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August 2003

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High temperature in the month of August were cooler than normal, with the exception of the 7th and 8th, when temperatures reached 103°F. Residents of College Station who don’t like extreme heat have lucked out so far this summer, as the century mark has only been reached twice during the summer season to date. This month was dry for the most part until the 11th, when 0.73" of precipitation fell as a result of a frontal system that made its way across Texas triggering precipitation in its wake. Temperatures rebounded from rain-cooled air on the 11th, and remained in the mid to upper 90s until the next precipitation event on the 21st. A stray sea-breeze shower trekked toward the northwest and stalled over College Station, dumping 2.12" of rain on the city in a matter of a few hours. The sea-breeze phenomenon contributed to almost half of the precipitation received for the month of August. The latter half of the month was quite average with high temperatures in the upper 90s and lows in the middle 70s. Dry conditions persisted until the end of the month when 1.48" of precipitation fell as a result of the remnants of Tropical Storm Grace.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 96°F 75°F +0°F   Maximum 95.1°F ‑1.1°F
2 96°F 75°F +0°F   Minimum 74.5°F +1.3°F
3 95°F 77°F +1°F   Average 84.8°F +0.1°F
4 98°F 74°F 0°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 97°F 75°F 0°F   Heating 0 0
6 98°F 76°F +2°F   Cooling 622 +11
7 103°F 76°F +4°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 103°F 78°F +6°F T Maximum ≥ 90°F 28 0
9 94°F 76°F 0°F T Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 98°F 75°F +2°F T Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 93°F 69°F ‑4°F 0.73"  
12 86°F 69°F ‑8°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 89°F 68°F ‑6°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 90°F 73°F ‑4°F 0.03" Monthly Total 0.29" ‑2.34"
15 96°F 73°F 0°F   Year-to-date Total 25.87" +0.74"
16 98°F 77°F +2°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 4 ‑2
17 97°F 75°F +1°F T  
18 98°F 77°F +2°F T Monthly Extremes
19 97°F 75°F +1°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 97°F 75°F +1°F   Highest Temperature 103°F 7th, 8th
21 98°F 72°F 0°F 2.12" Lowest Temperature 68°F 13th
22 90°F 72°F ‑4°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 2.12" 21st
23 94°F 74°F 0°F   Maximum Wind Gust 38 mph 11th
24 96°F 74°F +1°F T  
25 96°F 76°F +2°F T Record Book for August
26 95°F 76°F +2°F T Highest Temperature 109°F 2000
27 96°F 75°F +2°F T Lowest Temperature 58°F 1940
28 96°F 77°F +2°F   Highest Minimum 82°F 1915
29 95°F 76°F +2°F   Lowest Maximum 74°F 1945
30 93°F 76°F +2°F   Wettest Month 11.25" 1915
31 79°F 74°F ‑6°F 1.48" 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 1971‑2000 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
8th Tied highest minimum temperature 78°F 78°F 1948
31st Most daily precipitation 1.48" 1.31" 1991
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
7th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 103°F 105°F 1988
12th 3rd lowest maximum temperature 86°F -999°F 1947
13th Tied 4th lowest maximum temperature 89°F -999°F 1947
16th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 77°F 79°F 1948
18th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 77°F 81°F 1982
25th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 76°F 77°F 1941
26th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 76°F 77°F 1960
28th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 77°F 78°F 1940
29th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 76°F 77°F 1956
30th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 76°F 80°F 1914
31st 2nd lowest maximum temperature 79°F -999°F 1947
*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: 94°F/71°F Monthly precipitation: 3.91"
Middle of the month: 91°F/68°F Precipitation days: 8
End of the month: 86°F/64°F Days ≥ 90°F:  17