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January 2006

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2006 got off to a warm start as the average departure from normal for the first five day of the month was 13.6°F, and the mean temperature on the 1st over 22°F above average. Also, record highs of 81°F on the 1st and 3rd were reported. The monthly mean was 57.3°F, which is 7.1°F above normal, which continues the trend of this winter being very warm. As for precipitation, the Brazos Valley finally got some much needed rainfall. While it wasn't much, 2.63" for the month, which is 0.69" below normal, any kind of precipitation is welcome. The 16th reported the areas first measurable rainfall since the 17th of December and the 1.66" that fell on the 22nd was the first rainfall total over an inch since March 18, 2005 when 1.61" fell at Easterwood Field. Another front moved through on the 28th bringing the region more precipitation with 0.69" falling at Easterwood Field. The end of the month was slightly cooler than the beginning with the first ten days having an average daily temperature of 60°F compared to 55°F for the last ten days of the month. Hopefully, February will bring cooler temperature and more precipitation to ease the drought that has been affecting the entire region.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 81°F 62°F +22°F   Maximum 69.8°F +9.2°F
2 79°F 45°F +12°F   Minimum 44.7°F +4.9°F
3 81°F 42°F +12°F   Average 57.3°F +7.1°F
4 78°F 51°F +14°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 68°F 45°F +6°F   Heating 242 ‑230
6 63°F 38°F +0°F   Cooling 11 ‑2
7 76°F 38°F +7°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 77°F 54°F +16°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 78°F 55°F +16°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 ‑1
10 60°F 36°F ‑2°F T Minimum ≤ 32°F 1 ‑10
11 69°F 33°F +1°F    
12 74°F 52°F +13°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 66°F 40°F +3°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 65°F 32°F ‑2°F   Monthly Total 2.63" ‑0.69"
15 72°F 50°F +11°F T Year-to-date Total 2.63" ‑0.69"
16 67°F 55°F +11°F 0.20" Days ≥ 0.01" 4 ‑5
17 57°F 37°F ‑3°F    
18 72°F 35°F +4°F   Monthly Extremes
19 73°F 51°F +12°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 76°F 55°F +16°F 0.08" Highest Temperature 81°F 1st, 3rd
21 63°F 42°F +2°F T Lowest Temperature 32°F 14th
22 52°F 46°F ‑1°F 1.66" Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.66" 22nd
23 60°F 47°F +4°F T Maximum Wind Gust 43 mph 16th
24 69°F 36°F +2°F    
25 71°F 36°F +4°F   Record Book for January
26 59°F 47°F +2°F   Highest Temperature 86°F 1972
27 71°F 43°F +6°F T Lowest Temperature ‑3°F 1949
28 67°F 58°F +12°F 0.69" Highest Minimum 70°F 1950
29 79°F 42°F +10°F   Lowest Maximum 19°F 1962
30 70°F 45°F +6°F   Wettest Month 15.60" 1991
31 71°F 38°F +4°F   Driest Month 0.00" 1910
  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
1st Tied highest maximum temperature 81°F 81°F 1952
22nd Tied most daily precipitation 1.66" 1.66" 2006
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
2nd Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 79°F 81°F 2000
3rd Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 81°F 82°F 1949
4th Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 78°F 82°F 1997
9th Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 78°F 84°F 1917
*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