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July 2002

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For the Brazos Valley, July was a very atypical month. From the first few days until nearly the end of the month, we experienced near to far below normal temperatures. The lowest temperatures recorded this month can be directly correlated with the tropical moisture that was rained out across the eastern two thirds of the state. In general, the Brazos Valley experienced between 3 and 6 inches of rain while the tropical wave was moving across the area, with some reports of much higher amounts. Some localized flooding, with road ways and bridges being washed out, was reported to the south of the Bryan/College Station area. These rains brought the monthly total for July to more than twice what is typical. However, the rainfall received brought much needed relief for many of the agricultural industries that operate in the Brazos Valley. The summer rains seemed almost ironic because the Brazos Valley, as well as much of the state, was experiencing a moderate to severe drought. This is because the typically wet spring season brought little rain, while the typically hot and dry summer season brought rains and flooding to many areas. Until July, most rain buckets had received only a small fraction of their yearly totals. Officially, the rains received in July did not bring the yearly rainfall total anywhere near the normal line for the Brazos Valley. The weather observing station at Easterwood Airport in College Station is still more than seven inches below where it should be at the first of August. For the last third of the month, the typical summer high pressure pattern began to set up across the Couth Central portion of the country. This is the pattern that usually brings hot and dry conditions to the state in the summer months.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 86°F 70°F ‑6°F 0.74" Maximum 92.3°F ‑3.3°F
2 88°F 73°F ‑4°F 0.18" Minimum 73.3°F ‑0.3°F
3 92°F 73°F ‑2°F   Average 82.8°F ‑1.8°F
4 91°F 75°F ‑1°F 0.06" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 92°F 74°F ‑1°F   Heating 0 0
6 94°F 71°F ‑2°F   Cooling 560 ‑47
7 96°F 73°F +0°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 96°F 74°F +1°F T Maximum ≥ 90°F 26 ‑1
9 94°F 73°F 0°F 0.19" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 93°F 72°F ‑2°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 97°F 71°F 0°F    
12 97°F 73°F +1°F T Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 94°F 71°F ‑2°F 0.10" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 77°F 69°F ‑12°F 3.18" Monthly Total 0.10" ‑1.82"
15 82°F 71°F ‑8°F 0.30" Year-to-date Total 15.12" ‑7.38"
16 80°F 73°F ‑8°F 0.88" Days ≥ 0.01" 9 +4
17 90°F 73°F ‑4°F 0.03"  
18 92°F 73°F ‑2°F T Monthly Extremes
19 93°F 75°F ‑1°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 92°F 72°F ‑3°F   Highest Temperature 97°F 11th, 12th
21 93°F 75°F ‑1°F T Lowest Temperature 69°F 14th
22 94°F 73°F ‑2°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 3.28" 13th-14th
23 95°F 74°F 0°F   Maximum Wind Gust 45 mph 1st
24 96°F 74°F 0°F    
25 95°F 74°F 0°F   Record Book for July
26 94°F 75°F 0°F   Highest Temperature 110°F 1917
27 95°F 75°F 0°F   Lowest Temperature 58°F 1967
28 96°F 76°F +1°F   Highest Minimum 82°F 1998
29 95°F 78°F +2°F   Lowest Maximum 73°F 1929
30 96°F 76°F +1°F   Wettest Month 7.06" 1958
31 96°F 74°F 0°F   Driest Month Trace 2000
  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 1971‑2000 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
14th Lowest maximum temperature 77°F 80°F 1976
14th Most daily precipitation 3.18" 1.30" 1940
16th Lowest maximum temperature 80°F 81°F 1990
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
1st Tied 4th lowest maximum temperature 86°F 79°F 1936
14th Tied 4th lowest minimum temperature 69°F 63°F 1990
15th 2nd lowest maximum temperature 82°F 76°F 1983
29th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 78°F 82°F 1998
*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: 96°F/73°F Monthly precipitation: 2.63"
Middle of the month: 96°F/73°F Precipitation days: 6
End of the month: 94°F/71°F Days ≥ 90°F:  28