Houston Weather: Forecasts and Annual Weather Information for Houston, Texas
Annual Houston Weather Trends
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Houston, Texas weather is fairly mild, with an average high of 78 degrees Fahrenheit, and an average low of 61 degrees year around. The average precipitation, or amount of rain, in Houston each year is 54 inches.
Seasonally, Houston weather can differ greatly. From March to May, spring-like temperatures in the high 80s are experienced, with the chance of thundershowers increasing as the city and surrounding area moves into the summer. From June to September, temperatures upward of 100 degrees or more are possible.
The summer also brings the potential for extremes, from a myriad of thundershowers and rain, to drought conditions. In 2011, Houston, Texas and surrounding communities can expect a dry, arid spring and summer.
Through September to November, beautiful fall weather sets in, with temperatures in the 50s to 70s a normal trend. December through February brings chilly to moderate temperatures, from the teens to 60s, dependent especially on El Nino/La Nina forecasts.
Houston Weather & Seasons
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Houston Weather Risks
From frigid temperatures to sweltering heat, Houston weather can bring its own risks to health and property with each passing season. Whether you are traveling or are a resident, take these warnings into consideration to protect yourself, your family and your home.
- Hurricanes - With the warm Houston temperatures and the vast expanse of the Gulf of Mexico, hurricanes are a complicated and consistent threat to the Texas Gulf Coast each summer. Keeping track of hurricane forecasts is important during the late summer and into the fall. Tropical Storms are also a regular occurrence.
- Flash Floods - Locals are aware that flash flooding can occur in any season, regardless of Houston weather forecasts. Even a small chance of rain can bring high water to low-lying areas of the city and Harris County. If you see a roadway covered in water, do not attempt to drive through it. Instead, seek higher ground, even if it means abandoning your vehicle. Property can be replaced--lives cannot.
- Sunburns - Without a doubt, the UVA rays of a Houston summer can do more than make the blood boil--it could also cause serious health problems, including sunburns. Make sure to cover up, using sunscreen, wear loose-fitting clothing, and consider wearing a hat and sunglasses to minimize exposure.
- Air Quality - From pollen to Houston air pollution, those with sensitivities to air quality should be especially careful in the spring and summer. Check local Houston weather forecasts for air quality reports.
- Ice/Sleet/Snow - In the winter, the presence of ice, sleet or snow can accumulate on bridges. With wetter winters in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the incidences of the white stuff are becoming more commonplace in Houston, Texas. If you do not have to drive during these events, stay home. If you must, practice safe driving practices, avoid sudden stops to prevent skidding, and know where you are going.
Houston Weather Forecasts
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