December 2015 -Year Ends As One Of Wettest On Record

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Re: December 2015 -Chilly & Damp New Years Eve Possible

Postby srainhoutx » Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:07 am

Ounce wrote:
srainhoutx wrote:2015 Annual Rainfall Totals for SE Texas from HGX:

Code: Select all
.CLIMATE...
2015 HAS BEEN A VERY WET YEAR FOR MANY PLACES ACROSS SE TEXAS.
THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS A RANKING OF THE ANNUAL RAINFALL
RECORDS FOR 27 SITES ACROSS SE TEXAS WHICH REACHED INTO THE TOP
TEN WETTEST YEARS ON RECORD. THE DATA IS FOR RAINFALL SO FAR THIS
YEAR (THROUGH DECEMBER 28TH).

       ...ANNUAL RAINFALL RANKINGS FOR NWS HGX...

                                            PREV/CUR RECORD
SITE                       2015 RAIN  RANK   AMOUNT   YEAR   

ANGLETON AIRPORT             57.93      1     55.65   2004
BAYTOWN                     101.33      1     83.33   2002
BELLVILLE 6NNE               64.50      1     64.41   1992
BRENHAM                      77.00      1     66.39   1919
CALDWELL                     64.42      1     63.40   1968
CITY OF HOUSTON              70.02      5     72.86   1900
COLLEGE STATION **           58.23      3     61.04   1968
COLUMBUS                     64.89      2     65.13   2004
CONROE AIRPORT               52.25      5     63.34   2004
CROCKETT                     65.84      4     66.17   1991
DW HOOKS AIRPORT             60.57      2     68.30   2001
HOBBY AIRPORT                77.12      5     83.02   1979
HOUSTON-NORTH HOUSTON        67.27      5     75.50   1991
HOUSTON WESTBURY             82.28      1     75.80   2007
HUNTSVILLE AIRPORT           66.66      1     59.58   2001
HUNTSVILLE CO-OP             68.97      1     67.15   1973
KATY WOLF HILL               56.03      6     70.06   2004
LIBERTY                      94.72      1     88.14   1991
MADISONVILLE                 58.63      4     61.52   1968
MONTGOMERY                   58.61      8     72.18   1973
NWS HGX LEAGUE CITY          86.90      1     77.98   2001
PEARLAND CLOVER FIELD        70.18      1     69.75   2002
RICHMOND                     63.34      6     75.31   2004
SOMERVILLE DAM               60.68      2     66.57   1968
SUGAR LAND AIRPORT           74.75      1     62.67   2004
WASHINGTON STATE PARK        65.34      1     61.68   1946
WHARTON                      66.70      2     70.39   2004

NOTES
** COLLEGE STATION INCLUDES COMBINED DATA FROM THE CO-OP SITE
   AND EASTERWOOD FIELD.

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Galveston doesn't have a reporting station? Is the League City office the closest?


Scholes Field is the official reporting site for Galveston. Not sure why it was omitted.
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Re: December 2015 -Chilly & Damp New Years Eve Possible

Postby DoctorMu » Thu Dec 31, 2015 7:11 pm

srainhoutx wrote:2015 Annual Rainfall Totals for SE Texas from HGX:

Code: Select all
.CLIMATE...
2015 HAS BEEN A VERY WET YEAR FOR MANY PLACES ACROSS SE TEXAS.
THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS A RANKING OF THE ANNUAL RAINFALL
RECORDS FOR 27 SITES ACROSS SE TEXAS WHICH REACHED INTO THE TOP
TEN WETTEST YEARS ON RECORD. THE DATA IS FOR RAINFALL SO FAR THIS
YEAR (THROUGH DECEMBER 28TH).

       ...ANNUAL RAINFALL RANKINGS FOR NWS HGX...

