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October 2012

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October brought with it the normal ups and downs associated with the onset of fall in the state of Texas with a series of cold-fronts pushing through roughly once per week. The fronts helped to keep average temperatures for the month slightly below normal for all of Texas except along the Rio Grande and the Coastal Bend, where temperatures were average to above average. Precipitation was more miss than hit in the state, for all major cities recorded less than 50% normal precipitation. The majority of the rain that fell in the month was associated with a frontal system that moved from west to east between October 13-15, bringing short-lived rain showers and cooler temperatures with it. The most potent event that rolled though was the very early frost that came with an arctic cold front on the between October 7-8, sending temperatures dropping over 20 degrees Fahrenheit from the day before and causing a frost advisory to be issued as far south as the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro area.

October was below normal for precipitation for practically the entire state, enough rainfall and below average temperatures prevented any significant changes to drought status; the Climate Prediction Center predicts that the drought will persist across much of the state west of Interstate 35 and minor improvement in drought conditions along the Coastal Bend. Winter looks to bring normal temperatures and precipitation for the state.

Monthly Summary for Selected Cities
  TMAX (°F) TMIN (°F) TAVG (°F) PRCP *Deg. Days
Station Mean *Dep. Max. Mean *Dep. Min. Mean *Dep. Days ≥ 0.01" Mo. Total *Perc. Norm. Gr'st 24 hr. *HDD *CDD
Abilene 75.9 ‑1.4 91 53.4 ‑0.9 33 64.6 ‑1.2 2 0.73 24% 0.50 128 123
Amarillo 72.6 +0.7 90 43.1 ‑1.6 27 57.9 ‑0.4 1 0.01 1% 0.01 242 28
Austin 80.6 ‑1.2 91 59.7 ‑0.9 40 70.2 ‑1.0 5 0.96 25% 0.52 60 228
Brownsville 88.1 +2.4 97 68.5 +1.6 55 78.3 +2.0 5 0.80 21% 0.59 2 421
College Station 81.2 ‑0.2 90 59.2 ‑1.1 41 70.2 ‑0.6 5 2.17 44% 1.16 56 226
Corpus Christi 87.5 +3.1 101 67.1 +2.3 48 77.3 +2.7 2 0.19 5% 0.16 9 400
Dallas‑Fort Worth 77.8 ‑0.5 89 56.1 ‑0.7 38 67.0 ‑0.5 2 1.02 24% 1.02 98 166
Del Rio 84.4 +2.0 94 63.5 +2.5 46 74.0 +2.3 4 0.06 3% 0.03 28 315
El Paso 82.4 +4.2 93 54.8 +2.8 41 68.6 +3.5 2 0.10 16% 0.09 37 157
Galveston 80.4 ‑0.2 86 67.6 ‑0.5 53 74.0 ‑0.3 2 0.51 9% 0.50 15 303
Houston 82.3 +0.3 90 59.5 ‑1.4 42 70.9 ‑0.6 3 1.00 18% 0.58 40 230
Lubbock 74.8 ‑0.4 93 46.5 ‑1.4 26 60.6 ‑0.9 2 0.28 15% 0.28 195 67
Midland 77.2 ‑0.7 91 51.5 ‑0.3 33 64.4 ‑0.4 2 0.12 7% 0.07 123 111
Port Arthur 80.9 +0.3 87 58.3 ‑2.2 40 69.6 ‑1.0 4 1.32 24% 1.05 45 197
San Angelo 78.3 ‑0.5 89 53.1 ‑0.5 30 65.7 ‑0.5 2 0.49 18% 0.48 115 141
San Antonio 80.5 ‑1.7 90 61.0 +0.9 41 70.7 ‑0.5 5 2.40 58% 1.38 55 241
Victoria 83.8 +0.3 93 61.0 +0.1 40 72.4 +0.2 3 0.39 8% 0.29 37 272
Waco 79.6 ‑0.3 93 54.0 ‑2.6 30 66.8 ‑1.5 1 0.06 2% 0.06 110 173
Wichita Falls 74.8 ‑2.2 92 51.1 ‑0.9 29 63.0 ‑1.5 2 0.51 16% 0.39 158 103
Shreveport, LA 77.1 ‑1.1 86 53.7 ‑0.9 37 65.4 ‑1.0 6 4.12 83% 2.12 100 120
Bold-italics indicate a value broke or tied the record from a previous year.
