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April 1997

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April was a much cooler month than normal in College Station. In fact, we tied a record this year for the coldest mean monthly temperature ever recorded in April (sharing the honor now with 1973). This cold stretch caused two records to be broken for the lowest maximum temperature on the 26th and 27th. This last week of April also yielded some heavy amounts of precipitation. Nearly two inches of rain fell on the 25th from very strong thunderstorms, and the rain continued on the 26th and 27th as a front moved through the Brazos Valley. Once again this year, the monthly precipitation was greater than normal, bringing the total for 1997 to 14.21". The yearly total through April is nearly three inches above normal.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 75°F 55°F 0°F 0.16" Maximum 72.3°F ‑6.0°F
2 70°F 61°F +0°F T Minimum 52.2°F ‑5.8°F
3 68°F 62°F 0°F 0.12" Average 62.3°F ‑5.9°F
4 77°F 57°F +2°F 0.46" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 76°F 50°F ‑3°F 0.10" Heating 108 +69
6 72°F 51°F ‑4°F T Cooling 33 ‑102
7 77°F 51°F ‑2°F T Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 66°F 59°F ‑4°F 0.01" Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 ‑1
9 74°F 55°F ‑2°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 75°F 52°F ‑4°F T Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 72°F 46°F ‑8°F 0.29"  
12 56°F 38°F ‑20°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 59°F 39°F ‑19°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 66°F 46°F ‑12°F   Monthly Total 0.57" ‑2.81"
15 68°F 40°F ‑14°F   Year-to-date Total 14.22" +2.99"
16 76°F 42°F ‑9°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 11 +4
17 76°F 46°F ‑8°F    
18 72°F 48°F ‑9°F   Monthly Extremes
19 74°F 57°F ‑4°F 0.11" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 82°F 58°F +1°F   Highest Temperature 88°F 21st
21 88°F 60°F +5°F T Lowest Temperature 38°F 12th
22 76°F 57°F ‑2°F T Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.98" 25th
23 78°F 51°F ‑6°F   Maximum Wind Gust 39 mph 4th
24 78°F 55°F ‑4°F 0.01"  
25 66°F 55°F ‑10°F 1.98" Record Book for April
26 58°F 55°F ‑14°F 0.62" Highest Temperature 96°F 1933
27 56°F 53°F ‑16°F 0.15" Lowest Temperature 28°F 1973
28 74°F 52°F ‑8°F   Highest Minimum 75°F 1994
29 83°F 52°F ‑4°F   Lowest Maximum 42°F 1938
30 82°F 64°F +2°F   Wettest Month 12.51" 1957
  Driest Month 0.08" 1984
  Wettest 24 Hours 5.17" 1969
"T" indicates daily precipitation ≤ 0.005".
BOLDFACE indicates an extreme daily value for the month.
ITALICS indicates a daily record was set or tied.
*Departure from the 1961‑1990 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
26th Lowest maximum temperature 58°F 60°F 1947
27th Lowest maximum temperature 56°F 69°F 1916
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
12th 2nd lowest minimum temperature 38°F 36°F 1940
12th 2nd lowest maximum temperature 56°F 51°F 1940
13th 3rd lowest maximum temperature 59°F 45°F 1980
13th 4th lowest minimum temperature 39°F 31°F 1940
15th Tied 4th lowest minimum temperature 40°F -999°F 1916
16th Tied 4th lowest minimum temperature 42°F 36°F 1961
25th 2nd lowest maximum temperature 66°F 65°F 1958
*NOTE: Records from 1910 through July 1951 are based on observations taken at the Texas Agricultural
Experiment Station main farm located 7 miles SW of College Station. Records from August 1951 through
the present are based on observations taken at Easterwood Field.


May Normals for College Station
Beginning of the month: 81°F/62°F Monthly precipitation: 4.80"
Middle of the month: 84°F/65°F Precipitation days: 8
End of the month: 87°F/68°F Days ≥ 90°F:  6