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March 2010

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March was yet another month of colder than normal temperatures in the Brazos Valley, with maximum and minimum temperatures more than 3°F below normal. Rainfall for the entire month was just a tad below normal, which left the year-to-date precipitation just below normal, as well. March was the first month since November 2009 that did not see snowfall reported at Easterwood Airport. More than a half inch of rainfall was reported on the first day of the month, and the wettest day of the month was the 20th (0.89"). After a dreary and cool first week of the month, temperatures warmed up and skies cleared just in time for Spring Break. Students that hung around the Brazos Valley were treated to some wonderful weather, including a maximum temperature of 80°F on the 14th. However, the start of spring ushered in the coldest air of the month, with the minimum temperature of 34°F on the 21st the lowest reading of the month. March ended on a high note as temperatures warmed into the 80s on the 27th and again on the 31st, which had the highest maximum temperature of the month at 82°F.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 53°F 44°F ‑10°F 0.65" Maximum 69.5°F ‑3.1°F
2 57°F 39°F ‑10°F   Minimum 47.1°F ‑3.4°F
3 63°F 36°F ‑10°F   Average 58.3°F ‑3.3°F
4 68°F 41°F ‑4°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 69°F 47°F ‑1°F   Heating 210 +61
6 70°F 50°F +1°F   Cooling 9 ‑33
7 63°F 53°F ‑2°F 0.01" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 65°F 58°F +2°F 0.01" Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 79°F 56°F +8°F 0.11" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 77°F 53°F +5°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 ‑2
11 73°F 48°F 0°F    
12 70°F 44°F ‑4°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 72°F 45°F ‑2°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 80°F 46°F +2°F   Monthly Total 8.66" +5.82"
15 73°F 52°F +2°F   Year-to-date Total 8.34" ‑0.20"
16 61°F 50°F ‑6°F 0.53" Days ≥ 0.01" 8 +1
17 69°F 46°F ‑4°F    
18 69°F 45°F ‑5°F   Monthly Extremes
19 75°F 48°F 0°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 60°F 38°F ‑14°F 0.89" Highest Temperature 82°F 31st
21 58°F 34°F ‑17°F   Lowest Temperature 34°F 21st
22 68°F 39°F ‑10°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.89" 20th
23 76°F 45°F ‑2°F   Maximum Wind Gust 40 mph 21st
24 66°F 56°F ‑2°F 0.38"  
25 64°F 48°F ‑8°F 0.04" Record Book for March
26 70°F 45°F ‑6°F   Highest Temperature 96°F 1946
27 81°F 53°F +3°F   Lowest Temperature 17°F 2002
28 69°F 50°F ‑4°F   Highest Minimum 77°F 1921
29 74°F 44°F ‑5°F   Lowest Maximum 30°F 1932
30 79°F 51°F 0°F   Wettest Month 8.03" 1926
31 82°F 56°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
No new records were set or tied in March 2010.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
No near records were reported in March 2010.
*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