000
NOUS44 KHGX 021758
PNSHGX
TXZ163-164-176>179-195>200-210>214-226-227-235>238-030600-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
1158 AM CST Thu Mar 2 2017

...A Record Breaking Warm February...

February ended up a very warm month across Southeast Texas.  All of 
the major climate sites recorded monthly average temperatures about 10
degrees above normal. Rainfall on the other hand was sparse. However,
a couple of days of decent rain helped most of the major climate sites
to end the month within an inch above or below normal.

Overall, the winter has been very warm across the area which has led to
quite a few records being set or tied.  The following table lists the
record high max and record high min temperatures set at the four first-
order climate sites since November 1st.  Note that the total number for
this period is 105.


Site    Record High Max Temps         Record High Min Temps
Site   Nov  Dec  Jan  Feb Total      Nov  Dec  Jan  Feb Total

CLL     0    2    2    3    5         0    2    1    5    8
GLS     9    7    8    8   31         4    3    1    6   14
HOU     2    4    3    6   16         1    2    1    7   11
IAH     2    4    1    5   14         0    2    1    3    6


The month of February ended up about 10 degrees warmer than normal
and ended up as the warmest month of February on record at the
major climate sites.  Here is a table showing the top-five warmest 
months of February for each of the first-order climate sites.


       College Stn   Galveston    Hobby Arpt    Houston
Rank    Ave  Year    Ave  Year    Ave  Year    Ave  Year

  1    64.6  2017   67.6  2017   67.0  2017   66.4  2017
  2    61.4  1999   65.0  1932   63.9  1962   65.9  1962
  3    60.9  1976   63.7  1950   63.5  1999   64.9  1932
  4    60.5  1957   63.7  1890   63.1  2000   63.5  1957
  5    60.4  2009   63.5  1999   62.8  1957   62.8  1911

Periods of record:
- College Station. . .August 1, 1951 to present
- Galveston. . . . . .May 10, 1874 to present
- Hobby Airport. . . .August 1, 1930 to present
- City of Houston. . .May 1, 1889 to present


Because of the warmer conditions in February, the U.S. Drought 
Monitor noted a trend toward drier conditions through at least
mid month.  Rainfall during the middle of the month led to an easing
of developing drought conditions.  However, the trend reversed in
the last week of February.  Here is a listing of developing dry or
drought conditions noted for each week.  The categories include D-0 
(abnormally dry), D-1 (moderate drought), D-2 (severe drought),
D-3 (extreme drought), and D-4 (exceptional drought).


For the week ending:
February 7th. . .D-0 in Brazoria and Matagorda counties

February 14th . .D-0 in Houston, Trinity, Brazoria, Matagorda, and
                 Jackson counties
                 D-1 in Brazoria and Matagorda counties

February 21st . .D-0 in Brazoria and Matagorda counties

February 28th . .D-0 in Matagorda, Brazoria, Harris, Chambers,
                 Liberty, San Jacinto, and Polk counties


There were 44 daily records set or tied at the first-order climate 
sites.  Other than one daily record rainfall, 22 of these were record 
high max temperatures and 21 were record high min temperatures.  The 
following is a listing of the records tied or set in September at 
College Station (CLL), Galveston (GLS), Hobby Airport (HOU), and 
Houston (IAH).


   ...Record Temperature and Rainfall Data for February 2017...

Site    Date     Record Type       New Record    Prev Record

 CLL    02/06    High Min Temp         67        63 in 1911 (COOP)
                                                 67 in 1999 (Arpt)
 CLL    02/07    High Max Temp         86        81 in 1911 (COOP)
                                                 83 in 1999 (Arpt)
 CLL    02/08    High Max Temp         86        80 in 1950 (COOP)
                                                 82 in 1994 (Arpt)
 CLL    02/11    High Min Temp         69        63 in 1952 (COOP)
                                                 67 in 1984 (Arpt)
 CLL    02/11    High Max Temp         87        84 in 1922 (COOP)
                                                 80 in 1976 (Arpt)
 CLL    02/19    High Min Temp         68        66 in 1917 (COOP)
                                                 64 in 1994 (Arpt)
 CLL    02/27    High Min Temp         67        66 in 1951 (COOP)
                                                 Tied 2011 (Arpt)
 CLL    02/28    High Min Temp         71        67 in 1950 (COOP)
                                                 65 in 2007 (Arpt)

