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January 2008

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January 2008 brought a wide range of temperatures to the Brazos Valley. The month started out on the cool side as temperatures struggled to reach the 50s the first three days of the month. The low temperature of 25°F on the 2nd was the second lowest temperature recorded for the date. Beginning on the 4th, temperatures quickly rebounded as winds shifted from the northwest to the southeast. High temperatures approached 80°F on the 6th and 7th. Records for highest minimum temperature (64°F and 68°F) were established on the 6th and 7th as well. A cold front crossed through the area on the 9th dropping temperatures to near seasonal averages. A stronger cold front affected the area in the middle of the month. From the 13th through the 27th, temperatures were either at or below normal. The 18th was a raw day across the area as cold air and rainy conditions held temperatures in the 30s for most of the day. The cool weather persisted for the rest of the month with a moderating trend the last few days of the month. The average monthly temperature of 49.9°F was 0.3°F below normal. Precipitation was light throughout the month with most of the rainfall occurring during the middle of the month in association with cold fronts passing through the area. The monthly total of 2.05" was 1.27" below normal.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 55°F 35°F ‑5°F   Maximum 60.3°F ‑0.3°F
2 49°F 25°F ‑13°F   Minimum 39.5°F ‑0.3°F
3 50°F 28°F ‑11°F   Average 49.9°F ‑0.3°F
4 63°F 35°F ‑1°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 75°F 58°F +16°F   Heating 479 +7
6 79°F 64°F +22°F   Cooling 17 +4
7 78°F 68°F +23°F 0.01" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 74°F 47°F +10°F 0.12" Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 65°F 39°F +2°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 ‑1
10 67°F 41°F +4°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 5 ‑6
11 66°F 34°F 0°F    
12 72°F 43°F +8°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 63°F 36°F 0°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 64°F 34°F ‑1°F   Monthly Total 2.78" ‑0.54"
15 57°F 42°F 0°F 0.09" Year-to-date Total 2.05" ‑1.27"
16 54°F 46°F 0°F T Days ≥ 0.01" 11 +2
17 51°F 33°F ‑8°F    
18 41°F 35°F ‑12°F 0.66" Monthly Extremes
19 48°F 31°F ‑10°F 0.01" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 53°F 28°F ‑10°F   Highest Temperature 79°F 6th
21 57°F 43°F 0°F 0.17" Lowest Temperature 25°F 2nd
22 62°F 37°F 0°F 0.01" Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.67" 18th-19th
23 43°F 36°F ‑10°F 0.06" Maximum Wind Gust 40 mph 31st
24 50°F 38°F ‑6°F 0.11"  
25 45°F 39°F ‑8°F 0.18" Record Book for January
26 60°F 40°F ‑1°F   Highest Temperature 86°F 1972
27 66°F 36°F 0°F   Lowest Temperature ‑3°F 1949
28 69°F 45°F +6°F T Highest Minimum 70°F 1950
29 75°F 42°F +8°F T Lowest Maximum 19°F 1962
30 57°F 30°F ‑8°F T Wettest Month 15.61" 1991
31 61°F 37°F ‑2°F 0.63" 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
6th Highest minimum temperature 64°F 60°F 1965
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
6th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 79°F 82°F 1989
7th 2nd highest minimum temperature 68°F 69°F 1937
*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