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April 2004

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The Brazos Valley experienced a wide range of temperatures in the month of April. A late season cold front on Easter weekend dropped temperatures 22°F from the previous day with a high of only 57°F. Yet, in three days, temperatures rebounded back into the upper 70s. Toward the middle and end of the month, numerous upper level disturbances traveled across the state leaving heavy rainfall and thunderstorm activity in their wake. On the 10th and 11th, 0.60" and 0.29" of precipitation fell respectively. Numerous hail and high wind reports were made on the 10th as a result of the incoming cold front. Just to the north of College Station in Hearne in Robertson County, high winds were reported on the 10th when trees were reportedly blown down onto power lines. Severe weather reports were also made in Burleson County. Heavy rainfall was reported on the 24th and 25th, with a 2-day total of 2.48" due to an approaching cold front that was much weaker than the mid-month cold blast. The month of April concluded with temperatures mild, and in the 80s, and with above normal precipitation of 4.20", a departure from normal of exactly an inch.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 85°F 51°F +3°F   Maximum 78.5°F ‑0.3°F
2 80°F 58°F +4°F 0.06" Minimum 59.1°F +2.2°F
3 81°F 57°F +4°F   Average 68.8°F +0.9°F
4 79°F 59°F +4°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 78°F 62°F +4°F   Heating 40 0
6 70°F 58°F ‑2°F 0.64" Cooling 162 +35
7 84°F 57°F +4°F 0.08" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 80°F 54°F +1°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 ‑1
9 84°F 57°F +4°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 79°F 57°F +1°F 0.60" Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 57°F 51°F ‑13°F 0.29"  
12 58°F 45°F ‑16°F T Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 68°F 43°F ‑12°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 74°F 45°F ‑8°F   Monthly Total 0.57" ‑2.63"
15 78°F 49°F ‑4°F   Year-to-date Total 17.44" +5.70"
16 81°F 58°F +2°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 9 +2
17 83°F 61°F +4°F    
18 81°F 63°F +4°F   Monthly Extremes
19 82°F 66°F +5°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 81°F 65°F +4°F   Highest Temperature 86°F 22nd, 23rd
21 83°F 67°F +6°F   Lowest Temperature 43°F 13th
22 86°F 71°F +10°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.38" 25th-26th
23 86°F 73°F +10°F   Maximum Wind Gust 39 mph 24th
24 76°F 65°F +0°F 1.12"  
25 72°F 66°F ‑1°F 1.36" Record Book for April
26 81°F 62°F +2°F 0.02" Highest Temperature 96°F 1933
27 83°F 58°F 0°F   Lowest Temperature 28°F 1973
28 77°F 58°F ‑4°F T Highest Minimum 75°F 1994
29 85°F 66°F +4°F 0.03" Lowest Maximum 42°F 1938
30 84°F 71°F +6°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
11th Tied lowest maximum temperature 57°F 57°F 1959
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
12th 3rd lowest maximum temperature 58°F 51°F 1940
23rd Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 73°F 74°F 1999
30th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 71°F 73°F 1933
*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