                                            PREV/CUR RECORD
SITE                       2015 RAIN  RANK   AMOUNT   YEAR   

ANGLETON AIRPORT             57.93      1     55.65   2004
BAYTOWN                     101.33      1     83.33   2002
BELLVILLE 6NNE               64.50      1     64.41   1992
BRENHAM                      77.00      1     66.39   1919
CALDWELL                     64.42      1     63.40   1968
CITY OF HOUSTON              70.02      5     72.86   1900
COLLEGE STATION **           58.23      3     61.04   1968
COLUMBUS                     64.89      2     65.13   2004
CONROE AIRPORT               52.25      5     63.34   2004
CROCKETT                     65.84      4     66.17   1991
DW HOOKS AIRPORT             60.57      2     68.30   2001
HOBBY AIRPORT                77.12      5     83.02   1979
HOUSTON-NORTH HOUSTON        67.27      5     75.50   1991
HOUSTON WESTBURY             82.28      1     75.80   2007
HUNTSVILLE AIRPORT           66.66      1     59.58   2001
HUNTSVILLE CO-OP             68.97      1     67.15   1973
KATY WOLF HILL               56.03      6     70.06   2004
LIBERTY                      94.72      1     88.14   1991
MADISONVILLE                 58.63      4     61.52   1968
MONTGOMERY                   58.61      8     72.18   1973
NWS HGX LEAGUE CITY          86.90      1     77.98   2001
PEARLAND CLOVER FIELD        70.18      1     69.75   2002
RICHMOND                     63.34      6     75.31   2004
SOMERVILLE DAM               60.68      2     66.57   1968
SUGAR LAND AIRPORT           74.75      1     62.67   2004
WASHINGTON STATE PARK        65.34      1     61.68   1946
WHARTON                      66.70      2     70.39   2004

NOTES
** COLLEGE STATION INCLUDES COMBINED DATA FROM THE CO-OP SITE
   AND EASTERWOOD FIELD.

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46% of the year's rain in College Station has been since October 21. :shock:
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Re: December 2015 -Chilly & Damp New Years Eve Possible

Postby Ptarmigan » Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:36 pm

The last time over 100 inches of rain fell in a year was in 1979 in Alvin and Freeport, the year Tropical Storm Claudette, Tropical Storm Elena, and a tropical depression in September occurred.
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Re: December 2015 -Chilly & Damp New Years Eve Possible

Postby Ptarmigan » Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:53 pm

DoctorMu wrote:
46% of the year's rain in College Station has been since October 21. :shock:


That is pretty crazy. A dry summer gives way to wet fall. That is El Nino.
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Re: December 2015 -Year Ends As One Of Wettest On Record

Postby unome » Sat Jan 02, 2016 12:31 pm

a big hit to dairy farms from winter storm Goliath, I hadn't heard of this before browsing news today - depending on what article you read, 20,000 to 40,000 dairy cattle died in this storm in NM & TX, here's a few:

http://www.farmersjournal.ie/40-000-dai ... co-197151/

http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/02/news/da ... m-goliath/

http://www.weather.com/news/news/dairy- ... new-mexico
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Re: December 2015 -Year Ends As One Of Wettest On Record

Postby srainhoutx » Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:27 am

2015 Year in Review from Jeff:

January 22: Strong storm system dropped between 2-5 inches of rainfall across coastal SE TX. 5.08 inches recorded at West Columbia and 4.96 inches at Texas City.

February 17: light sleet and snow flurries fell over Grimes, Montgomery, and NW Harris Counties. Some light accumulation on rooftops.

February 25: Rain mixed with sleet and some snow fell over Madison, Houston and Brazos Counties. Some light accumulation on grassy and elevated surfaces.

March 9-10: Widespread heavy rainfall of 3-5 inches led to rises on area rivers and some flooding. Flooding conditions developed on the Navasota, San Bernard, and the Trinity Rivers.

April 16: Excessive rainfall of 3-5 inches of SE Harris County and Liberty County led to flooding. Secondary band of excessive rainfall of 3-5 inches over Walker County resulted in significant flooding at Sam Houston State University. 8.19 inches recorded in Liberty County. 5.24 inches recorded in Baytown.

April 16: Bow echo with damaging winds and large hail affects portions of Austin, Colorado, and Fort Bend Counties. Winds to 60-65mph and golf ball size hail reported in Richmond/Rosenberg.

April 16: Widespread wind damage in The Woodlands from strong straight line winds.

April 17: Powerful bow echo swept across areas south of US 59 with widespread wind damage. Winds of 75-90mph impacted Angleton along with tennis ball size hail resulting in extensive property damage. 72mph wind gust recorded at Iowa Colony. 80mph wind gust at Jamaica Beach…entire house blown off pilings. 61mph recorded at Hobby Airport.

April 17: Comma head of bow echo slowed over southern Harris County resulting in 3-5 inches of rainfall in 1-2 hours including 5.24 inches at NRG Stadium and 4.92 inches in Pasadena. Many cars flooded on streets in Bellaire, South Houston, Pasadena, La Porte, Deer Park. 65-70 homes flooded in Deer Park. All roadways in Hobby Airport flooded and impassable.

