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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
724 AM CDT THU JUL 2 2015

        ...RECORD RAINFALL ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS
              DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2015...

THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2015 HAVE BEEN VERY WET. THE YEAR STARTED OUT
NEAR NORMAL AND FEBRUARY WAS ACTUALLY VERY DRY WITH MOST LOCATIONS IN
SOUTHEAST TEXAS RECEIVING AN INCH OF RAIN OR LESS. RAIN RETURNED IN
MARCH AND THE RAINFALL TOTALS WERE ABOVE NORMAL BUT HARDLY EXCESSIVE.
BUT THE RAIN IN MARCH WAS JUST A PRECURSOR TO WHAT WAS TO COME IN MAY
AND JUNE. HEAVY TO EXCESSIVE RAIN PUMMELED LARGE PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST
TEXAS BEGINNING ON MAY 11TH AND 12TH WITH BOUTS OF HEAVY RAIN THROUGH
THE END OF MAY AND AGAIN THROUGH MUCH OF JUNE. ON MAY 11TH AND 12TH...
PARTS OF HARRIS...BRAZORIA AND GALVESTON RECEIVED AN UNEXPECTED BLAST
OF HEAVY RAIN WITH 10 TO 12 INCHES FALLING IN WEBSTER...FRIENDSWOOD AND
CLEAR LAKE AREA WITH 8 TO 10 INCHES OF RAIN BETWEEN LAKE JACKSON AND
DANBURY. ANOTHER HEAVY RAIN EVENT OCCURRED ACROSS HARRIS AND FORT BEND COUNTIES
ON MEMORIAL DAY (MAY 25TH) WITH 10 TO 12 INCHES OF RAIN AFFECTING
MEYERLAND...HOUSTON WESTBURY AND MISSION BEND. TROPICAL STORM BILL
(JUNE 13TH-17TH) BROUGHT ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAIN TO PARTS OF JACKSON...
WHARTON...COLORADO...MATAGORDA AND AUSTIN COUNTIES WITH 10 TO 14 INCHES
OF RAIN REPORTED NEAR GANADO AND EL CAMPO. GETTING TEN INCHES OF RAIN
IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS IS UNUSUAL BUT NOT UNCOMMON BUT GETTING THREE SUCH
EPISODES IN A 30 DAY PERIOD IS VERY UNUSUAL.

THE FOLLOWING COMMUNITIES (CO-OP SITES) HAVE HAD THEIR WETTEST START
TO A YEAR:

BAYTOWN...BRENHAM...CALDWELL...CROCKETT...HUNTSVILLE...NWS HGX...
SUGAR LAND AND WASHINGTON STATE PARK.

A QUICK NOTE ABOUT BAYTOWN...THIS LOCATION HAS HAD THE MOST RAIN OUT
OF ALL OUR CO-OP SITES WITH OVER 64 INCHES OF RAIN THROUGH JUNE 30TH.
THIS LOCATION IS 35 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE YEAR. THE DEPARTURE
FOR THE YEAR (35.46) IS GREATER THAN WHAT THE NORMAL RAINFALL (28.61)
FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THE YEAR IS SUPPOSED TO BE. BAYTOWN HAS
MEASURED RAINFALL GREATER THAN 10 INCHES FOR FOUR CONSECUTIVE MONTHS.

THE FOLLOWING COMMUNITIES HAVE HAD THEIR SECOND WETTEST START TO A
YEAR:

BELLVILLE...EDNA AND LIBERTY.

THE FOLLOWING COMMUNITIES HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED MORE RAIN IN THE FIRST
SIX MONTHS OF THE YEAR THAN THEY TYPICALLY RECEIVE IN AN ENTIRE YEAR
(1981-2010 30 YEAR NORMALS):

SITE           2015 RAIN         1981-2010          CURRENT
                                 30 YEAR AVG       ANNUAL DEP

BAYTOWN         64.07              59.92             +4.15
BRENHAM         48.70              45.14             +3.56
CALDWELL        44.20              39.50             +4.70
WASH STATE PARK 45.92              41.68             +4.24

BELOW IS A TABLE WITH ADDITIONAL RAINFALL INFORMATION THAT WILL
INCLUDE YEAR TO DATE RAINFALL TOTALS FOR SOUTHEAST TEXAS
OBSERVATION SITES...WHERE 2015 RAINFALL RANKS HISTORICALLY AND THE
DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL THROUGH JUNE 30TH. THE 30 YEAR ANNUAL
AVERAGE RAINFALL WILL ALSO BE LISTED TO PROVIDE A FRAME OF
REFERENCE TO UNDERSTAND HOW TRULY WET THE FIRST HALF OF 2015 HAS
BEEN. THE SOGGY DETAILS ARE LISTED BELOW:

LOCATION        2015      RANK      NORMAL        DEP   1981-2010
                RAIN                THRU 6/30           ANNUAL AVG

ANAHUAC         33.69      14       26.37       + 7.32    56.47
BAY CITY        23.67      25       22.35       + 1.32    48.89
BAYTOWN         64.07       1       28.61       +35.46    59.92
BELLVILLE       40.67       2       21.30       +19.37    41.75
BUSH IAH        41.83       3       24.32       +17.51    49.77
BRENHAM         48.70       1       22.40       +26.30    45.14
CALDWELL        44.20       1       20.63       +23.57    39.50
CLEVELAND       34.08      12       26.51       + 7.57    54.24
COLLEGE STATION 32.98       7       20.70       +12.28    40.06
CONROE          32.00      12       23.68       + 8.32    48.77
CROCKETT        44.44       1       23.26       +21.18    45.18
CYPRESS         35.48       6        NA          NA        NA
DANEVANG        30.66      11       21.24       + 9.42    46.38
EDNA            35.82       2       20.65       +15.17    42.72
EL CAMPO        35.21      NA       21.50       +13.71    48.87
FREEPORT        27.41      19       21.00       + 6.41    49.57
GALVESTON       24.93      28       22.99       + 1.94    50.76
HOUSTON HOBBY   39.73       5       25.38       +14.35    54.65
HOU WESTBURY    40.42       4       24.61       +15.81    51.82
HUNTSVILLE      47.15       1       24.44       +22.71    49.08
KATY            32.30       4       21.31       +10.99    45.53
LIBERTY         46.82       2       29.31       +17.51    61.25
LIVINGSTON      33.53      10       25.87       + 7.66    51.53
MADISONVILLE    38.35       3       21.81       +16.54    45.12
MATAGORDA       26.97      17       20.86       + 6.11    44.58
MONTGOMERY      39.05       2        NA          NA        NA
NWS HGX         43.64       1       25.01       +18.63    56.81
RICHMOND        39.51       5       21.90       +17.61    49.08
SOMERVILLE      31.43       5       19.98       +11.45    38.67
SUGAR LAND      42.61       1       23.04       +19.57    49.48
TOMBALL         35.83       4       23.61       +12.22    48.99
WASH STATE PARK 45.92       1       21.35       +24.57    41.68
WHARTON         41.82       3       21.21       +21.21    47.21


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