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December 2001

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Above normal temperatures were prevalent during the first part of the month with Easterwood Airport recording mean temperatures up to 19°F above normal; however the latter part of the month saw mean temperatures below normal. The majority of precipitation fell during the first half of the month as a few weak disturbances passed through the area. The total monthly precipitation was greater than normal with 3.55", and annual rainfall was also above normal totaling 45.51", which is 6.43" above normal. The greatest 24-hour rainfall for the month fell on the 11th-12th with exactly an inch of precipitation, which was associated with a warm front followed by a cold front that helped to moderate temperatures. The cool air was short lived, when temperatures rose significantly, and then modified following a cold front. A few other cold fronts passed through the area during the latter half of the month, helping to keep temperatures colder than normal, but no precipitation was reported at the airport. However, these cool temperatures helped to make College Station feel a lot like Christmas.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 72°F 39°F +0°F 0.03" Maximum 64.4°F +2.9°F
2 59°F 55°F +2°F 0.58" Minimum 42.7°F +1.5°F
3 72°F 54°F +8°F 0.01" Average 53.5°F +2.1°F
4 78°F 66°F +18°F T Degree Days Total *Departure
5 81°F 64°F +18°F   Heating 380 ‑54
6 79°F 64°F +18°F 0.01" Cooling 30 +17
7 76°F 65°F +18°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 69°F 47°F +5°F 0.87" Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 56°F 38°F ‑6°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 61°F 31°F ‑7°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 5 ‑3
11 62°F 43°F 0°F 0.97"  
12 70°F 55°F +10°F 0.04" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 58°F 38°F ‑4°F 0.21" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 61°F 33°F ‑4°F   Monthly Total 3.43" +0.60"
15 71°F 49°F +9°F 0.36" Year-to-date Total 45.54" +6.46"
16 75°F 58°F +16°F 0.47" Days ≥ 0.01" 10 +2
17 62°F 40°F 0°F    
18 67°F 36°F +0°F   Monthly Extremes
19 60°F 37°F ‑2°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 62°F 30°F ‑4°F   Highest Temperature 81°F 5th
21 66°F 35°F +0°F   Lowest Temperature 28°F 24th, 27th
22 72°F 52°F +12°F T Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.00" 11th-12th
23 61°F 37°F ‑1°F   Maximum Wind Gust 37 mph 13th
24 54°F 28°F ‑9°F    
25 53°F 33°F ‑7°F   Record Book for December
26 54°F 30°F ‑7°F   Highest Temperature 89°F 1922
27 64°F 28°F ‑3°F   Lowest Temperature 2°F 1989
28 66°F 38°F +3°F   Highest Minimum 74°F 1982
29 58°F 34°F ‑3°F   Lowest Maximum 23°F 1990
30 50°F 33°F ‑8°F   Wettest Month 12.66" 1913
31 46°F 33°F ‑10°F T 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 2001.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
4th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 66°F 68°F 1977
6th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 64°F 71°F 1924
*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