PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN ANGELO, TX
1233 AM CDT WED SEP 02 1998

...VERY HEAVY RAINFALL OVER SOUTHERN AND WESTERN PORTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL
TEXAS HIGHLIGHTS THE AUGUST WEATHER WHILE THE HEAT WAVE SUBSIDES OVER THE
REGION...

...REMNANTS OF TROPICAL STORM CHARLEY PRODUCE FLOODING ON THE LLANO RIVER
AND ACROSS THE NORTHERN EDWARDS PLATEAU BETWEEN AUGUST 23 AND 25...

THE UPPER LEVEL RIDGE THAT DOMINATED TEXAS FOR MOST OF MAY THROUGH JULY
MOVED OUT OF THE STATE EARLY IN AUGUST RESULTING IN TEMPERATURES BEING
CLOSER TO SEASONAL NORMALS. AT MATHIS FIELD IN SAN ANGELO...THE MONTHLY
MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR AUGUST WAS 80.9 DEGREES...WHICH IS 1.0 DEGREES BELOW
THE AVERAGE MEAN AUGUST TEMPERATURE OF 81.9 DEGREES. AT ABILENE REGIONAL
AIRPORT...THE MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR AUGUST WAS 83.8 DEGREES...WHICH
IS 0.6 DEGREES ABOVE THE AVERAGE MEAN AUGUST TEMPERATURE OF 83.2 DEGREES. NO
DAILY RECORD HIGHS OR LOWS WERE SET OR TIED IN EITHER CITY THROUGHOUT THE
MONTH.
RAINFALL IN AUGUST VARIED WIDELY THROUGHOUT THE REGION...WITH SOUTHERN
COUNTIES GENERALLY RECEIVING MUCH MORE RAIN THAN NORMAL WHILE AMOUNTS
DECREASED TO THE NORTH. SAN ANGELO RECEIVED 2.77 INCHES OF RAINFALL
WHICH IS ABOVE THE NORMAL AUGUST RAINFALL OF 1.93 INCHES.  ABILENE
REGIONAL AIRPORT REMAINED DRIER THAN NORMAL WITH 0.47 INCH OF
RAINFALL...COMPARED TO THE NORMAL AUGUST RAINFALL OF 2.80 INCHES.

SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL OCCURRED OFTEN IN AUGUST...ESPECIALLY IN AREAS SOUTH
AND WEST OF A STERLING CITY TO ELDORADO TO SAN SABA LINE. MOST OF THE
SOUTHERN HALF OF WEST CENTRAL TEXAS RECEIVED AT LEAST AN INCH OF RAIN ON
THE 4TH...WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES REPORTED IN PORTIONS OF
SCHLEICHER...SUTTON...MASON...AND SAN SABA COUNTIES. AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 2
INCHES OF RAIN OCCURRED ON THE 5TH IN SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE HEARTLAND.
THE SOUTHERN HEARTLAND AND NORTHERN EDWARDS PLATEAU WERE AGAIN THE TARGETS
OF LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL UP TO 2 INCHES ON THE 13TH...WHILE THE NORTHERN
HEARTLAND AND AREAS SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 10 RECEIVED ANOTHER 1 TO 2 INCHES
ON THE 14TH. EASTERN CROCKETT COUNTY AND STERLING COUNTY RECEIVED 2 TO 4
INCHES OF RAIN ON THE 19TH...WHILE POCKETS OF 1 TO 2 INCH RAINFALL OCCURRED
ON THE SAME DAY IN THE EASTERN BIG COUNTRY TO THE NORTH AND EAST OF
ABILENE. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS BROUGHT LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL OF 1 TO 2
INCHES OVER PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHERN AND WESTERN BIG COUNTRY...AND THE
NORTHERN CONCHO VALLEY...ON THE 28TH AND 29TH. LESS SIGNIFICANT AND MORE
LOCALIZED AREAS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL ALSO OCCURRED OVER PORTIONS
OF THE REGION ON SEVERAL OTHER DAYS IN AUGUST INCLUDING THE 6TH...17TH...
AND THE 30TH.

HOWEVER...THE BIGGEST RAIN EVENT OCCURRED BETWEEN AUGUST 23 AND 25 WHEN
REMNANTS OF TROPICAL STORM CHARLEY MOVED SLOWLY ACROSS SOUTH TEXAS. HEAVY
RAINS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES OVER SOUTHERN SUTTON COUNTY...SOUTHWEST KIMBLE
COUNTY...AND NORTHERN EDWARDS COUNTY CAUSED THE LLANO RIVER TO RISE ABOVE
FLOOD STAGE DURING THE EVENING OF THE 23RD THROUGH THE EARLY MORNING OF
THE 24TH. THE HEAVY RAIN SHIFTED INTO THE NORTHERN EDWARDS PLATEAU AND
IRION COUNTY ON THE 24TH AND 25TH WITH THESE AREAS RECEIVING BETWEEN 2 AND
5 INCHES OF RAINFALL. ANOTHER SMALL AREA OF 2 TO 4 INCH RAINFALL OCCURRED
JUST NORTH AND EAST OF SAN ANGELO AND IN NORTHERN CONCHO COUNTY. THE MOST
RAIN...HOWEVER...OCCURRED AROUND SONORA IN NORTHERN SUTTON COUNTY...ALSO
IN SOUTHERN SCHLEICHER COUNTY AND NORTHWEST CROCKETT COUNTY...WHERE 6 TO
10 INCHES OF RAIN FELL. EVACUATIONS OF LOW LYING AREAS WERE NECESSARY
AROUND SONORA DUE TO THE EXCESSIVE RAINFALL...BUT NO INJURIES WERE
REPORTED WITH ANY OF THE FLOODING.

OTHER THAN THE FLOODING FROM REMNANTS OF TROPICAL STORM CHARLEY...NO
SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS WERE REPORTED ACROSS WEST CENTRAL TEXAS
IN AUGUST.

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