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February 2001

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The Brazos Valley experienced a return to above-average temperatures during the month of February with a mean monthly temperature of 56.8°F (4.4°F above average). Even with higher temperatures, however, only one record was broken or tied (highest minimum tied on the 14th). Unlike the temperatures, the monthly precipitation recorded at Easterwood was below-average. Only 1.57" of precipitation fell during February, 1.05" below average, increasing the year-to-date moisture deficit to 1.26". February began with mild temperatures which gradually warmed to a peak of 76°F on the 8th. On the 9th, a Pacific cold front moved through the area, producing rain showers and dropping high temperatures into the 40s. Another series of fronts moved just north of the area during the next few days, triggering scattered precipitation into the middle of the month. A weak cold front moved through on the 16th and dropped high temperatures into the 50s on the 17th. This front also triggered the maximum 24-hour precipitation total for the month (0.65" on the 16th). Maximum temperatures quickly rebounded, however, and reached a relatively warm high of 81°F on the 24th. On the 28th, an Arctic cold front moved through the region, dramatically dropping temperatures throughout the day.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 55°F 39°F ‑3°F   Maximum 66.8°F +3.9°F
2 54°F 35°F ‑6°F   Minimum 46.8°F +4.9°F
3 62°F 31°F ‑4°F   Average 56.8°F +4.4°F
4 68°F 34°F +1°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 67°F 34°F +0°F   Heating 250 ‑111
6 75°F 43°F +9°F   Cooling 27 +19
7 70°F 56°F +13°F 0.01" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 76°F 66°F +20°F 0.04" Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 70°F 37°F +2°F 0.17" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 49°F 30°F ‑12°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 2 ‑4
11 47°F 43°F ‑6°F 0.07"  
12 58°F 44°F ‑1°F 0.06" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 73°F 56°F +12°F 0.01" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 76°F 65°F +18°F 0.01" Monthly Total 9.30" +6.68"
15 76°F 57°F +14°F T Year-to-date Total 4.01" ‑1.26"
16 63°F 40°F ‑2°F 0.65" Days ≥ 0.01" 13 +5
17 52°F 35°F ‑10°F    
18 61°F 35°F ‑5°F   Monthly Extremes
19 71°F 41°F +3°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 75°F 57°F +13°F   Highest Temperature 81°F 24th
21 73°F 56°F +10°F T Lowest Temperature 30°F 10th
22 57°F 49°F ‑1°F T Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.65" 16th
23 69°F 55°F +7°F 0.01" Maximum Wind Gust 29 mph 16th
24 81°F 62°F +16°F 0.05"  
25 79°F 51°F +10°F   Record Book for February
26 69°F 58°F +8°F 0.42" Highest Temperature 99°F 1996
27 79°F 60°F +14°F 0.01" Lowest Temperature 5°F 1951
28 65°F 41°F ‑2°F 0.06" 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
No new records were set or tied in February 2001.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
8th 3rd highest minimum temperature 66°F 68°F 1937
14th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 65°F 67°F 1949
*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