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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
627 PM CST SUN MAR 1 2015

     ...FEBRUARY 2015 WAS COOLER AND DRIER THAN NORMAL...

FEBRUARY 2015 HAS COME TO AN END AND THE MONTH ENDED ON A VERY COOL
NOTE. THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS ABOUT 3 DEGREES COOLER
THAN THE 30 YEAR NORMALS. THE YEAR TO DATE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IS
ALSO AVERAGING ABOUT 3 DEGREES COOLER THAN NORMAL. DESPITE THE
COOLER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES...GALVESTON STILL MANAGED TO
TIE A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE (79 DEGREES) ON THE 9TH. THERE WERE
NO RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES ESTABLISHED HOWEVER COLLEGE STATION DID
ESTABLISH A NEW RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 42 DEGREES ON
THE 27TH.

RAINFALL DURING THE MONTH WAS PALTRY WITH MONTHLY TOTALS FAILING TO
TALLY AN INCH OF RAIN. THE CITY OF HOUSTON RECORDED ITS SEVENTH
DRIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD AND HOUSTON HOBBY RECORDED ITS EIGHTH
DRIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD. SOUTHEAST TEXAS HAS ENDURED A FIVE
WEEK DRY SPELL WITH THE LAST MAJOR RAIN EVENT OCCURRING BACK ON
JANUARY 22ND. ACTUALLY THE DRY SPELL HAS LASTED QUITE A BIT LONGER
THAN FIVE WEEKS. OVER THE LAST 14 MONTHS...THE CITY OF HOUSTON HAS
ENDURED 11 MONTHS OF BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL AND ONLY 3 MONTHS WITH
ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL. THE CITY OF GALVESTON...HOUSTON HOBBY
AIRPORT AND COLLEGE STATION REPORTED 10 OUT OF THE LAST 14 MONTHS
WITH BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL AND ONLY FOUR MONTHS WITH ABOVE NORMAL
RAINFALL.RAINFALL HAS ALSO BEEN BELOW NORMAL FOR THE PAST SIX
YEARS WITH THIS EXTENDED DRY PERIOD BEGINNING IN OCTOBER 2008.

HERE IS THE PRELIMINARY FEBRUARY DATA FOR THE FIRST ORDER CLIMATE
SITES ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS:

SITE ID     AVG     AVG     AVG     DEP     RAIN     DEP
            HIGH    LOW     MONTH

IAH         63.4    41.7    52.6    -3.8    0.66     -2.54
GLS         60.9    48.1    54.5    -3.1    0.70     -1.87
CLL         60.5    40.7    50.6    -4.0    0.75     -2.10
HOU         63.3    44.6    53.9    -3.4    0.75     -2.46
CXO         60.6    38.4    49.5    -4.2    0.75     -2.51
UTS         59.6    39.8    49.7    -4.7    0.75     -2.31
DWH         63.1    41.5    52.3    -2.8    1.24     -1.79
SGR         64.0    42.9    53.4    -2.6    0.62     -2.60
LBX         62.5    42.1    52.3    -4.4    0.65     -2.29
LVJ         64.1    44.8    54.4    -2.4    0.61     -2.57
PSX         63.6    46.0    54.8    -2.4    0.60     -1.75
HGX         61.9    43.3    52.6    -3.5    0.93     -1.98

HERE IS THE RAINFALL DATA FROM OUR VOLUNTEER NETWORK OF CO-OP OBSERVERS:

LOCATION          FEB RAIN          FEB NORM     DEP

ANAHUAC           1.13              3.21         -2.08
BAY CITY          0.71              2.69         -1.98
BAYTOWN           1.18              3.81         -2.63
BELLVILLE         0.71              2.65         -1.94
BRENHAM           2.23              3.09         -0.86
CLEVELAND         1.01              4.17         -3.16
COLUMBUS          1.14              2.88         -1.74
CROCKETT          1.74              3.62         -1.88
DANEVANG          0.91              2.80         -1.89
EDNA              0.92              2.46         -1.54
EL CAMPO          0.86              2.68         -1.82
FREEPORT          0.56              2.79         -2.23
HOU WESTBURY      0.83              3.23         -2.40
KATY              0.40              3.11         -2.71
LIBERTY           0.78              4.18         -3.40
LIVINGSTON        0.82              3.92         -3.10
MADISONVILLE      1.24              3.28         -2.04
MATAGORDA         0.82              2.68         -1.86
NEW CANEY         0.99              3.62         -2.63
RICHMOND          0.58              3.02         -2.44
SOMERVILLE        0.64              2.91         -2.27
WASH STATE PARK   0.42              2.83         -2.41
WHARTON           0.63              3.04         -2.41



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