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January 1997

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The average temperature for the month of January (48.4°F) was near normal in the Brazos Valley though a variety of extremes occurred. The month began unseasonably warm with temperatures well into the upper 70s and even 80s with overnight lows only in the middle 60s. By the 6th, a Pacific frontal system brought significant precipitation to Central Texas allowing temperatures to cool somewhat. Temperatures remained below normal during the next week, with the daily range in temperatures on both the 13th and 14th only 3°F. During this time, temperatures remained below freezing for 31 consecutive hours! The record for consecutive hours at or below freezing in College Station is 146 hours from 21-27 December, 1983. The majority of the January precipitation fell on the 19th and the 20th while temperatures remained slightly above normal before cooling off again towards the last few days of the month.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 72°F 56°F +15°F   Maximum 57.5°F ‑0.9°F
2 75°F 63°F +20°F T Minimum 39.3°F +0.6°F
3 78°F 66°F +23°F   Average 48.4°F ‑0.1°F
4 82°F 64°F +24°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 64°F 51°F +10°F 0.05" Heating 526 +4
6 51°F 36°F ‑4°F 0.17" Cooling 19 +8
7 36°F 34°F ‑13°F 0.55" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 36°F 30°F ‑15°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 51°F 31°F ‑7°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 3 +2
10 56°F 34°F ‑3°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 14 +3
11 38°F 25°F ‑16°F 0.15"  
12 32°F 27°F ‑18°F 0.04" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 29°F 26°F ‑20°F T Precipitation Value *Departure
14 32°F 29°F ‑18°F T Monthly Total 2.78" +0.13"
15 60°F 32°F ‑2°F   Year-to-date Total 2.88" +0.23"
16 51°F 32°F ‑6°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 7 ‑2
17 41°F 26°F ‑14°F    
18 50°F 23°F ‑12°F   Monthly Extremes
19 62°F 34°F 0°F 0.95" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 61°F 50°F +8°F 0.97" Highest Temperature 82°F 4th
21 65°F 58°F +12°F   Lowest Temperature 23°F 18th
22 74°F 52°F +14°F T Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.88" 20th-21st
23 71°F 52°F +12°F   Maximum Wind Gust 32 mph 27th
24 77°F 53°F +16°F    
25 66°F 42°F +5°F   Record Book for January
26 73°F 44°F +10°F T Highest Temperature 86°F 1972
27 75°F 31°F +4°F   Lowest Temperature ‑3°F 1949
28 42°F 26°F ‑15°F   Highest Minimum 70°F 1950
29 54°F 26°F ‑9°F   Lowest Maximum 19°F 1962
30 60°F 25°F ‑6°F   Wettest Month 15.61" 1991
31 70°F 39°F +4°F   Driest Month 0.21" 1936
  Wettest 24 Hours 7.13" 1896
"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 1961‑1990 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
2nd Tied highest minimum temperature 63°F 63°F 1917
4th Highest maximum temperature 82°F 78°F 1957
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
3rd 2nd highest minimum temperature 66°F 69°F 1950
3rd Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 78°F 82°F 1949
4th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 64°F 68°F 1917
13th 2nd lowest maximum temperature 29°F -999°F 1910
14th 2nd lowest maximum temperature 32°F -999°F 1910
*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.


February Normals for College Station
Beginning of the month: 61°F/40°F Monthly precipitation: 2.62"
Middle of the month: 63°F/42°F Precipitation days: 8
End of the month: 67°F/46°F Days ≤ 32°F:  6