*Dep.: Departure of the monthly average temperature from the 1981-2010 monthly normal, which is provided by the National Climatic Data Center.
*Perc. Norm.: Monthly precipitation total divided by 1981-2010 monthly normal, which is provided by the National Climatic Data Center.
*Deg. Days: Computed daily as the departure of the daily average temperature from 65°F and aggregated over the entire month.
*Heating degree day (HDD): Each unit corresponds to a -1°F departure of a daily average temperature from 65°F.
*Cooling degree day (HDD): Each unit corresponds to a +1°F departure of a daily average temperature from 65°F.

October 2012 Mean Monthly Temperatures October 2012 Total Monthly Precipitation

Monthly Extremes
Least Precipitation Overall for the Month (inches)
Station County Value
ARANSAS WR ARANSAS 0.00
BALLINGER 2 NW RUNNELS 0.00
BROWNWOOD 2ENE BROWN 0.00
BURKETT COLEMAN 0.00
CANADIAN 22SE HEMPHILL 0.00
CARTA VALLEY EDWARDS 0.00
CONCHO PARK IVIE RSVR CONCHO 0.00
CROSBYTON CROSBY 0.00
DRISCOLL NUECES 0.00
EAGLE PASS MAVERICK 0.00
EL INDIO MAVERICK 0.00
FT HANCOCK 8 SSE HUDSPETH 0.00
HUDSPETH RIVER RANCH VAL VERDE 0.00
HUMBLE PUMP STN 5 WN SUTTON 0.00
KERMIT WINKLER 0.00
LANGTRY VAL VERDE 0.00
LEAKEY REAL 0.00
PADUCAH 15 S KING 0.00
PAINT ROCK CONCHO 0.00
PECOS MUNI AP REEVES 0.00
ROBSTOWN NUECES 0.00
ROCKSPRINGS 26SSW EDWARDS 0.00
SANTA ANNA 12SSE COLEMAN 0.00
SEGUIN 1 SSW GUADALUPE 0.00
SLATON LUBBOCK 0.00
VAN HORN CULBERSON 0.00
WELLINGTON COLLINGSWORTH 0.00
Greatest Precipitation Overall for the Month (inches)
Station County Value
LEXINGTON LEE 4.10
Greatest Precipitation in 24 Hours (inches)
Station County Value
MONKSTOWN FANNIN 2.68
Lowest Average Daily Temperature (°F)
Station County Value
BUSHLAND 1 WSW POTTER 54.7
GRUVER HANSFORD 54.7
PERRYTON OCHILTREE 54.7
Highest Average Daily Temperature (°F)
Station County Value
MCALLEN MILLER INTL AP HIDALGO 79.4
Lowest Average Daily Maximum Temperature (°F)
Station County Value
CAPROCK CANYON SP BRISCOE 61.7
Highest Average Daily Maximum Temperature (°F)
Station County Value
FALCON DAM STARR 93.3
Highest Maximum Temperature  (°F)
Station County Value
FALCON DAM STARR 104
MCALLEN MILLER INTL AP HIDALGO 104
Lowest Maximum Temperature  (°F)
Station County Value
CAPROCK CANYON SP BRISCOE 40
Lowest Average Daily Minimum Temperature (°F)
Station County Value
DALHART MUNI AP DALLAM 38.3
DIMMITT 2 N CASTRO 38.3
Highest Average Daily Minimum Temperature (°F)
