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December 1998

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The mean daily temperatures were well above normal for the Bryan/College Station area during the first week of December. Finally on the 6th and 7th, when a front passed over the region bringing Easterwood Field a 2 day total of 2.02" of rain, the mean daily temperatures were brought back down much closer to normal. From the 9th to the 11th a low pressure system was parked off the southeast coast of Texas. This system brought overrunning precipitation to B/CS resulting in a 3 day total of 2.58". Temperatures cooled off a bit with negative departures from normal lasting from the 8th to the 16th of December. Easterwood Field saw very little rain for the second half of December. Only 0.20" of the monthly precipitation total was recorded after the 15th. A frontal passage on the 22nd brought very cold air in behind it dropping temperature readings significantly just in time for Christmas. For instance, the high temperature on the 21st was 77°F, but was only 34°F on the 22nd. The lowest temperature of the month was the minimum of 24°F on the 26th. This temperature also tied the 2nd lowest minimum temperature ever recorded on that date. The total precipitation for 1998 at Easterwood Field equaled 45.15" and even with the extreme heat and drought of the summer, this value is still 6.07" above the normal expected precipitation for a year at Easterwood Field.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 76°F 50°F +8°F   Maximum 61.1°F ‑0.4°F
2 77°F 56°F +12°F   Minimum 42.5°F +1.3°F
3 80°F 66°F +18°F 0.01" Average 51.8°F +0.4°F
4 81°F 68°F +20°F 0.01" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 82°F 69°F +22°F   Heating 436 +2
6 75°F 64°F +16°F 0.39" Cooling 36 +23
7 65°F 50°F +4°F 1.63" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 56°F 42°F ‑4°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 54°F 42°F ‑5°F 0.14" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 49°F 46°F ‑6°F 0.81" Minimum ≤ 32°F 6 ‑2
11 46°F 43°F ‑8°F 1.63"  
12 47°F 36°F ‑10°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 62°F 34°F ‑4°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 63°F 38°F 0°F   Monthly Total 3.43" +0.60"
15 64°F 38°F 0°F   Year-to-date Total 45.17" +6.09"
16 65°F 33°F ‑2°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 14 +6
17 64°F 37°F 0°F    
18 63°F 43°F +2°F 0.05" Monthly Extremes
19 66°F 47°F +6°F 0.01" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 70°F 53°F +12°F 0.01" Highest Temperature 82°F 5th
21 77°F 32°F +4°F 0.01" Lowest Temperature 24°F 26th
22 34°F 29°F ‑18°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.63" 7th
23 34°F 30°F ‑18°F 0.07" Maximum Wind Gust 29 mph 22nd
24 33°F 31°F ‑18°F    
25 43°F 27°F ‑15°F   Record Book for December
26 53°F 24°F ‑10°F   Highest Temperature 89°F 1922
27 64°F 37°F +2°F   Lowest Temperature 2°F 1989
28 57°F 37°F ‑2°F 0.01" Highest Minimum 74°F 1982
29 70°F 35°F +4°F   Lowest Maximum 23°F 1990
30 61°F 34°F ‑2°F   Wettest Month 12.66" 1913
31 63°F 47°F +6°F 0.04" 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
3rd Tied highest minimum temperature 66°F 66°F 1917
4th Tied highest minimum temperature 68°F 68°F 1977
5th Highest minimum temperature 69°F 67°F 1956
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
3rd Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 80°F 86°F 1995
5th Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 82°F 84°F 1995
6th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 64°F 71°F 1924
21st Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 77°F 79°F 1970
24th 4th lowest maximum temperature 33°F -999°F 1921
26th Tied 4th lowest minimum temperature 24°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.


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