More Rainfall Data for North Texas


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
412 PM CDT TUE JUN 19 2007

...RAINFALL TOTALS FROM JUNE 17-18...

THE HIGHEST RAINFALL TOTALS FROM THE STORMS DURING THE EARLY
MORNING HOURS OF JUNE 18 EXCEEDED 8 INCHES IN A COUPLE OF LOCATIONS.
THE HIGHEST RAIN GAUGE TOTAL WAS RECORDED IN GAINESVILLE BY NWS
AUTOMATED EQUIPMENT AND MEASURED 8.80 INCHES FOR THE STORM TOTAL. THE
MOST INTENSE RAINFALL WAS RECORDED BETWEEN 6 AND 7 AM MONDAY MORNING
AND MEASURED 3.61 INCHES FOR THE ONE HOUR PERIOD. A CORPS OF
ENGINEERS RAIN GAUGE IN THE TOWN OF COLLINSVILLE RECORDED 8.41 INCHES
FOR THE STORM TOTAL. SEVERAL OTHER LOCATIONS IN NORTH TEXAS RECORDED
BETWEEN 2 AND 5.5 INCHES OF RAINFALL DURING THIS HEAVY RAIN EVENT.

SOME ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS FROM JUNE 18 2007...

SHERMAN COOP OBSERVER 7.10 DENTON ASOS 4.00
VALLEY VIEW 3.34 TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY 3.30
ALLIANCE AIRPORT ASOS 2.95 NWS OFFICE 2.76
LAKE RAY ROBERTS 2.72

ALTHOUGH NO GAUGES WERE IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA OF THE HALTOM CITY
FLOODING...ESTIMATED RAINFALL IN THIS AREA WAS BETWEEN 2 AND 3
INCHES.


...RECORD FLOODING IN GAINESVILLE...

A NEW FLOOD OF RECORD WAS MEASURED ON THE ELM FORK OF THE TRINITY
RIVER AT GAINESVILLE. THE US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAS DETERMINED THE
NEW RECORD STAGE IS 28.50 FEET AND OCCURRED AT 815 AM ON MONDAY JUNE
18. THE OLD RECORD STAGE WAS 28.10 FEET ON SEPTEMBER 1ST 1986.


...SOME THOUGHTS REGARDING WEATHER RADIO...

THE DEVASTATING FLOODING WAS A REMINDER OF THE VALUE OF WEATHER
RADIO. OUR MEDIA PARTNERS ACROSS NORTH TEXAS DO AN EXCELLENT JOB OF
BROADCASTING INFORMATION TO THEIR VIEWERS AND LISTENERS.
UNFORTUNATELY...MANY PEOPLE WERE ASLEEP AS THE STORMS MOVED
THROUGH...AND DID NOT HAVE THEIR RADIOS OR TELEVISIONS ON. IN A LATE
NIGHT EVENT...AS WE HAD SUNDAY NIGHT/MONDAY MORNING...A WEATHER RADIO
IS AN IMPORTANT DEVICE TO OWN.

THE WEATHER RADIO SYSTEM PERFORMS AS A SMOKE DETECTOR FOR SEVERE
WEATHER. WEATHER RADIO IS A 24-HOUR BROADCAST OF INFORMATION WHICH
ORIGINATES FROM OUR FORECAST OFFICE IN FORT WORTH. WHEN WE ISSUE A
WEATHER WARNING...THE SYSTEM BROADCASTS SPECIAL CODES WHICH ACTIVATE
ALARMS ON THE WEATHER RADIO RECEIVERS. THE NEWER WEATHER RADIO MODELS
HAVE A TECHNOLOGY CALLED /SAME/ WHICH ENABLES LISTENERS TO PROGRAM
THE COUNTIES FOR WHICH THE RADIO ALARM ACTIVATES.

WEATHER RADIO RECEIVERS CAN BE PURCHASED AT ELECTRONICS STORES...
SOME LARGER DEPARTMENT AND HOME IMPROVEMENT STORES...AND OVER THE
INTERNET. PORTABLE HAND-HELD RADIOS COST AROUND $30...AND DESKTOP
MODELS COST BETWEEN $40 AND $70 DEPENDING ON THE FEATURES. WHEN
SHOPPING FOR A WEATHER RADIO...WE RECOMMEND THAT THE RADIO HAVE THE
/SAME/ TECHNOLOGY...AND WE RECOMMEND THAT IT HAVE A BATTERY BACKUP.

$$

CARLE/WOODALL
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Putnam has been storm chasing since 1990 and is a co-founder of Hook-Echo.com. For his day job, Putnam works in emergency management for information technology.
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