2016 Weather Review From Jeff

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2016 Weather Review From Jeff

Postby srainhoutx » Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:35 am

January 8: Tennis ball size hail occurred between Huntsville and New Waverly with numerous reports of Golf ball size hail in Liberty, Walker, and Montgomery Counties.

February 23: EF0 (60-85mph) tornado strikes Boling-Iago in Wharton County. Damage path 2 miles long by 30 yards wide.

February 23: Strong post frontal winds of 56mph at Seadrift, 46 at Hobby, and 53 at Galveston result in collapse of Rodeo Houston Cook-off tents.

March 10: 10-15 inches of rainfall in 12 hrs along the Sabine River north of Toledo Bend resulted in an emergency release of 207,644 cfs. That release rates was held for 27 straight hours. Record flooding would occur downstream at Deweyville, Bon Weir, and Orange with I-10 overtopped. The previous flood of record at Deweyville set in 1884 was surpassed by 1 foot. Thousands of structures were flooded on both the TX and LA side of the river.

April 12: 1.25 inch hail in Needville, dime size hail in Rosenberg, 1.0 in diameter hail in Webster and Friendswood. Thunderstorm winds of 47 g 52mph at Galveston N Jetty. Severe thunderstorm winds below the roof off a metal barn in Brazoria County with flying debris killing a calf and injuring two others near Danbury…significant damage to a few homes and 1 RV blown over on its side.

April 17-18: One of the worst flooding events since Tropical Storm Allison impacts portions of NW Harris County and Waller County after 15-22 inches of rainfall in 12 hours. Over 9800 homes flooded in Harris County alone with record water levels established on portions of Cypress Creek, Little Cypress Creek, Langham Creek, and Bear Creek. A total of 240 billion gallons of water fell on Harris County in 12 hours. Record pool levels established on both Addicks and Barker Reservoirs (Addicks exceeded the previous record in March of 1992 by nearly 5 ft). High reservoir pools resulted in the closing of HWY 6 and other major roadways for weeks. NOAA estimates that the “Tax Day” flood resulted in over 1 billion dollars in damage to Harris and the surrounding counties. An estimated 40,000 vehicles were flooded along with 9 fatalities across the region.

April 24: EF 0 tornado with a damage path of 1.44 miles long and 30 yards wide impacted League City. Having formed on the east side of I-45 near the Cabela’s parking lot and traveled NNE through the Victory Lakes subdivision. Damage was mainly to fences and trees.

April 27: EF 0 Tornado 6 miles SW of The Woodlands. Damage path was .50 miles long by 40 yards wide with numerous large trees snapped or uprooted in the Tomball/Klein area. One person was killed when a tree fell on their mobile home.

April 29: 6 persons drown in a house when over 8 inches of rain fell on Palestine, TX in 2 hours during the evening of the 29th. The resulting flash flood was a combination of the intense rainfall rate and flooding creek which became dam up by flood debris against a railroad crossing.

May 12: Quarter and golf ball size hail lasting upwards of 20 minutes in the Jersey Village area.

May 14: 4-5 inches of rainfall in 1-2 hours result in flash flooding over Westbury in SW Harris County.

May 16: 12 inches of rain falls on Rockport, TX in 5 hrs producing widespread flooding.

May 26: Meso net site in southern Grimes County recorded 90mph from bow echo/tornado. Numerous reports of trees uprooted and extensive property damage. Appeared EF 2 rated tornado evolved into a large forward moving bow echo.

May 26: EF 1 tornado damages several homes in College Station. Track 2.86 miles long and 50 yards wide. Moderate to heavy damage in the Wheeler Ridge subdivision where sections of roofs were torn off, windows and doors blown in.

May 26: 66mph measured at Conroe Airport

May 26-27: Just six weeks after the “Tax Day” flood, another significant flash flood event impacted SE TX. 16.24 inches of rainfall was recorded at Brenham in less than 12 hours with widespread 10-15 inches over Waller, Washington, and portions of Montgomery and NW Harris Counties. 12 inches of rain was recorded in portions of Washington County in 3-hrs. Massive flooding resulted along Spring Creek and the San Jacinto River. Spring Creek and the West Fork of the San Jacinto River recorded their 2nd highest crests on record (October 1994 still is the highest). Over 1,000 homes were flooded in both Harris and Montgomery Counties…some of which had flooded 6 weeks before.

The rainfall over Washington County fell primarily in the Brazos River watershed resulting in modern day historic flooding in Waller, Austin, Fort Bend, and Brazoria Counties. The Brazos River at US 290 reached its second highest crest on record dating back to the record 1913 flood. The crest at Richmond of 54.80 ft on 6/1 was the highest modern day crest recorded…surpassing the floods of October 1994 and Christmas 1991 by over 4.0 ft. Massive inundation of the floodplain resulted in over 1200 homes flooded in Fort Bend County alone and hundreds more in Waller, Austin, and Brazoria Counties. Portions of Brazoria County remained inundated until early July.

June 4: Over 10 inches of rain falls just north of Baytown in less than 3 hours during the afternoon. Flooding results along Cedar Bayou from FM 1942 to Galveston Bay.

July 17: Several waterspouts south of Galveston. One moved onshore Galveston Island becoming a tornado near 61st. There was no damag

August 9: Issuance of a rare “excessive heat warning” as heat index values reach 115 at Pearland and 111 at Ellington Field.

August 12-14: Tropical low brings 6-8 inches of rainfall over NW Harris County (Cypress/Copperfield areas). Some minor flooding. Same low produced widespread rainfall amounts of 20-30 inches over southern LA resulting in catastrophic flooding around Baton Rouge. Maximum rainfall of 31.39 inches in a 24-36 hour period at Watson, LA

August 22: Several lightning strikes caused at least 3 house fires across Harris County. One person was shocked and suffered minor burns while using a microwave when lightning struck near the house.

August 28: 6 inches of rainfall in less than 3 hours resulted in flooding in Freeport. At least 5 homes flooded.

December 2-4: Excessive rainfall along a slow moving coastal trough produces 9-14 inches of rain in less than 8 hours over Texas City resulting in widespread flooding. Storm total of 15.46 inches at Texas City storm surge gates.

December 17: Powerful arctic cold front moves across TX with 24 hour temperatures falls of 40-50 degrees. Record high of 81 at Houston before the front would fall to 36 in 10 hours. Waco, TX fell from 76 to 32 in 4 hours. The low of 30 on the 19th would be the coldest morning low since March 16, 2015.

December 26: A record high of 84 surpassed the previous record of 80 (2015) and was the second warmest December temperature ever recorded at BUSH IA

December 28: Five straight days of 80 degrees or above (24-28). The most consecutive days above 80 so late in the year.

December 31: December 2016 ended 4.2 degrees above normal for temperatures with a monthly average of 58.6 degrees. A total of 26 record high temperature records were set (high temperature and highest low temperature).

BUSH IAH ended 2016 with 60.96 inches of rainfall or +11.19 above normal. Tomball (Hooks) ended the year with 70.36 inches of rainfall or 19.88 inches above normal.
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Re: 2016 Weather Review From Jeff

Postby Texaspirate11 » Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:00 am

Thank you for this wonderful wrap up.
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Re: 2016 Weather Review From Jeff

Postby MontgomeryCoWx » Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:27 am

Wow, well done.

2016 was a year I think most of HGX would like to forget, not too dissimilar from 2015.
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Re: 2016 Weather Review From Jeff

Postby ticka1 » Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:30 pm

august from december was non-event for weather around here lol
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Re: 2016 Weather Review From Jeff

Postby Ptarmigan » Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:06 pm

2016 was interesting year weatherwise.
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