PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
744 AM CST SUN DEC 15 2013

...COLD START TO THE MONTH OF DECEMBER...

THE FIRST FOUR DAYS OF DECEMBER STARTED ABOVE NORMAL BEFORE AN
ARCTIC FRONT HEADED SOUTHWARDS AND DROPPED TEMPERATURES
DRASTICALLY ACROSS THE AREA. BEHIND THE FRONT TEMPERATURE
DEPARTURES OF 15 TO 20 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL WERE COMMON ACROSS
THE FOUR FIRST-ORDER CLIMATE SITES. THE EVEN MORE UNUSUAL NATURE
OF THE COLD AIR IS HOW LONG SOUTHEAST TEXAS HAS BEEN BELOW NORMAL
NOW. EVEN THOUGH THE ARCTIC AIR MASS HAS LONG SINCE MOVED OFF A
SERIES OF REINFORCING COLD FRONTS HAS KEPT SOUTHEAST TEXAS BELOW
NORMAL FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME. THE TABLE BELOW SHOWS THE
MONTH TO DATE (DEC 1ST - 14TH) DEPARTURE FROM NORMALS(1981 - 2010)
FOR THE FOUR FIRST- ORDER CLIMATE SITES IN OUR AREA:

SITE                    MONTHLY TEMP (DEPARTURE)
COLLEGE STATION (CLL)          47.5(-6.0)
CITY OF HOUSTON (IAH)          51.3(-4.4)
HOUSTON HOBBY (HOU)            52.4(-4.5)
CITY OF GALVESTON (GLS)        53.4(-5.3)

BUT HOW COLD IS THIS FOR THE FIRST 14 DAYS OF DECEMBER? FOR
COLLEGE STATION IT RANKS THE 7TH COLDEST START TO DECEMBER WITH
RECORDS GOING BACK TO 1902. THE CITY OF HOUSTON RANKS AS THE 16TH
COLDEST START TO DECEMBER WITH RECORDS GOING BACK TO 1892. THE
52.4 AT HOUSTON HOBBY RANKS AS THE 10TH COLDEST START TO DECEMBER
WITH RECORDS GOING BACK TO 1944. THE CITY OF GALVESTON RANKS AS
THE 12TH COLDEST START TO DECEMBER (TIED WITH 1936) WITH RECORDS
GOING BACK TO 1874.

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...WARM UP POSSIBLE?...
SOUTHEAST TEXAS WILL BEGIN TO WARM UP AFTER ALMOST THREE WEEKS OF BELOW
NORMAL TEMPERATURES. THE PERIOD OF NOVEMBER 22ND THROUGH DECEMBER 15TH WAS
THE THIRD COLDEST ON RECORD FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON AND THE CITY OF GALVESTON
AND THE SECOND COLDEST ON RECORD FOR COLLEGE STATION AND HOUSTON HOBBY AIRPORT.
HERE ARE THE FIVE COLDEST NOV 22 - DEC 15 FOR THE FOUR FIRST ORDER CLIMATE SITES.

           CITY OF        CITY OF         HOUSTON       COLLEGE
           HOUSTON        GALVESTON       HOBBY         STATION

         47.0 1898        48.2 1898       49.2 1937     44.3 1972
         48.9 1976        51.6 1937       50.4 2013     46.3 2013
         49.4 2013        51.9 2013       50.5 1976     47.7 1937
         50.3 1972        52.0 1976       52.2 1979     48.0 1976
         50.8 1937        53.5 1911       52.9 1963     49.0 1963

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