The following four rainfall totals are the correct totals that I recorded for each of the last four years, 2006, 2005, 2004, and 2003. Can you match the correct year with the correct total? (a) 25.16 inches (b) 33.69 inches (c) 38.51 inches (d) 49.76 inches.
Which month so far this year has the least rainfall? (a) February (b) May (c) July (d) August.
Which month so far this year has the most rainfall? (a) March (b) April (c) May (d) June
When was the last year that I recorded a 100 degree or above day in the month of September? (a) September 2005 (b) September 2000 (c) September 1997 (d) September 1993.
Can you guess the total rainfall that I recorded during all of September 2006? (a) only 0.92 of an inch (b) 3.75 inches (c) 5.62 inches (d) 8.12 inches.
What’s Going On?
I had a new weather recording station installed on Aug. 19 of this year. It’s wireless and has more features on it than my other one. I have had a problem with it though.
Since it was installed and programmed on Aug. 19, the wind has measured calm, or very light wind speeds. In fact, the maximum wind gust has been only 17 mph, recorded the very next day after it was installed a month ago.
The low and high temperatures each day have been about the same almost everyday, and the rain gauge has only measured rain the first dew days of September.
“What’s going on?” Since it was installed, we’ve had the same old weather pattern, with just a few minor exceptions, for the last month.
I also installed another rain gauge, besides the one that came with the weather station. It’s what I call an overflow rain gauge. It’s a gauge that measures in hundredths up to one inch and sets in a canister with a funnel type top.
When it rains over one inch, it overflows into the canister. The measure the overflow, you empty the one inch out of the gauge, then pour one inch at a time from the canister into the one inch gauge.
This gauge is designed to record up to ten inches of rain at a time.
Most rain gauges usually measure from three to five inches and would overflow during a big rain event of more than three to five inches, and the excess rain total would be lost when ordinary rain gauges overflowed,
I’m sure you have heard on the news at times, even this year, where some areas of north central Texas received eight to ten inches of rain in a short period of time, or, over a period of several hours. This gauge is designed to keep an accurate account of the heavy rainfall event.
I installed this gauge on Sept. 14, and as I write this, it is having a problem recording any rainfall.
“What’s going on?” I install a new weather station and we’ve basically had the same weather everyday since.
I install a rain gauge designed to record up to 10 inches of rain and it has not rained a drop since I installed it.
I guess Mother Nature is just in one of her calm moods. If so, you can bet she will make up for it some day and maybe these new weather instruments will come in handy for recording our ever changing Ennis weather.
Ennis Temperatures and Rainfall for the
Week of Sept. 17-23, 2007:
The normal low temperature for this time of year is 66 degrees. The normal high temperature for this time of year is 86 degrees.
Monday, Sept. 17 - low temperature 67 degrees; high temperature 90 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.
Tuesday, Sept. 18 - low temperature 65 degrees; high temperature 91 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.
Wednesday, Sept. 19 - low temperature 71 degrees; high temperature 91 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.
Thursday, Sept. 20 - low temperature 69 degrees; high temperature 90 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.
Friday, Sept. 21 - low temperature 64 degrees; high temperature 91 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.
Saturday, Sept. 22 - low temperature 64 degrees; high temperature 89 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.
Sunday, Sept. 23 - low temperature 67 degrees; high temperature 91 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.
Temperature Range and Total Rainfall for the Week of Sept. 17-23, 2007:
The coolest temperature 64 degrees on Sept. 21 and 22. The warmest temperature 91 degrees on Sept. 18, 21, and 23. Total rainfall Sept. 17-23 - 0.00 of an inch.
Rainfall for Month and Year:
Rainfall September 1-23 - 3.91 inches. Normal rainfall for all of September - 2.66 inches. Rainfall so far this year, January through September 23 - 44.23 inches. Normal rainfall January through all of September - 28.62 inches.
Weather Flashbacks for Sept. 17-23:
Sept. 17, 1981 - low temperature a cool 51 degrees; high temperature 72 degrees. Clear and mild with a north northeast wind of 10 to 15 mph.
Sept. 17, 1997 - low temperature 76 degrees; high temperature 100 degrees. Fair and hot.
Sept. 17, 2006 - low temperature 74 degrees; high temperature 93 degrees. Heavy rains. Showers began around noon, and by 4:30 p.m. I had recorded 2.20 inches of rain.
Sept. 18, 1981 - low temperature a cool 48 degrees; high temperature 75 degrees. Clear and mild.
Sept. 19, 1981 - low temperature a cool 45 degrees; high temperature 79 degrees. Clear and mild.
Sept. 19, 2002 - low temperature 69 degrees; high temperature 83 degrees. Partly cloudy with 0.80 of an inch of rain.
Sept. 22, 1983 - low temperature 42 degrees; high temperature 78 degrees. Clear and mild. The low of 42 degrees is the coldest temperature that I have recorded in the month of September during the last 33 years of keeping weather observations in Ennis.
This Week’s Small Texas Town Salute:
Greenwood - population 76, located in Wise County in north central Texas.
Hills - population 20, located in Lee County in southeast Texas.
Levita - population 70, located in Coryell County in central Texas.
Mendoza - population 100, located in Caldwell County in south central Texas.
Nolte - population 25, located in Guadalupe County in south central Texas.
Pickett - population 30, located in Navarro County in north central Texas.
Riomedina - population 53, located in Medina County in southwest Texas.
Answers to this Week’s Weather Quiz:
A - 25.16 inches is the total rainfall that I recorded for all of 2005. (b) 33.69 inches - 2003 (c) 38.51 inches - 2006 (d) 49.76 inches - 2004.
D - The month with the least rainfall so far this year is August with only 0.29 of an inch recorded all month.
D - The month with the most rainfall so far this year is June with a total of 11.25 inches.
A - The last year that I recorded a 100 degree or above day in September is September 2005 when I recorded seven days that reached 100 degrees or above.
B - September 2006, I recorded a total of 3.75 inches of rain.