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April 2005

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The month of April was much drier and cooler than normal for the Brazos Valley. The month began with warming temperatures as a high pressure system dominated the entire state. College Station received 0.94" of rain on the 4th due to a weak cold front that moved across the state. This would be almost 75 percent of the rain for all of April. Temperatures warmed to the 80s before another week cold front moved through on the 10th. For the week that followed, temperatures stayed consistently in the upper 70s and low 80s as a high pressure system settled over the area. Another weak cold front pushed through on the 19th giving way to a significant warm up during the third week of the month. A stronger cold front passed through on the 23rd, and a new record low of 44°F was set on the 24th. Temperatures quickly warmed up, though, and the monthly maximum of 88°F was set on the 28th. One last cold front moved through on the 30th cooling temperatures down as May began. For the month, College Station received only 1.25" of rain, almost 2" below normal. Despite the dry month, the area is still more than 2" above normal for all of 2005.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 67°F 49°F ‑7°F   Maximum 78.1°F ‑0.7°F
2 73°F 40°F ‑8°F   Minimum 55.7°F ‑1.2°F
3 76°F 44°F ‑5°F   Average 66.9°F ‑1.0°F
4 75°F 54°F 0°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 78°F 62°F +4°F 0.94" Heating 34 ‑6
6 78°F 57°F +2°F   Cooling 102 ‑25
7 77°F 54°F 0°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 80°F 53°F +0°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 ‑1
9 82°F 57°F +4°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 75°F 65°F +3°F T Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 78°F 56°F 0°F 0.16"  
12 79°F 50°F ‑2°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 81°F 54°F +0°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 78°F 55°F 0°F   Monthly Total 0.57" ‑2.63"
15 76°F 56°F ‑2°F   Year-to-date Total 14.06" +2.32"
16 79°F 53°F ‑2°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 6 ‑1
17 79°F 56°F 0°F    
18 80°F 63°F +4°F   Monthly Extremes
19 78°F 63°F +2°F 0.02" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 83°F 66°F +6°F 0.01" Highest Temperature 88°F 28th
21 84°F 65°F +6°F   Lowest Temperature 40°F 2nd
22 87°F 65°F +7°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.95" 5th-6th
23 73°F 52°F ‑8°F   Maximum Wind Gust 38 mph 1st
24 73°F 44°F ‑12°F T  
25 69°F 57°F ‑7°F 0.03" Record Book for April
26 77°F 56°F ‑4°F   Highest Temperature 96°F 1933
27 87°F 50°F ‑2°F   Lowest Temperature 28°F 1973
28 88°F 63°F +4°F   Highest Minimum 75°F 1994
29 84°F 62°F +2°F T Lowest Maximum 42°F 1938
30 70°F 51°F ‑10°F 0.09" 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 Lowest minimum temperature 44°F 45°F 1944
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
1st Tied 4th lowest maximum temperature 67°F 59°F 1915
25th 3rd lowest maximum temperature 69°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: 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