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February 2002

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The Brazos Valley experienced below normal temperatures for the predominant part of the month. However, this month saw only one record broken, which occurred on the 27th with the 3rd lowest temperature ever recorded in February. The previous record set on 1977 of 31°F was shattered by an amazing 14°F when a continental Arctic air mass filtered down from Canada. Although the air mass was extremely frigid, it was short-lived, and moderated within 3 days. Ironically the maximum wind gust of 38 mph did not occur with the Arctic front, but rather on the 21st with a weak frontal passage through the area. Three rain days this month amounted to 1.63" of precipitation, but increased the water deficit to 2.47" for the year. Precipitation was suppressed by the domination of high pressure over the region for a large part of the month.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 49°F 37°F ‑9°F   Maximum 62.1°F ‑3.4°F
2 53°F 31°F ‑10°F   Minimum 35.8°F ‑7.6°F
3 57°F 41°F ‑3°F   Average 48.9°F ‑5.6°F
4 55°F 45°F ‑2°F 0.07" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 45°F 39°F ‑10°F 1.14" Heating 445 +136
6 42°F 30°F ‑17°F   Cooling 0 ‑14
7 57°F 28°F ‑10°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 62°F 30°F ‑7°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 72°F 41°F +4°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 52°F 38°F ‑8°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 12 +6
11 55°F 30°F ‑12°F    
12 64°F 29°F ‑8°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 68°F 34°F ‑3°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 67°F 39°F ‑1°F   Monthly Total 9.30" +6.92"
15 71°F 43°F +2°F   Year-to-date Total 3.24" ‑2.46"
16 63°F 32°F ‑8°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 3 ‑5
17 69°F 29°F ‑6°F    
18 75°F 46°F +6°F   Monthly Extremes
19 74°F 49°F +6°F 0.42" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 73°F 45°F +3°F   Highest Temperature 78°F 21st
21 78°F 43°F +4°F   Lowest Temperature 17°F 27th
22 65°F 35°F ‑6°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.15" 4th-5th
23 72°F 31°F ‑4°F   Maximum Wind Gust 38 mph 21st
24 77°F 41°F +2°F    
25 72°F 43°F +0°F   Record Book for February
26 45°F 27°F ‑21°F T Highest Temperature 99°F 1996
27 49°F 17°F ‑24°F   Lowest Temperature 5°F 1951
28 57°F 29°F ‑15°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 1971‑2000 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
27th Lowest minimum temperature 17°F 31°F 1977
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
26th Tied 2nd lowest minimum temperature 27°F 24°F 1960
26th Tied 2nd lowest maximum temperature 45°F 42°F 1982
28th Tied 2nd lowest minimum temperature 29°F 28°F 1962
*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: 69°F/47°F Monthly precipitation: 2.84"
Middle of the month: 73°F/50°F Precipitation days: 7
End of the month: 76°F/54°F Days ≤ 32°F:  2