARED TO THE 30-YEAR NORMAL SINCE 2011 WITH DEPARTURES FOR THE
FOUR FIRST-ORDER CLIMATE SITES.


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

IAH       46.5       43.5  -3.0       52.4  +5.9       47.9  +1.4
HOU       48.5       46.5  -2.0       53.7  +5.2       51.1  +5.6
CLL       44.4       42.8  -1.6       49.7  +5.3       47.2  +2.8
GLS       50.9       46.2  -4.7       55.5  +4.6       56.0  +5.1


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 MAX TEMP     AVE MAX TEMP     AVE MAX TEMP
                     2011   DEP       2012   DEP       2013   DEP

IAH       66.3       66.5  +0.2       67.7  +1.4       68.9  +2.6
HOU       66.0       67.0  +1.0       67.4  +1.4       69.6  +3.6
CLL       64.8       66.5  +1.7       66.2  +1.4       68.0  +3.2
GLS       64.3       61.0  -3.3       65.6  +1.3       68.0  +3.7


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 FEBRUARY.


SITE      AVG       AVG       AVG        DEP      RAIN       DEP
          HIGH      LOW       MONTH

IAH       68.9      47.9      58.4      +2.0      1.32      -1.88
GLS       68.0      56.0      62.0      +4.4      2.24      -0.33
CLL       68.0      47.2      57.6      +3.0      1.10      -1.75
HOU       69.6      51.1      60.4      +3.1      1.63      -1.58
CXO       66.8      42.9      54.8      +1.1      4.47      +1.21
UTS       65.9      45.6      55.8      +1.3      1.22      -1.84
DWH       69.2      46.8      58.0      +2.9      2.42      -0.61
SGR       69.8      48.6      59.2      +3.2      1.32      -1.90
LBX       69.4      47.8      58.6      +1.9      1.31      -1.63
PSX       71.4      51.9      61.6      +4.4      1.64      -0.71
LVJ       68.5      49.5      59.0      +2.2      2.10      -1.08
HGX       68.2      48.7      58.4      +2.3      2.03      -0.88


HERE ARE SOME FEBRUARY TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL TOTALS AVAILABLE FROM
THE HOUSTON/GALVESTON AREA NETWORK OF CO-OP OBSERVERS THAT HAVE
REPORTED AS OF MARCH 6TH.


LOCATION            RAINFALL       AVERAGE HIGH     AVERAGE LOW
                    (INCHES)       TEMPERATURE      TEMPERATURE

ANAHUAC               2.28             72.9             51.0
ANGLETON              1.85             73.8             55.6
BAYTOWN               3.18             68.2             47.7
BELLVILLE 6NNE        1.74             68.0             45.4
CLEVELAND             3.07             68.6             44.0
CONROE                2.78             66.5             46.2
CROCKETT              2.37             65.4             42.3
EAGLE LAKE            1.58             68.2             45.6
EL CAMPO              1.51             69.4             46.0
FREEPORT              1.57             70.0             51.3
HOUSTON WFO           2.03             68.2             48.7
LIBERTY               2.34             68.7             48.0
MADISONVILLE          1.53             65.9             40.6
WASHINGTON SP         2.20             69.4             41.8

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