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December 1997

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A low pressure system resided over the Brazos Valley to start the final month of 1997. The associated cold front quickly moved through our area on the 3rd, bringing a cold air mass which kept average daily temperatures below normal for the rest of the first week. Towards the end of the first week, high pressure dominated the region. As this system moved into Louisiana, winds shifted to southeasterly and pushed moisture from the Gulf of Mexico inland. This resulted in widespread precipitation throughout East Texas, including College Station on the 7th. A much stronger cold front passed across East Texas on the 9th. Anomalies from normal average daily temperatures reached nearly twice the magnitude (-15°F) during the second week than they did during the first week (-8°F). Also unlike December's first cold front, this one had very little rainfall associated with it. The last couple weeks of 1997 were relatively mild for College Station with the exception of a weak cold frontal passage on the 25th. The month's 24-hour maximum precipitation amount of 0.84" on the 23rd fell during a thunderstorm which produced wind gusts of nearly 40mph.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 51°F 42°F ‑8°F   Maximum 59.7°F ‑1.8°F
2 61°F 50°F +0°F 0.47" Minimum 38.5°F ‑2.7°F
3 61°F 43°F ‑3°F 0.38" Average 49.1°F ‑2.3°F
4 59°F 33°F ‑8°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 56°F 35°F ‑8°F   Heating 485 +51
6 53°F 36°F ‑8°F   Cooling 0 ‑13
7 52°F 45°F ‑4°F 0.28" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 77°F 51°F +11°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 73°F 48°F +8°F 0.01" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 53°F 41°F ‑6°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 7 ‑1
11 46°F 37°F ‑12°F    
12 41°F 36°F ‑14°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 48°F 26°F ‑15°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 60°F 26°F ‑8°F   Monthly Total 3.43" +0.60"
15 65°F 30°F ‑4°F   Year-to-date Total 41.91" +2.83"
16 69°F 33°F 0°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 9 +1
17 66°F 36°F 0°F    
18 69°F 31°F ‑1°F   Monthly Extremes
19 75°F 47°F +10°F 0.36" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 68°F 60°F +14°F 0.39" Highest Temperature 77°F 8th
21 61°F 42°F +2°F 0.01" Lowest Temperature 26°F 13th, 14th
22 66°F 38°F +2°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.85" 2nd-3rd
23 61°F 48°F +4°F 0.84" Maximum Wind Gust 37 mph 23rd
24 62°F 40°F +1°F    
25 54°F 37°F ‑4°F   Record Book for December
26 47°F 36°F ‑8°F 0.12" Highest Temperature 89°F 1922
27 50°F 32°F ‑8°F   Lowest Temperature 2°F 1989
28 55°F 33°F ‑5°F   Highest Minimum 74°F 1982
29 61°F 32°F ‑2°F   Lowest Maximum 23°F 1990
30 69°F 30°F +0°F   Wettest Month 12.66" 1913
31 61°F 41°F +2°F   Driest Month 0.10" 1950
  Wettest 24 Hours 7.54" 1913
"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
No new records were set or tied in December 1997.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
No near records were reported in December 1997.
*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.


January Normals for College Station
Beginning of the month: 60°F/40°F Monthly precipitation: 2.65"
Middle of the month: 58°F/39°F Precipitation days: 9
End of the month: 61°F/40°F Days ≤ 32°F:  11