- with Ron Vestal

This Week’s Weather Quiz

1. What was the coolest temperature that I recorded during all of July 2007? (a) 67 degrees (b) 70 degrees (c) 73 degrees (d) 75 degrees

2. What was the warmest temperature that I recorded during all of July 2007? (a) only 94 degrees (b) 96 degrees (c) 98 degrees (d) 100 degrees

3. The normal average temperature for July is 85.1 degrees. Can you guess what it was for July 2007? (a) 81.0 degrees (b) 83.3 degrees (c) 86.6 degrees (d) 88.8 degrees

4. What was the total rainfall that I recorded for all of July 2007? (a) only 1.23 inches (b) 3.62 inches (c) 4.94 inches (d) 6.23 inches

5. What was the longest consecutive day period that I recorded without measurable rain in Jul 2007? (a) only 5 days (b) 12 days (c) 17 days (d) 21 days

Weather Highlights

Let’s compare January through July this year, 2007, with January through July 2006.

The coolest temperature January through July 2007 is 17 degrees on Feb. 16. The coolest temperature January through July last year, 2006, 24 degrees on Feb. 12.

The warmest temperature January through July 2007, only 94 degrees on June 11, 12, 13 and 19. Also, on July 11 and 22. The warmest temperature January through July 2006, 106 degrees on July 18.

The average monthly temperature January through July 2007 - 64.6 degrees. The average monthly temperature January through July 2006 - 69.1 degrees.

Number of 90 degree or above days I recorded January through July 2007 - 25 days. Number of 90 degree or above days I recorded January through July 2006 - 70 days.

Number of 95 days or above days I recorded January through July 2007 - none. Number of 95 degree or above days I recorded January through July 2006 - 40 days.

Number of 100 degree or above days I recorded January through July 2007 - none. Number of 100 degree or above days I recorded January through July 2006 - 14 days.

Total rainfall I recorded January through July 2007 - 40.03 inches. Total rainfall I recorded January through July 2006 - 21.41 inches. Normal rainfall January through July - 23.65 inches.

Ennis Temperatures and Rainfall for the week of July 30-Aug. 5, 2007:

The normal low temperature for this time of year is 75 degrees. The normal high temperature for this time of year is 96 degrees.

Monday, July 30 - low temperature 76 degrees; high temperature 89 degrees. Rainfall - a trace.

Tuesday, July 31 - low temperature 77 degrees; high temperature 94 degrees. Rainfall - 0.21 of an inch.

Wednesday, August 1 - low temperature 75 degrees; high temperature 91 degrees. Rainfall - 0.26 of an inch.

Thursday, August 2 - low temperature 74 degrees; high temperature 89 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Friday, August 3 - low temperature 73 degrees; high temperature 91 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Saturday, August 4 - low temperature 75 degrees; high temperature 93 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Sunday, August 5 - low temperature 75 degrees; high temperature 95 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Temperature Range and Total Rainfall for the Week of July 30-Aug. 5, 2007:

The coolest temperature 73 degrees on Aug. 3. The warmest temperature 94 degrees on July 31. Total rainfall July 30-August 5 - 0.47 of an inch.

Rainfall for Month and Year:

Rainfall August 1-5 - 0.26 of an inch. Normal rainfall for all of August - 2.30 inches. Rainfall so far this year, January through August 5 - 40.29 inches. Normal rainfall January through all of August - 25.96 inches.

Weather Flashbacks for July 30 - August 5:

July 30, 1998 - low temperature 81 degrees; high temperature 104 degrees. Fair and very hot.

July 30, 2006 - low temperature 77 degrees; high temperature 102 degrees. Clear and very hot.

July 31, 2001 - low temperature 77 degrees; high temperature 98 degrees. Clear and hot. I had recorded only 0.01 of an inch of rain in the last 30 days.

July 31, 2006 - low temperature 78 degrees; high temperature 100 degrees. Clear and hot. I had recorded only 0.02 of an inch of rain in the last 26 days.

Aug. 2, 1985 - low temperature 77 degrees; high temperature 104 degrees. Partly cloudy and very hot.

Aug. 4, 2006 - low temperature 79 degrees; high temperature 102 degrees. Clear and very hot.

Aug. 5, 2006 - low temperature 79 degrees; high temperature 103 degrees. Clear and very hot.

This Week’s Small Texas Town Salute:

Greenvine - population 35, located in Washington County in southeast Teas.

Hightower - population 30, located in Liberty County on the Coastal plains.

Leon Junction - population 25, located in Coryell County in central Texas.

Medicine Mound - population 50, located in Hardeman County in northwest Texas.

Noble - population 40, located in Lamar County in north Texas.

Owl Creek - population 45, located in Bell County in central Texas.

Phelps - population 98, located in Walker County in southeast Texas.

Answers to this Week’s Weather Quiz:

1. A - The coolest temperature that I recorded during July 2007 is 67 degrees on July 24 and 25.

2. A - The warmest temperature that I recorded during July 2007 was only 94 degrees recorded on July 11, 22 and 31.

3. A - The average temperature for July 2007 was 81.0 degrees or 4.1 degrees below normal. It was the second coolest July I’ve recorded during the last 33 years of keeping weather observations and records in Ennis. The coolest is July 1976 with an average of 79.8 degrees.

4. B - The total rainfall that I recorded for July 2007 was 3.62 inches or 1.69 inches above normal.

5. A - The longest consecutive day period that I recorded in July without measurable rain is only five days, July 21-25.