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Public Information Statement
Statement as of 7:24 am CDT on July 2, 2015

        ... record rainfall across much of southeast Texas
              during the first six months of 2015...

The first six months of 2015 have been very wet. The year started out
near normal and February was actually very dry with most locations in
southeast Texas receiving an inch of rain or less. Rain returned in
March and the rainfall totals were above normal but hardly excessive.
But the rain in March was just a precursor to what was to come in may
and June. Heavy to excessive rain pummeled large portions of southeast
Texas beginning on may 11th and 12th with bouts of heavy rain through
the end of may and again through much of June. On may 11th and 12th...
parts of Harris... Brazoria and Galveston received an unexpected blast
of heavy rain with 10 to 12 inches falling in Webster... Friendswood and
Clear Lake area with 8 to 10 inches of rain between Lake Jackson and
Danbury. Another heavy rain event occurred across Harris and Fort Bend counties
on Memorial Day (may 25th) with 10 to 12 inches of rain affecting
Meyerland... Houston Westbury and mission Bend. Tropical Storm Bill
(june 13th-17th) brought additional heavy rain to parts of Jackson...
Wharton... Colorado... Matagorda and Austin counties with 10 to 14 inches
of rain reported near Ganado and El Campo. Getting ten inches of rain
in southeast Texas is unusual but not uncommon but getting three such
episodes in a 30 day period is very unusual.

The following communities (co-op sites) have had their wettest start
to a year:

Baytown... Brenham... Caldwell... Crockett... Huntsville... NWS hgx...
Sugar Land and Washington State Park.

A quick note about Baytown... this location has had the most rain out
of all our co-op sites with over 64 inches of rain through June 30th.
This location is 35 inches above normal for the year. The departure
for the year (35.46) is greater than what the normal rainfall (28.61)
for the first six months of the year is supposed to be. Baytown has
measured rainfall greater than 10 inches for four consecutive months.

The following communities have had their second wettest start to a
year:

Bellville... Edna and Liberty.

The following communities have already received more rain in the first
six months of the year than they typically receive in an entire year
(1981-2010 30 year normals):

Site 2015 rain 1981-2010 current
                                 30 year avg annual dep

Baytown 64.07 59.92 +4.15
Brenham 48.70 45.14 +3.56
Caldwell 44.20 39.50 +4.70
wash State Park 45.92 41.68 +4.24

Below is a table with additional rainfall information that will
include year to date rainfall totals for southeast Texas
observation sites... where 2015 rainfall ranks historically and the
departure from normal through June 30th. The 30 year annual
average rainfall will also be listed to provide a frame of
reference to understand how truly wet the first half of 2015 has
been. The soggy details are listed below:

Location 2015 rank normal dep 1981-2010
                rain thru 6/30 annual avg

Anahuac 33.69 14 26.37 + 7.32 56.47
Bay City 23.67 25 22.35 + 1.32 48.89
Baytown 64.07 1 28.61 +35.46 59.92
Bellville 40.67 2 21.30 +19.37 41.75
Bush iah 41.83 3 24.32 +17.51 49.77
Brenham 48.70 1 22.40 +26.30 45.14
Caldwell 44.20 1 20.63 +23.57 39.50
Cleveland 34.08 12 26.51 + 7.57 54.24
College Station 32.98 7 20.70 +12.28 40.06
Conroe 32.00 12 23.68 + 8.32 48.77
Crockett 44.44 1 23.26 +21.18 45.18
Cypress 35.48 6 na na na
Danevang 30.66 11 21.24 + 9.42 46.38
Edna 35.82 2 20.65 +15.17 42.72
El Campo 35.21 na 21.50 +13.71 48.87
Freeport 27.41 19 21.00 + 6.41 49.57
Galveston 24.93 28 22.99 + 1.94 50.76
Houston hobby 39.73 5 25.38 +14.35 54.65
hou Westbury 40.42 4 24.61 +15.81 51.82
Huntsville 47.15 1 24.44 +22.71 49.08
Katy 32.30 4 21.31 +10.99 45.53
Liberty 46.82 2 29.31 +17.51 61.25
Livingston 33.53 10 25.87 + 7.66 51.53
Madisonville 38.35 3 21.81 +16.54 45.12
Matagorda 26.97 17 20.86 + 6.11 44.58
Montgomery 39.05 2 na na na
NWS hgx 43.64 1 25.01 +18.63 56.81
Richmond 39.51 5 21.90 +17.61 49.08
Somerville 31.43 5 19.98 +11.45 38.67
Sugar Land 42.61 1 23.04 +19.57 49.48
Tomball 35.83 4 23.61 +12.22 48.99
wash State Park 45.92 1 21.35 +24.57 41.68
Wharton 41.82 3 21.21 +21.21 47.21



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