Driest June in Houston's Recorded History
by: Laurie Johnson, June 23, 2005 5:06:00 am
So far it's the driest Houston June in recorded history -- so dry that today some some area residents now have to ration their water use.
Records for Houston area rainfalls go back as far as 1889, and this month's levels are the lowest in that time. Intercontinental Airport recorded less than a tenth of an inch of rain this month, although some parts of West and Southwest Houston had more than an inch. Meteorologist Chris Hebert with Impact Weather says it's so dry because an area of low pressure has settled over the East Coast.
But Hebert says the pattern seems to be slowly changing and more moisture is likely in the forecast for July. But that doesn't help residents of the City of Dickinson. The water district there recorded a 100 percent capacity useage of treated drinking water over the weekend. Water District General Manager David Paulissen says that triggered mandatory water rationing for Dickinson residents effective today.
Paulissen says the water capacity is back closer to normal levels, but the water rationing is in effect for 30 days.