Ron Vestal

National Weather Service

Weather Observer

This Week’s

Weather Quiz:

1. True or false: The coldest temperature I have recorded Feb. 1-14, 2010 is 13 degrees.

2. True or false: The warmest temperature that I have recorded Feb. 1-14, 2010 is only 57 degrees.

3. True or false: The average temperature that I recorded Feb. 1-14, 2010, was 7.3 degrees below normal.

4. True or false: Normally during a year we should have 20 days that reach 100 degrees or above. During 2009, I recorded 33 days.

5. True or false: I recorded the first 100 degree or above day in 2009 on June 24.

Weather Highlights

A Snowstorm in Ennis?

As we all know, and won’t forget for a while, we had quite a snowstorm in Ennis on Feb. 11, 2010. It’s now a date to remember in the record books. I recorded a total of 10 inches of snow on the ground in Ennis. That’s just almost unheard of here in Ennis, at least until Feb. 11, 2010 or is it?

I began keeping weather observations and records in Ennis on April 6, 1973. That’s over 35 years ago. But, before I began keeping weather records and observations in Ennis, I believe it was in February 1964 that I remember another bit of snowfall in Ennis. In fact, I can remember measuring a 12-inch snowfall in Ennis at that time. I also can remember that we had more snow here in Ennis than the Dallas area. Perhaps some of you may also remember that big snowfall in February 1964.

Of course, I have no proof or personal weather records to prove this. Only my memory, which at times, well, I won’t get in to that now. But, my memory must be better than I think because the Dallas/Fort Worth area set a record snowfall for one calendar day of 7.8 inches set in 1917 and again in February 1964. This record was broken on Feb. 11, 2010 with 12.5 inches recorded there.

But let’s get back to this record setting snowstorm of 2010. The snow began in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 11, and when I took an observation at 8 a.m. there was one and one half inches of snow on the ground. This, some winters, might be a big snow event for us. However, this snow continued to fall off an on throughout the day and into the night. It was only the beginning of a record snow event. The temperature at 8 a.m. was only 32 degrees and would hold there throughout the snow event. The snow continued to pile up.

At 12:45 p.m. moderate snow was falling with big flakes and about two and one half inches was on the ground. It was a wet, heavy snow which would create other problems later.

At 5:15 p.m. I measured four and one half inches of snow on the ground. That was more snow than I had recorded on the ground since I began keeping records in April 1973. The most I had previously recorded was a four inch snowfall on Jan. 11, 1982. Moderate snow was still coming down at 5:15 p.m.

At 8:45 p.m. I measured 7.5 inches with a temperature still holding at 32 degrees and by 9:45 p.m. eight inches had accumulated. Some tree limbs, carports, and etc. had began to break in the area due to the heavy weight of the snow, the previous problem I had mentioned earlier was occurring.

The snow began to taper off just before midnight when I measured ten inches of snow on the ground. At 8 a.m. Feb. 12, 2010, the next morning, 10 inches was still on the ground with a temperature still at 32 degrees.

The snow was a sight to behold, unless you looked at the broken limbs, carports, and fender-benders. The snow clung to tree limbs, creating a perfect Christmas card picture scene right here in Ennis.

This was a snowstorm to remember, but, this time I got to record the record setting snow event, unlike the one I recorded from memory in 1964. And, by the way, I wasn’t here for that one in 1917, contrary to what some people may think.

This snowstorm is something you can maybe remember to tell your grand kids about later in life. Perhaps you could say something like, “I remember back on Feb. 11, 2010, when it snowed 10 inches right here in Ennis.” Of course, they may say, “yea grandpa or grandma, sure.” If they do, tell them to look up this record setting snowstorm event in this week’s edition of “The Ennis Journal,” 2010.

Weather Flashbacks for

Feb. 8-14:

Feb. 9, 1997 – low temperature 34 degrees, high temperature 42 degrees. Cloudy and cold with a trace of rain.

Feb. 10, 2009 – low temperature 58 degrees, high temperature 72 degrees. Cloudy, windy and mild with 0.01 of an inch of rain during the day. At 9:35 p.m. thunder and at 10:09 p.m., I recorded a wind gust of 50 mph from the southwest along the leading edge of thunderstorms but only 0.09 rainfall.

Feb. 12, 1981 – low temperature 18 degrees; high temperature 40 degrees. Partly cloudy and cold.

Feb. 12, 2009 – low temperature 45 degrees; high temperature 74 degrees. Partly cloudy and mild.

Feb. 13, 2009 – low temperature 57 degrees, high temperature 75 degrees. Partly cloudy and mild.

Feb. 14, 2009 – low temperature 36 degrees; high temperature 55 degrees. Increasing clouds and cool with a trace of rain.

This Week’s Small Texas Town Salute:

Da Berry – population 191, located in Panola County in east Texas.

Elm Mott – population 190, located in McLennan County in central Texas.

Forest Hill Estates – population 125, located in Coryell County in central Texas.

Gay Hill – population 145, located in Washington County in southeast Texa..

Hodges – population 150, located in Jones County on the rolling plains of west Texas.

Kittrell – population 126, located in Walker County in southeast Texas.

Lantana – population 137, located in Cameron County, the southern most county in Texas.

Answers to this Week’s Weather Quiz:

1. False: The coldest temperature I recorded Feb. 1-14 is 28 degrees, not 13 degrees. I recorded 13 degrees on Jan. 9, 2010.

2. True: The warmest temperature that I recorded Feb. 1-14, 2010, is only 57 degrees on Feb. 5.

3. True: The average temperature that I recorded Feb. 1-14, 2010, is 7.3 degrees below normal.

4. True: During 2009, I recorded 33 days that reached 100 degrees or above.

5. True: I recorded the first 100 degree or above day in 2009 on June 24, when it reached a high of 100 degrees.