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April 2003

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This month saw very little precipitation in the Brazos Valley with the monthly total standing at a paltry 0.17", which is 3.03" below the normal. This puts the yearly total at 1.52" below normal, so we hope to see a wetter month of May. Average high temperatures were 1.4°F and average lows 2.5°F above normal, respectively. A record high temperature was reported on the 24th of the month of April with a temperature of 91°F. A very late season cold front passed through the area on the 8th, dropping high temperatures almost 20°F from the previous day. A 3rd lowest minimum temperature of 38°F was reported on the 9th, and another near record on the 10th with a 2nd lowest minimum temperature of 36°F. An additional front on the 21st dropped temperatures on the 22nd and the 4th lowest maximum temperature of 73°F was reported. The month of April concluded with high temperatures slightly above normal with dry conditions as well.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 76°F 50°F ‑2°F   Maximum 80.2°F +1.4°F
2 78°F 55°F +2°F   Minimum 59.4°F +2.5°F
3 77°F 61°F +4°F   Average 69.8°F +1.9°F
4 81°F 66°F +8°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 84°F 67°F +10°F   Heating 34 ‑6
6 78°F 67°F +6°F 0.03" Cooling 185 +58
7 84°F 65°F +8°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 65°F 47°F ‑10°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 1 0
9 67°F 38°F ‑14°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 74°F 36°F ‑12°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 77°F 50°F ‑4°F    
12 82°F 52°F 0°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 83°F 54°F +2°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 83°F 59°F +4°F   Monthly Total 0.57" ‑2.63"
15 82°F 64°F +5°F   Year-to-date Total 10.23" ‑1.51"
16 86°F 65°F +8°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 3 ‑4
17 84°F 63°F +6°F T  
18 84°F 66°F +7°F   Monthly Extremes
19 76°F 68°F +3°F 0.01" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 75°F 63°F 0°F T Highest Temperature 91°F 24th
21 81°F 63°F +3°F   Lowest Temperature 36°F 10th
22 73°F 58°F ‑4°F 0.13" Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.24" 22nd
23 80°F 64°F +2°F T Maximum Wind Gust 33 mph 15th
24 91°F 71°F +11°F T  
25 83°F 61°F +2°F   Record Book for April
26 85°F 57°F +1°F   Highest Temperature 96°F 1933
27 87°F 60°F +2°F   Lowest Temperature 28°F 1973
28 83°F 62°F +2°F T Highest Minimum 75°F 1994
29 83°F 63°F +2°F   Lowest Maximum 42°F 1938
30 85°F 66°F +4°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 1971‑2000 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
24th Tied highest maximum temperature 91°F 91°F 1925
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
10th 3rd lowest minimum temperature 36°F 28°F 1973
*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: 82°F/61°F Monthly precipitation: 5.05"
Middle of the month: 85°F/65°F Precipitation days: 8
End of the month: 88°F/68°F Days ≥ 90°F:  6