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February 2011

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The weather in College Station was anything but normal during the month of February. At the start of the month schools in the area closed for a snow day, but by months end, shorts and flip-flops were making an appearance. On the first day of February, a cold front moved through the area and winds peaked at 56 mph, damaging roofs and knocking down fences in College Station. The high temperature for the month was 82°F on the 27th and the low temperature was 19°F on the 2nd, showing the wide range of temperatures seen during the month. On the 2nd and 3rd the daily high temperature barely reached the freezing mark. The 32°F temperature on the 3rd set a new lowest maximum temperature for that day, breaking the old record of 33°F set back in 1955. Although schools closed on the 4th for a snow day, little precipitation was seen during the month of February. The monthly total of 0.61" was more than an inch and a half below normal. The lack of precipitation worsened drought conditions in the Brazos Valley this month. The US Drought Monitor still had Brazos Valley placed in the extreme drought category and Brazos Country officials continued to keep the burn ban in place for the area. By the end of the month temperatures were above normal and a new highest minimum temperature record was set on the 27th at 67°F.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 67°F 20°F ‑8°F 0.28" Maximum 66.5°F +1.0°F
2 32°F 19°F ‑26°F   Minimum 42.8°F ‑0.6°F
3 32°F 24°F ‑24°F 0.01" Average 54.6°F +0.1°F
4 37°F 22°F ‑22°F 0.03" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 64°F 23°F ‑8°F   Heating 338 +29
6 76°F 37°F +4°F   Cooling 57 +43
7 55°F 36°F ‑8°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 62°F 35°F ‑4°F T Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 48°F 23°F ‑18°F 0.16" Maximum ≤ 32°F 2 +2
10 42°F 20°F ‑22°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 10 +4
11 56°F 21°F ‑16°F    
12 65°F 28°F ‑8°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 73°F 32°F ‑2°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 75°F 44°F +6°F   Monthly Total 9.30" +6.92"
15 78°F 57°F +12°F   Year-to-date Total 3.61" ‑2.09"
16 75°F 59°F +12°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 7 ‑1
17 76°F 64°F +15°F T  
18 80°F 62°F +16°F   Monthly Extremes
19 80°F 63°F +16°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 81°F 64°F +16°F   Highest Temperature 82°F 27th
21 79°F 61°F +14°F   Lowest Temperature 19°F 2nd
22 73°F 49°F +5°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.28" 1st
23 80°F 62°F +15°F T Maximum Wind Gust 56 mph 1st
24 78°F 61°F +12°F 0.07"  
25 68°F 46°F 0°F   Record Book for February
26 73°F 48°F +4°F 0.03" Highest Temperature 99°F 1996
27 82°F 67°F +18°F   Lowest Temperature 5°F 1951
28 74°F 52°F +5°F 0.03" 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
2nd Tied lowest maximum temperature 32°F 32°F 1985
10th Lowest minimum temperature 20°F 22°F 1933
27th Highest minimum temperature 67°F 66°F 1951
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
1st Tied 4th lowest minimum temperature 20°F 12°F 1951
2nd 4th lowest minimum temperature 19°F 5°F 1951
3rd 2nd lowest maximum temperature 32°F -999°F 1923
4th 4th lowest maximum temperature 37°F -999°F 1923
11th 2nd lowest minimum temperature 21°F 17°F 1981
18th 3rd highest minimum temperature 62°F 64°F 1911
19th 3rd highest minimum temperature 63°F 66°F 1917
20th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 64°F 65°F 1922
20th 4th highest maximum temperature 81°F 95°F 1986
23rd Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 62°F 65°F 1930
*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