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August 1998

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Finally, after 30 consecutive days where the maximum temperature in College Station reached 100°F or higher, the mercury was only able to rise to 99°F and then to a relatively cool 88°F for the days of August 5th and 6th respectively. Once the extreme heat wave broke on the 6th, the temperatures for the Brazos Valley were only able to reach the century mark six other times throughout the month of August. Another climate variable that made a change for the better was precipitation. August was the first month since February to bring above normal precipitation to the water starved residents of Bryan/College Station. The 3.83" of rain that fell over the eleven precipitation days were 1.41" above the normal precipitation for the month of August. Despite the fact that August was somewhat of a moist month, our annual precipitation total is still around 7" below normal.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 106°F 73°F +4°F   Maximum 96.3°F +1.5°F
2 105°F 73°F +4°F   Minimum 74.1°F +0.9°F
3 106°F 76°F +6°F   Average 85.2°F +1.2°F
4 102°F 75°F +4°F T Degree Days Total *Departure
5 99°F 74°F +2°F T Heating 0 0
6 88°F 74°F ‑4°F 0.10" Cooling 633 +44
7 91°F 75°F ‑2°F 0.14" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 99°F 74°F +2°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 28 0
9 100°F 72°F +1°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 101°F 75°F +3°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 101°F 75°F +3°F    
12 102°F 76°F +5°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 91°F 78°F +0°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 81°F 72°F ‑8°F 0.89" Monthly Total 0.29" ‑2.13"
15 95°F 72°F 0°F 0.01" Year-to-date Total 17.33" ‑7.09"
16 93°F 73°F ‑1°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 11 +5
17 91°F 75°F ‑1°F 0.25"  
18 95°F 75°F +1°F   Monthly Extremes
19 97°F 74°F +2°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 98°F 74°F +2°F 0.12" Highest Temperature 106°F 1st, 3rd
21 92°F 75°F 0°F 0.98" Lowest Temperature 72°F 4 times
22 86°F 74°F ‑4°F 0.08" Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.06" 21st-22nd
23 92°F 74°F ‑1°F 0.37" Maximum Wind Gust 37 mph 12th
24 94°F 75°F +2°F    
25 95°F 76°F +2°F   Record Book for August
26 96°F 74°F +2°F   Highest Temperature 108°F 1951
27 97°F 72°F +2°F   Lowest Temperature 58°F 1940
28 100°F 73°F +4°F   Highest Minimum 82°F 1915
29 103°F 73°F +5°F   Lowest Maximum 74°F 1945
30 97°F 73°F +3°F 0.88" Wettest Month 11.25" 1915
31 92°F 73°F +0°F 0.01" Driest Month Trace 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
1st Highest maximum temperature 106°F 105°F 1944
2nd Highest maximum temperature 105°F 104°F 1913
3rd Highest maximum temperature 106°F 105°F 1937
29th Tied highest maximum temperature 103°F 103°F 1913
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
13th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 78°F 79°F 1925
14th 2nd lowest maximum temperature 81°F -999°F 1947
25th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 76°F 77°F 1941
*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