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April 2000

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The Brazos Valley experienced a return to normal temperatures during the month of April. The mean monthly temperature was slightly below normal, a break from the pattern of above-normal temperatures recorded in previous months. One new temperature record was set, on the 23rd, and nine temperatures were near records. However, precipitation once again failed to reach normal amounts, as drought conditions continue to plague the area. Easterwood Field was 1.42" below normal for the month of April, increasing the year-to-date deficit. On the 1st, a low pressure system centered over West Texas triggered showers and thunderstorms which brought much needed rain to the Brazos Valley through the 3rd of the month. The lowest temperature of the month, a chilly 38°F, occurred on the 4th after the cold front associated with this system moved through. After a brief warm spell, more rain and cooler temperatures returned as a frontal system moved into the area on the 7th. Another cool front moved through on the 11th, bringing cooler temperatures and rain yet again. However, warmer weather returned as high temperatures remained above 80°F from the 15th through the end of the month.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 73°F 57°F 0°F 0.03" Maximum 79.8°F +1.5°F
2 67°F 56°F ‑4°F 0.57" Minimum 56.2°F ‑1.8°F
3 70°F 47°F ‑6°F 0.49" Average 68.0°F ‑0.2°F
4 67°F 38°F ‑12°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 78°F 42°F ‑6°F   Heating 54 +15
6 82°F 55°F +2°F   Cooling 153 +18
7 85°F 62°F +8°F 0.19" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 66°F 43°F ‑12°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 1 0
9 73°F 40°F ‑10°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 77°F 56°F 0°F T Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 80°F 62°F +4°F T  
12 72°F 58°F ‑2°F 0.68" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 70°F 52°F ‑7°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 71°F 47°F ‑9°F   Monthly Total 0.57" ‑2.81"
15 82°F 58°F +2°F   Year-to-date Total 8.58" ‑2.65"
16 86°F 67°F +8°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 5 ‑2
17 85°F 63°F +5°F    
18 86°F 64°F +6°F   Monthly Extremes
19 86°F 71°F +10°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 82°F 57°F +0°F T Highest Temperature 91°F 23rd
21 80°F 51°F ‑4°F   Lowest Temperature 38°F 4th
22 83°F 46°F ‑4°F T Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.82" 2nd-3rd
23 91°F 65°F +8°F   Maximum Wind Gust 29 mph 8th
24 83°F 58°F 0°F    
25 84°F 57°F 0°F   Record Book for April
26 87°F 57°F +1°F   Highest Temperature 96°F 1933
27 89°F 62°F +4°F   Lowest Temperature 28°F 1973
28 87°F 64°F +4°F   Highest Minimum 75°F 1994
29 86°F 64°F +4°F   Lowest Maximum 42°F 1938
30 86°F 68°F +6°F T 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
23rd Tied highest maximum temperature 91°F 91°F 1925
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
4th 2nd lowest minimum temperature 38°F 37°F 1987
19th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 71°F 72°F 1972
27th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 89°F 91°F 1987
*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