Station County Value
PORT ISABEL CAMERON AP CAMERON 70.1
Highest Minimum Temperature (°F)
Station County Value
CORPUS CHRISTI INTL AP NUECES 79
CORPUS CHRISTI NAS NUECES 79
LAREDO INTL AP WEBB 79
ROCKPORT ARANSAS 79
ROCKPORT ARANSAS CO AP ARANSAS 79
Lowest Minimum Temperature (°F)
Station County Value
LIPSCOMB LIPSCOMB 16

New Monthly Records
Least Precipitation Overall for the Month (inches)
Station County Value Previous Record Yrs. Data
ARANSAS WR ARANSAS 0.00 0.00 (1952) 64
BALLINGER 2 NW RUNNELS 0.00 0.00 (1992) 111
BROWNWOOD 2ENE BROWN 0.00 0.00 (1952) 104
BURKETT COLEMAN 0.00 0.00 (1980) 58
CARTA VALLEY EDWARDS 0.00 0.00 (2007) 40
CORSICANA CAMPBELL FLD NAVARRO 0.57 1.02 (2005) 13
CROSBYTON CROSBY 0.00 0.00 (1992) 117
EAGLE PASS MAVERICK 0.00 0.00 (2010) 111
EL INDIO MAVERICK 0.00 0.00 (2010) 35
FT HANCOCK 8 SSE HUDSPETH 0.00 0.00 (2001) 40
GLEN COVE 2 NE COLEMAN 0.19 1.04 (2007) 11
HUDSPETH RIVER RANCH VAL VERDE 0.00 0.00 (2010) 25
HUMBLE PUMP STN 5 WN SUTTON 0.00 0.00 (1993) 54
LANGTRY VAL VERDE 0.00 0.00 (2010) 63
LEAKEY REAL 0.00 0.23 (1988) 23
LONGVIEW E TX RGNL AP GREGG 1.25 1.26 (2005) 13
PADUCAH 15 S KING 0.00 0.00 (2003) 36
PAINT ROCK CONCHO 0.00 0.00 (1950) 84
POINT COMFORT CALHOUN 0.16 0.30 (1961) 47
ROBSTOWN NUECES 0.00 0.00 (2010) 66
ROCKPORT ARANSAS 0.17 0.40 (2010) 54
ROCKSPRINGS 26SSW EDWARDS 0.00 0.00 (2010) 18
SAN ANGELO WFO TOM GREEN 0.34 0.90 (2007) 10
SEGUIN 1 SSW GUADALUPE 0.00 0.06 (2010) 20
SILSBEE 4 N HARDIN 0.55 0.76 (2000) 15
SILVER VALLEY COLEMAN 0.07 0.07 (1980) 39
SLATON LUBBOCK 0.00 0.00 (2001) 63
SOUTHLAND GARZA 0.04 0.08 (2007) 13
TERRELL MUNI AP KAUFMAN 0.62 0.79 (2003) 14
UTOPIA UVALDE 0.36 0.36 (2010) 19
VAN HORN CULBERSON 0.00 0.00 (1991) 66
WELLINGTON COLLINGSWORTH 0.00 0.00 (1992) 64
WILDWOOD TYLER 0.57 1.46 (2010) 18
Lowest Average Daily Temperature (°F)
Station County Value Previous Record Yrs. Data
TORNILLO 2 SSE EL PASO 59.2 60.3 (1984) 32
Highest Average Daily Temperature (°F)
Station County Value Previous Record Yrs. Data
CASTOLON BREWSTER 75.9 75.8 (2011) 26
DELL CITY 5 SSW HUDSPETH 65.9 65.7 (2001) 30
FT DAVIS JEFF DAVIS 65.1 64.6 (1998) 33
Lowest Average Daily Maximum Temperature (°F)
Station County Value Previous Record Yrs. Data
CHEAPSIDE GONZALES 81.4 81.5 (2001) 10
COLETO CREEK RSVR GOLIAD 81.1 81.5 (2009) 10
Highest Average Daily Maximum Temperature (°F)
Station County Value Previous Record Yrs. Data
