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December 2003

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The last month of the year was rather dry across the Brazos Valley, and temperatures fluctuated considerably throughout the month. Although no temperature records were broken this month, highs were 2.1°F above normal, and the monthly mean was 0.4°F above normal. Very little rain fell at the Easterwood Airport yielding a monthly deficit of 2.01"; but College Station finished the year almost four and a half inches above the 39.67" annual normal. A cold front passed through the area on the 4th, cooling temperatures but delivering no rain. The next front that came through on the 10th, cooled the temperatures, and brought some light rainfall. The most significant precipitation came on the 12th with the passing of a warm front, followed by a cold front that dropped temperatures to the upper 40s for highs on the 13th. Following another weak disturbance on the 16th, temperatures reached the mid 70s on the 22nd, followed by some rain associated with a cold front. Temperatures rebounded once again into the mid 70s before moderating in the last few days of the year.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 73°F 55°F +9°F   Maximum 64.9°F +2.1°F
2 69°F 49°F +4°F   Minimum 40.3°F ‑1.2°F
3 75°F 50°F +8°F   Average 52.6°F +0.4°F
4 65°F 43°F ‑1°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 57°F 38°F ‑6°F   Heating 382 ‑31
6 52°F 29°F ‑14°F   Cooling 5 ‑9
7 64°F 34°F ‑5°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 75°F 48°F +8°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 72°F 46°F +6°F 0.09" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 57°F 34°F ‑8°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 7 ‑1
11 60°F 32°F ‑7°F    
12 59°F 49°F +1°F 0.75" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 49°F 34°F ‑10°F T Precipitation Value *Departure
14 61°F 28°F ‑8°F   Monthly Total 3.43" +0.20"
15 73°F 46°F +8°F   Year-to-date Total 44.08" +4.41"
16 63°F 37°F ‑2°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 5 ‑3
17 63°F 28°F ‑6°F    
18 65°F 33°F ‑3°F   Monthly Extremes
19 64°F 33°F ‑2°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 64°F 32°F ‑3°F   Highest Temperature 77°F 27th
21 72°F 46°F +8°F   Lowest Temperature 28°F 14th, 17th
22 75°F 52°F +12°F 0.06" Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.20" 12th
23 61°F 38°F ‑2°F 0.01" Maximum Wind Gust 39 mph 15th
24 61°F 30°F ‑6°F    
25 62°F 41°F +0°F T Record Book for December
26 70°F 52°F +10°F   Highest Temperature 89°F 1922
27 77°F 62°F +20°F   Lowest Temperature 2°F 1989
28 66°F 44°F +5°F 0.31" Highest Minimum 74°F 1982
29 58°F 34°F ‑4°F   Lowest Maximum 23°F 1990
30 61°F 31°F ‑4°F   Wettest Month 12.66" 1913
31 68°F 41°F +4°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 1971‑2000 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
No new records were set or tied in December 2003.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
27th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 77°F 79°F 1971
27th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 62°F 68°F 1923
*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: 62°F/41°F Monthly precipitation: 3.32"
Middle of the month: 61°F/40°F Precipitation days: 9
End of the month: 63°F/42°F Days ≤ 32°F:  11