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April 2006

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The Brazos Valley started off warm and dry for April 2006. For the first seven days of the month, the average departure from normal was 9.5°F, with record or near record temperatures. A record high minimum temperature was set on the 1st with a minimum temperature of 71°F. A dry cold front brought some relief to the region on the 8th. The temperatures remained close to normal for the next few days until the heat came on again. Temperatures were above average from the 11th through the 25th; with the average departure for normal during this time was 6.6°F. The month reported its first measurable rainfall on the 20th as thunderstorms associated with a dryline moved across the area. There was one storm report in Bryan related to wind damage caused by these storms. A squall line also moved through the area overnight between the 20th and 21st resulting in 1.10" of rainfall. This front did not bring any relief to the warm condition, but a strong cold front, which moved through the area on the 25th, did. The cold front, which reduced temperatures from a high of 85°F on the 25th to a high of 73°F on the 26th, also brought some severe weather to the College Station area. Ping-pong ball to golf ball size hail was reported in areas around the Texas A&M campus. Rainfall from this system totaled 0.62". Temperatures warmed up quickly after the front passed, but another system pushed into the Bryan/College Station region on the 29th. A squall line developed along a frontal boundary and produced 0.63" of rainfall on the morning of the 29th. The monthly average of 73.1°F was 5.1°F above normal, while the precipitation total of 2.45" was 0.75" below normal. The average minimum temperature was 62.7°F, which is 5.8°F above normal.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 85°F 71°F +13°F T Maximum 83.4°F +4.6°F
2 85°F 69°F +12°F T Minimum 62.7°F +5.8°F
3 81°F 65°F +8°F   Average 73.0°F +5.1°F
4 83°F 61°F +7°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 84°F 68°F +10°F   Heating 3 ‑37
6 82°F 67°F +8°F T Cooling 251 +124
7 89°F 62°F +10°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 73°F 52°F ‑4°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 4 +3
9 79°F 50°F ‑2°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 79°F 53°F ‑1°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 80°F 56°F +1°F    
12 79°F 61°F +3°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 82°F 64°F +6°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 85°F 63°F +7°F   Monthly Total 0.57" ‑2.63"
15 87°F 66°F +8°F   Year-to-date Total 13.60" +1.86"
16 91°F 70°F +12°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 5 ‑2
17 93°F 70°F +14°F    
18 94°F 69°F +14°F T Monthly Extremes
19 90°F 67°F +10°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 80°F 64°F +3°F 0.56" Highest Temperature 94°F 18th
21 80°F 64°F +3°F 0.64" Lowest Temperature 50°F 9th
22 86°F 63°F +6°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.20" 20th-21st
23 86°F 64°F +5°F   Maximum Wind Gust 37 mph 29th
24 85°F 70°F +8°F    
25 85°F 57°F +1°F 0.34" Record Book for April
26 73°F 55°F ‑6°F 0.28" Highest Temperature 96°F 1933
27 77°F 55°F ‑5°F   Lowest Temperature 28°F 1973
28 84°F 67°F +4°F T Highest Minimum 75°F 1994
29 81°F 62°F +0°F 0.63" Lowest Maximum 42°F 1938
30 85°F 55°F ‑1°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
1st Highest minimum temperature 71°F 68°F 1935
17th Highest maximum temperature 93°F 91°F 1925
18th Highest maximum temperature 94°F 93°F 1925
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
2nd Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 69°F 71°F 1956
7th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 89°F 93°F 1930
16th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 91°F 96°F 1920
19th Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 90°F 95°F 1951
*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