It is March again so don’t forget to wear a pinch proof color St.Patrick’s Day!
Temperatures in March average 74 degrees for the high and 55 degrees for the low.
Houston’s record high for March is 96 degrees set in 1946 and the record low is degrees 22 set in 1943.
The average humidity for Houston in March is about 62%.
You can expect an average of 3.36 inches of rain this month.
Fun Fact: March is named after Mars, the Roman god of war because the Roman battle season began in spring.
February means chocolate boxes, pretty flowers and stuffed animals have returned to Houston Texas in preparation for Valentines Day!
Temperatures average is a nice 67 degrees for the high and 48 degrees for the low.
Houston’s record high for the month of February is 87 degrees set in 1986 and the record low is degrees 14 set in 1951.
The average humidity for Houston in February is about 65%.
On average February is Houston’s driest month with less than 3 inches of rainfall.
Fun Fact: February is National Boost-Your-Self-Esteem Month!
October is a month where Houston certainly sees a change in temperature. This month the temperature will fall an average of 8 degrees from the 1st day of the month to the last day. The average high is 82 degrees and low is 59 degrees.
October is considered the rainiest month in Houston, on average it will rain at least 7-10 days during October. Rainfall averages 4.5″ during this month.
Humidity averages 75% and sunshine will be evident 19-20 days during the month.
Daylight decreases quite a bit this month dropping a total of 50 minutes from October 1st to October 31st.
Houston is considered #10 on the most humid cities in America list, with an average humidity level of 75%. It ranks #8 in the top 10 most uncomfortable cities for combinations of summer heat and humidity. The average September temperature is 89 degrees for the high and 69 degrees for the low. Average September rainfall is 4.33 inches.
Sugarland averages 5.10 inches of rain in September. Average temperatures for September are 91 for the high and 71 for the low.
Energy use goes up significantly during the summer months in the Houston area due to high heat and humidity, which puts a great deal of pressure on electric companies to have enough energy to keep the largest city in Texas cool.
Houston was once touted as the “World’s Most Air Conditioned City”. Quite a claim for a city that by 1920 cooled its rooms, auditoriums and restaurants by placing a block of ice in a container and then circulating the ice water to fan radiators.
The first public room in Houston to be air-conditioned was the Rice Hotel cafeteria which was air-conditioned in 1922. The Second National Bank was the first air-conditioned building in Houston. An air-conditioner unit was installed there in 1923. Two years later, the Majestic Theatre followed suit. And by 1927, the other movie palaces on Main Street were air-conditioned as the public began expecting cool comfort to enhance their movie viewing pleasure. Houston’s first private home wasn’t air-conditioned until 1932.
The May 1938 issue of “Houston”, the old Chamber of Commerce magazine, described air conditioning as “manufactured weather”. According to that issue, there were 427 air conditioning units already installed, including 126 private homes. Houston at that time had a population of almost 400,000.
Air conditioning was still a luxury for most people through the World War II era. It wasn’t until the 1950s that air conditioning became a middle-class necessity. All new office buildings were constructed with air conditioning. Local city journalists kept a close eye on the expansion of air-conditioning, using Census results to explain how Houston was indeed “the air-conditioning capital of the world.”
In 1965, Houston opened the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. The Astrodome was not only the world’s first dome stadium, but it was also the first air-conditioned stadium.
The overall acceptance and need for air conditioning was the beginning of the end for the typical home design with big front porches, wide eaves and high ceilings. The new, sought-after ranch homes with their low ceilings were much easier to air-condition than the old styles with their high ceilings. Air conditioning also claimed responsibility for the tremendous growth of Houston and other Sunbelt cities. Well, of course! Living through a Houston summer is only endurable if you have access to air conditioning!