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March 2002

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The average monthly temperature (59.1°F) was 2.5°F below normal in the Bryan/College Station area for the month of March. The beginning of the month saw record low temperatures with the passage of a strong cold front. In fact, the new record low temperature for the month (17°F) was recorded on the 4th. Periodically through the month, temperatures soared well above average, with near record maximum temperatures 4 times. Although several days of rain were recorded, only small amounts of precipitation fell, accumulating to 0.88" for the monthly total. A strong cold front passed through the state and dropped temperatures to 17°F below average on the 22nd.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 60°F 48°F ‑4°F 0.01" Maximum 71.1°F ‑1.5°F
2 58°F 29°F ‑14°F 0.01" Minimum 47.5°F ‑3.0°F
3 43°F 21°F ‑27°F   Average 59.3°F ‑2.3°F
4 58°F 17°F ‑22°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 65°F 25°F ‑14°F   Heating 230 +81
6 78°F 49°F +4°F   Cooling 61 +19
7 80°F 60°F +10°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 75°F 63°F +9°F T Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 71°F 45°F ‑2°F T Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 61°F 39°F ‑10°F T Minimum ≤ 32°F 4 +2
11 61°F 50°F ‑6°F 0.08"  
12 71°F 49°F ‑1°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 82°F 43°F +2°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 86°F 60°F +12°F   Monthly Total 8.66" +5.82"
15 83°F 56°F +8°F   Year-to-date Total 4.09" ‑4.45"
16 66°F 53°F ‑2°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 8 +1
17 73°F 61°F +5°F 0.19"  
18 83°F 65°F +12°F   Monthly Extremes
19 80°F 61°F +8°F 0.31" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 63°F 50°F ‑6°F 0.12" Highest Temperature 86°F 14th
21 72°F 45°F ‑4°F   Lowest Temperature 17°F 4th
22 57°F 35°F ‑17°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.60" 19th
23 71°F 35°F ‑10°F   Maximum Wind Gust 38 mph 9th
24 78°F 57°F +4°F    
25 71°F 46°F ‑6°F 0.02" Record Book for March
26 63°F 41°F ‑12°F   Highest Temperature 96°F 1946
27 74°F 41°F ‑6°F   Lowest Temperature 17°F 2002
28 82°F 48°F +1°F   Highest Minimum 77°F 1921
29 80°F 69°F +10°F   Lowest Maximum 30°F 1932
30 85°F 62°F +8°F 0.11" Wettest Month 8.03" 1926
31 73°F 50°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 1971‑2000 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
4th **Lowest minimum temperature 17°F 24°F 1965
5th Tied lowest minimum temperature 25°F 25°F 1989
**Set record for the entire month.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
2nd Tied 4th lowest minimum temperature 29°F 19°F 1980
3rd 2nd lowest minimum temperature 21°F 17°F 1943
3rd Tied 3rd lowest maximum temperature 43°F 39°F 1943
23rd Tied 4th lowest minimum temperature 35°F 30°F 1968
29th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 69°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: 76°F/54°F Monthly precipitation: 3.20"
Middle of the month: 79°F/57°F Precipitation days: 7
End of the month: 82°F/61°F Days ≥ 90°F:  1