DELL CITY 5 SSW HUDSPETH 87.5 87.0 (2011) 30
FALCON DAM STARR 93.3 92.3 (2004) 49
Highest Maximum Temperature Ever in the Month (°F)
Station County Value Previous Record Yrs. Data
ALICE INTL AP JIM WELLS 101 98 (2005) 17
CORPUS CHRISTI INTL AP NUECES 101 98 (1950) 70
FALCON DAM STARR 104 101 (1994) 49
FT HOOD BELL 95 94 (2011) 15
HARLINGEN CAMERON 100 100 (1937) 89
HARLINGEN RIO GRANDE AP CAMERON 101 97 (2011) 25
LAREDO INTL AP WEBB 103 103 (2009) 29
MCALLEN MILLER INTL AP HIDALGO 104 103 (1986) 51
MERCEDES 6 SSE HIDALGO 101 100 (1937) 39
PORT ISABEL CAMERON AP CAMERON 95 94 (2011) 10
REFUGIO 3 SW REFUGIO 97 94 (2009) 13
Lowest Maximum Temperature Ever in the Month (°F)
Station County Value Previous Record Yrs. Data
ALVORD 3 N WISE 50 50 (2011) 11
ATLANTA CASS 51 55 (2009) 13
BONITA 4 NW MONTAGUE 49 49 (2011) 11
CEDAR CREEK 5 S BASTROP 55 58 (2009) 10
COLETO CREEK RSVR GOLIAD 62 62 (2003) 10
CORSICANA CAMPBELL FLD NAVARRO 54 57 (2009) 12
DECATUR WISE 51 54 (2009) 11
LONGVIEW GREGG 51 57 (2009) 11
ODESSA ECTOR 50 50 (2003) 13
PALESTINE 6 WNW ANDERSON 55 58 (2009) 10
PORT ISABEL CAMERON AP CAMERON 67 70 (2009) 10
SAN ANGELO WFO TOM GREEN 47 50 (2011) 10
TAYLOR 1 NW WILLIAMSON 54 58 (2009) 12
Lowest Average Daily Minimum Temperature (°F)
Station County Value Previous Record Yrs. Data
BUSHLAND 1 WSW POTTER 39.2 39.3 (2009) 13
CONCHO PARK IVIE RSVR CONCHO 50.9 52.1 (2009) 14
FT WORTH ALLIANCE AP TARRANT 51.6 52.5 (2009) 15
TORNILLO 2 SSE EL PASO 40.6 40.6 (2011) 32
Highest Average Daily Minimum Temperature (°F)
Station County Value Previous Record Yrs. Data
CASTOLON BREWSTER 61.4 60.7 (2002) 27
KENT 8 SE JEFF DAVIS 52.6 51.7 (2011) 16
Highest Minimum Temperature Ever in the Month (°F)
Station County Value Previous Record Yrs. Data
ABERNATHY HALE 65 65 (2005) 17
BIG SPRING HOWARD 72 71 (2011) 57
BIG SPRING HOWARD 72 71 (2011) 46
DALLAS REDBIRD AP DALLAS 76 75 (1998) 12
KENT 8 SE JEFF DAVIS 67 67 (2008) 16
Lowest Minimum Temperature Ever in the Month (°F)
Station County Value Previous Record Yrs. Data
ABILENE 2 TAYLOR 28 33 (2008) 11
ALVORD 3 N WISE 26 28 (2008) 11
ARLINGTON MUNI AP TARRANT 33 33 (2008) 12
BONITA 4 NW MONTAGUE 30 30 (2005) 11
BUSHLAND 1 WSW POTTER 19 22 (2009) 13
CHILDRESS 2 CHILDRESS 27 28 (2000) 15
CONCHO PARK IVIE RSVR CONCHO 31 35 (2010) 14
CONROE MONTGOMERY CO AP MONTGOMERY 33 33 (2010) 12
DALLAS REDBIRD AP DALLAS 36 36 (2005) 12
DENTON MUNI AP DENTON 30 33 (2000) 12
