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April 2009

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April 2009 brought plentiful rainfall to College Station; in fact, the area recorded more rain this month than October 2008-February 2009 combined. During the past two months, College Station has received about as much precipitation as during the last half of 2008; for the first time in months, College Station has more year-to-date precipitation than average. Most rainfall events accompanied large systems that brought rain to many parts of Texas. Accordingly, the drought monitor has placed the northern half of Brazos County in the abnormally dry category and the southern half of Brazos County indicates no drought conditions. Temperatures remained relatively cool during the first part of the month, but southerly winds brought warmer Gulf air to the area during the last half of the month. Consequently, average temperatures ran slightly to moderately above normal.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 75°F 43°F ‑6°F   Maximum 78.2°F ‑0.6°F
2 72°F 51°F ‑4°F 0.17" Minimum 57.2°F +0.3°F
3 75°F 45°F ‑5°F   Average 67.7°F ‑0.2°F
4 83°F 55°F +4°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 70°F 55°F ‑4°F T Heating 46 +6
6 64°F 41°F ‑14°F   Cooling 133 +6
7 71°F 36°F ‑12°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 83°F 49°F 0°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 1 0
9 85°F 65°F +9°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 75°F 62°F +2°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 69°F 56°F ‑4°F    
12 79°F 60°F +2°F 0.20" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 72°F 54°F ‑4°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 79°F 45°F ‑5°F   Monthly Total 0.57" ‑2.63"
15 79°F 51°F ‑3°F   Year-to-date Total 12.57" +0.83"
16 78°F 59°F +0°F T Days ≥ 0.01" 9 +2
17 67°F 62°F ‑4°F 2.94"  
18 74°F 62°F 0°F 0.88" Monthly Extremes
19 76°F 59°F ‑2°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 80°F 52°F ‑3°F   Highest Temperature 91°F 22nd
21 88°F 54°F +2°F   Lowest Temperature 36°F 7th
22 91°F 59°F +6°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 3.78" 17th-18th
23 85°F 66°F +6°F   Maximum Wind Gust 44 mph 17th
24 78°F 68°F +3°F 0.07"  
25 84°F 67°F +6°F 0.12" Record Book for April
26 85°F 71°F +8°F T Highest Temperature 96°F 1933
27 78°F 64°F 0°F 0.42" Lowest Temperature 28°F 1973
28 81°F 63°F +1°F 1.28" Highest Minimum 75°F 1994
29 83°F 71°F +6°F T Lowest Maximum 42°F 1938
30 87°F 71°F +8°F 0.03" 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
17th Most daily precipitation 2.94" 1.68" 1979
22nd Tied highest maximum temperature 91°F 91°F 1925
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
7th Tied 2nd lowest minimum temperature 36°F 34°F 2007
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