April 19: Cluster of severe supercells produced numerous reports of destructive hail over Grimes, Waller, Montgomery, and Harris Counties. Many reports of golf ball to baseball size hail in the Cypress, Tomball, Magnolia, Jersey Village areas. The period from April 16-19, 2015 was one of the most active severe weather event periods in many years in SE TX.

April 25: Squall line produced damaging winds across SE TX. 69mph gust at SH 99/Franz Rd with many reports of wind damage over western Harris and northern Fort Bend Counties including a large metal billboard blown over at the new Gallery Furniture on SH 99 and 12-15 large trees snapped off in Weston Lakes.

April 26: Large long tracked supercell produced baseball size hail and a couple of weak tornadoes from NW Wharton County to NW Galveston County. Winds of 70-80mph recorded south of Needville in Fort Bend County.

April 27: Squall line produce wind damage across the northern portions of SE TX. 62mph wind gust recorded at Conroe with numerous reports of widespread damage in Grimes, Montgomery, Walker, Trinity, San Jacinto, and Washington Counties.

May 11: Slow moving thunderstorms produced 4-9 inches of rainfall over the northern portions of SE TX (north of Hwy 105). Significant flooding resulted along with eventually large releases from Lake Conroe.

May 12: Slow moving thunderstorms produce upwards of 9 inches of rainfall in Angleton and 8 inches in San Leon.

May 13: Isolated but “incredible” rainfall rates of 11.98 inches in 3-hrs impacted southern Harris County north of Clear Lake around Nasa. Significant roadway flooding with many persons trapped. 1 fatality after a vehicle was swept into a drainage ditch on SH 3. Some structure flooding. Storm totals 6-10 inches in less than 6 hrs over southern Harris County.

May 18: Round of excessive rainfall impacts areas from Colorado to southern Grimes Counties. Given already saturated grounds, extensive run-off was generated into already high area rivers. Storms totals averaged 5-10 inches between Bellville and Navasota.

May 19: weak tornado struck the town of Giddings on US 290 in Lee County rated EF0 with 80mph and injuring 1 person.

May 24: Catastrophic flooding of the Blanco River led to a massive 45 ft rise in the river at the town of Wimberley during the early morning of the 24th. The crest of 46.5 ft surpassed the previous record of 33.3 ft from 1929. Over 300 homes were washed away and 15,000 Cypress trees along the river banks were snapped or uprooted. 11 fatalities. Massive flood wave moved downstream overtopping I-35 and flooding a large part of the City of San Marcos. Rainfall on the upper headwaters of the Blanco and Little Blanco Rivers above Wimberley averaged 8-11 inches.

May 24: Lake Travis recovered 11.21 ft in just 7 days including 6.0 ft overnight on May 23rd. Lake Medina rose 23.75 ft overnight on the 23rd and 35.80 ft over 7 days.

May 25: Another round of flooding rainfall resulted in the failure of a small dam at Bastrop State Park

May 25-26: Rainfall of 8-11 inches in 3-hrs impacted portions of SW Harris and Fort Bend Counties. A Flash Flood Emergency was issued for both Harris and Fort Bend Counties for the first time ever. 8 fatalities and between 3,000 and 6,000 structures were flooded. Portions of middle and upper Brays Bayou recorded water levels not experienced since 1983.

May 27: Lake Conroe reaches 202.42 ft peak or 1.42 ft into its flood pool resulting in releases of 8,000cfs from the dam.

May 31: May 2015 becomes the wettest month ever recorded in the state of Texas back to 1895. A state wide average of 8.93 inches of rain fell in May blasting the old record of 6.66 inches in June 2004. The 8.93 inches of rainfall equals 35 trillion gallons of water falling in the month of May over the state!

March-May 2015: The wettest spring period ever recorded for the City of Houston with 26.61 inches of rainfall (22.79 inches the previous record in 1993)

June 1: The Brazos River at Richmond crests at 50.1 ft or the second highest level in modern times flooding large portions of Fort Bend and Brazoria Counties. Flow surpassed the basin divide south of Sugar Land and spilled into Oyster Creek. The flood of record remains 50.3 ft in October 1994.