 GLS    02/01    High Max Temp         75        73 in 1989
 GLS    02/05    High Max Temp         75        74 in 1922
 GLS    02/07    High Min Temp         68        Tied 1950
 GLS    02/07    High Max Temp         80        76 in 1904
 GLS    02/08    High Max Temp         79        76 in 1950
 GLS    02/11    High Min Temp         68        67 in 1876
 GLS    02/12    High Min Temp         68        66 in 1884
 GLS    02/12    High Max Temp         80        75 in 1957
 GLS    02/17    Daily Rainfall       2.17       1.42 in 1932
 GLS    02/19    High Min Temp         69        68 in 1882
 GLS    02/19    High Max Temp         75        Tied 1894
 GLS    02/22    High Max Temp         76        75 in 2006
 GLS    02/24    High Max Temp         76        Tied 1937
 GLS    02/27    High Min Temp         69        66 in 1999
 GLS    02/28    High Min Temp         70        Tied 1995

 HOU    02/01    High Max Temp         81        Tied 1989
 HOU    02/05    High Min Temp         65        Tied 1957
 HOU    02/06    High Min Temp         68        Tied 1999
 HOU    02/07    High Max Temp         85        82 in 1950
 HOU    02/08    High Max Temp         86        83 in 1962
 HOU    02/11    High Min Temp         71        65 in 1984
 HOU    02/11    High Max Temp         83        80 in 1999
 HOU    02/12    High Min Temp         69        63 in 1952
 HOU    02/12    High Max Temp         85        82 in 1962
 HOU    02/19    High Min Temp         68        67 in 1956
 HOU    02/24    High Max Temp         84        83 in 2008
 HOU    02/27    High Min Temp         69        Tied 2011
 HOU    02/28    High Min Temp         71        65 in 1981

 IAH    02/06    High Max Temp         81        Tied 1911
 IAH    02/07    High Max Temp         86        80 in 1957
 IAH    02/08    High Max Temp         87        82 in 1932
 IAH    02/11    High Min Temp         71        66 in 1957
 IAH    02/11    High Max Temp         85        82 in 1999
 IAH    02/12    High Min Temp         69        65 in 1952
 IAH    02/12    High Max Temp         86        84 in 1922
 IAH    02/28    High Min Temp         73        68 in 1917

Note:
Records for College Station include:
- COOP site:  College Station 6 SW COOP (1903 to July 1951)
- Airport (Arpt) site:  Easterwood Field (August 1931 to present)


The 16th was overall the coolest day of February across the area.  
The warmest period for February was around the mid and last part of 
the month.  Rainfall was sparse for the most part but most locations 
received the majority of their monthly rainfall on the 20th.

Here are the details of the daily extreme temperature and rainfall
data for November:

- Warmest daily maximum temperature...89 at CXO and DWH on the 8th
- Coldest daily minimum temperature...32 at CXO on the 16th
- Warmest daily average temperature...78 at:
                                      CLL and UTS on the 11th;
                                      LVJ on the 12th;
                                      DWH and IAH on the 28th
- Coolest daily average temperature...49 at CLL on the 3rd
- Highest daily rainfall..............2.81 at UTS on the 20th


The following table lists individual site temperature and rainfall 
extremes for the month measured at area airports.


                     February 2017 Extreme Data

      Daily Max    Daily Min      Daily Average Temp       Max RNFALL
Site  TMP Dates    TMP Dates    Max Dates    Min Dates     PCPN Dates

IAH    86  12th *   40  16th     78  28th *   54  16th     1.39  20th
GLS    80  12rd *   51  16th *   74  28th *   57  15th     2.17  17th
CLL    87  11th     35  16th     78  11th     49   3rd     2.22  20th
HOU    86   8th     43  16th     77  12th *   55  16th     0.93  20th
CXO    89   8th     32  16th     77  28th *   50  16th     1.69  20th
UTS    86  11th     36  16th     78  11th     50   3rd     2.81  20th
DWH    89   8th     37  16th     78  28th *   53  16th     1.53  20th
SGR    85  12th     38  16th     77  28th *   52  16th     1.37  20th
LBX    84  24th *   38  16th     77  28th     54  16th *   1.48  20th
PSX    86  24th     42  16th     75  28th *   54  16th     1.31  20th
LVJ    86  24th *   42  16th     78  12th *   56  16th     1.35  14th
HGX    85   7th     41  16th     76   7th     54  15th     0.99  14th

*  Note:  The last date of occurrence is noted in the table.


