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March 2013

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 March 2013 was much cooler and dryer than normal with only four days of measurable precipitation recorded and six days of temperatures more than 10 degrees below normal. The greatest rain event occurred on the 10th when a cold front capitalizing on warm gulf moisture brought 1.30 inches of rain to Easterwood Field. Unfortunately for the city, which has been under drought status since 2011, the drought did not improve. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Brazos County moved from moderate to severe drought from the beginning to the end of the month.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 64°F 34°F ‑9°F   Maximum 72.7°F +1.0°F
2 57°F 35°F ‑12°F   Minimum 48.3°F ‑2.7°F
3 72°F 36°F ‑4°F   Average 60.5°F ‑0.9°F
4 84°F 53°F +10°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 66°F 41°F ‑6°F   Heating 189 +17
6 66°F 34°F ‑9°F   Cooling 58 ‑1
7 73°F 42°F ‑2°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 70°F 54°F +2°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 76°F 60°F +8°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 69°F 48°F ‑2°F 1.30" Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 ‑1
11 60°F 41°F ‑10°F    
12 72°F 39°F ‑4°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 73°F 47°F ‑1°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 76°F 46°F 0°F   Monthly Total 1.73" ‑1.44"
15 80°F 49°F +4°F   Year-to-date Total 7.90" ‑1.36"
16 82°F 57°F +8°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 4 ‑4
17 83°F 65°F +12°F    
18 88°F 62°F +13°F   Monthly Extremes
19 82°F 52°F +5°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 72°F 53°F +0°F 0.40" Highest Temperature 88°F 18th
21 73°F 51°F ‑1°F   Lowest Temperature 34°F 3 times
22 83°F 57°F +7°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.31" 10th
23 67°F 54°F ‑2°F T Maximum Wind Gust 41 mph 5th
24 59°F 42°F ‑12°F 0.01"  
25 60°F 35°F ‑16°F   Record Book for March
26 62°F 34°F ‑16°F   Highest Temperature 96°F 1946
27 71°F 38°F ‑10°F   Lowest Temperature 17°F 2002
28 74°F 52°F ‑1°F   Highest Minimum 77°F 1921
29 77°F 57°F +3°F   Lowest Maximum 30°F 1932
30 82°F 63°F +8°F T Wettest Month 8.66" 2012
31 82°F 67°F +10°F 0.02" 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 1981‑2010 normal.

 

*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
18th Highest maximum temperature 88°F 87°F 1982
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
4th 2nd highest maximum temperature 84°F 85°F 1938
25th Tied 3rd lowest minimum temperature 35°F 33°F 1955
26th Tied 3rd lowest minimum temperature 34°F 25°F 1955
27th Tied 4th lowest minimum temperature 38°F 28°F 1913
*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: 75°F/55°F Monthly precipitation: 2.66"
Middle of the month: 79°F/58°F Precipitation days: 7
End of the month: 82°F/62°F Days ≥ 90°F:  1