This effect doesn't manifest so much in the non-extreme weather conditions we have most of the year, but at the top of the summer when the upper Texas coast is baking under relentless high pressure, that's when it becomes most apparent.
Here's how I did my rough analysis using the map published yesterday. This is very simple stuff, but it makes for nice pictures, so here they are.
|Centerpointe spotted in red on a Googlemap.|
|Temperature prediction map overlain roughly to scale on the Googlemap, because the original prediction map was largely devoid of fine-scale geographic references.|
And every little bit helps. In the evenings when I'm playing outside with the neighborhood kids or walking our dog, a five degree temperature reduction is a Godsend.
I first noticed this three years ago after moving to Centerpointe from the far north side of Clear Lake, where I lived for seven years. I'd routinely step outside and think, "Oh my gosh - it's so much cooler here." I wondered if it wasn't an artifact of my perception - maybe I am older now with poorer blood circulation and I just think it's cooler. Or I thought perhaps it was a perceptual artifact of increased air movement because the newer sections of Centerpointe have no mature trees to block the breeze, whereas north Clear Lake is walled off by subdivision trees.
But no, those maps above suggest that we can sometimes expect an absolute reduction in temperature by virtue of our moderated location (assuming the prediction map is accurate and generally representative of summer high-pressure reality). We can call that benefit a tiny silver lining on the cloud of our coastal county windstorm insurance rates.