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August 2009

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August 2009 continued the pattern of hot and dry weather in College Station, worsening a drought that was already classified as extreme at the beginning of the month. Fortunately, the above normal temperatures were not quite as extreme as the record setting temperatures in July, but August did begin with 26 consecutive days of above normal temperatures. No daily records were set for high temperatures, but several records were either tied or broken for warmest daily low temperatures on record. Overall, 19 days were above 100°F, but the end of the month brought cooler weather thanks to a stationary front that lingered over the area for several days. Though rainfall amount were not particularly impressive, any precipitation was much needed and helped cool temperatures down to more seasonable levels.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 101°F 80°F +6°F   Maximum 99.2°F +3.0°F
2 94°F 80°F +2°F   Minimum 76.0°F +2.8°F
3 101°F 75°F +3°F   Average 87.6°F +2.9°F
4 100°F 76°F +2°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 101°F 77°F +3°F   Heating 0 0
6 102°F 78°F +5°F T Cooling 707 +96
7 101°F 78°F +4°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 101°F 78°F +4°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 31 +3
9 96°F 77°F +2°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 100°F 79°F +4°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 102°F 76°F +4°F    
12 103°F 77°F +5°F 0.01" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 100°F 73°F +2°F T Precipitation Value *Departure
14 99°F 74°F +2°F   Monthly Total 0.29" ‑2.34"
15 100°F 75°F +2°F   Year-to-date Total 17.09" ‑8.04"
16 101°F 75°F +3°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 5 ‑1
17 99°F 77°F +3°F    
18 95°F 77°F +1°F   Monthly Extremes
19 98°F 77°F +2°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 102°F 79°F +6°F   Highest Temperature 103°F 12th
21 102°F 78°F +5°F   Lowest Temperature 69°F 30th
22 101°F 75°F +3°F T Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.54" 26th-27th
23 101°F 76°F +4°F   Maximum Wind Gust 40 mph 12th
24 101°F 77°F +5°F T  
25 100°F 76°F +4°F 0.11" Record Book for August
26 96°F 76°F +2°F 0.14" Highest Temperature 109°F 2000
27 95°F 73°F 0°F 0.40" Lowest Temperature 58°F 1940
28 97°F 73°F +1°F 0.01" Highest Minimum 82°F 1915
29 96°F 72°F 0°F   Lowest Maximum 74°F 1945
30 96°F 69°F 0°F   Wettest Month 11.25" 1915
31 94°F 73°F +0°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
7th Tied highest minimum temperature 78°F 78°F 1964
8th Tied highest minimum temperature 78°F 78°F 1948
10th Tied highest minimum temperature 79°F 79°F 1980
21st Tied highest minimum temperature 78°F 78°F 1960
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
1st 2nd highest minimum temperature 80°F 82°F 1915
2nd 2nd highest minimum temperature 80°F 81°F 1914
6th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 78°F 80°F 1951
17th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 77°F 79°F 1997
19th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 77°F 79°F 1926
20th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 79°F 81°F 1914
24th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 77°F 78°F 1970
*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