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March 2001

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The average monthly temperature (54.8°F) was 5.5°F below normal in the Brazos Valley for the month of March. This was also the wettest March at Easterwood Field, breaking the previous record of 6.07" in 1980 and bringing the year-to-date total to 10.10", which is 2.25" above normal. Rainfall was fairly evenly distributed throughout the month with 15 days experiencing measurable precipitation. A low pressure system lingering from the end of February dropped 2.19" of rain over the first three days of March and brought slightly cooler temperatures for the next few days. High pressure dominated the region until the middle of the month, when two consecutive low pressure systems brought more moisture and warmer temperatures on the 8th and the 11th. The warmest temperature registered this month was 80°F on the 12th. A cold front from the 27th to the 30th brought 1.38" of precipitation and dropped temperatures down to more than 10°F below normal.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 46°F 40°F ‑13°F 0.16" Maximum 65.1°F ‑5.9°F
2 53°F 46°F ‑6°F 1.00" Minimum 44.5°F ‑5.2°F
3 53°F 40°F ‑10°F 1.03" Average 54.8°F ‑5.5°F
4 68°F 38°F ‑3°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 69°F 39°F ‑3°F   Heating 310 +113
6 67°F 41°F ‑3°F   Cooling 1 ‑50
7 72°F 41°F ‑2°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 62°F 48°F ‑3°F 0.44" Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 65°F 43°F ‑4°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 69°F 41°F ‑4°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 ‑2
11 69°F 58°F +4°F 0.16"  
12 80°F 50°F +6°F 0.86" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 75°F 46°F +0°F T Precipitation Value *Departure
14 64°F 50°F ‑3°F 0.83" Monthly Total 8.66" +6.08"
15 71°F 49°F 0°F   Year-to-date Total 10.10" +2.25"
16 65°F 41°F ‑8°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 13 +6
17 60°F 47°F ‑8°F T  
18 56°F 45°F ‑10°F 0.11" Monthly Extremes
19 60°F 41°F ‑10°F T Extreme Value Date(s)
20 65°F 37°F ‑10°F   Highest Temperature 80°F 12th
21 75°F 37°F ‑6°F   Lowest Temperature 37°F 20th, 21st
22 78°F 48°F +1°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.83" 11th-12th
23 78°F 54°F +4°F   Maximum Wind Gust 33 mph 8th
24 72°F 49°F ‑2°F 0.11"  
25 65°F 48°F ‑6°F   Record Book for March
26 63°F 46°F ‑8°F   Highest Temperature 96°F 1946
27 54°F 43°F ‑14°F 1.16" Lowest Temperature 17°F 1943
28 51°F 45°F ‑16°F 0.16" Highest Minimum 77°F 1921
29 58°F 44°F ‑13°F 0.01" Lowest Maximum 30°F 1932
30 61°F 40°F ‑14°F 0.05" Wettest Month 8.03" 1926
31 74°F 46°F ‑4°F   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
28th Tied lowest maximum temperature 51°F 51°F 1931
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
No near records were reported in March 2001.
*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