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February 1998

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While the number of near temperature records in the Brazos Valley caught our attention throughout January, well above normal precipitation amounts took center stage in February. College Station received almost exactly twice the normal amount of rainfall for the month at Easterwood Field. Precipitation was both frequent and intense across the region in February, as shown by the following two characteristics of the month's rainfall. First, there is only one other February in the history of observations at Easterwood Field in which the number of rain days (14 in 1959) exceeded the 12 days in February 1998. Second, the frequent rain was accompanied by intense rain. Three separate days with greater than an inch of precipitation occurred at Easterwood Field, representing only the second time in the 47-year history of observations that this much rain fell on three or more days in February. The other year which can boast this claim is 1992, when College Station observed greater than 1 inch of precipitation on four different days in February, and greater than 2 inches of precipitation on three of those four days.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 59°F 52°F +6°F   Maximum 64.5°F +1.6°F
2 58°F 49°F +4°F   Minimum 43.4°F +1.5°F
3 68°F 43°F +6°F   Average 53.9°F +1.5°F
4 64°F 39°F +2°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 59°F 40°F 0°F 0.01" Heating 303 ‑58
6 54°F 37°F ‑4°F T Cooling 2 ‑6
7 59°F 32°F ‑4°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 73°F 39°F +5°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 77°F 54°F +14°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 67°F 49°F +7°F 1.95" Minimum ≤ 32°F 1 ‑5
11 63°F 42°F +2°F    
12 68°F 42°F +3°F 0.21" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 63°F 41°F 0°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 62°F 47°F +2°F 0.10" Monthly Total 9.30" +6.68"
15 53°F 47°F ‑2°F 0.17" Year-to-date Total 9.04" +3.77"
16 63°F 50°F +4°F 0.19" Days ≥ 0.01" 12 +4
17 56°F 39°F ‑6°F    
18 65°F 35°F ‑3°F 0.14" Monthly Extremes
19 66°F 41°F +0°F 0.01" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 68°F 38°F 0°F   Highest Temperature 77°F 9th
21 60°F 43°F ‑2°F 1.01" Lowest Temperature 32°F 7th
22 56°F 44°F ‑4°F 0.01" Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.95" 11th
23 74°F 39°F +2°F   Maximum Wind Gust 36 mph 10th
24 76°F 54°F +10°F    
25 75°F 57°F +11°F 1.10" Record Book for February
26 69°F 46°F +2°F 0.33" Highest Temperature 99°F 1996
27 68°F 39°F ‑2°F T Lowest Temperature 5°F 1951
28 62°F 37°F ‑6°F   Highest Minimum 70°F 1922
  Lowest Maximum 5°F 1951
  Wettest Month 9.82" 1992
  Driest Month 0.01" 1916
  Wettest 24 Hours 6.26" 2012
"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
10th Most daily precipitation 1.95" 1.93" 1977
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
No near records were reported in February 1998.
*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.


March Normals for College Station
Beginning of the month: 67°F/46°F Monthly precipitation: 2.58"
Middle of the month: 71°F/50°F Precipitation days: 7
End of the month: 75°F/54°F Days ≤ 32°F:  2