Texas weather can be a roller-coaster ride, varying from one extreme to the next, often within the space of a few days. Most Texans just embrace it, whether it means shorts and flip flops, or a scarf and mittens.
We’ve embraced it in our own way, by putting together this handy-dandy infographic highlighting some of Texas’ most extreme weather. Take a moment to review the wealth of info, or scroll down for the text only version.
If you feel unprepared for sudden weather change, feel free to contact us. We offer our heating repair and installation for those cold snaps, or air conditioning and maintenance for those hot flashes.
Here it is:
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Think you’ve seen it all concerning Texas’ unpredicable weather? Not so fast!
Texas Temps: High Highs, Low Lows
- Grapevine, TX recorded a high of 115 degrees in 1909
- Mansfield, TX recorded a low of -6 degrees in 1989. Brrrrr!
- August is the hottest month in Texas, with the average energy bill climbing to $293/month to keep the A/C running.
- May is the wettest month in the DFW area, though drought is continuing to be a problem in Texas.
Texas’ Extreme Weather: Tornadoes, Drought
Tornadoes form when warm, moist air is trapped below cool, dry air. Texas just so happens to be in a region known as Tornado Alley – an area of land that stretches from Texas to North Dakota and where the warm air travelling up from Mexico collides with the cool air coming down from Canada. Texas gets hit with more tornadoes than any other state averaging about 125 tornadoes a year. Next time you hear that tornado siren, take it seriously and find safe cover immediately!
Texas battles with drought frequently, with 2011 setting the record as the state’s dryest year of all time with a mere 14.88 inches of rain. The previous record was set in 1917, when only 14.99 inches of rain was recorded. Damage to crops and the threat of fire is a continuing problem, but Texas is used to drought and has been placing high priority on fire safety and adopting water conservation methods.
DFW Air Quality and Pollution Prevention
In 2011, Dallas passed Houston as the most polluted city in Texas. Don’t be too hasty to blame commuters – natural gas production in the Barnett Shale area is where the majority of harmful emissions originate.
Warm temps and sunlight contribute to ground level ozone, resulting in summer being the worst season for pollutants. Thankfully, Texas has been encouraging greener practices and the air quality improved in 2012. Houston can have their title back!
Thanks for reading!