This Week’s Weather Quiz

1. What was the coolest temperature that I recorded during all of April 2007? (a) 33 degrees (b) 36 degrees (c) 41 degrees (d) 44 degrees.

2. What was the warmest temperature that I recorded during all of April 2007? (a) only 80 degrees (b) 83 degrees (c) 86 degrees (d) 89 degrees

3. The average temperature that I recorded for all of April 2007 was: (a) 1.8 degrees below normal (b) 2.8 degrees below normal (c) 1.8 degrees above normal (d) 2.8 degrees above normal.

4. What was the total rainfall that I recorded for all of April 2007? (a) only 0.86 of an inch (b) 2.34 inches (c) 3.89 inches (d) 4.96 inches

5. Mother’s Day last year, 2006, was May 14. Can you guess the weather conditions that I recorded in Ennis last Mother’s Day? (a) low temperature 67 degrees; high temperature 83 degrees with cloudy to partly cloudy skies. (b) low 52 degrees; high 62 degrees. Mostly cloudy and cool with three tenths of an inch of rain. (c) low 71 degrees; high 90 degrees. Fair and very warm and windy. (d) low 68 degrees; high 76 degrees. A thunderstorm at 3:40 p.m. produced 3.20 inches of rain and golf-ball size hail in Ennis.

Weather Highlights

I recorded more rainfall the first day of this May, 1.18 inches than I recorded during all of April 2007, only 0.86 of an inch.

Last year, 2006 January through April, I recorded 15.55 inches of rain. January through April this year, 2007, I recorded 16.76 inches. Normal rainfall January through April is 13.20 inches.

So far this year, the months seem to indicate too much rain, or not enough. Take a look at the rainfall per month that I have recorded so far this year. January - 4.67 inches, February - only 0.96 of an inch, March - 10.27 inches, April - 0.86 of an inch and as of May 6, I’ve already recorded 2.99 inches for May.

Severe Weather

Flash Floods

Flash flood or flood watch: Flash flooding or flooding is possible within the designated watch area - be alert.

Flash flood or flood warning: Flash flooding or flooding has been reported or is imminent - take necessary precautions at once.

When a flash flood warning is issued for your area, or the moment you realized that a flash flood is imminent, act quickly to save yourself. You may have only seconds.

Flash flooding occurs within six hours of the rain event.

Flooding is a longer term event and may last a week or more.

Ennis Temperatures and Rainfall for the week of April 30-May 6, 2007:

The normal low temperature for this time of year is 59 degrees. The normal high temperature for this time of year is 80 degrees.

Monday, April 30 - low temperature 68 degrees; high temperature 83 degrees. Rainfall - a trace.

Tuesday, May 1 - low temperature 64 degrees; high temperature 68 degrees. Rainfall - 1.18 inches.

Wednesday, May 2 - low temperature 64 degrees; high temperature 81 degrees. Rainfall - 0.76 of an inch.

Thursday, May 3 - low temperature 63 degrees; high temperature 71 degrees. Rainfall - 1.05 inches.

Friday, May 4 - low temperature 66 degrees; high temperature 84 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Saturday, May 5 - low temperature 73 degrees; high temperature 82 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Sunday, May 6 - low temperature 73 degrees; high temperature 86 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Temperature Range and Rainfall for the week of April 30-May 6, 2007:

The coolest temperature 63 degrees on May 3. The warmest temperature 86 degrees on May 6. Total rainfall April 30-May 6 - 2.99 inches.

Rainfall for Month and Year:

Rainfall May 1-6 - 2.99 inches. Normal rainfall for all of May - 4.65 inches. Rainfall so far this year, January through May 6 - 19.75 inches. Normal rainfall January through all of May - 17.86 inches.

Weather Flashbacks for April 30-May 6:

May 2, 1974 - low temperature 61 degrees; high temperature 88 degrees. Clear, windy and warm. I recorded 2.70 inches of rain during the night.

May 2, 1975 - low temperature 65 degrees; high temperature 74 degrees. Cloudy with one half of an inch of rain.

May 2, 1999 - low temperature 59 degrees; high temperature 67 degrees. Cloudy with 0.85 of an inch of rain.

May 3, 1979 - low temperature 69 degrees; high temperature 71 degrees. Cloudy with one inch of rain.

May 4, 1979 - low temperature 52 degrees; high temperature only 58 degrees. Cloudy, windy and a cool north northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

May 5, 2002 - low temperature 63 degrees; high temperature 86 degrees. Partly cloudy and warm in Ennis, but Happy, Texas, located in the Panhandle, wasn’t so happy. At about 6:30 p.m., a tornado swept through the town killing at least two people, and 50 buildings, including 20 houses were damaged.

May 5, 2006 - low temperature 62 degrees; high temperature 79 degrees. Partly cloudy in Ennis with 0.60 of an inch of rain recorded during the night. However, in Waco, winds gusting to an estimated 115 mph, a F-2 tornado, peeled off warehouse roofs and crumbled the walls in an industrial area at a Coca-Cola Co. bottling plant. Some damage may also have been caused by down-burst winds.

This Week’s Small Texas Town Salute:

Antioch - population 45, located in Cass County in northeast Texas.

Beulah - population 12, located in Limestone County in east central Texas.

Caviness - population 80, located in Lamar County in north Texas.

Dodd - population 15, located in Castro County in the Panhandle.

English - population 92, located in Red River County in north Texas.

Fords Corner - population 30, located in San Augustine County in east Texas.

Grayback - population 25, located in Wilbarger County in northwest Texas.

Answers to this Week’s Weather Quiz:

1. B - The coolest temperature that I recorded during all of April 2007 was a cold 36 degrees on April 7. It also snowed on this date in Ennis.

2. C - The warmest temperature that I recorded during all of April 2007 was 86 degrees on April 29.

3. B - The average temperature that I recorded for all of April 2007 was 62.6 degrees or 2.8 degrees below normal.

4. A - The total rainfall that I recorded for all of April 2007 was only 0.86 of an inch recorded all month.

5. A - The weather conditions that I recorded for Mothers Day, May 14 last year, 2006, was the low temperature, 67 degrees; high temperature 83 degrees with cloudy to partly cloudy skies.

30, located in San Augustine County in east Texas.

Grayback - population 25, located in Wilbarger County in northwest Texas.

Answers to this Week’s Weather Quiz:

1. B - The coolest temperature that I recorded during all of April 2007 was a cold 36 degrees on April 7. It also snowed on this date in Ennis.

2. C - The warmest temperature that I recorded during all of April 2007 was 86 degrees on April 29.

3. B - The average temperature that I recorded for all of April 2007 was 62.6 degrees or 2.8 degrees below normal.

4. A - The total rainfall that I recorded for all of April 2007 was only 0.86 of an inch recorded all month.

5. A - The weather conditions that I recorded for Mother’s Day, May 14 last year, 2006, was the low temperature, 67 degrees; high temperature 83 degrees with cloudy to partly cloudy skies.