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March 2006

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March 2006 started off warm for the Bryan/College Station area, with the first 13 days of the month having temperatures several degrees above normal. Light rain and cloudy conditions during the next couple of days cooled temperatures slightly, but they were still above average. In fact, until a cold front moved into the area on the 20th, only two days (14th and 15th) reported below average temperatures. However, the second half of the month was significantly cooler, and after the 20th, only 4 days reported above average temperatures. The average departure from normal from the 20th-29th was 8.1°F below normal. This month also represented the second month in-a-row that the area received above average rainfall, even after the first half of the month was dry with only 0.09" reported. However, a cold front moved through the area on the 20th and brought some storms that dumped 1.65" at Easterwood Field, a daily record rainfall total for the day. Winds from the north persisted the next couple of days and kept temperatures down. Then, on the 28th, a slow moving cold front pushed across the state and stalled west of the Brazos Valley near Waco and Bryan/College Station saw heavy rain for most of the day. The rainfall total for the day was 2.87", which also set a daily maximum rainfall total. Of the 2.87", 2.65" fell between 6 am and noon. This lead to some flooding conditions in the area, but did help to ease the current drought conditions.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 83°F 58°F +12°F   Maximum 74.5°F +1.9°F
2 81°F 56°F +10°F   Minimum 55.2°F +4.7°F
3 77°F 60°F +10°F   Average 64.9°F +3.3°F
4 74°F 52°F +4°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 77°F 60°F +10°F   Heating 101 ‑48
6 83°F 64°F +14°F   Cooling 106 +64
7 80°F 63°F +12°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 82°F 67°F +14°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 79°F 57°F +8°F 0.09" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 85°F 50°F +8°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 1 ‑1
11 86°F 70°F +17°F    
12 86°F 71°F +18°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 74°F 55°F +4°F T Precipitation Value *Departure
14 72°F 48°F ‑1°F   Monthly Total 8.66" +5.82"
15 69°F 47°F ‑3°F   Year-to-date Total 11.14" +2.60"
16 77°F 63°F +8°F T Days ≥ 0.01" 6 ‑1
17 72°F 59°F +4°F T  
18 69°F 58°F +2°F T Monthly Extremes
19 76°F 63°F +8°F 0.13" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 76°F 51°F +0°F 1.65" Highest Temperature 86°F 11th, 12th
21 65°F 44°F ‑8°F   Lowest Temperature 31°F 24th
22 58°F 42°F ‑13°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 2.87" 28th
23 51°F 40°F ‑18°F 0.01" Maximum Wind Gust 38 mph 8th
24 61°F 31°F ‑17°F    
25 69°F 34°F ‑12°F   Record Book for March
26 74°F 42°F ‑6°F   Highest Temperature 96°F 1946
27 72°F 60°F +2°F T Lowest Temperature 17°F 2002
28 67°F 58°F ‑2°F 2.87" Highest Minimum 77°F 1921
29 73°F 57°F +1°F 0.05" Lowest Maximum 30°F 1932
30 81°F 63°F +7°F   Wettest Month 8.03" 1926
31 82°F 67°F +10°F T 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
11th Tied highest minimum temperature 70°F 70°F 1974
12th Highest minimum temperature 71°F 69°F 1982
20th Most daily precipitation 1.65" 1.40" 1941
24th Tied lowest minimum temperature 31°F 31°F 1952
28th Most daily precipitation 2.87" 1.14" 1989
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
1st Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 83°F 85°F 1916
8th 4th highest minimum temperature 67°F 68°F 1964
11th Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 86°F 90°F 1911
12th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 86°F 87°F 1918
23rd 2nd lowest maximum temperature 51°F 49°F 1912
25th 2nd lowest minimum temperature 34°F 33°F 1955
31st Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 67°F 71°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