This Week’s Weather Quiz

1. As of May 20, 2007, what’s the coolest temperature that I have recorded so far this May? (a) 47 degrees (b) 53 degrees (c) 57 degrees (d) only 61 degrees

2. As of May 20, 2007, what’s the warmest temperature that I have recorded so far this May? (a) 83 degrees (b) 86 degrees (c) 89 degrees (d) 91 degrees

3. The normal average temperature for the first half of May is 70.6 degrees. Can you guess what it was for the first half of this May? (a) 69.6 degrees (b) 70.9 degrees (c) 73.8 degrees (d) 75.0 degrees

4. Last year 2006, the Polka Festival Parade was on May 27. Can you guess the weather conditions that I recorded at parade time? (a) temperature 72 degrees with cloudy skies and calm winds. (b) temperature 82 degrees. Partly cloudy with south southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. (c) temperature a cool 58 degrees. Fair skies and a north wind 20 to 30 mph. (d) temperature 66 degrees. Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms with an east wind 5 to 15 mph.

5. Last year 2006, Memorial Day was on May 29. Can you guess the weather conditions that I recorded last Memorial Day? (a) Partly cloudy, low 73 degrees; high 85 degrees. (b) Cloudy with occasional showers and 0.57 of an inch of rain. (c) Fair skies. The low was 52 degrees; the high only 65 degrees. (d) Clear skies. The low was a warm 77 degrees; the high a very warm 97 degrees.

Weather Highlights

As of May 20, 2007, I have recorded only 0.03 of an inch of rain in the last 17 days and only 3.88 inches in the last 50 days or since April 1.

Severe Weather

Flash Floods

During the Flood

1. Avoid areas subject to sudden flooding.

2. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, STOP! Turn around and go another way.

3. Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.

4. Children should NEVER play around high water, storm drains, viaducts, or arroyos.

Flash Floods are the number one weather killer in the United States.

Even six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock you off your feet, and a depth of two feet will float your car. NEVER try to walk, swim or drive through such swift water. If you come upon flood waters, STOP! Turn around and go another way.

Ennis Temperatures and Rainfall for the Week of May 14-20, 2007:

The normal low temperature for this time of year is 63 degrees. The normal high temperature for this time of year is 83 degrees.

Monday, May 14 - low temperature 66 degrees; high temperature 91 degrees. Rainfall - a trace.

Tuesday, May 15 - low temperature 66 degrees; high temperature 91 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Wednesday, May 16 - low temperature 60 degrees; high temperature 77 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Thursday, May 17 - low temperature 57 degrees; high temperature 79 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Friday, May 18 - low temperature 58 degrees; high temperature 82 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Saturday, May 19 - low temperature 61 degrees; high temperature 78 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Sunday, May 20 - low temperature 60 degrees; high temperature 83 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Temperature Range and Total Rainfall for the week of May 14-20, 2007:

The coolest temperature 57 degrees on May 17. The warmest temperature 91 degrees on May 14 and 15. Total rainfall May 14-20 - a trace.

Rainfall for Month and Year:

Rainfall May 1-20 - 3.02 inches. Normal rainfall for all of May - 4.65 inches. Rainfall so far this year, January through May 20 - 19.78 inches. Normal rainfall January through all of May - 17.86 inches.

Weather Flashbacks for May 14-20:

May 14, 1995 - Mother’s Day - low temperature 75 degrees; high temperature 90 degrees. Cloudy to partly cloudy and very warm.

May 14, 1990 - low temperature 66 degrees; high temperature 87 degrees. Partly cloudy, windy and warm. Lake Bardwell was 12.81 feet above normal.

May 14, 1992 - low temperature 68 degrees; high temperature 85 degrees. Mostly cloudy with 1.15 inches of rain.

May 17, 2002 - low temperature 60 degrees; high temperature 80 degrees. Cloudy to partly cloudy with 1.04 inches of rain.

May 18, 2006 - low temperature 61 degrees; high temperature 93 degrees. Clear and warm.

May 19, 2006 - low temperature 66 degrees; high temperature 96 degrees. Clear and very warm.

May 20, 2006 - low temperature 68 degrees; high temperature 94 degrees. Clear and warm.

This Week’s Small Texas Town Salute:

School Hill - population 22, located in Erath County in west central Texas.

Trimmier - population 90, located in Bell County in central Texas.

White City - population 20, located in San Augustine County in east Texas.

Antioch - population 25, located in Delta County in northeast Texas.

Beyersville - population 75, located in Williamson County in central Texas.

Cawthon - population 75, located in Brazos County in south central Texas.

Dodson Prairie - population 18, located in Palo Pinto County in north central Texas.

Answers to this Week’s Weather Quiz:

1. C - As of May 20, 2007 - the coolest temperature that I have recorded is 57 degrees on May 17.

2. D - As of May 20, 2007, the warmest temperature that I have recorded so far this May is 91 degrees on May 14 and 15.

3. D - The average temperature for the first half of this May is 75.0 degrees or a warm 4.4 degrees above normal.

4. B - The weather conditions last year at Polka Parade time was temperature 82 degrees, partly cloudy with a south southwest wind 15 to 25 mph.

5. A - The weather conditions last Memorial Day, May 29, 2006 was partly cloudy. The low was 73 degrees; the high 85 degrees.