PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
312 PM CDT THU OCT 3 2013

...SEPTEMBER 2013 EXPERIENCED ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES CONTRASTED
WITH SOME DROUGHT RELIEF...

ALTHOUGH A SERIES OF MAINLY WEAK COLD FRONTS TRAVERSED ACROSS
SOUTHEAST TEXAS DURING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER...THE AVERAGE DAILY
TEMPERATURES ENDED BEING ABOVE NORMAL AT ALL OF THE FIRST AND SECOND-
ORDER CLIMATE SITES. HOWEVER...MUCH NEEDED RAINFALL FELL ACROSS MOST
OF THE AREA AND HELPED EASE DROUGHT CONDITIONS BY THE END OF THE
MONTH.

RAINFALL OF BETWEEN 3 AND 7 INCHES WAS RECORDED AT THE CLIMATE
SITES. EVEN WITH THESE RELATIVELY HIGH AMOUNTS...5 OUT OF THE 7 SITES
STILL ENDED THE MONTH WITH BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL. THE U.S. DROUGHT
MONITOR RELEASED ON OCTOBER 1ST FOUND THAT THE MODERATE TO SEVERE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN AUGUST HAD EASED BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.
ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS WERE FOUND ACROSS JACKSON AND MATAGORDA
COUNTIES AND ACROSS THOSE COUNTIES ALONG AND EAST OF A LINE FROM
CROCKETT TO BAYTOWN. ELSEWHERE MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE
REPORTED WITH SOME SEVERE DROUGHT OVER PORTIONS OF WASHINGTON...
AUSTIN...AND NORTHERN COLORADO COUNTIES.

A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO THE VERY WARM TEMPERATURES WAS THE VERY HOT
FIRST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER. THERE WERE 8 REPORTS OF 100 DEGREE HIGH
TEMPERATURES DURING THIS TIME AT THE MAJOR CLIMATE SITES. ANOTHER 6
DAYS OF 100 DEGREE TEMPERATURES CAN BE ADDED FROM THE UNOFFICAL SITE
LOCATED AT BRENHAM...WHICH RECORDED A DAILY HIGH OF 100 ON THE 1ST
AND 6TH...101 ON THE 2ND AND 5TH...AND 102 ON THE 3RD AND 4TH.
ALTHOUGH THE FIRST FRONT OF THE MONTH DID BRING A MUCH COOLER
WEATHER PATTERN FOR A FEW DAYS BEGINNING ON THE 7TH...MOST OF THE
REMAINDER OF THE MONTH SAW DAYTIME HIGHS REACHING BACK INTO THE 90S.
EVEN WITH RELIEF FROM THE HOT CONDITIONS ARRIVING BY THE END OF THE
MONTH...SEPTEMBER STILL ENDED UP BEING ONE OF THE TOP TEN WARMEST
MONTHS ON RECORD.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS A COMPARISON OF THE TOP TEN WARMEST
SEPTEMBERS ON RECORD FOR THE FIRST-ORDER CLIMATE SITES. PLEASE NOTE
THAT THE INDIVIDUAL RECORDING SITE FOR THE CITIES OF HOUSTON...
GALVESTON...AND COLLEGE STATION HAS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS. THE DATA
SHOWS THAT SEPTEMBER 2013 BECAME THE 5TH WARMEST AT THE CITY OF
HOUSTON...10TH FOR THE CITY OF GALVESTON...5TH AT THE CITY OF
COLLEGE STATION...AND 2ND FOR HOBBY AIRPORT.


RANK      HOUSTON     GALVESTON     COLLEGE STN   HOBBY ARPT
        AVE T  YEAR   AVE T  YEAR   AVE T  YEAR   AVE T  YEAR

  1     83.4   2005   84.1   1900   85.0   2005   84.5   2005
  2     83.2   1980   83.8   1933   84.5   1911   83.0   2013
  3     82.9   2011   83.6*  1998   83.4   2011   82.9   1998
  4     82.7   1911   83.6*  1911   83.3   1933   82.8   2011
  5     82.5   1933   83.3   1884   83.2*  2013   82.3*  2007
  6     82.4*  2013   83.2   1926   83.2*  1931   82.3*  1980
  7     82.4*  1962   83.1   1986   82.7#  1926   82.3*  1972
  8     82.2#  1998   83.0*  2007   82.7#  1921   82.2   1986
  9     82.2#  1954   83.0*  2004   82.6   1905   82.0   1977
 10     82.0   1900   82.8   2013   82.3   1910   81.6   2004

NOTE...THE * AND # SYMBOLS DENOTE A TIE WITH AN ADJOURNING YEAR.


HERE ARE THE SEPTEMBER CLIMATE STATISTICS FOR THE FIRST AND SECOND-
ORDER CLIMATE STATIONS. NOTE ABOVE NORMAL AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURES
OCCURRED AT EVERY CLIMATE LOCATION. ALSO NOTE THAT THE AREAS WITH
ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL WERE LOCATED ALONG THE COAST NEAR MATAGORDA
BAY AND ACROSS SPORADIC LOCATIONS OVER THE INLAND COUNTIES.


SITE      AVG       AVG       AVG        DEP      RAIN       DEP
          HIGH      LOW       MONTH

IAH       91.8      73.0      82.4      +2.6      5.09      +0.97
GLS       87.9      77.7      82.8      +1.2      5.06      -0.97
CLL       94.1      72.4      83.2      +3.2      5.19      +2.01
HOU       90.8      75.1      83.0      +2.9      5.95      +0.74
CXO       92.0      68.6      80.3      +2.9      6.56      +2.72
UTS       92.2      71.1      81.6      +3.4      5.22      +1.51
DWH       93.4      71.5      82.4      +4.4      3.42      -1.15
SGR       92.7      73.4      83.1      +4.2      3.12      -1.40
LBX       88.9      72.1      80.5      +2.0      4.08      -1.90
PSX       89.9      74.8      82.3      +2.3      6.87      +1.74
LVJ       91.3      74.7      83.0      +4.0      3.72      -1.54
HGX       89.6      73.9      81.8      +3.8      7.22      +0.05


AN UPDATE TO INCLUDE THE COOP DATA SITES WILL PROBABLY BE ISSUED ON
OR AFTER OCTOBER 10TH.

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