Texas Climate

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Texas was once a republic; hence, it has more history than other states. The Lone Star State has enough history to have a mandatory full-length class in high schools, colleges, and universities—not many other states could say the same. Cowboy hats, cowboy boots, and jeans remain the image that most people have when they imagine Texas, but Texas and Texans are beyond that. Furthermore, “Texas is the second largest state […and] the second most populous state” (Neilsen-Gammon 1). All throughout the distinct State of Texas, the weather significantly varies from one region to another; thus, more variations in the climatic zones exist than in other states. Texas remains more geographically diverse than most states with its piney woods, desserts,…show more content…
The climate descriptions are in separate categories, which represent the four seasons of the year— winter, spring, summer, and autumn. As well, the weather elements cited in the article demonstrate the effects they have on the meteorological conditions and changes that occur in Texas. The article portrays the climate patterns for the ecological regions of Texas. The major cities are briefly notated within each of the regions. On the other hand, some of the main points that Griffiths and Ainsworth discuss in-depth in One Hundred Years of Texas Weather 1880-1979 are the weather as a whole for the State of Texas and some of the major catastrophes caused by weather conditions that have affected individual cities. Furthermore, they provide annual weather reports, dating back to 1880, broken down into monthly categories for each of the regions, describing records of major and significant weather…show more content…
In part, natural causes and human activity attribute to climate changes. Although, for over one hundred years, meteorologists have kept records of the various temperature, climate, and weather changes in cities, due to these two attributions, climate changes remain unpredictable at times. Weather forecasting represents an interesting yet unpredictable element in our lives; therefore, South Texas serves as a perfect example of the distinct meteorological conditions that cause concern to Texas as a whole. For the purpose of this paper, the focus will be on the changes in weather and climate of sub-tropical steppe and semi-arid brush-land of South Texas. More specifically, the emphasis will be on two major cities in the Coastal Bend of South Texas: Corpus Christi and Galveston. In a brief, yet concise manner, these two cities will be compared to Houston, the closest and largest metropolitan city to us. Found in areas that “are largely arid and treeless” (Neilsen-Gammon 4), these two cities are relatively near the water; consequently, the weather varies from other regions in Texas due to the structure and circulation of the ocean. Furthermore, Neilsen-Gammon firmly establishes that “the Gulf of Mexico provides a source of warm, moist air throughout the year” (4). Nonetheless, at times, the hot temperatures cause devastating weather events which impact the

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