PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN ANGELO TX
924 AM CDT SAT AUG 1 1998

...BOTH SAN ANGELO AND ABILENE RECEIVE THEIR THIRD WARMEST JULY ON 
RECORD...

...A FEW SEVERE WEATHER AND HEAVY RAIN EVENTS ALSO OCCURRED IN 
JULY...BUT OVERALL THE REGION REMAINED DRIER THAN NORMAL...  

AT MATHIS FIELD IN SAN ANGELO...THE MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR JULY 
WAS 87.4 DEGREES...RESULTING IN THE THIRD WARMEST JULY ON RECORD.  THE 
WARMEST JULY ON RECORD OCCURRED IN 1912 WITH A MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE 
87.6 DEGREES.  THE AVERAGE MEAN JULY TEMPERATURE FOR SAN ANGELO IS 82.7 
DEGREES.  DESPITE THE CONSISTENTLY HOT WEATHER...NO DAILY RECORD HIGHS 
WERE TIED OR SET IN JULY AT SAN ANGELO.

AT ABILENE REGIONAL AIRPORT...THE MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR JULY WAS 
87.6 DEGREES...RESULTING IN THE THIRD WARMEST JULY ON RECORD.  THE 
WARMEST JULY ON RECORD OCCURRED IN 1980...WITH A MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE 
OF 89.4 DEGREES.  THE AVERAGE MEAN JULY TEMPERATURE FOR ABILENE IS 84.0 
DEGREES.  DAILY RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE TIED ON THE 
7TH...11TH...AND 12TH AT ABILENE.  

THIS IS THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE MONTH THAT BOTH ABILENE AND SAN ANGELO 
RANKED AMONG THE TEN WARMEST ON RECORD FOR EACH RESPECTIVE MONTH.  FOR 
BOTH CITIES...NO OTHER YEAR BESIDES 1998 CONTAINS A RANKING AMONG THE 
TEN WARMEST FOR ALL THREE MONTHS OF MAY...JUNE...AND JULY.  

RAINFALL REMAINED BELOW NORMAL FOR THE FOURTH STRAIGHT MONTH IN SAN 
ANGELO...WITH ONLY 0.46 INCH OF RAIN REPORTED AT MATHIS FIELD... 
COMPARED TO THE NORMAL JULY RAINFALL OF 1.06 INCHES.  ABILENE REGIONAL 
AIRPORT ALSO HAD BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL WITH 1.31 INCHES OF RAIN... 
COMPARED TO THE NORMAL JULY RAINFALL OF 2.09 INCHES.  A FEW LOCATIONS 
ACROSS WEST CENTRAL TEXAS RECEIVED LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL FROM SCATTERED 
SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS...MAINLY BETWEEN JULY 12TH AND 18TH.  THE MOST 
SIGNIFICANT RAIN EVENT OF THE MONTH OCCURRED IN BROWN COUNTY ON THE 4TH 
WHEN A WEAK TROPICAL DISTURBANCE DUMPED 4 TO 6 INCHES OF RAIN IN MUCH OF 
THE COUNTY INCLUDING THE CITY OF BROWNWOOD.  THIS SYSTEM THEN PRODUCED UP 
TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN OVER CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN THROCKMORTON COUNTY ON THE 
MORNING OF THE 5TH.  HOWEVER...DUE TO THE PROLONGED HOT WEATHER...
SIGNIFICANT DROUGHT CONDITIONS EXIST OVER WEST CENTRAL TEXAS AT THIS 
TIME.

A FEW SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS OCCURRED IN JUNE...PRODUCING LOCAL AREAS OF 
DAMAGE BUT NO INJURIES.  MOST OF THE SEVERE WEATHER OCCURRED IN THE FORM 
OF MICROBURST HIGH WINDS AND WIND DAMAGE.  ON THE 12TH...HIGH WINDS SWEPT 
ACROSS TAYLOR COUNTY INCLUDING THE CITY OF ABILENE...DAMAGING SEVERAL 
STRUCTURES AND BLOWING DOWN POWER POLES.  A WIND GUST TO 105 MPH WAS 
REPORTED AT DYESS AIR FORCE BASE IN ABILENE FROM THESE STORMS.  ISOLATED 
DAMAGING MICROBURSTS WERE ALSO REPORTED FROM THE 16TH THROUGH THE 
18TH...WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRING AT MILES IN SOUTHWEST 
RUNNELS COUNTY ON THE AFTERNOON OF THE 16TH.  ONLY ONE HAIL EVENT OF 
GOLFBALL SIZE HAIL OR GREATER WAS REPORTED IN JULY...WHEN GOLFBALL SIZE 
HAIL OCCURRED NEAR BAIRD ON THE 14TH.  NO TORNADOES WERE REPORTED ACROSS 
WEST CENTRAL TEXAS IN JULY.

IF THE SAME WEATHER PATTERN CONTINUES IN AUGUST...THE SUMMER OF 1998 MAY 
GO DOWN AS THE HOTTEST SUMMER ON RECORD DUE TO THE OVERALL LENGTH OF 
TIME WHEN TEMPERATURES WERE ABOVE NORMAL. 

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