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January 2004

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The month of January in the Brazos Valley was one of temperature extremes. A high temperature of 77°F was reported on the 3rd, and a low temperature of 28°F on the 6th, and 27th. This roller coaster of temperatures was contributed to numerous cold front systems sweeping through the state. On the 5th, an arctic cold front that passed through the Brazos Valley dropped high temperatures more than 20°F from the previous day. A moderating trend continued through mid month until a second cold front moved through on the 17th. Overall, there was 6 consecutive days of measurable precipitation. Numerous low pressure disturbances moved across the state, with a particularly potent low moving into the area on the 24th. At Easterwood Airport, a total of 2.29" of rain fell on the 24th, and other areas in Texas also received copious amounts of rainfall. The month of January ended with a precipitation total of 4.54", which was 1.22" above normal, and on a cooler note.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 74°F 60°F +17°F T Maximum 62.5°F +1.9°F
2 76°F 63°F +20°F   Minimum 44.4°F +4.6°F
3 77°F 66°F +22°F   Average 53.5°F +3.3°F
4 71°F 48°F +10°F 0.05" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 48°F 34°F ‑9°F   Heating 366 ‑106
6 41°F 28°F ‑16°F   Cooling 14 +1
7 46°F 38°F ‑8°F T Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 56°F 41°F ‑2°F 0.10" Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 61°F 41°F +1°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 ‑1
10 58°F 36°F ‑3°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 4 ‑7
11 61°F 35°F ‑2°F    
12 65°F 39°F +2°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 66°F 51°F +8°F 0.03" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 67°F 51°F +9°F 0.01" Monthly Total 2.78" ‑0.54"
15 64°F 57°F +10°F 0.08" Year-to-date Total 4.54" +1.22"
16 69°F 60°F +14°F 1.53" Days ≥ 0.01" 11 +2
17 72°F 52°F +12°F 0.25"  
18 52°F 40°F ‑4°F 0.02" Monthly Extremes
19 57°F 33°F ‑5°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 67°F 32°F 0°F   Highest Temperature 77°F 3rd
21 72°F 37°F +4°F   Lowest Temperature 28°F 6th, 27th
22 63°F 39°F +1°F T Max. 24-hour Precip. 2.29" 24th
23 67°F 52°F +10°F T Maximum Wind Gust 34 mph 26th
24 66°F 58°F +12°F 2.29"  
25 73°F 51°F +12°F   Record Book for January
26 68°F 37°F +2°F   Highest Temperature 86°F 1972
27 50°F 28°F ‑12°F   Lowest Temperature ‑3°F 1949
28 58°F 30°F ‑7°F   Highest Minimum 70°F 1950
29 59°F 47°F +2°F 0.17" Lowest Maximum 19°F 1962
30 60°F 46°F +2°F 0.01" Wettest Month 15.61" 1991
31 53°F 47°F ‑1°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
24th Most daily precipitation 2.29" 1.01" 1974
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
2nd Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 63°F 68°F 2000
2nd Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 76°F 81°F 2000
3rd Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 66°F 69°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.


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