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May 2002

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This past May, the Brazos Valley experienced warmer than normal temperatures, with many near records being set. There were also experienced unseasonably low temperatures on several days with the passage of a cold front on the 17th. Unfortunately, the rain gauges remained mostly dry with only 0.89" of rain, well below normal. The rain deficit rose to 10.43" this year, increasing more than four inches during the month of May.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 93°F 73°F +12°F   Maximum 87.7°F +2.4°F
2 90°F 70°F +8°F   Minimum 65.2°F ‑0.1°F
3 79°F 63°F ‑1°F   Average 76.4°F +1.1°F
4 90°F 69°F +8°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 92°F 73°F +10°F   Heating 1 ‑4
6 92°F 74°F +10°F   Cooling 363 +39
7 92°F 74°F +10°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 91°F 74°F +10°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 16 +10
9 92°F 73°F +8°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 94°F 72°F +9°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 92°F 74°F +9°F    
12 92°F 75°F +10°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 79°F 57°F ‑7°F 0.07" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 83°F 56°F ‑6°F   Monthly Total 1.82" ‑3.23"
15 88°F 51°F ‑6°F   Year-to-date Total 6.41" ‑10.38"
16 92°F 69°F +6°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 6 ‑2
17 79°F 64°F ‑4°F 0.01"  
18 77°F 58°F ‑8°F   Monthly Extremes
19 78°F 50°F ‑12°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 81°F 54°F ‑8°F   Highest Temperature 94°F 10th
21 85°F 50°F ‑10°F   Lowest Temperature 50°F 19th, 21st
22 87°F 58°F ‑4°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.61" 28th-29th
23 89°F 65°F 0°F   Maximum Wind Gust 38 mph 29th
24 86°F 66°F ‑1°F    
25 92°F 64°F +1°F   Record Book for May
26 93°F 67°F +2°F 0.01" Highest Temperature 100°F 1998
27 92°F 68°F +2°F 0.02" Lowest Temperature 42°F 1954
28 89°F 64°F ‑2°F 0.19" Highest Minimum 82°F 1988
29 82°F 64°F ‑5°F 0.59" Lowest Maximum 62°F 1979
30 90°F 63°F ‑2°F   Wettest Month 14.70" 1929
31 88°F 68°F ‑1°F   Driest Month 0.11" 1998
  Wettest 24 Hours 6.23" 1983
"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
1st Highest minimum temperature 73°F 72°F 1983
1st Tied highest maximum temperature 93°F 93°F 1933
21st Lowest minimum temperature 50°F 52°F 1928
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
2nd Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 90°F 95°F 1964
5th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 92°F 96°F 1947
5th 4th highest minimum temperature 73°F 74°F 1927
6th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 92°F 96°F 1984
6th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 74°F 75°F 1922
7th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 74°F 79°F 1918
9th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 73°F 76°F 1933
9th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 92°F 95°F 1937
10th 2nd highest maximum temperature 94°F 95°F 1939
11th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 74°F 77°F 1933
11th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 92°F 94°F 1939
12th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 75°F 76°F 1933
12th Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 92°F 94°F 1978
15th Tied 2nd lowest minimum temperature 51°F 50°F 1942
16th Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 92°F 94°F 1925
19th 2nd lowest minimum temperature 50°F -999°F 1918
20th Tied 2nd lowest minimum temperature 54°F 53°F 1981
*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.


June Normals for College Station
Beginning of the month: 88°F/68°F Monthly precipitation: 3.79"
Middle of the month: 92°F/72°F Precipitation days: 7
End of the month: 94°F/73°F Days ≥ 90°F:  21