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July 1998

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The tremendous heat continued across the Brazos Valley as multiple records were broken - not particularly the daily temperature records, but the number of days above threshold values and the monthly temperature in general were the hot topics for July. College Station observed its warmest July on record with a monthly mean temperature of 88.7°F, breaking the previous record of 87.9°F set only two years ago. Also, 28 days observed temperatures which matched or exceeded 100°F, not only setting a record for July, but for any month, beating the total of 27 days which was observed in August of 1951 (the July record was eclipsed by 4 days). Amidst all of the attention of the maximum temperature departures from normal, rain was still sparse over the area. The monthly total of 0.73" continued to disappoint residents as the annual total now stands at 8.52" below normal, even after a wet January, February, and March.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 102°F 80°F +8°F   Maximum 101.0°F +7.2°F
2 100°F 74°F +4°F   Minimum 76.3°F +2.9°F
3 90°F 76°F 0°F 0.08" Average 88.6°F +5.0°F
4 97°F 77°F +4°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 99°F 77°F +5°F   Heating 0 0
6 101°F 74°F +4°F   Cooling 742 +165
7 101°F 77°F +6°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 101°F 74°F +4°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 31 +4
9 101°F 76°F +6°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 101°F 76°F +6°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 102°F 76°F +6°F    
12 105°F 78°F +8°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 100°F 80°F +7°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 101°F 74°F +4°F 0.47" Monthly Total 0.10" ‑2.19"
15 100°F 73°F +2°F   Year-to-date Total 13.49" ‑8.51"
16 102°F 77°F +6°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 3 ‑2
17 106°F 76°F +7°F 0.18"  
18 100°F 74°F +3°F   Monthly Extremes
19 101°F 77°F +5°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 100°F 76°F +4°F   Highest Temperature 106°F 17th
21 102°F 75°F +4°F   Lowest Temperature 73°F 15th, 31st
22 101°F 76°F +4°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.47" 14th
23 101°F 76°F +4°F   Maximum Wind Gust 30 mph 3rd
24 102°F 75°F +4°F    
25 102°F 77°F +6°F   Record Book for July
26 102°F 76°F +5°F   Highest Temperature 110°F 1917
27 102°F 78°F +6°F   Lowest Temperature 58°F 1967
28 101°F 78°F +6°F   Highest Minimum 82°F 1998
29 100°F 82°F +7°F   Lowest Maximum 73°F 1929
30 104°F 76°F +6°F   Wettest Month 7.06" 1958
31 104°F 73°F +4°F   Driest Month Trace 1993
  Wettest 24 Hours 5.09" 1968
"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 1961‑1990 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
1st Highest minimum temperature 80°F 78°F 1951
12th Highest minimum temperature 78°F 77°F 1917
13th Highest minimum temperature 80°F 79°F 1925
17th Tied highest maximum temperature 106°F 106°F 1932
29th **Highest minimum temperature 82°F 79°F 1925
**Set record for the entire month.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
1st 3rd highest maximum temperature 102°F 103°F 1917
3rd Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 76°F 78°F 1972
4th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 77°F 78°F 1932
5th 3rd highest minimum temperature 77°F 78°F 1932
7th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 77°F 78°F 1931
10th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 101°F 109°F 1917
11th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 102°F 110°F 1917
11th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 76°F 81°F 1915
12th 2nd highest maximum temperature 105°F 109°F 1954
16th Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 102°F 104°F 1932
19th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 77°F 81°F 1915
21st Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 102°F 105°F 1913
22nd Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 76°F 79°F 1995
25th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 77°F 78°F 1945
27th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 78°F 82°F 1915
28th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 78°F 79°F 1962
30th Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 104°F 106°F 1914
31st Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 104°F 105°F 1914
*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.


August Normals for College Station
Beginning of the month: 94°F/73°F Monthly precipitation: 2.42"
Middle of the month: 95°F/73°F Precipitation days: 6
End of the month: 92°F/71°F Days ≥ 90°F:  28