From RON VESTAL Ennis Journal correspondent
This Week’s Weather Quiz
1. The following four rainfall totals are the correct totals that I recorded for the last four months, February, March, April and May. Can you match the correct total with the correct month? (a) 0.86 of an inch (b) 0.96 of an inch (c) 8.40 inches (d) 10.27 inches.
2. Last year 2006, Father’s Day was on June 18. Can you guess the weather conditions that I recorded in Ennis last Father’s Day? (a) low temperature 69 degrees; high temperature 89 degrees. Partly cloudy and warm. (b) low - a cool 54 degrees; high only 62 degrees with cloudy skies. (c) low - 77 degrees; high 101 degrees. Fair and hot (d) low 68 degrees; high 77 degrees. Occasional showers amounted to 0.90 of an inch of rain.
3. Which month this year did I record our last freeze? (a) January (b) February (c) March (d) April
4. Which month so far this year has the most rainfall? Is it (a) February (b) March (c) April (d) May
5. Which month so far this year has the least rainfall? Is it (a) February (b) March (c) April (d) May.
Weather Highlights for May 2007:
May 1 - I recorded more rain on May 1, 2007, 1.18 inches, than I recorded during all of April, only 0.86 of an inch.
May 13, 2007 - Mother’s Day - Partly cloudy and warm most of the day until late afternoon an evening when scattered thunderstorms popped up around Ennis but no rain was recorded in Ennis, even though thunder was recorded.
May 14, 2007 - I recorded the first 90 degrees temperature of the year. It reached a high of 91 degrees.
May 26, 2007 - 10 a.m. - The Polka Festival Parade weather conditions were temperature 70 degrees, skies, cloudy with light rain falling. Winds were southeast at 5 to 15 mph.
May 28, 2007 - Memorial Day - low temperature 67 degrees; high temperature 78 degrees. Cloudy with 0.25 of an inch of rain.
The coolest temperature that I recorded in May 2007 was 57 degrees on May 17. The warmest was 91 degrees on May 14 and 15. The overall average temperature for May 2007 was 73.4 degrees or 2.9 degrees below normal.
The total rainfall that I recorded for all of May is 8.40 inches or 3.75 inches above normal.
In summary, May as you well know, was a very wet month. I recorded measurable rain nine out of the last 10 days of May 2007, which produced 5.38 inches of rain. But, believe it or not, I have recorded six other Mays during the last 34 years that had more rainfall than the 8.40 inches that I recorded for May 2007. They are 8.64 inches in May 1987, 9.02 inches in May 1990, 9.18 inches in May 1979, 9.33 inches in May 1981, 9.45 inches in May 1989 and 9.68 inches in May 1976.
So, as you can see, we’ve had some Mays with more rainfall than May 2007. But, May is suppose to be wet. In fact, May is normally our wettest month of the year with a normal rainfall of 4.65 inches. However, it will not be the wettest month this year. March has already had a total rainfall this year of 10.27 inches.
Let’s look at our rainfall per month so far this year. January’s total was 4.67 inches and was above normal, February - only 0.96 of an inch recorded all month and was below normal, March - 10.27 inches and was above normal, April - only 0.86 of an inch recorded all month and was below normal and May - 8.40 inches and was above normal.
Did you see a pattern to the monthly rainfall for 2007? One month above normal and the next month below normal. Does this mean go on forever, but, it has been an interesting weather pattern on the monthly rainfall so far this year.
The normal rainfall January through May is 17.86 inches. January through May this year, I recorded 25.16 inches of rain. That is exactly the total rainfall that I recorded for the entire year of a dry 2005. That shows just how dry 2005 was.
But, as of June 1, 2007, we are 7.30 inches above normal on rainfall so far this year, and most of the lakes are full again and going into the normally hot, dry summer months, that’s just what we needed. Now, if we can just get rid of these pesky mosquitoes, an after effect of all the rains we’ve had lately.
Ennis Temperatures and Rainfall for the week of June 4-10, 2007:
The normal low temperature for this time of year is 69 degrees. The normal high temperature for this time of year is 89 degrees.
Monday, June 4 - low temperature 68 degrees; high temperature 85 degrees. Rainfall - 0.13 of an inch.
Tuesday, June 5 - low temperature 64 degrees; high temperature 88 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.
Wednesday, June 6 - low temperature 69 degrees; high temperature 89 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.
Thursday, June 7 - low temperature 76 degrees; high temperature 92 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.
Friday, June 8 - low temperature 77 degrees; high temperature 91 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.
Saturday, June 9 - low temperature 74 degrees; high temperature 92 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.
Sunday, June 10 - low temperature 75 degrees; high temperature 92 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.
Temperature Range and Total Rainfall for the week of June 4-10, 2007:
The coolest temperature 64 degrees on June 5. The warmest temperature 92 degrees on June 7, 9 and 10. Total rainfall June 4-10 - 0.13 of an inch.
Rainfall for Month and Year:
Rainfall June 1-10 - 1.00 inches. Normal rainfall for all of June - 3.86 inches. Rainfall so far this year, January through June 10 - 26.16 inches. Normal rainfall January through all of June - 21.72 inches.
Weather Flashbacks for June 4-10:
June 6, 1981 - low temperature 68 degrees; high temperature 86 degrees. Partly cloudy and warm with 0.60 of an inch of rain.
June 6, 2006 - low temperature 73 degrees; high temperature 97 degrees. Clear and very warm.
June 8, 2001 - low temperature 72 degrees; high temperature 86 degrees. Partly cloudy with 0.68 of an inch of rain.
June 9, 1987 - low temperature 70 degrees; high temperature only 77 degrees. Cloudy and 0.26 of an inch of rain.
June 9, 2006 - low temperature 71 degrees; high temperature 97 degrees. Clear and very warm.
June 10, 1995 - low temperature 76 degrees; high temperature 92 degrees. Partly cloudy to mostly cloudy and 0.70 of an inch of rain.
June 10, 2006 - low temperature 75 degrees; high temperature 99 degrees. Clear and hot.
This Week’s Small Texas Town Salute:
Biardstown - population 75, located in Lamar County in north Texas.
Cayote - population 75, located in Bosque County in north central Texas.
Domino - population 52, located in Cass County in northeast Texas.
Enochs - population 80, located in Bailey County on the high plains of west Texas.
Forest - population 85, located in Cherokee County in east Texas.
Green - population 35, located in Karnes County in south Texas.
High - population 55, located in Lamar County in north Texas.
Answers to this week’s weather quiz:
1. A - 0.86 of an inch is the total rainfall that I recorded for April 2007 (b) 0.6 of an inch - February (c) 8.40 inches - May (d) 10.27 inches - March.
2. A - The weather conditions that I recorded last Fathers Day, June 18, 2006 were: the low 69 degrees; high 89 degrees. Partly cloudy and warm. I recorded 1.93 inches of rain during the night.
3. C - I recorded our last freeze on March 4, 2007, when I recorded 29 degrees.
4. B - March has the most rainfall of any month so far this year with a total of 10.27 inches.
5. C - April has the least rainfall of any month so far this year. The total for April was only 0.86 of an inch recorded all month.