PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
1252 PM CDT THU AUG 8 2013

...VERY WARM TEMPERATURES HAVE PREVAILED SINCE THE END OF JULY...

  ...EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS EXPAND OVER SOUTHEAST TEXAS...

UPPER LEVEL RIDGING DEVELOPED OVER TEXAS TOWARD THE END JULY. THIS
FEATURE EXPANDED AND INTENSIFIED BRINGING VERY WARM TEMPERATURES
TO SOUTHEAST TEXAS. OVER THE NORTHWEST HALF OF THE AREA...HIGH
TEMPERATURES HAVE ROUTINELY SURPASSED THE 100 DEGREE MARK.
FURTHER EAST...MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES HAVE GENERALLY REMAINED BELOW
100 DEGREES BUT HIGH HUMIDITY LEVELS HAVE MADE IT FEEL AS WARM AS
110 DEGREES.

RAINFALL HAS ALSO BEEN RELATIVELY SPARSE OVER PARTS OF SOUTHEAST
TEXAS. CONDITIONS BEGAN TO DRY OUT IN EARLY MAY AND DROUGHT
CONDITIONS INTENSIFIED IN JUNE. BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL PERSISTED IN
JULY AND RAINFALL HAS BEEN NEAR ZERO FOR MOST LOCATIONS IN AUGUST.
THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS EXTREME DROUGHT DROUGHT CONDITIONS
EXPANDING OVER SOUTHEAST TEXAS. THE PERIOD OF MAY 1 2013 THROUGH
AUGUST 7 2013 WAS THE FOURTH DRIEST PERIOD ON RECORD FOR HOUSTON
HOBBY AIRPORT. ONL7 5.90 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN DURING THAT 99
DAY PERIOD. HOUSTON INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT FARED A BIT BETTER
WITH RAINFALL DURING THIS PERIOD WITH 9.57 INCHES OF RAIN. THIS IS
THE 27TH DRIEST PERIOD ON RECORD (RECORDS BEGAN IN 1889). THE
CITY OF GALVESTON ONLY RECEIVED 6.78 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE MAY 1
AND THIS IS THE 26TH DRIEST PERIOD IN CITY HISTORY (RECORDS BEGAN
IN 1871).

         HOUSTON           CITY OF             CITY OF
         HOBBY (HOU)       HOUSTON (IAH)       GALVESTON (GLS)

         5.00  1998        3.49  2009          1.95  1956
         5.24  2011        4.23  2011          2.38  1958
         5.66  2009        4.76  1915          2.43  2011
         5.90  2013        5.15  1931          2.44  1897
         6.51  1964        5.36  1998          3.17  1930

                           9.57  2013 27TH     6.78  2013 26TH

THE LACK OF RAIN AND SUBSEQUENT LACK OF GROUND MOISTURE OVER
SOUTHERN HARRIS COUNTY AND PARTS OF FT BEND...BRAZORIA AND
GALVESTON HAS ALLOWED THESE AREAS TO HEAT UP FASTER THAN
SURROUNDING AREAS. BOTH SUGARLAND AND HOUSTON HOBBY HAVE DOUBLE
THE NUMBER OF 100 DEGREE DAYS IN 2013 COMPARED WITH 2012.
THANKFULLY...NONE OF OUR REPORTING STATIONS HAVE COME CLOSE TO
MATCHING THE NUMBER OF 100 DEGREE DAYS GENERATED IN 2011.

                       100 DEGREE DAYS

SITE                         1981-2010      2013     2012    2011
                             NORMALS

HOU INTERCONTINENTAL         4.6             3        3      46
(IAH)
HOUSTON HOBBY (HOU)          1.7             5        3      18
GALVESTON     (GLS)          0.1             0        1       1
COL STATION   (CLL)         14.1            18       24      69
SUGARLAND     (SGR)          6.8             4        2      38
CONROE        (CXO)          9.0             4        2      52
HUNTSVILLE    (UTS)         14.3             7        8      72
TOMBALL       (DWH)          9.5            10        3      60

LOOKING AHEAD...A WEAK TROPICAL WAVE WILL APPROACH SOUTHEAST TEXAS
FROM THE EAST OVER THE WEEKEND. THIS FEATURE WILL BRING SCATTERED
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO THE REGION AND COOLER TEMPERATURES.
UPPER LEVEL RIDGING RETREATS FURTHER WEST TOWARD THE MIDDLE OF
AUGUST. IF THESE LONG RANGE MODELS VERIFY...THIS SHOULD ALLOW FOR
SLIGHTLY COOLER TEMPERATURES AND SCATTERED DIURNAL SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS TO DEVELOP.

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