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February 2003

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The month of February began quite mild for the Brazos Valley area. A cold front moved through the area on the 4th, causing temperatures to drop considerably from the previous day. Cold air was advected into the area on the 6th through the 8th, dropping temperatures another 15°F. High temperatures remained in the lower to mid 40s for a few days before finally moderating to the lower 60s on the 9th. This system brought precipitation to the area with a reported total of 0.86" from the 5th-9th at Easterwood Airport. Quite mild temperatures prevailed over the area until the 16th when the next system made its way across Texas. High temperatures dropped by twenty to twenty five degrees, and brought dry air in behind it. This was a very short lived system however, and temperatures were back in the lower 60s the following day. A stationary front was draped across the state on the 20th, which triggered numerous showers and thunderstorms in conjunction with a low pressure system. The south central and eastern regions of Texas received ample precipitation from this system. A 24-hour precipitation record was reported in College Station when 4.76" fell on the 20th. The previous 24-hour precipitation record was 3.81" from 1927. The low pressure system finally moved out on the 22nd, allowing for high pressure to dominate and temperatures to moderate to the upper 60s and lower 70s. On the 23rd, big changes began in the state of Texas with the movement of a very intense polar air mass into the area. Cold air advection accompanied this strong front with high temperatures in the teens in the panhandle, to the 50s in extreme southern Texas. The College Station area experienced highs in the upper 30s on the 25th and 26th. Frozen precipitation blanketed a majority of the state on the 24th, and College Station received frozen rain, and mist early in the morning on the 25th. For the month, the Bryan/College area had 11 near records and three new records were set. For temperatures A maximum temperature of 33°F was reported on the 25th, which was a new record low for the date. Finally the cold weather retreated on the 28th, with highs in the 50s and lingering showers from a low pressure system situated near the area.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 70°F 37°F +2°F   Maximum 59.1°F ‑6.4°F
2 75°F 53°F +12°F   Minimum 42.5°F ‑0.9°F
3 74°F 47°F +8°F T Average 50.8°F ‑3.7°F
4 58°F 34°F ‑6°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 52°F 47°F ‑2°F T Heating 397 +88
6 47°F 41°F ‑9°F 0.79" Cooling 4 ‑10
7 42°F 36°F ‑14°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 43°F 35°F ‑14°F 0.02" Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 63°F 39°F ‑2°F 0.05" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 60°F 41°F ‑2°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 5 ‑1
11 69°F 41°F +1°F    
12 73°F 53°F +9°F T Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 68°F 61°F +10°F 0.05" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 73°F 65°F +15°F 0.03" Monthly Total 9.30" +6.92"
15 69°F 46°F +2°F T Year-to-date Total 8.38" +2.68"
16 46°F 31°F ‑16°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 11 +3
17 61°F 29°F ‑10°F    
18 69°F 43°F +1°F   Monthly Extremes
19 71°F 51°F +6°F 0.29" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 58°F 50°F ‑2°F 4.76" Highest Temperature 76°F 23rd
21 58°F 50°F ‑2°F 1.12" Lowest Temperature 29°F 17th, 25th
22 66°F 50°F +2°F 0.09" Max. 24-hour Precip. 4.81" 20th
23 76°F 41°F +2°F   Maximum Wind Gust 33 mph 20th
24 43°F 32°F ‑20°F 0.06"  
25 33°F 29°F ‑26°F 0.05" Record Book for February
26 37°F 31°F ‑23°F T Highest Temperature 99°F 1996
27 48°F 36°F ‑15°F   Lowest Temperature 5°F 1951
28 53°F 41°F ‑11°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
20th **Most daily precipitation 4.76" 2.15" 1932
25th Lowest maximum temperature 33°F 36°F 1935
26th Lowest maximum temperature 37°F 42°F 1982
**Set record for the entire month.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
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: 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