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January 2011

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Much needed rain finally made its way to the Brazos Valley but it was still not enough to lift the area out of the current drought. According to the US Drought Monitor, College Station is still classified as having extreme drought conditions. Nearly three inches of precipitation fell over the Brazos Valley during the month, about a third of an inch below normal. The area saw eight precipitation days during the month, with the 24-hour maximum falling on the 9th, when 1.69" of precipitation were recorded. The lack of moisture and cold weather continued to raise the threat of wildfires across the county. While the mean maximum temperature for the month was exactly normal at 60.6°F, the mean monthly average and minimum temperatures were below normal. The maximum temperature reached during the month of January was 79°F on the 30th, while the minimum temperature bottomed out at 24°F on both the 12th and 24th. The month of January did not set any new records but plenty of near records were set. Most notably was the near record set on the 30th tied the second highest maximum temperature for the month set back in 1971. As the month ended a squall line and arctic blast swept through the Brazos Valley, causing damage to homes and businesses and cooling off the area considerably.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 62°F 38°F 0°F   Maximum 60.6°F 0.0°F
2 56°F 30°F ‑7°F   Minimum 39.2°F ‑0.6°F
3 62°F 37°F 0°F   Average 49.9°F ‑0.3°F
4 64°F 53°F +8°F 0.18" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 70°F 46°F +8°F   Heating 467 ‑5
6 67°F 37°F +2°F   Cooling 9 ‑4
7 72°F 35°F +4°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 65°F 46°F +6°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 54°F 38°F ‑4°F 1.69" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 ‑1
10 40°F 37°F ‑12°F T Minimum ≤ 32°F 8 ‑3
11 45°F 28°F ‑14°F    
12 44°F 24°F ‑16°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 40°F 31°F ‑14°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 53°F 37°F ‑5°F T Monthly Total 2.78" ‑0.54"
15 56°F 45°F +0°F 0.34" Year-to-date Total 2.99" ‑0.33"
16 59°F 49°F +4°F 0.70" Days ≥ 0.01" 8 ‑1
17 61°F 48°F +4°F    
18 62°F 44°F +3°F 0.01" Monthly Extremes
19 65°F 40°F +2°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 57°F 32°F ‑6°F 0.01" Highest Temperature 79°F 30th
21 47°F 24°F ‑14°F   Lowest Temperature 24°F 12th, 21st
22 62°F 27°F ‑6°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.69" 9th
23 64°F 36°F 0°F 0.03" Maximum Wind Gust 70 mph 16th
24 56°F 43°F 0°F T  
25 60°F 37°F ‑2°F   Record Book for January
26 62°F 30°F ‑5°F   Highest Temperature 86°F 1972
27 69°F 33°F 0°F   Lowest Temperature ‑3°F 1949
28 77°F 38°F +6°F   Highest Minimum 70°F 1950
29 74°F 51°F +12°F   Lowest Maximum 19°F 1962
30 79°F 64°F +20°F 0.03" Wettest Month 15.61" 1991
31 76°F 58°F +16°F T 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 2011.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
30th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 64°F 66°F 1975
30th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 79°F 86°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