PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN ANGELO TX
1232 AM CST FRI MAR 3 2006

...TEMPERATURES AVERAGED NEAR NORMAL ACROSS WEST CENTRAL
TEXAS IN FEBRUARY...

PRECIPITATION VARIED ACROSS THE REGION FROM ABOVE TO BELOW
NORMAL.

AT ABILENE REGIONAL AIRPORT...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR FEBRUARY
WAS 48.6 DEGREES. THIS MATCHED THE THE NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
OF 48.6 DEGREES. TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR FEBRUARY WAS 1.26 INCHES.
THIS WAS 0.13 INCHES ABOVE THE MONTHLY NORMAL OF 1.13 INCHES.
ABILENE RECEIVED NO SNOWFALL IN FEBRUARY.

AT SAN ANGELO REGIONAL AIRPORT...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR
FEBRUARY WAS 49.8 DEGREES. THIS WAS 0.1 DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 49.7 DEGREES. TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR
FEBRUARY WAS 0.64 INCHES. THIS WAS 0.54 INCHES BELOW THE
MONTHLY NORMAL OF 1.18 INCHES. NO SNOWFALL WAS RECORDED IN SAN
ANGELO IN FEBRUARY.

CLEAR TO PARTLY CLOUDY SKIES AND VERY DRY AIRMASSES PREVAILED
ACROSS WEST CENTRAL TEXAS THROUGH THE FIRST HALF OF FEBRUARY.
AFTERNOON RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES DROPPED BELOW 20 PERCENT AT
ABILENE AND SAN ANGELO DURING MOST OF THE DAYS. HIGH TEMPERATURES
WERE WELL ABOVE NORMAL ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS. ON THE 5TH THE
HIGHS REACHED THE UPPER 70S TO LOWER 80S...AND A NEW RECORD HIGH
WAS SET AT SAN ANGELO. GUSTY SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS OCCURRED
DURING THE DAY...AND WERE FOLLOWED BY GUSTY NORTH WINDS WITH
PASSAGE OF A COLD FRONT AFTER SUNSET. ABILENE RECORDED A PEAK
WIND GUST OF 48 MPH. A PEAK GUST TO 43 MPH WAS OBSERVED IN
ABILENE ON THE 11TH. ON THE 16TH A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE (86)
WAS SET IN ABILENE...AND A RECORD HIGH (87) WAS TIED AT SAN ANGELO.

FOLLOWING PASSAGE OF A STRONG COLD FRONT LATE ON THE 16TH...
TEMPERATURES ON THE 17TH WERE AROUND 50 DEGREES COLDER THAN ON
THE PREVIOUS DAY (WITH HIGHS IN THE 30S ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA).
TEMPERATURES DROPPED INTO THE 20S THAT NIGHT AND REMAINED IN
THE 20S ON THE 18TH. BRISK NORTH WINDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH CREATED
WIND CHILL VALUES IN THE SINGLE DIGITS AND TEENS. AREAS OF
FREEZING DRIZZLE OCCURRED ON THE 18TH AND MORNING OF THE 19TH...
AS MOISTURE WAS LIFTED OVER THE VERY COLD AIRMASS. WITH
TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING...ICY SPOTS DEVELOPED ON SOME
BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES ACROSS THE AREA...AND THIS RESULTED IN A
NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.

LATE IN THE MONTH A STRONG UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE BROUGHT A
WIDESPREAD AND MUCH NEEDED RAIN EVENT FOR WEST CENTRAL TEXAS.
NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ACROSS THE BIG
COUNTRY ON THE 24TH...AND THROUGHOUT WEST CENTRAL TEXAS DURING
THE OVERNIGHT HOURS OF THE 24TH AND 25TH...AS THE DISTURBANCE
APPROACHED FROM NEW MEXICO. THE RAINFALL WAS HEAVIEST AND MOST
WIDESPREAD IN THE BIG COUNTRY. AMOUNTS RANGING FROM ONE QUARTER
OF AN INCH TO AN INCH WERE WIDESPREAD ACROSS THE REGION...
WITH SCATTERED LOCATIONS RECEIVING ONE TO TWO INCHES OF
RAINFALL. THIS WAS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT RAIN EVENT FOR WEST
CENTRAL TEXAS SINCE OCTOBER.

BY THE END OF THE MONTH...UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES
OCCURRED AS A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT MOVED INTO THE
REGION. RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES (IN THE UPPER 80S) WERE SET
AT SAN ANGELO AND TIED AT ABILENE ON THE 28TH.

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