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December 2005

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This December proved to have little relief of the dry conditions that continue to plaque the Brazos Valley and the entire state. The official monthly total of 1.00" made this December the 10th driest December in history (driest was 0.10" in 1950). The yearly total was 26.44", which is 13.23" below normal. In total for the year there were five months in which the precipitation was above average (January, February, March, July, and August). Beginning on the 1st of September, a total of only 4.11" of precipitation has fallen in College Station, a deficit of 10.43" in a four-month span. This December was slightly cooler than normal with a monthly mean temperature of 51.1°F, which is 1.1°F below normal. The month started out very warm with the mean temperature on the 3rd 21°F above normal, but a strong cold front brought much colder temperature with the mean temperature on the 8th, 26°F below normal. The precipitation that fell on the 7th became freezing rain and covered much of the Brazos Valley in a thin coat of ice, but as the month progressed it became much warmer. Highs of 78°F and 77°F were experienced on the 26th and 27th, respectively.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 66°F 45°F +0°F   Maximum 62.9°F +0.1°F
2 68°F 38°F ‑2°F   Minimum 39.3°F ‑2.2°F
3 84°F 67°F +20°F   Average 51.1°F ‑1.1°F
4 72°F 44°F +3°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 55°F 32°F ‑10°F   Heating 434 +21
6 59°F 29°F ‑10°F   Cooling 11 ‑3
7 49°F 29°F ‑15°F 0.52" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 32°F 24°F ‑26°F 0.01" Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 39°F 26°F ‑20°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 1 +1
10 63°F 39°F ‑2°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 7 ‑1
11 65°F 32°F ‑4°F    
12 69°F 43°F +3°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 69°F 40°F +2°F T Precipitation Value *Departure
14 66°F 43°F +2°F 0.45" Monthly Total 3.43" +0.20"
15 59°F 36°F ‑4°F   Year-to-date Total 26.49" ‑13.18"
16 48°F 37°F ‑10°F T Days ≥ 0.01" 4 ‑4
17 47°F 38°F ‑10°F 0.02"  
18 56°F 36°F ‑6°F   Monthly Extremes
19 60°F 38°F ‑2°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 50°F 43°F ‑4°F   Highest Temperature 84°F 3rd
21 53°F 37°F ‑6°F   Lowest Temperature 24°F 8th
22 61°F 31°F ‑5°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.53" 7th-8th
23 73°F 40°F +6°F   Maximum Wind Gust 38 mph 24th
24 71°F 50°F +10°F    
25 69°F 41°F +4°F   Record Book for December
26 78°F 42°F +9°F   Highest Temperature 89°F 1922
27 77°F 53°F +15°F   Lowest Temperature 2°F 1989
28 71°F 44°F +8°F   Highest Minimum 74°F 1982
29 73°F 37°F +5°F   Lowest Maximum 23°F 1990
30 73°F 45°F +9°F   Wettest Month 12.66" 1913
31 76°F 39°F +8°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 1971‑2000 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
3rd Highest minimum temperature 67°F 66°F 1917
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
3rd 2nd highest maximum temperature 84°F 86°F 1995
8th 2nd lowest maximum temperature 32°F -999°F 1947
8th 3rd lowest minimum temperature 24°F -999°F 1947
9th 3rd lowest maximum temperature 39°F -999°F 1947
26th 3rd highest maximum temperature 78°F 80°F 1916
27th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 77°F 79°F 1971
*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