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December 2013

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It was both hot and cold this month, often times within a few days of each other! Temperatures warmed into the 80s earlier at the beginning of the month, but on the 5th a strong cold front dropped temperatures down into the 30s with temperatures not rising above freezing all day on the 7th. The majority of the rain this month came from a steady rain on the 21st when low pressure and a cold front set the stage for strong thunderstorms to develop across the Brazos Valley. Though none of the storms were severe, there was heavy rain and strong winds while the storms passed. Still, the rains were not enough this month to reach normal levels, as less than 25% of normal precipitation was recorded for the month.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 71°F 54°F +8°F   Maximum 58.5°F ‑3.8°F
2 77°F 52°F +10°F   Minimum 38.5°F ‑3.7°F
3 81°F 53°F +12°F   Average 48.5°F ‑3.7°F
4 77°F 62°F +16°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 71°F 34°F ‑2°F T Heating 516 +105
6 37°F 31°F ‑20°F 0.04" Cooling 14 ‑2
7 32°F 29°F ‑24°F T Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 43°F 30°F ‑16°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 42°F 33°F ‑16°F 0.02" Maximum ≤ 32°F 1 +1
10 45°F 28°F ‑16°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 9 +4
11 54°F 30°F ‑11°F    
12 54°F 33°F ‑10°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 51°F 39°F ‑7°F 0.14" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 52°F 35°F ‑8°F   Monthly Total 0.76" ‑2.47"
15 58°F 28°F ‑9°F   Year-to-date Total 39.38" ‑0.68"
16 64°F 32°F ‑4°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 4 ‑5
17 69°F 34°F 0°F    
18 69°F 38°F +2°F   Monthly Extremes
19 77°F 53°F +13°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 76°F 68°F +21°F T Highest Temperature 81°F 3rd
21 74°F 45°F +8°F 0.56" Lowest Temperature 28°F 3 times
22 51°F 35°F ‑8°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.56" 20th-21st
23 52°F 30°F ‑10°F   Maximum Wind Gust 36 mph 19th
24 57°F 28°F ‑8°F    
25 53°F 37°F ‑6°F T Record Book for December
26 58°F 38°F ‑3°F   Highest Temperature 89°F 1922
27 60°F 42°F 0°F   Lowest Temperature 2°F 1989
28 59°F 36°F ‑4°F   Highest Minimum 74°F 1982
29 59°F 37°F ‑3°F   Lowest Maximum 23°F 1990
30 43°F 34°F ‑12°F   Wettest Month 12.66" 1913
31 49°F 36°F ‑8°F   Driest Month 0.00" 1947
  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 1981‑2010 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
20th Tied highest minimum temperature 68°F 68°F 2013
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
6th Tied 2nd lowest maximum temperature 37°F 37°F 2013
7th Tied 2nd lowest maximum temperature 32°F 32°F 2013
19th Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 77°F 82°F 2012
*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/42°F Monthly precipitation: 3.24"
Middle of the month: 61°F/41°F Precipitation days: 8
End of the month: 63°F/43°F Days ≤ 32°F:  5