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February 2012

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February 2012 was warmer than normal, but it packed a punch right out of the gate. In the first few days of February, a massive storm system tracked slowly across the state, dumping rain across much of Texas. The series of storms accompanied a deep low pressure system that tracked across North Texas, and a heavy plume of moisture had filtered in from the Gulf of Mexico. The conditions were right for a heavy rain event. The cold front passed through College Station on the 3rd and it brought a dangerous surprise along. A weak tornado was spotted in Snook and the wall cloud was believed to have traveled through south College Station that same evening. Very little damage resulted from the tornado, but high winds and flash flooding managed to cause some destruction across the entire city. Overall, the month of February received a copious amount of rainfall (9.03"), and February 2012 claimed a new high record of 6.26" of rain in 24 hours.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 76°F 62°F +17°F 0.01" Maximum 68.6°F +3.8°F
2 71°F 58°F +12°F 0.16" Minimum 51.4°F +7.0°F
3 78°F 60°F +16°F 4.11" Average 60.0°F +5.4°F
4 65°F 50°F +4°F 2.15" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 50°F 41°F ‑8°F 0.01" Heating 239 ‑70
6 56°F 37°F ‑6°F   Cooling 43 +26
7 64°F 47°F +2°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 60°F 44°F ‑1°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 59°F 40°F ‑4°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 62°F 47°F +0°F 0.20" Minimum ≤ 32°F 1 ‑2
11 52°F 35°F ‑10°F    
12 50°F 31°F ‑14°F T Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 55°F 43°F ‑5°F 0.54" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 70°F 42°F +2°F T Monthly Total 1.10" ‑1.75"
15 73°F 57°F +10°F 0.44" Year-to-date Total 12.09" +6.00"
16 61°F 50°F +0°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 10 +2
17 60°F 53°F +2°F 0.52"  
18 60°F 49°F 0°F 1.16" Monthly Extremes
19 61°F 47°F ‑1°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 66°F 47°F +0°F   Highest Temperature 88°F 23rd
21 75°F 55°F +9°F   Lowest Temperature 31°F 12th
22 83°F 62°F +16°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 6.26" 3rd-4th
23 88°F 65°F +20°F   Maximum Wind Gust 40 mph 3rd
24 67°F 47°F 0°F    
25 62°F 42°F ‑5°F   Record Book for February
26 66°F 41°F ‑4°F   Highest Temperature 99°F 1996
27 74°F 59°F +10°F T Lowest Temperature 5°F 1951
28 78°F 63°F +12°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 1981‑2010 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
3rd Most daily precipitation 4.11" 2.20" 1992
23rd Tied highest minimum temperature 65°F 65°F 1930
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
1st Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 62°F 67°F 1923
3rd Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 78°F 82°F 1911
23rd 2nd highest maximum temperature 88°F 90°F 1996
28th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 63°F 67°F 1950
*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: 68°F/48°F Monthly precipitation: 3.17"
Middle of the month: 72°F/51°F Precipitation days: 8
End of the month: 75°F/55°F Days ≤ 32°F:  1