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March 2003

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Compared to the numerous records and near records seen in February, March was a fairly calm month with only 2 near records and one tied temperature record. The near records resulted from an early springtime cold front that trekked across Texas on the 28th. The month of March brought cooler than normal temperatures to College Station, with an average monthly departure from normal of -2.3°F. Rainfall was quite scarce this month as only 1.68" of rain fell, a 1.16" deficit for the month. Severe weather occurred on the evening of the 25th when a squall line moved across the area. Wind reports at Texas A&M by a spotter were rated at 65 mph, and caused some damage to the retainment wall around the Eller O&M building. Hail up to 1.5" was also reported in Bryan by a spotter. The end of the month ended on a much calmer note, with temperatures in the lower 70s on the 31st.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 54°F 46°F ‑8°F 0.03" Maximum 69.4°F ‑3.2°F
2 60°F 50°F ‑3°F T Minimum 49.2°F ‑1.3°F
3 55°F 47°F ‑8°F 0.52" Average 59.3°F ‑2.3°F
4 59°F 48°F ‑6°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 57°F 41°F ‑10°F 0.02" Heating 194 +45
6 64°F 36°F ‑9°F   Cooling 24 ‑18
7 77°F 38°F ‑2°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 65°F 50°F ‑2°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 74°F 51°F +2°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 75°F 47°F +1°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 ‑2
11 74°F 57°F +4°F    
12 78°F 64°F +10°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 84°F 63°F +12°F T Precipitation Value *Departure
14 80°F 54°F +6°F   Monthly Total 8.66" +5.82"
15 78°F 54°F +5°F   Year-to-date Total 10.06" +1.52"
16 78°F 60°F +7°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 7 0
17 77°F 55°F +4°F    
18 67°F 54°F ‑2°F 0.40" Monthly Extremes
19 78°F 51°F +2°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 64°F 51°F ‑6°F   Highest Temperature 84°F 13th
21 68°F 44°F ‑7°F   Lowest Temperature 33°F 30th
22 62°F 46°F ‑9°F 0.12" Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.59" 25th-26th
23 72°F 43°F ‑6°F   Maximum Wind Gust 38 mph 18th
24 77°F 51°F +1°F    
25 73°F 57°F +1°F 0.54" Record Book for March
26 66°F 53°F ‑4°F 0.05" Highest Temperature 96°F 1946
27 77°F 51°F 0°F   Lowest Temperature 17°F 2002
28 63°F 48°F ‑8°F T Highest Minimum 77°F 1921
29 58°F 39°F ‑16°F   Lowest Maximum 30°F 1932
30 65°F 33°F ‑16°F   Wettest Month 8.03" 1926
31 73°F 42°F ‑8°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
No new records were set or tied in March 2003.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
30th Tied 2nd lowest minimum temperature 33°F 32°F 1926
*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