Matagorda Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 10:06 PM CDT on April 22, 2014

...rainfall well below normal since November...

...six consecutive months with below normal rainfall...

Rainfall has been well below normal since November 1st 2013 with several locations south of I-10 and close to the coast suffering rainfall deficits between 10 and 15 inches. College Station appears to be faring better than other locations to the south but if November is removed from the total...this location has tallied less than six inches of rain since December 1st which is about 40 percent of normal. The ASOS site at Angleton/Lake Jackson is the driest site across southeast Texas measuring only 6.37 inches of rain since November 1st which is a paltry 30 percent of normal. West Columbia and Angleton are relatively close with both locations in Brazoria County...yet West Columbia has received almost twice the rainfall that Angleton has received. Liberty has received the most rain in southeast Texas since November 1st with 17.50 inches and Madisonville has received almost 77 percent of normal rainfall which is the highest percentage across southeast Texas.

Despite the lack of rain...significant impacts have yet to be observed. The cooler than normal temperatures have lessened evaporative effects and heavier rains over North Texas have flowed south to recharge area reservoirs. As of April 23rd...all area reservoirs are above 80 percent with Lake Livingston...Lake Houston and Houston County Lake at 100 percent capacity and Lake Conroe at 97 percent capacity.

It appears that the next several weather systems will pass north of southeast Texas and appreciable rain is not expected through the end of the month. Looking even further ahead...a deep upper low over the eastern U.S. And an amplified northerly upper flow will probably keep things dry through the first week of may.

Below is a table with rainfall data...departures from normal and percent of normal for a few locations across southeast texas:

Site Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr total

Iah 3.81 1.66 0.96 2.39 2.45 1.56 12.83 -0.53 -2.08 -2.42 -0.89 -0.96 -0.75 -7.55 63.0%

Hou 3.58 0.87 0.53 2.09 2.54 1.30 10.91 -0.74 -3.16 -3.34 -1.12 -0.66 -0.98 -10.00 47.8%

Cll 4.57 0.76 1.29 0.89 1.61 1.23 10.35 +1.37 -2.47 -1.95 -1.96 -1.56 -0.58 -7.15 59.1%

Gls 2.45 0.65 1.36 1.69 1.82 0.10 8.07 -2.06 -2.87 -2.84 -0.88 -1.34 -2.30 -12.29 39.6%

Sgr 3.22 0.62 1.42 2.13 2.63 1.37 11.39 -1.37 -2.98 -2.18 -1.09 -0.62 -1.21 -9.45 54.7%

Psx 3.01 0.21 0.46 0.90 2.16 0.17 6.91 -0.95 -2.57 -2.91 -1.45 -0.84 -1.75 -10.47 39.8%

Uts 3.80 0.91 1.98 2.66 2.41 1.76 13.52 -0.64 -2.94 -1.84 -0.40 -1.00 -0.47 -7.29 65.0%

Lbx 1.99 0.35 0.72 0.80 1.85 0.66 6.37 -2.54 -3.42 -3.73 -2.14 -1.62 -1.23 -14.68 30.3%

Cxo 4.24 0.73 2.08 2.44 2.05 0.57 12.11 -1.08 -3.23 -1.70 -0.82 -1.14 -1.13 -9.10 57.1%

Hgx 3.52 0.83 0.78 1.78 2.33 1.44 10.68 -1.39 -3.21 -3.69 -1.13 -0.91 -1.09 -11.42 48.3%

Here is some rainfall data for a few other locations across southeast texas:

Location Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr total

Brenham 3.26 1.33 2.50 2.16 3.42 0.77 13.44 -6.33

Columbus 2.77 0.81 2.50 1.23 4.12 1.30 12.73 -6.86

Edna 2.16 0.50 1.86 0.47 2.52 0.55 8.06 -9.27

El Campo 3.00 0.39 1.45 2.15 2.67 0.62 10.28 -10.15

Freeport 2.68 0.42 2.03 1.42 1.40 0.16 8.11 -12.31

Hou-Westbury 4.50 1.46 0.95 3.18 2.85 1.34 14.28 N/A

Liberty 3.90 1.55 1.22 5.18 3.68 1.97 17.50 -8.50

Madisonville 5.73 1.43 2.04 1.69 3.46 1.59 15.94 -4.88

Richmond 2.34 0.79 1.43 2.08 1.97 1.31 9.92 -11.03

Somerville 2.60 1.01 2.01 1.59 1.58 1.24 10.03 -7.65

Wash St park 3.57 1.62 2.12 1.83 1.96 1.13 12.23 -6.94

W Columbia 5.79 0.55 1.06 1.71 1.98 0.43 11.52 N/A