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August 2008

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August 2008 in College Station brought three distinct periods of temperatures: very warm, cooler, and right around average. The first period, which brought noticeably above average mean temperatures, occurred during the first 14 days of the month or so. Temperatures varied from 2.5°F to 4.5°F above average, with 5 of those 14 days reaching at least 100°F. Two new records were set for highest minimum temperature and several near records were recorded. Some much needed rain and a cool down occurred on the 4th, when Tropical Storm Eduoard "hit" Houston and temperatures most of the day hovered around 75°F. The next 10 days saw below average mean temperatures, anywhere from 0.5°F below average to 7.5°F on the 19th, which set a new record low maximum temperature. Again, several near record low maximum temperatures were seen. During this 10-day period, measureable rain was recorded 6 times. Still, these lower than average temperatures, caused by a powerful low that aided much of Texas with some rainfall, made for a pleasant, albeit soggy, middle of August. The remaining few days in August saw roughly average maximum temperatures, while minimum temperatures were above average for those few remaining days. There was a 0.20" of rain recorded during this last period, which brought the total precipitation for August to 6.49", roughly 4" above average. This abundance of rainfall for August, however, has helped make up the difference for an otherwise unusually dry summer in June and July. For the year, College station is now only 1.78" below average, in much better shape than when August began.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 100°F 78°F +4°F   Maximum 94.4°F ‑1.8°F
2 103°F 76°F +4°F   Minimum 75.5°F +2.3°F
3 100°F 74°F +2°F T Average 85.0°F +0.3°F
4 105°F 72°F +2°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 88°F 76°F ‑4°F 0.73" Heating 0 0
6 97°F 75°F +1°F 1.06" Cooling 628 +17
7 98°F 77°F +2°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 100°F 77°F +4°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 26 ‑2
9 98°F 77°F +2°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 99°F 77°F +3°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 96°F 80°F +3°F    
12 87°F 75°F ‑4°F 2.09" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 97°F 78°F +2°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 97°F 76°F +2°F   Monthly Total 0.29" ‑2.34"
15 94°F 74°F ‑1°F 0.60" Year-to-date Total 23.39" ‑1.74"
16 91°F 76°F ‑2°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 9 +3
17 90°F 74°F ‑3°F    
18 86°F 75°F ‑4°F 0.18" Monthly Extremes
19 81°F 74°F ‑8°F 1.29" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 90°F 73°F ‑4°F 0.02" Highest Temperature 105°F 4th
21 89°F 76°F ‑2°F 0.33" Lowest Temperature 72°F 4th, 24th
22 92°F 77°F 0°F T Max. 24-hour Precip. 2.09" 12th
23 92°F 75°F 0°F 0.19" Maximum Wind Gust 36 mph 3rd
24 93°F 72°F ‑2°F    
25 94°F 75°F +0°F   Record Book for August
26 96°F 76°F +2°F   Highest Temperature 109°F 2000
27 94°F 77°F +2°F   Lowest Temperature 58°F 1940
28 94°F 75°F +0°F   Highest Minimum 82°F 1915
29 94°F 75°F +0°F   Lowest Maximum 74°F 1945
30 95°F 75°F +2°F   Wettest Month 11.25" 1915
31 95°F 75°F +2°F   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
5th Most daily precipitation 0.73" 0.43" 1986
11th Highest minimum temperature 80°F 79°F 1988
12th Most daily precipitation 2.09" 1.52" 1966
19th Most daily precipitation 1.29" 1.08" 1923
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
1st Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 78°F 82°F 1915
4th 3rd highest maximum temperature 105°F 107°F 1951
5th 4th lowest maximum temperature 88°F -999°F 1947
13th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 78°F 79°F 1925
19th 2nd lowest maximum temperature 81°F -999°F 1947
21st Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 76°F 78°F 1960
27th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 77°F 78°F 1999
31st Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 75°F 78°F 1962
*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