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March Severe Weather Events
for Southeast Texas

YEAR DATE(s) EVENT
2012 28th Heavy rains produced flash flooding in the Caldwell area (Burleson County). Water was in homes and businesses in and around the Highway 21 area.
2009 27th Baseball size hail fell near Cut and Shoot (Montgomery County).
2005 19th Large hail (2.00" diameter) covered the ground just west of Caldwell (Burleson County).
2002 30th Baseball size hail fell just southwest of El Campo (Wharton County) and caused an estimated $50,000 damage.
2002 30th An F3 tornado just south of La Porte (Harris County) caused $350,000 damage. A Super Mart was partially demolished, an apartment complex received major roof and window damage, and a car garage collapsed during the tornado. The damage field was less than a mile long and 60 yards wide.
2000 10th Several large supercells formed along a strong cold front and produced two tornadoes and several large hail events across the northwest counties during the evening hours. Burleson County was the hardest hit with an F3 tornado that cut a 21 mile swath through the center of the county. Over 20 homes were damaged or destroyed. Hail up to baseball size also occurred across the county and damaged cars and homes in Caldwell. Hail damage was also observed on the south side of Lake Conroe. Damage totalled more than $3.5 million - $1 million of the total was from the F3 tornado.
2000 14th A woman was killed by lightning in a northeast Houston (Harris County) parking lot.
1999 19th Flash flooding in southwest Houston (Harris County) caused $300,000 in property damage. Numerous streets in the Alief and Bellaire areas were flooded, and several accessways to US 59, Loop 610, US 90 as well as the intersection of I-10 and Beltway 8 were flooded and impassable. Radar estimated up to 6.5 inches of rain fell near the intersection of Bellaire Blvd. and Beltway 8.
1999 28th An F0 tornado developed between Angleton and Oyster Creek (Brazoria County). The tornado destroyed a barn and caused $50,000 damage.
1995 7th Severe thunderstorm winds battered portions of Southeast Texas. Storms blew down trees, utility poles and power lines between Eagle Lake (Colorado County) and the central and southern portions of Houston (Harris County). Damage also occured as far north as Trinity (Trinity County) where two businesses were destroyed and several others were damaged; near the Lake Livingston Dam (Polk County) where 75 to 80 mph wind gusts downed numerous trees; and near Huntsville (Walker County) where one mobile home was destroyed and three others were damaged. A 119 foot tower was blown down in Montgomery (Montgomery County). Total damage was nearly $200,000.
1994 9th A bow echo moved across the western portions of Galveston County (the Jamaica Beach area) producing wind gusts of 80 to 100 mph. Three citizens who owned home base anemometers each recorded the winds on their equipment. Damage was minimal since most homes in the area were on stilts.
1993 12th-14th As the Storm of the Century ravaged the entire eastern U.S. with tornadoes, high winds and heavy snow (damage was $6 billion and there were 270 deaths), arctic air plunged southward into Texas breaking several temperature records. The high temperature at Houston's Intercontinental Airport (IAH) only reached 50 degrees on the 12th and the 13th, which set a record for the coldest high temperature on both days. Morning lows on the 14th dipped to 29 at IAH and 27 at College Station; these temperatures stand as record lows for that date.
1992 4th Severe flooding occured in the Houston area (Harris County) and adjacent counties (Fort Bend and Liberty). Several bayous left their banks and flooded homes and businesses. I-10 and I-45 near White Oak Bayou (Harris County) were under several feet of water. About 2,000 homes sustained flood damage, and around 4,000 vehicles were flooded on interstate highways that were under water. One person drowned while trying to cross Halls Bayou in downtown Houston.
1992 18th Severe thunderstorms across a large part of the Houston area led to numerous reports of large hail (1 to 2 inch diameter) and strong winds (up to 63 mph at Houston's Hobby Airport). The largest hail observed was 2 inches in diameter near Highway 59 and Highway 6. Wind gusts blew off a 30-foot section of a roof in downtown Houston.
1987 29th-31st An unseasonably cold arctic outbreak moved into South and Southeast Texas. Many all-time record low temperatures were broken for so early in the spring season. On the 31st, record low temperatures were set at College Station (29 degrees) and Houston (30 degrees). Sub-freezing temperaturs reached as far south as the Rio Grande Valley (25 degrees at Rio Grande City) which damaged or destroyed fruit crops and thousands of south Texas gardens.

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