This Week’s Weather Quiz

1. What was the coldest temperature that I recorded during all of 2006? (a) 19 degrees (b) 21 degrees (c) 23 degrees (d) only 25 degrees.

2. What was the warmest temperature that I recorded during all of 2006? (a) only 99 degrees (b) 102 degrees (c) 104 degrees (d) 106 degrees.

3. The normal average temperature for a year is 65.6 degrees. What was the average temperature that I recorded for all of 2006? (a) 63.9 degrees (b) 65.1 degrees (c) 67.6 degrees (d) 69.0 degrees.

4. Normally, we should have 32 days per year that reach freezing or below. Can you guess how many that I recorded in 2006? (a) only 15 days (b) 19 days (c) 25 days (d) 29 days.

5. Normally, we should have 18 days per year that reach 100 degrees or above. How many did I record in all of 2006? (a) only 6 days (b) 15 days (c) 28 days (d) 40 days.

Weather Highlights for December 2006:

Dec. 24, 2006 - Christmas Eve Day was cloudy and cold with occasional light rain with temperatures in the 40s. The low temperature was 43 degrees and the high 48 degrees.

December 25 - Christmas Day - The rain ended in the pre-dawn hours. It was sunny with a north wind 15 to 25 mph with gust of 35 to 40 mph. in the afternoon. The low temperature was 34 degrees and the high was 50 degrees.

December 31 - New Years Eve Day was clear and cool. The low temperature was 38 degrees and the high only 51 degrees.

I recorded eight days in December 2006 that reached freezing or below. Normally, we should have nine in December.

The coldest temperature that I recorded in December 2006 was 21 degrees on December 8. The warmest temperature that I recorded was 78 degrees on December 17. The average temperature for all of December 2006 was 50.9 degrees or 3.5 degrees above normal.

The total rainfall for December 2006 was 3.24 inches or 0.45 of an inch below normal.

Ennis Temperatures and Rainfall for the week of Jan. 8-14, 2007:

The normal low temperature for this time of year is 33 degrees. The normal high temperature for this time of year is 53 degrees.

Monday, January 8 - low temperature 32 degrees; high temperature 61 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Tuesday, January 9 - low temperature 41 degrees; high temperature 60 degrees. Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Wednesday, January 10 - low temperature 38 degrees; high temperature 65 degrees.

Rainfall - 0.00 of an inch.

Thursday, January 11 - low temperature 51 degrees; high temperature 67 degrees. Rainfall 0.00 of an inch.

Friday, January 12 - low temperature 40 degrees; high temperature 69 degrees. Rainfall - 0.08 of an inch.

Saturday, January 13 - low temperature 33 degrees; high temperature 40 degrees. Rainfall - 1.01 inches.

Sunday, January 14 - low temperature 33 degrees; high temperature 36 degrees. Rainfall - 0.42 of an inch.

Temperature Range and Rainfall for the week of Jan. 8-14, 2007:

The coldest temperature - 32 degrees on January 8. The warmest temperature - 69 degrees on January 12. Total rainfall January 8-14 - 1.62 inches.

Rainfall for Month and Year:

Rainfall January 1-14 - 3.32 inches. Normal rainfall for January - 3.08 inches.

Weather Flashbacks for January 8-14:

Jan. 8, 2006: - low temperature 54 degrees; high temperature 77 degrees. Partly cloudy, windy and mild.

Jan. 9, 2006 - low temperature 47 degrees; high temperature 78 degrees. Increasing cloudiness, windy and mild.

Jan. 10, 1977 - low temperature 11 degrees; high temperature 36 degrees. Clear and cold.

Jan. 11, 1997 - low temperature 20 degrees; high temperature 30 degrees. Cloudy with freezing cold.

Jan. 12, 2006 - low temperature 54 degrees; high temperature 76 degrees. Partly cloudy and mild.

Jan. 13, 1997 - low temperature 20 degrees; high temperature 26 degrees. Cloudy and freezing cold.

Jan. 14, 1979 - low temperature 11 degrees; high temperature 31 degrees. Fair and freezing cold.

This Week’s Small Texas Town Salute:

Helena - population 35, located in Karnes County in south Texas.

Laubach - population 20, located in Guadalupe County in south central Texas.

Mayflower - population 100, located in Newton County in east Texas.

New Salem - population 89, located in Palo Pinto County in north central Texas.

O’Quinn - population 25, located in Fayette County in southeast Texas.

Peter’s Prairie - population 40, located in Red River County in north Texas.

Reynard - population 75, located in Houston County in east Texas.

Answers to this Week’s Weather Quiz:

1. B - The coldest temperature that I recorded during all of 2006 was 21 degrees on December 8.

2. D - The warmest temperature that I recorded during all of 2006 was 106 degrees on July 18 and August 17.

3. D - The average temperature for all of 2006 was 69.0 degrees, or 3.4 degrees above normal. It’s the warmest year that I have recorded since I began keeping weather observations in Ennis 33 years ago.

4. A - I recorded only 15 days in 2006 that reached freezing or below. I recorded none in January, five in February, one in March, one in November, and eight in December. We should have 32 in a year.

5. D - I recorded 40 days in 2006 that reached 100 degrees or above. I recorded 14 in July, and 26 in August. Normally, we should have only 18 per year.