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February 2010

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February 2010 was one for the record books as College Station experienced its coldest winter since 1978. The average maximum temperature this month was the 3rd lowest the Brazos Valley has seen in the past 105 Februarys. Also, the average temperature was the 4th lowest since 1905 at 48.5°F, 6.9°F below normal. With the exception of three days, the daily mean temperature was below normal every day this month. On the 12th, a new record low maximum temperature record was set at 38°F, breaking the old record set back in 1963. Even though it was a very cold month, the maximum temperature for the month reached into the upper 70s, topping out at 78°F on the 21st. Snowfall and rainfall were no strangers to the Brazos Valley this month. 2.77" of total precipitation fell during this past February, 0.39" above normal, and brought the annual total to 5.71". For the month, College Station had 9 days of precipitation, including 2 days with measurable snowfall. On February 11th, College Station received wet snow totaling to two-tenths of an inch in under an hour. A low pressure area brought snow to Central Texas on the 23rd, including 3.0" to Easterwood Airport, and transformed the Brazos Valley into a winter wonderland.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 47°F 31°F ‑13°F 0.01" Maximum 55.4°F ‑10.1°F
2 58°F 46°F 0°F 0.02" Minimum 38.0°F ‑5.4°F
3 54°F 47°F ‑2°F 0.25" Average 46.7°F ‑7.8°F
4 50°F 47°F ‑4°F 0.49" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 51°F 42°F ‑6°F   Heating 505 +196
6 59°F 38°F ‑4°F   Cooling 0 ‑14
7 50°F 39°F ‑8°F T Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 68°F 44°F +3°F 0.68" Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 47°F 35°F ‑12°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 46°F 32°F ‑14°F T Minimum ≤ 32°F 7 +1
11 42°F 34°F ‑16°F 0.96"  
12 38°F 35°F ‑18°F T Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 51°F 33°F ‑12°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 64°F 38°F ‑3°F T Monthly Total 9.30" +6.92"
15 50°F 30°F ‑15°F   Year-to-date Total 5.72" +0.02"
16 55°F 29°F ‑13°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 9 +1
17 59°F 28°F ‑12°F    
18 63°F 31°F ‑8°F   Monthly Extremes
19 61°F 46°F ‑2°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 68°F 53°F +4°F   Highest Temperature 78°F 21st
21 78°F 47°F +6°F 0.02" Lowest Temperature 28°F 17th
22 50°F 41°F ‑10°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.96" 11th
23 41°F 33°F ‑19°F 0.29" Maximum Wind Gust 41 mph 14th
24 50°F 33°F ‑16°F T  
25 62°F 32°F ‑10°F   Record Book for February
26 59°F 44°F ‑6°F 0.05" Highest Temperature 99°F 1996
27 63°F 39°F ‑6°F   Lowest Temperature 5°F 1951
28 67°F 38°F ‑6°F T 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
12th Lowest maximum temperature 38°F 39°F 1958
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
11th Tied 3rd lowest maximum temperature 42°F 32°F 1981
15th Tied 4th lowest minimum temperature 30°F 26°F 1951
23rd 3rd lowest maximum temperature 41°F 36°F 1968
*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