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January 2003

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The Bryan/College Station area experienced great temperature fluctuations in the month of January. The beginning of the month was around normal, or slightly below normal, with little precipitation experienced. However, by the 9th temperatures had warmed to almost record highs, reporting a temperature of 78°F, the 3rd highest maximum temperature reading for that day. The passage of an arctic front on the 10th dropped temperatures by 20°F from the previous day. Colder arctic air filtered down from Canada on the 11th dropping temperatures by another 12 degrees, with precipitation also reported on the 11th and 12th with this storm system. Easterwood Airport reported 0.55" of rain on the 12th, which was a little over half of the month's precipitation total. Temperatures remained quite cool for the month, as another frontal passage on the 16th reinforced the cool conditions. On the 18th, the low temperature of 24°F tied the 4th lowest minimum temperature for that day. Moderation in temperatures began on the 19th, as high pressure shifted eastward from Texas. The maximum temperature reached 80°F on the 21st, tying a record for the highest maximum on that date. Another frontal passage on the 22nd dropped high temperatures 25°F from the previous day. Cold air made its way into Texas on the 23rd following the passage of the surface front dropping temperatures another 13°F. With the passage of this frontal system, 4 near records occurred. The month concluded with slightly below normal temperatures and a rainfall deficit of 2.26".

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 69°F 36°F +2°F   Maximum 57.8°F ‑2.8°F
2 53°F 35°F ‑6°F T Minimum 38.6°F ‑1.2°F
3 61°F 31°F ‑4°F   Average 48.2°F ‑2.0°F
4 66°F 37°F +2°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 69°F 40°F +4°F   Heating 513 +41
6 67°F 45°F +6°F   Cooling 0 ‑13
7 53°F 35°F ‑6°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 71°F 37°F +4°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 78°F 50°F +14°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 ‑1
10 57°F 42°F 0°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 6 ‑5
11 45°F 38°F ‑8°F 0.21"  
12 39°F 36°F ‑12°F 0.55" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 47°F 36°F ‑8°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 56°F 40°F ‑2°F   Monthly Total 2.78" ‑0.54"
15 53°F 37°F ‑5°F   Year-to-date Total 1.06" ‑2.26"
16 52°F 33°F ‑8°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 4 ‑5
17 45°F 28°F ‑14°F    
18 56°F 24°F ‑10°F   Monthly Extremes
19 63°F 29°F ‑4°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 73°F 54°F +14°F   Highest Temperature 80°F 21st
21 80°F 49°F +14°F   Lowest Temperature 24°F 18th
22 55°F 42°F ‑2°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.70" 11th-12th
23 42°F 29°F ‑14°F   Maximum Wind Gust 33 mph 1st
24 47°F 26°F ‑14°F    
25 47°F 39°F ‑7°F 0.02" Record Book for January
26 44°F 36°F ‑11°F 0.28" Highest Temperature 86°F 1972
27 54°F 40°F ‑4°F   Lowest Temperature ‑3°F 1949
28 71°F 49°F +9°F   Highest Minimum 70°F 1950
29 63°F 49°F +5°F T Lowest Maximum 19°F 1962
30 51°F 46°F ‑2°F   Wettest Month 15.61" 1991
31 65°F 49°F +6°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 1971‑2000 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
No new records were set or tied in January 2003.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
9th Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 78°F 84°F 1917
21st Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 80°F 83°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