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March 2004

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March was quite warm for the Brazos Valley as the average daily temperature of 66.2°F was 4.6°F above normal. The minimum temperature on the 3rd tied the record of 69°F set back in 1979. Six other near records occurred during the month, all for high minimum temperatures. Precipitation was just a tad below normal for the month in the Brazos Valley, as 2.78" fell. There were 11 days with measurable precipitation, however, four more than the average and also 8 days in which a trace amount of precipitation fell. The largest rainfall came on the 16th and 17th as a total of 1.19" fell over those two days. The rainfall was due to several cold fronts that made their way across the state throughout the month. For the year, the Brazos Valley has received 13.23", which is 155 percent of the normal rainfall total up to this point. The second half of the month was much warmer as the high never dropped below 71°F after the 14th of March.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 67°F 56°F +4°F 0.23" Maximum 75.6°F +3.0°F
2 71°F 56°F +6°F T Minimum 56.9°F +6.4°F
3 78°F 69°F +14°F 0.01" Average 66.2°F +4.6°F
4 74°F 56°F +6°F 0.59" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 74°F 55°F +6°F   Heating 41 ‑108
6 72°F 52°F +3°F   Cooling 88 +46
7 80°F 50°F +5°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 72°F 46°F ‑1°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 77°F 47°F +2°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 72°F 45°F ‑2°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 ‑2
11 73°F 50°F +0°F    
12 66°F 53°F ‑2°F T Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 66°F 53°F ‑2°F 0.12" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 71°F 59°F +4°F 0.02" Monthly Total 8.66" +5.82"
15 74°F 62°F +7°F   Year-to-date Total 13.24" +4.70"
16 78°F 59°F +6°F 0.35" Days ≥ 0.01" 11 +4
17 81°F 62°F +10°F 0.84"  
18 83°F 65°F +12°F   Monthly Extremes
19 82°F 67°F +12°F T Extreme Value Date(s)
20 82°F 64°F +10°F   Highest Temperature 83°F 18th, 30th
21 75°F 57°F +3°F 0.04" Lowest Temperature 45°F 10th
22 71°F 52°F ‑2°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.19" 16th-17th
23 73°F 50°F ‑2°F   Maximum Wind Gust 32 mph 4th
24 73°F 64°F +6°F 0.42"  
25 80°F 66°F +9°F T Record Book for March
26 79°F 66°F +8°F T Highest Temperature 96°F 1946
27 81°F 66°F +10°F T Lowest Temperature 17°F 2002
28 79°F 64°F +8°F 0.07" Highest Minimum 77°F 1921
29 75°F 55°F +1°F 0.09" Lowest Maximum 30°F 1932
30 83°F 49°F +1°F   Wettest Month 8.03" 1926
31 81°F 48°F 0°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
3rd Tied highest minimum temperature 69°F 69°F 1976
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
19th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 67°F 70°F 1982
*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