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March 1997

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The month of March began on a warm note in the Brazos Valley. The overnight low on the 1st was a muggy 67°F, which broke the previous record of 66°F set back in 1955. 1.21" of precipitation fell on the 2nd making temperatures more moderate. The majority of this month's precipitation occurred from the 1st to the 18th, as temperatures remained primarily above normal. Most of this precipitation occurred as a result of overrunning from the Gulf of Mexico or from cold frontal passages. From the 19th through the 31st, only 0.20" of precipitation fell as warmer daytime temperatures persisted. On the 28th, the high temperature for the day (88°F), as well as for the month, was reported. Precipitation days in March were twice the normal with 14 days total and precipitation was nearly an inch above normal, adding to the surplus of precipitation received in 1997. For the year, College Station has received 10.19" of precipitation, which is 30 percent above normal. The temperature means for the month of march were all above normal by 2°F to 3 °F, the first month of 1997 in which this has occurred.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 80°F 67°F +18°F 0.01" Maximum 72.7°F +1.7°F
2 69°F 40°F ‑2°F 1.21" Minimum 52.5°F +2.8°F
3 74°F 37°F 0°F   Average 62.6°F +2.3°F
4 70°F 53°F +6°F 0.05" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 69°F 47°F +1°F 0.16" Heating 129 ‑68
6 66°F 38°F ‑5°F   Cooling 62 +11
7 65°F 47°F ‑2°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 75°F 58°F +8°F 0.01" Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 81°F 64°F +14°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 74°F 59°F +8°F 0.05" Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 ‑2
11 69°F 56°F +4°F 0.06"  
12 69°F 63°F +7°F 1.33" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 80°F 62°F +11°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 66°F 45°F ‑4°F 0.01" Monthly Total 8.66" +6.08"
15 57°F 43°F ‑10°F   Year-to-date Total 10.21" +2.36"
16 56°F 48°F ‑9°F 0.23" Days ≥ 0.01" 14 +7
17 77°F 56°F +6°F 0.03"  
18 77°F 58°F +6°F 0.01" Monthly Extremes
19 58°F 44°F ‑10°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 72°F 40°F ‑5°F   Highest Temperature 88°F 28th
21 83°F 44°F +2°F   Lowest Temperature 37°F 3rd
22 83°F 51°F +5°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.35" 11th-12th
23 83°F 51°F +5°F   Maximum Wind Gust 32 mph 14th
24 80°F 60°F +8°F    
25 70°F 53°F ‑2°F 0.16" Record Book for March
26 71°F 50°F ‑2°F   Highest Temperature 96°F 1946
27 72°F 54°F 0°F T Lowest Temperature 17°F 1943
28 88°F 65°F +12°F   Highest Minimum 77°F 1921
29 82°F 64°F +9°F   Lowest Maximum 30°F 1932
30 71°F 57°F 0°F   Wettest Month 8.03" 1926
31 67°F 52°F ‑4°F 0.04" Driest Month 0.29" 1971
  Wettest 24 Hours 4.20" 1980
"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 67°F 66°F 1955
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
28th Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 88°F 91°F 1971
*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.


April Normals for College Station
Beginning of the month: 75°F/54°F Monthly precipitation: 3.38"
Middle of the month: 78°F/58°F Precipitation days: 7
End of the month: 81°F/62°F Days ≥ 90°F:  1