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January 2002

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The Bryan/College Station area experienced extreme temperature variability in January. The beginning of the month saw temperatures well below normal. However, the middle of the month brought a return to more normal temperatures. The last nine days were unseasonably warm with four records tied or broken. Precipitation for January was about half of what should be expected with more than half of the month’s total precipitation falling on the 5th as Easterwood Airport recorded 1.03" in a 24-hour period. The highest wind gust for the month, 25 mph, was recorded on five separate days: the 12th, 24th, 29th, 30th, and 31st. These wind gusts were not all associated with frontal passages as would be expected during the month of January. The gusts during the last three days of the month were due to strong southerly flow off of the Gulf of Mexico.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 46°F 31°F ‑12°F T Maximum 64.5°F +3.9°F
2 44°F 27°F ‑14°F   Minimum 40.1°F +0.3°F
3 44°F 19°F ‑18°F   Average 52.3°F +2.1°F
4 53°F 24°F ‑12°F T Degree Days Total *Departure
5 53°F 41°F ‑3°F 1.03" Heating 410 ‑62
6 61°F 37°F ‑1°F   Cooling 25 +12
7 57°F 28°F ‑8°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 67°F 30°F ‑2°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 75°F 41°F +8°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 ‑1
10 73°F 56°F +14°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 10 ‑1
11 59°F 48°F +4°F    
12 66°F 35°F +0°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 68°F 29°F ‑2°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 68°F 36°F +2°F   Monthly Total 2.78" ‑0.54"
15 67°F 29°F ‑2°F   Year-to-date Total 1.60" ‑1.72"
16 72°F 38°F +5°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 5 ‑4
17 63°F 51°F +7°F T  
18 53°F 49°F +1°F 0.05" Monthly Extremes
19 56°F 37°F ‑4°F 0.21" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 59°F 31°F ‑5°F   Highest Temperature 81°F 29th
21 73°F 40°F +6°F   Lowest Temperature 19°F 3rd
22 75°F 47°F +11°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.03" 5th
23 74°F 69°F +22°F T Maximum Wind Gust 26 mph 19th
24 72°F 43°F +8°F 0.05"  
25 60°F 33°F ‑4°F   Record Book for January
26 60°F 30°F ‑6°F   Highest Temperature 86°F 1972
27 72°F 36°F +3°F   Lowest Temperature ‑3°F 1949
28 79°F 52°F +14°F   Highest Minimum 70°F 1950
29 81°F 66°F +22°F   Lowest Maximum 19°F 1962
30 79°F 66°F +22°F T Wettest Month 15.61" 1991
31 71°F 43°F +6°F 0.26" 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 1971‑2000 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
23rd Highest minimum temperature 69°F 68°F 1929
28th Tied highest maximum temperature 79°F 79°F 1982
30th Tied highest minimum temperature 66°F 66°F 1975
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
3rd Tied 4th lowest minimum temperature 19°F -999°F 1910
29th 3rd highest maximum temperature 81°F 83°F 1917
29th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 66°F 69°F 1969
30th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 79°F 86°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: 63°F/42°F Monthly precipitation: 2.38"
Middle of the month: 66°F/43°F Precipitation days: 8
End of the month: 69°F/47°F Days ≤ 32°F:  6