Posted on Sep 5th, 2011
This is taken directly from Weatherunderground:
The Summer of 2011 continues to inflict tremendous heat across
- August 2011 was the warmest month ever recorded across southeast Texas and the warmest August ever recorded.
- The average temperature in Houston for August 2011 was 90.4 degrees. This is 2.5 degrees warmer than the previous warmest month (August 2010) with an average temperature of 87.9 degrees.
- College Station crushed it's previous warmest month by 3.0 degrees and Galveston beat it's previous warmest month by 1.2 degrees.
- College Station has recorded a staggering 58 days with temperatures at or above 100 degrees this year tying it's all time record of 58 days (1917). This record will likely fall this afternoon.
The drought has taken a backseat to the intense heat of recent days but make no mistake... the drought is ongoing and August 2011 was one of the driest on record. The city of Houston recorded it's second driest August on record. The intense heat produced numerous records.
City of houston:
- Consecutive days with temperatures at or above 100 degrees: 24 days (Aug 2011 new), 14 days (Jul 1980 prev)
- Most 100 degree days in a year: 41 days (2011 new), 32 days (1980 prev)
- Most 100 degree days in a month: 30 days (Aug 2011 new), 18 days (Jul 1980 prev)
- Highest daily temperature in city history: 109 degrees (08/27/2011 tie 109 degrees 09/04/2000)
- Warmest average monthly temperature (all time): 90.4 degrees (August 2011 new), 87.9 degrees (August 2010 prev)
- Warmest daily average temperature: 95.0 (08/27/2011 new), 92.5 (08/18/2011 prev), 92.0 (08/07/2003 prev before 2011)
- Warmest daily temperature: 109 degrees (08/27/2011 new), 108 degrees (08/18/1909 prev)
- Warmest average monthly high temperature:102.0 degrees - first time in city history that the average monthly high temperature has exceeded 100 degrees, 99.4 degrees (July 1980 prev), 98.5 degrees (Aug 1998 prev)
- Warmest average monthly low temperature: 78.7 degrees (2011 new), 78.4 degrees (1964 prev)
- Most 100 degree days in August: 30 (2011 new), 14 (1998 prev)
- 101 (08/06/2011), 101(tie) (1948)
- 102 (08/11/2011), 101 (1907)
- 102 (08/16/2011), 102(tie) (1925)
- 104 (08/26/2011), 102 (1990)
When we tried to fight nature at the beginning of the summer, our water bill for only the Village was over $5000.00 for one month. We don't have the budget for that.
Another huge problem is the majority of our trees as well as our parks have no irrigation. Isn't it ironic that the developers installed irrigation on native grasses like bermuda but not on our many trees. Grass will grow back in a few months. Trees take years to reach their full height.
This has reinforced what we knew was going to be the future for landscapes. No more annuals, only perennials and native grasses for our decorative areas.
We'll be installing drip irrigation around the three entrances off of West Lake Houston Parkway after the signs are complete. We’ll then install new plantings.
The new entrance signs cost about $6.50 each per household, by the way. The old signs were not in good shape. The white chalky substance that wouldn't come off showed where moisture was infiltrating. We now know why since they started demolition. The existing signs are almost hollow! Pray for rain. We can start our many planting projects as soon as we get back to normal. In the meantime we will continue to do our best to conserve water during this historic drought.