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January 1998

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Positive anomalies of both temperature and precipitation the Brazos Valley greeted in the new year. With a mean monthly temperature of 55.6°F, 1998 boasted the third warmest January on record at Easterwood Field. The mean daily temperature dropped below its daily normal temperature on only five days throughout the month. There were actually five days on which the daily minimum temperature surpassed the daily normal maximum temperature. Interestingly enough however, despite the warmer than normal temperatures, the total for cooling degree days during the month was just 12 (only one above normal). Severe weather blew through East Texas on the 21st as extremely intense thunderstorms spawned seven different confirmed tornadoes in Southeast Texas. While observations at Easterwood reported 0.69" of rain during the evening, baseball-sized hail was reported in Lyons (Burleson County), 0.88 inches" diameter hail between Millican and Wellborn (Brazos County), and tornadoes in Lee, Bastrop, Leon, Grimes and Madison Counties.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 66°F 35°F +2°F 0.01" Maximum 65.9°F +7.5°F
2 71°F 58°F +16°F 0.07" Minimum 45.4°F +6.7°F
3 73°F 58°F +16°F 0.01" Average 55.6°F +7.1°F
4 75°F 64°F +20°F 0.01" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 75°F 65°F +22°F 0.04" Heating 294 ‑228
6 69°F 60°F +16°F 2.54" Cooling 12 +1
7 60°F 42°F +3°F 0.04" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 60°F 36°F 0°F T Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 67°F 32°F +2°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 ‑1
10 61°F 49°F +7°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 2 ‑9
11 70°F 50°F +12°F 0.20"  
12 73°F 58°F +18°F 0.01" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 62°F 44°F +5°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 51°F 44°F 0°F 0.10" Monthly Total 2.78" +0.13"
15 57°F 37°F ‑1°F   Year-to-date Total 3.81" +1.16"
16 70°F 37°F +6°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 14 +5
17 65°F 39°F +4°F    
18 72°F 51°F +14°F 0.01" Monthly Extremes
19 59°F 37°F 0°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 68°F 45°F +8°F   Highest Temperature 76°F 21st
21 76°F 53°F +16°F 0.69" Lowest Temperature 31°F 24th
22 53°F 40°F ‑2°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 2.57" 7th
23 58°F 33°F ‑4°F   Maximum Wind Gust 34 mph 6th
24 58°F 31°F ‑4°F    
25 62°F 37°F +0°F T Record Book for January
26 66°F 45°F +6°F 0.01" Highest Temperature 86°F 1972
27 64°F 34°F 0°F   Lowest Temperature ‑3°F 1949
28 70°F 40°F +6°F   Highest Minimum 70°F 1950
29 73°F 45°F +10°F   Lowest Maximum 19°F 1962
30 74°F 52°F +14°F   Wettest Month 15.61" 1991
31 65°F 55°F +10°F 0.07" 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
5th Highest minimum temperature 65°F 64°F 1916
6th Tied highest minimum temperature 60°F 60°F 1965
6th Most daily precipitation 2.54" 1.04" 1973
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
4th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 64°F 68°F 1917
12th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 58°F 66°F 1911
*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