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Weather Blog: What a difference a year makes!

Weather Blog: What a difference a year makes!

by Gene Norman / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 4:45 PM

Who could forget the miserably dry and hot summer of 2011?  We set record after record and we began early in June and didn't stop until late September.  However, this summer so far is off in a different direction.  Sure, we hit triple digits late in June and tied the record high for that month.  But we also had quite a few mild, wet days that kept temperatures in check for several stretches after Father's Day and toward the end of the month.  July is keeping with that trend so far.  First, take a look at the total rainfall for the year up to July 9th:

It's astonishing to think we've had 3 times as much rain so far this year.  It really highlights how bad the 2011 drought had become.  Even with what's we've received, we have a 2 inch surplus; a number that will likely go up later this week with more wet days in the forecast. 

Also so far this month, we've had measurable rain in 6 of the 9 days which has kept temperatures at or below normal.  Here's the average highs compared to last year:

One of the reasons for the change has to do with the position of the mountain of high pressure that usually brings us hot weather.  Instead of being parked over us, it has been baking the mid-west and east coast.  There. thousands of high temperatures record have fallen.  That's something we hope we can avoid over the next two months.  Of course, the increase in our regular rain means a bumper mosquito crop.  But wetter ground also means lower water bills and I'll take that any day and I'll just slather on the bug spray.

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