June 17: Tropical Storm Bill makes landfall with 60mph winds near Matagorda Bay. Flooding rainfall of 8-13 inches over Jackson, Wharton, Matagorda, and Colorado Counties. US 59 is closed in both directions at two locations between Victoria and El Campo. Wind gust to 47mph at Schulenburg and 53mph at Palacios. Storm surge flooding of 4.6 ft at Freeport and 4.1 ft at Seabrook.

June 18: The City of Brenham surpasses their yearly rainfall of 45.15 inches with 45.77 inches record from Jan 1-Jun 18.

June 23: Lake Somerville reaches a peak elevation of 257.05 ft (19.05 ft into its flood pool).

August 6: Burn bans issued for Matagorda, Waller. Grimes, Walker, Madison, and Houston Counties after a lack of rainfall since the first week in July.

August 11: Burn ban issued for Harris County along with 67 other TX counties due to rapidly developing drought conditions.

August 11: Temperature soared to 106 at BUSH IAH (breaking record of 102 in 2011). Hobby: 104 (old record 101 in 2011) and Victoria: 104 (old record 103 in 2014).

August 11: Severe thunderstorms impacted the region with strong downburst winds. Wind gust to 61mph at Sugar Land and 55mph at Conroe. Temperature at Conroe fell from 104 to 92 in 10 minutes with outflow boundary passage.

October 13: Large scale wildfire developed near Smithville in Bastrop County and would burn over 4,500 acres and over 100 structures. Burn scare from the 2015 fire overlapped with the burn scar from the 2011 Bastrop Fire.

October 19: Large wildfire in Walker County burned over 600 acres and 3 homes.

October 23: Hurricane Patricia makes landfall on the west coast of Mexico as a category 5 hurricane. Patricia peaked at 200mph making it the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the western hemisphere.

October 24-25: Remains of hurricane Patricia help energize a non-tropical low off the TX coast. 8-11 inches of rain fall across portions of Harris and Liberty Counties, but very dry conditions and steady rainfall rates allow much of the rainfall to soak into the ground of run-off. Coastal low results in 40-50mph winds across the coastal waters. NW drive water of Galveston Bay onto the northside of Galveston and Bolivar resulting in 3-4 feet of storm surge flooding. Water levels at Kemah drop nearly 5.0 ft to from over 4.0 ft to -1.0 ft as the low passes offshore.

October 30: devastating flash flood impacts the I-35 corridor. 10.81 inches recorded in 2-hrs by LCRA gage at Onion Creek and HWY 183. Many areas hard hit by Memorial Day flooding are hit again including the Blanco and San Marcos Rivers. Water levels on Onion Creek near record levels in eastern Travis and Bastrop Counties flooding hundreds of homes. Onion Creek at Hwy 183 rose from 13-29 ft in 45 minutes. Rainfall totals 12-16 inches SE of Austin in 12 hrs.

October 31: Excessive rainfall and tornadoes impact SE TX. Rainfall amounts of 8-11 inches fall along HWY 90 from Sugar Land to Crosby with amounts of over 13 inches in Liberty County. With grounds saturated significant flooding results across Harris and Liberty Counties. Over 400 structures are flooded in Harris County and 1 flood related fatality. 12 tornadoes are confirmed over SE TX with EF 2 damage in Friendwoods, La Porte, and Pasadena.

December 12: EF2 tornado impacts Montgomery County near Willis. Tornado path was 2.24 miles long and 100 yards wide. Significant structure damage to a few buildings. No injuries or fatalities.

December 25: Hottest Christmas Day ever in the City of Houston with a record high of 83. Old record was 82 in 1964

December 26: 11 tornadoes devastate portions of N TX including Garland and Rowlett. The Garland/Rowlett tornado was rated EF 4 at its maximum intensity and was on the ground for 11.3 miles. The tornado damaged over 1200 homes and buildings and killed 8 persons. This was the deadliest tornado in Dallas County in over 50 years and the strongest December tornado since 2000 anywhere in the US.

December 27: Blizzard conditions cripple much of W TX and E NM with many inches of snow and snow drifts of 5-9 ft in Lubbock and Amarillo. Winds of 50-70mph across SW OK and NW TX result in extensive ground blizzard and white out conditions closing many highways. Snow is still on the ground as of January 3 in some areas of W TX.

December 31: City of Houston ends 2015 as the 5th wettest year on record with 70.03 inches of rainfall. 2015 was the 3rd wettest year on record for College Station with 58.31 inches of rainfall. December 2015 is also the warmest December on record for the US with over 12,000 daily record highs established.
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