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March 2014

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 Keeping with tradition set by January and February, March remained substantially colder and dryer than normal. The month started out warm, but a powerful cold front pushed through on the 2nd dropping temperatures down into the 20s overnight. Throughout the 3rd, the temperature never climbed above freezing, and showers earlier in the morning quickly turned into ice creating difficult travel situations especially to the south where precipitation was heavier. Most of the rain for the month came on the 8th with steady rains ahead of and behind another cold front. By the end of the month temperatures started to climb back towards normal as spring began to take over and cold fronts became less powerful. Drought conditions remained mostly stable throughout the month, but conditions are expected to continue to worsen if the rains stay away next month.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 80°F 63°F +14°F   Maximum 67.6°F ‑4.1°F
2 70°F 25°F ‑10°F 0.10" Minimum 45.9°F ‑5.1°F
3 32°F 22°F ‑31°F 0.07" Average 56.8°F ‑4.6°F
4 40°F 28°F ‑25°F 0.29" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 52°F 36°F ‑15°F T Heating 269 +97
6 60°F 41°F ‑8°F   Cooling 23 ‑36
7 65°F 36°F ‑8°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 65°F 43°F ‑6°F 0.89" Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 55°F 40°F ‑12°F T Maximum ≤ 32°F 1 +1
10 73°F 44°F ‑2°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 3 +2
11 73°F 56°F +4°F 0.01"  
12 64°F 44°F ‑6°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 65°F 36°F ‑10°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 71°F 47°F ‑2°F   Monthly Total 1.62" ‑1.55"
15 68°F 62°F +4°F 0.19" Year-to-date Total 3.80" ‑5.46"
16 67°F 43°F ‑6°F T Days ≥ 0.01" 7 ‑1
17 63°F 39°F ‑11°F    
18 78°F 47°F +0°F   Monthly Extremes
19 70°F 51°F ‑2°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 75°F 45°F ‑2°F   Highest Temperature 84°F 28th
21 78°F 51°F +2°F   Lowest Temperature 22°F 3rd
22 81°F 60°F +8°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.89" 8th-9th
23 62°F 51°F ‑6°F T Maximum Wind Gust 44 mph 28th
24 69°F 50°F ‑4°F    
25 68°F 45°F ‑8°F   Record Book for March
26 65°F 49°F ‑7°F T Highest Temperature 96°F 1946
27 72°F 60°F +2°F T Lowest Temperature 17°F 2002
28 84°F 60°F +8°F 0.06" Highest Minimum 77°F 1921
29 76°F 49°F ‑2°F   Lowest Maximum 30°F 1932
30 76°F 47°F ‑4°F   Wettest Month 8.66" 2012
31 80°F 54°F +2°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 1981‑2010 normal.

 

*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
3rd Tied lowest maximum temperature 32°F 32°F 2014
4th Tied lowest maximum temperature 40°F 40°F 2014
8th Tied most daily precipitation 0.89" 0.89" 2014
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
2nd Tied 2nd lowest minimum temperature 25°F 19°F 1980
3rd Tied 3rd lowest minimum temperature 22°F 17°F 1943
*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