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December 2008

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December 2008 in College Station came with a few surprises. Total Precipitation was quite low for the month, with only 0.80" recorded for the month and no single day reporting more than a quarter of an inch. This follows the pattern statewide, where drought problems have been present throughout 2008. For the year, the area is almost 9" below its normal precipitation total. However, College Station residents found a white Dec. 10 morning, where 2" of snow were recorded in some places. Along with the cool to utterly cold weather throughout the month, very warm temperatures persisted, making the choice of wardrobe quite difficult at times! Several near record warm temperatures were recorded for the month, especially seen in the record broken on the 26th, where the minimum temperature reached no lower than 70°F. This shattered the previous record by 7°F! Despite some unusually warm temperatures mixed with some cooler than average temperatures, the monthly average temperature remained around normal. Gusty winds were almost the norm, as several cold fronts pushed their way through the area.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 58°F 32°F ‑10°F   Maximum 64.6°F +1.8°F
2 71°F 33°F ‑3°F   Minimum 40.6°F ‑0.9°F
3 81°F 47°F +9°F   Average 52.6°F +0.4°F
4 58°F 37°F ‑8°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 51°F 31°F ‑13°F   Heating 398 ‑15
6 65°F 29°F ‑7°F   Cooling 22 +8
7 67°F 34°F ‑4°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 72°F 50°F +7°F T Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 80°F 36°F +5°F 0.14" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 36°F 31°F ‑20°F 0.20" Minimum ≤ 32°F 9 +1
11 58°F 30°F ‑9°F    
12 65°F 31°F ‑5°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 73°F 42°F +6°F T Precipitation Value *Departure
14 79°F 60°F +18°F T Monthly Total 3.43" +0.20"
15 65°F 30°F ‑4°F 0.05" Year-to-date Total 30.75" ‑8.92"
16 38°F 29°F ‑18°F T Days ≥ 0.01" 9 +1
17 55°F 38°F ‑6°F T  
18 74°F 55°F +12°F 0.06" Monthly Extremes
19 77°F 66°F +20°F 0.02" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 78°F 53°F +14°F T Highest Temperature 81°F 3rd
21 54°F 35°F ‑6°F T Lowest Temperature 29°F 3 times
22 37°F 29°F ‑18°F T Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.23" 27th-28th
23 60°F 34°F ‑4°F 0.04" Maximum Wind Gust 0 mph 28th
24 74°F 50°F +11°F 0.03"  
25 71°F 48°F +8°F   Record Book for December
26 78°F 70°F +23°F T Highest Temperature 89°F 1922
27 77°F 49°F +13°F 0.06" Lowest Temperature 2°F 1989
28 50°F 39°F ‑6°F 0.20" Highest Minimum 74°F 1982
29 66°F 33°F 0°F   Lowest Maximum 23°F 1990
30 69°F 35°F +2°F   Wettest Month 12.66" 1913
31 65°F 44°F +4°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
19th Highest minimum temperature 66°F 65°F 2006
26th Highest minimum temperature 70°F 69°F 1916
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
9th 2nd highest maximum temperature 80°F 83°F 2007
10th 2nd lowest maximum temperature 36°F -999°F 1947
16th 4th lowest maximum temperature 38°F -999°F 1947
19th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 77°F 79°F 1957
20th Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 78°F 80°F 1921
26th Tied 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