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January 2005

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The beginning of 2005 was a roller coaster for the Brazos Valley. The month began with extremely warm temperatures for this time of the year. The average temperature was as high as 25°F above normal, and new records were set on the 3rd and 4th for highest minimum and maximum temperatures. A cold front began to pass through on the night of the 5th, and temperatures plummeted. The high on the 6th was only 39°F, a 32°F drop from the previous day. A high pressure system moved over the state, and temperatures warmed back up to the 70s. On the 11th, a cold front associated with a low pressure system moved across Texas, and a line of severe storms popped up ahead of the front. College Station received 1.28" of rain on the 12th, the 24-hour maximum for January. Temperatures remained consistently cool until a high pressure system moved in warming things up. Temperatures cooled down with another front on the 22nd, and the minimum extreme for the month was reached on the 23rd. Temperatures rose again, and even reached 80°F at Easterwood Field on the 26th tying an old record. The month ended with another cold front, which brought temperatures down just below normal as well as some heavy rain. Over the last five days of January, College Station received 1.41" of rain for a monthly total of 3.92", which is 0.60" above normal. The average daily temperature of 54.6°F was 4.4°F above normal, but not near any records.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 73°F 64°F +18°F   Maximum 63.3°F +2.7°F
2 76°F 67°F +22°F 0.87" Minimum 45.9°F +6.1°F
3 81°F 69°F +25°F T Average 54.6°F +4.4°F
4 76°F 67°F +22°F 0.01" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 71°F 39°F +5°F 0.27" Heating 360 ‑112
6 39°F 35°F ‑13°F T Cooling 44 +31
7 49°F 36°F ‑8°F 0.07" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 60°F 41°F +0°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 70°F 48°F +9°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 ‑1
10 75°F 66°F +20°F T Minimum ≤ 32°F 2 ‑9
11 78°F 64°F +21°F    
12 74°F 62°F +18°F 1.28" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 63°F 39°F +1°F 0.01" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 58°F 35°F ‑4°F   Monthly Total 2.78" ‑0.54"
15 57°F 38°F ‑2°F   Year-to-date Total 3.92" +0.60"
16 51°F 33°F ‑8°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 10 +1
17 54°F 30°F ‑8°F    
18 49°F 37°F ‑7°F   Monthly Extremes
19 68°F 38°F +3°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 73°F 46°F +10°F   Highest Temperature 81°F 3rd
21 74°F 48°F +11°F   Lowest Temperature 29°F 23rd
22 68°F 39°F +4°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.29" 12th-13th
23 46°F 29°F ‑12°F   Maximum Wind Gust 37 mph 22nd
24 61°F 33°F ‑3°F    
25 75°F 46°F +10°F   Record Book for January
26 80°F 51°F +14°F   Highest Temperature 86°F 1972
27 62°F 44°F +2°F 0.61" Lowest Temperature ‑3°F 1949
28 51°F 41°F ‑5°F 0.59" Highest Minimum 70°F 1950
29 51°F 47°F ‑2°F   Lowest Maximum 19°F 1962
30 50°F 45°F ‑4°F 0.20" Wettest Month 15.61" 1991
31 48°F 45°F ‑4°F 0.01" 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
3rd Tied highest minimum temperature 69°F 69°F 1950
10th Highest minimum temperature 66°F 63°F 1995
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
1st 4th highest minimum temperature 64°F 69°F 1916
2nd 2nd highest minimum temperature 67°F 68°F 2000
2nd Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 76°F 81°F 2000
3rd 2nd highest maximum temperature 81°F 82°F 1949
4th 2nd highest minimum temperature 67°F 68°F 1917
4th Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 76°F 82°F 1997
11th 4th highest minimum temperature 64°F 67°F 1916
12th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 62°F 66°F 1911
26th Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 80°F 83°F 1918
*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