Articles for July 2014

Flaming Mountains and One Big Thermometer

We stumbled across this image and had to share! Chinese tourists walk past a huge thermometer near the Flaming Mountain in TurpanOf course Houston gets hot and we gripe and complain (until it gets cold and then we gripe and complain) but can you imagine living at Flaming Mountains, China?

Even the name makes you break out in a sweat!  In 2008 the highest temp there was a record-breaking 152.2 degrees Fahrenheit.  Journey to the West is a Chinese novel published in the 16th century which claims that this area was created when the Monkey King created a big disturbance in Heaven and knocked over a kiln.  This picture shows the large thermometer erected to monitor the temperature.

Houston May and June 2014 Weather Facts

May 2014

houston springAverage high temperature: 83
Average low temperature: 65
Highest High: 88 (3 days)
Lowest Low: 50
Precipitation: 10.37 inches

In May 2014, there were 5 days with higher than average high temperatures There were 20 days with below average low temps. Precipitation was 5.62 inches above normal (YAY!). The record low for Houston in May was 44 degrees set in 1978; the record high was set in 1998 with 100 degrees.

June 2014

Average high temperature: 90
Average low temperature: 75
Highest High: 93
Lowest Low: 69
Precipitation: 2.98 inches

June 2014 had 12 days with above average high temperatures. There were 7 days with below average low temps. Precipitation was 4.12 inches below normal. The record low for Houston in June was 56 degrees set in 1984. The record high for June was 105 degrees in 2013.