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April 1998

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College Station experienced cooler than normal temperatures and dry conditions during April. After receiving only 35% of the normal monthly precipitation, annual totals have started to approach near normal values for 1998. Mean monthly temperatures were nearly 3°F below normal, mostly due to the anomalously low minimum temperatures observed across the Brazos Valley. The -4.8°F departure places the month's mean minimum temperature in the lowest decile of observations from Easterwood Field. The average minimum temperature of 51.7°F for the period between the 17th and the 30th is the lowest ever recorded for that two week period in College Station. This was highlighted by the month's only broken record on the 23rd.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 80°F 46°F ‑2°F   Maximum 77.4°F ‑0.9°F
2 73°F 45°F ‑6°F   Minimum 53.2°F ‑4.8°F
3 78°F 51°F 0°F   Average 65.3°F ‑2.9°F
4 72°F 48°F ‑5°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 75°F 47°F ‑5°F   Heating 53 +14
6 77°F 53°F ‑1°F T Cooling 69 ‑66
7 87°F 66°F +10°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 82°F 60°F +4°F 0.10" Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 ‑1
9 75°F 45°F ‑7°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 78°F 45°F ‑6°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 81°F 46°F ‑4°F    
12 79°F 58°F +2°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 79°F 65°F +4°F 0.01" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 84°F 66°F +7°F   Monthly Total 0.57" ‑2.81"
15 79°F 69°F +6°F   Year-to-date Total 12.65" +1.42"
16 81°F 62°F +4°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 7 0
17 70°F 57°F ‑6°F T  
18 69°F 50°F ‑10°F 0.01" Monthly Extremes
19 78°F 43°F ‑8°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 79°F 47°F ‑6°F   Highest Temperature 87°F 7th
21 73°F 52°F ‑6°F 0.32" Lowest Temperature 42°F 22nd
22 77°F 42°F ‑10°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.48" 26th-27th
23 81°F 44°F ‑8°F   Maximum Wind Gust 31 mph 12th
24 84°F 56°F ‑1°F    
25 80°F 60°F ‑1°F   Record Book for April
26 72°F 64°F ‑3°F 0.33" Highest Temperature 96°F 1933
27 71°F 58°F ‑6°F 0.39" Lowest Temperature 28°F 1973
28 70°F 52°F ‑10°F 0.01" Highest Minimum 75°F 1994
29 74°F 51°F ‑8°F   Lowest Maximum 42°F 1938
30 84°F 48°F ‑5°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
22nd Tied lowest minimum temperature 42°F 42°F 1959
23rd Lowest minimum temperature 44°F 45°F 1959
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
15th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 69°F 71°F 1967
18th Tied 2nd lowest maximum temperature 69°F 67°F 1939
19th 4th lowest minimum temperature 43°F 39°F 1953
20th 4th lowest minimum temperature 47°F 40°F 1953
28th Tied 2nd lowest maximum temperature 70°F 67°F 1932
29th Tied 4th lowest minimum temperature 51°F 44°F 1916
30th 3rd lowest minimum temperature 48°F 44°F 1996
*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