FT WORTH ALLIANCE AP TARRANT 29 30 (2008) 15
HUNTSVILLE MUNI AP WALKER 36 37 (2007) 10
LAKE ALAN HENRY GARZA 26 29 (1997) 19
MADISONVILLE MADISON 21 27 (1993) 61
NEW BRAUNFELS MUNI AP GUADALUPE 36 37 (2011) 13
PLAINVIEW WATER PRODUCTION HALE 25 26 (2009) 13
RAINBOW SOMERVELL 28 28 (2005) 12
THROCKMORTON 7 NE THROCKMORTON 30 32 (2010) 10

Climatic Averages for November
  TMAX (°F) TMIN (°F) PRCP (inches) No. Days in Month Deg. Days
Station Avg. Record Avg. Record Avg. Gr'st Mo. Gr'st 24 hr. ≥ 90°F ≤ 32°F PRCP ≥ 0.01" HDD CDD
Abilene 66.3 92 (1980) 43.0 13 (1887) 1.41 5.82 (1913) 2.48 (2004) 0.1 4.4 4.6 329 19
Amarillo 60.0 87 (1980) 32.5 0 (1976) 0.80 5.09 (1905) 3.01 (1905) 0.0 14.5 4.0 564 1
Austin 71.4 91 (2006) 50.6 20 (1976) 2.96 14.10 (2004) 7.55 (2001) 0.1 0.4 7.5 181 61
Brownsville 79.1 98 (1906) 59.6 27 (1911) 1.82 7.69 (1986) 4.08 (1986) 0.4 0.0 6.0 50 180
College Station 71.0 94 (1921) 50.5 19 (1976) 3.22 13.06 (1907) 5.56 (1907) 0.0 0.7 8.1 188 61
Corpus Christi 76.0 98 (1988) 56.2 27 (2011) 1.97 8.64 (1888) 4.61 (1892) 0.4 0.1 6.0 91 124
Dallas‑Fort Worth 66.9 89 (2005) 46.2 19 (1950) 2.71 7.94 (1918) 4.72 (1918) 0.1 1.8 6.4 282 29
Del Rio 72.0 96 (1988) 49.6 17 (1906) 0.93 4.71 (2004) 2.87 (1914) 0.2 0.6 4.4 173 47
El Paso 66.2 87 (1983) 40.1 1 (1976) 0.49 2.50 (1906) 1.19 (1943) 0.0 4.9 3.1 359 3
Galveston 71.6 85 (1988) 58.6 26 (1911) 4.51 16.18 (1940) 9.01 (1940) 0.0 0.0 8.0 94 97
Houston 72.5 89 (2010) 52.1 19 (1976) 4.34 14.10 (1943) 10.83 (1943) 0.1 0.4 8.2 155 74
Lubbock 63.6 90 (2006) 35.9 ‑1 (1957) 0.85 6.65 (2004) 1.67 (2004) 0.0 9.5 3.8 460 3
Midland 66.6 90 (1996) 39.2 10 (1938) 0.69 5.42 (2004) 2.17 (2004) 0.0 6.4 3.0 370 7
Port Arthur 71.7 90 (1905) 51.8 22 (1976) 4.40 22.74 (1902) 7.70 (1946) 0.0 0.4 8.1 161 64
San Angelo 68.3 93 (1980) 42.3 12 (1911) 1.14 5.18 (2004) 2.57 (2001) 0.1 5.1 4.0 309 18
San Antonio 72.2 94 (1988) 50.1 21 (1976) 2.28 9.46 (2004) 4.87 (1977) 0.1 1.1 6.7 178 62
Victoria 74.2 93 (1988) 51.8 24 (1976) 3.24 16.14 (2004) 9.20 (2004) 0.1 0.5 7.3 140 80
Waco 68.5 92 (1988) 46.5 17 (1976) 2.82 10.36 (1902) 4.26 (1952) 0.1 2.6 7.3 261 36
Wichita Falls 65.1 89 (1988) 40.3 14 (1950) 1.65 7.39 (1902) 3.15 (1902) 0.0 5.8 5.3 381 12
Shreveport, LA 67.5 88 (1984) 45.2 16 (1976) 4.53 10.81 (1987) 6.51 (1987) 0.0 2.7 8.7 285 25
Climatic averages are based on 1981-2010 monthly normals, which are provided by the National Climatic Data Center.