July turned out to be wetter than normal and, if you can believe it, cooler than normal in the Houston area. July turned out to be a far cry from the heat and drought we experienced just one year ago.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston's official climate reporting location, received 4.7 inches of rain. That's nearly an inch above normal. Parts of northwestern Harris County received over 15 inches, which easily served to keep a drought away.
This year, it's the Midwest that is suffering a debilitating drought similar to ours from last year.
All the rainfall that we soaked up in July helped to keep our temperatures down, too. In fact, when you take an average for the whole month, we ended up slightly cooler than normal. And, we didn't top 100 degrees once all month long!
The question remains, "Will August follow the same trend as July, or will we experience something similar to the withering oppression of last year?" Do you remember a year ago? On 30 out of the 31 days of August 2011, we topped 100 degrees in what turned out to be the hottest month ever recorded in Houston. It was, to put it mildly, purely awful by most people's standards. Luckily, this year August should shape up more tolerable, with temperatures closer to the mid-90 range that we're used to and, hopefully, with another good soaking of rain to help keep the area fauna happy and healthy.