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Texas Extreme Weather That Katharine Forgot

July 11, 2017

By Paul Homewood

Hurricane Carla in 1961 at Freeport

Hurricane Carla in 1961 at Freeport.


Katharine Hayhoe assures us that the weather in Texas is getting much more extreme.

I suggest she studies history.

The guys at the Texas Almanac have put together this account of extreme weather records:





Tulia, Feb. 12, 1899

Seminole, Feb. 8, 1933


Seymour, Aug. 12, 1936

Monahans, June 28, 1994

Coldest Winter, 1898-1899

Warmest Summer, 2011


Wind Velocity

Highest sustained wind

Matagorda – Sept. 11, 1961
SE, 145 mph

Port Lavaca – Sept. 11, 1961
NE, 145 mph

Highest peak gust

Aransas Pass – Aug. 3, 1970
SW, 180 mph

Robstown – Aug. 3, 1970
WSW, 180 mph

These velocities occurred during Hurricane Carla in 1961 and Hurricane Celia in 1970.




Since 1950, there have been six tornadoes recorded of the F5 category, that is, with winds between 261-318 mph. They were:

May 11, 1953

Wichita Falls
April 3, 1964

May 11, 1970

Valley Mills (McLennan Co.)
May 6, 1973

April 19, 1976

Jarrell (Williamson Co.)
May 27, 1997



Wettest year statewide – 2004  (FNEP)1
40.22 in.

1919  (NCDC)2
41.93 in.

Driest year statewide — 1917  (FNEP)1
14.38 in.

1917  (NCDC)2
14.99 in.

Greatest annual – Clarksville — 1873
109.38 in.

Least annual – Wink – 1956
1.76 in.

Greatest in 24 hours – Alvin, July 25-26, 1979
43.00 in.

This is an unofficial estimate of rainfall that occurred during Tropical Storm Claudette. The greatest 24-hour rainfall ever recorded in Texas at an official observing site occurred at Albany, Shackelford County, on Aug. 4, 1978: 29.05 inches.




(Hailstones six inches or greater, since 1950)

Winkler County – May 31, 1960
8.00 in.

Young County – April 14, 1965
7.50 in.

Ward County – May 10, 1991
6.00 in.

Burleson County – Dec. 17, 1995
7.05 in.



Greatest seasonal – Romero3 (Hartley Co.), 1923-1924
65.0 in.

Greatest monthly – Hale Center, Feb. 1956
36.0 in.

Greatest single storm – Hale Center, Feb. 2-5, 1956
33.0 in.

Greatest in 24 Hours – Follett, March 28, 2009
25.0 in.

Maximum depth on ground – Hale Center, Feb. 5, 1956
33.0 in.

OK, I know this is six years old, and I’m flogging this a bit. But these con artists need to be held to account, and the only time to do it is after the event when their predictions start unravelling.

  1. Kelvin Vaughan permalink
    July 11, 2017 1:29 pm

    Perhaps she should read this:

    “Many who thought that they were well informed on the impacts of climate change on the ocean believe scenarios that may happen by 2100 if we do not reduce greenhouse gas emissions have already occurred e.g. loss of Arctic sea-ice in the summer (26% of respondents) and sea temperature increases of more than 2°C (30% of respondents). “This is hugely disturbing because if these changes have already occurred in their minds, what incentive do these citizens have to demand action to prevent such changes?” says Duarte.

    Read more at:

  2. Broadlands permalink
    July 11, 2017 1:30 pm

    According to NOAA the warmest maximum Summer temperature in Texas in 2011 was 100.1°F. The second maximum was 1934 at 97.4°F. 2011 was also the driest Summer in Texas…2.46 inches.

  3. A C Osborn permalink
    July 11, 2017 2:17 pm

    Paul, just look at the wiki entry for Texan Major Hurricanes.
    Texas’s position at the northwestern end of the Gulf of Mexico makes it vulnerable to hurricanes. Some of the most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history have impacted Texas. A hurricane in 1875 killed approximately 400 people in Indianola, followed by another hurricane in 1886 that destroyed the town, which was at the time the most important port city in the state. This allowed Galveston to take over as the chief port city, but it was subsequently devastated by a hurricane in 1900 that killed approximately 8,000 people (possibly as many as 12,000), making it the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Other devastating Texas hurricanes include the 1915 Galveston Hurricane, Hurricane Carla in 1961, Hurricane Beulah in 1967, Hurricane Alicia in 1983, Hurricane Rita in 2005, and Hurricane Ike in 2008.
    1875, 1886, 1900, 1915, 1961, 1967, 1983, 2005 and 2008.

    As you can see a major increase in frequency since CO2 increased in the 1950s /Sarc off

    • July 11, 2017 3:50 pm

      /Sarc on . . . Yes, I see that you are on to something.TX had 4 major hurricanes in the 75 years before 1950, and 5 in the 67 years since 1950. My God, that is an increase of 1, and it occurred in a slightly shorter period of time. What more proof do we need? Now, you must see what you’ve done, as Hayhoe may pick up on this and use it as another of her worthless talking points.
      /Sarc off

  4. Steve Gledhill permalink
    July 11, 2017 2:32 pm

    In the on 9th July is a fascinating fantasy piece deserving of the Broken Crystal Ball prize (if there is such a thing) – “The Uninhabitable Earth” by David Wallace-Wells. We’re doomed Captain Mainwaring, we’re doomed …

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