Three months so far this year each had less than one inch of rain. Which one of the following four months had more than one inch of rain? (a) February (b) April (c) June (d) August

Three months so far this year each had more than eight inches of rain. Which one of the following four months had less than eight inches of rain? (a) March (b) April (c) May (d) June

Two months so far this year each had over 10 inches of rain. Which two months are they? (a) February and May (b) January and April (c) March and June (d) July and August

Three months so far this year have been above normal on the average temperature. Which one of the following four months wasn’t above normal on the average temperature? (a) February (b) March (c) May (d) August

January through August of this year, how many months have been below normal on rainfall? (a) only one month (b) two months (c) three months (d) four months

Weather Highlights for August 2007:

Aug. 10 - I recorded 1.25 inches of rain in the last 35 days, July 7-Aug. 10. Only 0.94 of an inch in the last 27 days

Aug. 12 - I recorded 100 degrees for the first time this year.

Aug. 31 - I recorded only 0.03 of an inch of rain in the last 30 days, an only 1.28 inches in the last 56 days.

I recorded four days in August 2007 that reached 100 degrees or above. All four days were in a row. Normally, we should have eight days in August that reach 100 degrees or above.

The coolest temperature was 70 degrees on Aug. 30. The warmest temperature was 102 degrees on Aug. 14. The over-all average temperature was 85.2 degrees or just slightly above normal.

Total rainfall for August 2007 was only 0.29 of an inch recorded all month or 2.01 inches below normal.

The total rainfall that I recorded January through August was 40.32 inches or 14.36 inches above normal.

In summary, August 2007 was very dry. I recorded 0.26 of an inch of rain on the first day of August 2007, but only 0.03 of an inch of rain the next 30 days of August 2007.

I recorded only four days that reached 100 degrees or above, all four in a row, and it’s the only four that I’ve recorded so far this year. Normally, we should have 17 per year.

Overall, August wasn’t that bad, at least compared to some August of the past. For instance, just last August, which had 26 days that reached 100 degrees or above. That’s the most 100 degree or above days that I have recorded in the month of August during the last 34 years that I have kept weather observations and records in Ennis.

August 2007 was a dry month, however, August is normally our driest month of the year, and this year, we needed a dry month. After all, as of Sept. 9, we’ve already had 44.23 inches of rain.

Ennis Temperatures and Rainfall for the Week of Sept. 3-9, 2007:

The normal low temperature for this time of year is 70 degrees. The normal high temperature for this time of year is 90 degrees.

Monday, Sept. 3 - low temperature 72 degrees; high temperature 86 degrees. Rainfall - 0.91 of an inch.

Tuesday, Sept. 4 - low temperature 72 degrees; high temperature 85 degrees. Rainfall - 0.15 of an inch.

Wednesday, Sept. 5 - low temperature 72 degrees; high temperature 87 degrees. Rainfall - 2.84 inches.

Thursday, Sept. 6 - low temperature 76 degrees; high temperature 92 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Friday, Sept. 7 - low temperature 75 degrees; high temperature 94 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Saturday, Sept. 8 - low temperature 75 degrees; high temperature 94 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Sunday, Sept. 9 - low temperature 76 degrees; high temperature 93 degrees. Rainfall - a trace.

Temperature Range and Total Rainfall for the week of Sept. 3-9, 2007:

The coolest temperature 72 degrees on Sept. 3, 4 and 5. The warmest temperature 94 degrees on Sept. 7 and 8. Total rainfall Sept. 3-9 - 3.90 inches.

Rainfall for month and Year:

Rainfall Sept. 1-9 - 3.91 inches. Normal rainfall for all of Sept. - 2.66 inches. Rainfall so far this year, January through Sept. 9 - 44.23 inches. Normal rainfall January through all of September - 28.62 inches.

Weather Flashbacks for September 3-9:

Sept. 3, 1985 - low temperature 75 degrees; high temperature 103 degrees. Clear and very hot.

Sept. 3, 1989 - low temperature 74 degrees; high temperature 101 degrees. Partly cloudy and very hot.

Sept. 3, 1992 - low temperature 66 degrees; high temperature 86 degrees. From 3 a.m. to 3:45 a.m. thunderstorms produced 1.75 inches of rain and a trace of marble size hail,

Sept. 3, 1995 - low temperature 76 degrees; high temperature 103 degrees. Clear and very hot.

Sept. 4, 1980 - low temperature 74 degrees; high temperature 102 degrees. Clear and very hot.

Sept. 4, 1995 - low temperature 79 degrees; high temperature 102 degrees. Partly cloudy and very hot.

Sept. 4, 2006 - Labor Day - low temperature 69 degrees; high temperature 77 degrees. Cloudy with light drizzle about 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Off and on showers during the day. At 3:30 p.m. it was 70 degrees. Total rainfall for the day was 0.30 of an inch.

This Week’s Small Texas Town Salute:

Levi - population 50, located in McLennan County in central Texas.

Meeks - population 15, located in Bell County in central Texas.

Nolan - population 47, located in Nolan County in west Texas.

Pickens - population 20, located in Henderson County in east Texas.

Rio Grande Village - population 9, located in Brewster County in the Trans Pecos area of west Texas.

Segno - population 80, located in Polk County in east Texas.

Turnersville - population 90, located in Travis County in central Texas.

Answers to this Week’s Weather Quiz:

C - June had a total of 11.25 inches of rain, not less than one inch.

B - April had only 0.86 of an inch of rain, not more than eight inches.

C - March and June each had over ten inches of rain. March had 10.27 inches and June had 11.25 inches.

C - May was 2.9 degrees below normal on the average temperature, not above normal.

C - January through August this year, three months have been below normal on rainfall. They are February, which was 2.56 inches below normal, April - 2.03 inches below normal and August - 2.01 inches below normal.