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March 2005

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The month of March was a bit cooler and wetter than normal for the Brazos Valley. The month began with a cold front that passed through on the 2nd bringing 0.64" of rain and below normal temperatures. Temperatures rose to above normal levels, but a low pressure system kept the area wet through the first week of the month. The second week was much warmer as temperatures climbed over 80°F on the 12th before a cold front passed over on the 14th bringing light rain and well below normal temperatures. Temperatures were 10°F below normal to start the third week of March, and they even dropped to near freezing on the 17th. The Brazos Valley saw severe weather on the 18th and 19th with reports of hail up to 2.00" in diameter. College Station reported over 2" of rain between the 18th and 20th, resulting from a low pressure system in the area. The following week saw another warming trend as temperatures peaked in the low 80s before another cold front came through on the 25th. Temperatures again dropped to 14°F below normal before rebounding to the monthly maximum of 86°F on the 30th. The month ended with warm temperatures and a bit of rain due to a low pressure system. For the month, College Station received 3.81" of precipitation which brings the 2005 total to 12.80", over 4" above normal for the year.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 67°F 46°F ‑2°F   Maximum 71.2°F ‑1.4°F
2 55°F 44°F ‑8°F 0.64" Minimum 49.5°F ‑1.0°F
3 61°F 48°F ‑4°F   Average 60.3°F ‑1.3°F
4 64°F 46°F ‑4°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 68°F 55°F +2°F T Heating 168 +19
6 65°F 57°F +2°F 0.11" Cooling 30 ‑12
7 77°F 55°F +6°F 0.13" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 69°F 47°F ‑2°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 70°F 48°F ‑1°F 0.01" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 77°F 42°F 0°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 ‑2
11 73°F 49°F 0°F    
12 82°F 48°F +4°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 84°F 51°F +6°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 67°F 45°F ‑5°F   Monthly Total 8.66" +5.82"
15 56°F 47°F ‑10°F 0.02" Year-to-date Total 12.81" +4.27"
16 54°F 43°F ‑14°F 0.04" Days ≥ 0.01" 12 +5
17 62°F 36°F ‑13°F    
18 74°F 44°F ‑3°F   Monthly Extremes
19 78°F 57°F +6°F 1.61" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 76°F 51°F +0°F   Highest Temperature 86°F 30th
21 72°F 57°F +2°F 0.57" Lowest Temperature 36°F 17th
22 76°F 54°F +2°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.62" 19th-20th
23 74°F 46°F ‑3°F   Maximum Wind Gust 47 mph 19th
24 80°F 53°F +4°F    
25 83°F 62°F +8°F T Record Book for March
26 67°F 51°F ‑5°F 0.07" Highest Temperature 96°F 1946
27 57°F 43°F ‑14°F 0.22" Lowest Temperature 17°F 2002
28 76°F 38°F ‑7°F   Highest Minimum 77°F 1921
29 74°F 54°F 0°F   Lowest Maximum 30°F 1932
30 86°F 58°F +7°F 0.03" Wettest Month 8.03" 1926
31 82°F 60°F +6°F 0.36" 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 2005.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
16th Tied 4th lowest maximum temperature 54°F 43°F 1928
*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