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April 2008

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April 2008 saw drastic swings in temperatures throughout the month. The month started out on the warm side with highs in the 80s and lows in the upper 60s. There were several near records for highest minimum and maximum temperatures in the first week of the month. A series of cold fronts in the middle of the month knocked temperatures down to seasonal or below average. A moderating trend then occurred the latter half of the month with high temperatures approaching the 90°F mark. Despite the wild swing in temperatures, the monthly average temperature of 68.6°F was only 0.7°F above normal. The monthly precipitation total of 2.74" was about half an inch below normal.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 86°F 65°F +10°F   Maximum 79.5°F +0.7°F
2 79°F 62°F +6°F T Minimum 57.7°F +0.8°F
3 82°F 70°F +11°F   Average 68.6°F +0.7°F
4 74°F 52°F ‑2°F 1.28" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 72°F 46°F ‑7°F   Heating 44 +4
6 79°F 51°F ‑1°F   Cooling 158 +31
7 82°F 62°F +6°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 86°F 69°F +12°F T Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 ‑1
9 76°F 67°F +6°F T Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 83°F 65°F +7°F T Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 77°F 59°F +1°F    
12 72°F 50°F ‑6°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 70°F 46°F ‑9°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 70°F 39°F ‑12°F   Monthly Total 0.57" ‑2.63"
15 76°F 45°F ‑8°F   Year-to-date Total 11.91" +0.17"
16 78°F 52°F ‑3°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 5 ‑2
17 83°F 63°F +5°F T  
18 73°F 50°F ‑6°F 1.39" Monthly Extremes
19 82°F 49°F ‑4°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 81°F 53°F ‑2°F   Highest Temperature 88°F 23rd
21 87°F 69°F +9°F   Lowest Temperature 39°F 14th
22 87°F 72°F +10°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.39" 18th
23 88°F 70°F +9°F   Maximum Wind Gust 35 mph 9th
24 86°F 70°F +8°F    
25 84°F 71°F +8°F 0.04" Record Book for April
26 81°F 63°F +2°F 0.01" Highest Temperature 96°F 1933
27 70°F 52°F ‑10°F 0.02" Lowest Temperature 28°F 1973
28 76°F 48°F ‑9°F   Highest Minimum 75°F 1994
29 81°F 47°F ‑7°F   Lowest Maximum 42°F 1938
30 84°F 55°F ‑2°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
No new records were set or tied in April 2008.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
3rd Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 70°F 71°F 1929
14th 3rd lowest minimum temperature 39°F 34°F 1928
22nd Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 72°F 73°F 1925
28th Tied 3rd lowest minimum temperature 48°F 47°F 1920
29th 3rd lowest minimum temperature 47°F 44°F 1916
*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