The following table lists the preliminary monthly temperature and
rainfall data for the first- and second-order climate sites across
southeast Texas in addition to the COOP site at the League City
National Weather Service office.


                         February 2017 Data

        AVE     AVE     Monthly AVE      Monthly       Year-to-Date
Site    High    Low     Daily   DEP    Rain    DEP     Rain    Dep

IAH     76.8    56.1    66.5  +10.0    2.42   -0.78    8.51   +1.93
GLS     73.3    61.9    67.6  +10.0    3.38   +0.81    4.27   -2.50
CLL     75.4    53.8    64.6  +10.0    3.26   +0.41    7.00   +0.91
HOU     76.2    57.8    67.0   +9.7    2.05   -1.16    6.12   -0.96
CXO     75.7    51.5    63.6   +9.9    3.03   -0.23    8.10   +1.06
UTS     74.9    54.7    64.8  +10.4    3.79   +0.73    6.58   -0.30
DWH     77.4    55.5    66.4  +11.3    2.85   -0.18    9.62   +3.04
SGR     75.8    55.8    65.8   +9.8    2.94   -0.28   11.09   +4.27
LBX     76.4    57.0    66.7  +10.0    2.69   -0.25    4.19   -3.20
PSX     74.9    57.2    66.1   +8.9    2.32   -0.03    3.36   -2.36
LVJ     77.4    58.9    68.2  +11.4    2.57   -0.61    6.61   -0.79
HGX     74.9    57.5    66.2  +10.1    2.09   -0.82    4.36   -3.02


The following table lists the rainfall data from the volunteer 
network of CO-OP observers. Note that these numbers may be updated
at a later date.


            COOP Rainfall Observations for February 2017

                                    Monthly           Year-to-Date
Location                         Rain     Dep         Rain     Dep

Anahuac                          1.51    -1.70        6.68    -1.00
Bay City Water Works             3.55    +0.86        5.87    -0.68
Baytown                          1.50    -2.31        5.74    -2.56
Bellville 6 NNE                  4.26    +1.61        9.40    +3.48
Brenham                          3.85    +0.76       10.02    +3.47
Columbus                         4.16    +1.28        8.32    +1.87
Conroe COOP                      2.24    -1.23       11.52    +4.20
Crockett                         3.94    +0.32        7.66    +0.27
Danevang 1 W                     2.92    +0.12        6.45    +0.22
Eagle Lake Research Center       3.42      N/A        8.54      N/A
El Campo                         3.30      N/A        7.60      N/A
Freeport 2 NW                    4.36    +1.57        6.62    -0.29
Houston Westbury                 2.66    -0.57       13.63    +6.45
Huntsville COOP                  4.16    +0.83        9.86    +2.28
Katy Wolf Hill                   3.15    +0.04       10.78    +4.46
Lake Livingston                  0.77      N/A        3.90      N/A
Liberty                          2.40    -1.78       11.44    +2.84
Livingston 2 NNE                 1.81    -2.11        5.38    -2.78
Madisonville                     3.81    +0.53        8.27    +1.13
Matagorda No 2                   1.41    -1.27        2.21    -4.21
Montgomery                       3.58    +0.41        8.77    +1.42
New Caney 2 E                    2.51    -1.11        9.60    +2.35
Richmond                         2.91    -0.11        9.34    +2.92
Somerville Dam                   4.46    +1.55        8.09    +2.20
Washington State Park            4.04    +1.21        9.27    +2.90
West Columbia                    3.26      N/A        6.43      N/A
Wharton                          4.17    +1.13        9.12    +2.73


$$

40

  US Dept of Commerce
  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  National Weather Service
  1325 East West Highway
  Silver Spring, MD 20910
  Page Author: NWSChat Administration Team
Disclaimer
Information Quality
Credits
Glossary
Privacy Policy  
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)  
About Us  
Career Opportunities