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March 1998

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After five straight months of above normal precipitation in the Brazos Valley, the total for March fell just short of the normal amount despite eleven precipitation days throughout the month. Negative departures of mean monthly temperatures were also present, breaking the trend of warmer than normal conditions from January and February. Large amounts of variability in the daily temperatures produced near records in each of the four temperature categories (lowest and highest maximum, lowest and highest minimum). Daily maximum and minimum temperatures fell within either the upper or lower decile 17 times throughout the month. There were eleven days observing minimum temperatures less than 40°F, and eight days observing maximum temperatures less than 60°F. These figures represent the highest number of days since 1965 and 1969, respectively, for which these temperature ranges have been observed in March.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 61°F 31°F ‑10°F   Maximum 68.5°F ‑2.5°F
2 63°F 33°F ‑8°F   Minimum 47.0°F ‑2.7°F
3 59°F 36°F ‑8°F   Average 57.7°F ‑2.6°F
4 73°F 52°F +6°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 82°F 56°F +12°F   Heating 270 +73
6 56°F 51°F ‑4°F   Cooling 51 0
7 62°F 50°F ‑2°F 0.05" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 55°F 39°F ‑11°F 0.09" Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 54°F 34°F ‑14°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 53°F 31°F ‑17°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 3 +1
11 61°F 32°F ‑12°F    
12 48°F 35°F ‑18°F 0.07" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 57°F 42°F ‑10°F 0.04" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 63°F 52°F ‑2°F 0.30" Monthly Total 8.66" +6.08"
15 67°F 57°F +2°F 0.01" Year-to-date Total 11.47" +3.62"
16 73°F 51°F +1°F 1.41" Days ≥ 0.01" 11 +4
17 72°F 49°F 0°F 0.01"  
18 81°F 51°F +5°F   Monthly Extremes
19 68°F 44°F ‑5°F 0.03" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 59°F 38°F ‑12°F   Highest Temperature 85°F 30th
21 65°F 36°F ‑12°F   Lowest Temperature 31°F 1st, 10th
22 71°F 34°F ‑10°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.41" 16th
23 79°F 42°F ‑2°F   Maximum Wind Gust 36 mph 30th
24 80°F 50°F +3°F    
25 79°F 61°F +7°F   Record Book for March
26 81°F 65°F +10°F   Highest Temperature 96°F 1946
27 79°F 61°F +7°F 0.20" Lowest Temperature 17°F 1943
28 82°F 68°F +11°F   Highest Minimum 77°F 1921
29 84°F 68°F +12°F   Lowest Maximum 30°F 1932
30 85°F 59°F +8°F 0.22" Wettest Month 8.03" 1926
31 72°F 48°F ‑4°F T 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
No new records were set or tied in March 1998.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
10th Tied 3rd lowest minimum temperature 31°F 23°F 1996
11th 3rd lowest minimum temperature 32°F 20°F 1948
28th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 68°F 71°F 1985
29th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 68°F 72°F 1985
*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