August 1997

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The month of August turned out to be even drier than July, as the Brazos Valley received less than an inch of rain for the second straight month. All of the measurable precipitation fell during a 24-hour period on the 7th and 8th as a stationary front sat over East Texas. Combined with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, this event produced steady rainfall starting in the evening of the 7th which continued through the next morning. The cool temperatures accompanying the rain brought relief to the residents of Bryan/College Station, and set a new record for the lowest maximum temperature ever observed on the 8th of August; one of many records which were broken or threatened during the month. Despite the dry summer conditions that we have experienced, our annual precipitation total is still nearly two inches above normal.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 94°F 75°F 0°F   Maximum 95.4°F +0.6°F
2 94°F 75°F 0°F   Minimum 73.1°F ‑0.1°F
3 95°F 75°F 0°F   Average 84.3°F +0.3°F
4 96°F 73°F 0°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 100°F 74°F +2°F   Heating 0 0
6 98°F 75°F +2°F   Cooling 605 +16
7 96°F 74°F 0°F 0.32" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 81°F 68°F ‑10°F 0.46" Maximum ≥ 90°F 29 +1
9 93°F 76°F 0°F T Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 96°F 78°F +2°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 94°F 76°F 0°F    
12 96°F 75°F +2°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 96°F 77°F +2°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 95°F 75°F +1°F   Monthly Total 0.78" ‑1.64"
15 97°F 77°F +3°F   Year-to-date Total 26.27" +1.85"
16 98°F 78°F +4°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 2 ‑4
17 99°F 79°F +5°F    
18 98°F 75°F +2°F   Monthly Extremes
19 98°F 75°F +2°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 98°F 74°F +2°F   Highest Temperature 102°F 21st
21 102°F 76°F +5°F   Lowest Temperature 63°F 26th
22 98°F 73°F +2°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.61" 7th-8th
23 87°F 72°F ‑4°F T Maximum Wind Gust 26 mph 16th
24 93°F 69°F ‑2°F    
25 91°F 66°F ‑4°F   Record Book for August
26 93°F 63°F ‑5°F   Highest Temperature 108°F 1951
27 96°F 65°F ‑2°F   Lowest Temperature 58°F 1940
28 96°F 70°F 0°F   Highest Minimum 82°F 1915
29 97°F 72°F +2°F   Lowest Maximum 74°F 1945
30 96°F 68°F 0°F   Wettest Month 11.25" 1915
31 97°F 69°F +1°F   Driest Month 0.00" 1952
  Wettest 24 Hours 6.19" 1915
"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 1961‑1990 normal.

*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
15th Tied highest minimum temperature 77°F 77°F 1956
17th Tied highest minimum temperature 79°F 79°F 1997
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
8th Tied 2nd lowest maximum temperature 81°F 81°F 1997
8th Tied 3rd lowest minimum temperature 68°F 67°F 1914
10th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 78°F 79°F 1980
16th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 78°F 79°F 1948
21st Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 76°F 78°F 1960
23rd Tied 4th lowest maximum temperature 87°F 83°F 1961
26th Tied 2nd lowest minimum temperature 63°F 63°F 1997
27th Tied 2nd lowest minimum temperature 65°F 65°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.

September Normals for College Station
Beginning of the month: 92°F/71°F Monthly precipitation: 4.87"
Middle of the month: 88°F/69°F Precipitation days: 6
End of the month: 84°F/64°F Days ≥ 90°F:  17