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May 2006

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This May proved to be very dry as the storms that normally affect the area in May were held off by a very strong ridge and the precipitation for the month is much less than normal. May is normally the wettest month in the Bryan/College station area, with a normal total of 5.05", but this May only 2.65" fell during the month, only 52 percent of the normal total. However, thanks to the wet March and April, the annual total rainfall is only 0.56" below normal. Almost half of the month's total rainfall fell on the 6th, with a daily total of 1.22". No precipitation was reported between the 15th and the 28th and temperatures climbed into the middle 90s with temperatures for the month 1.4°F above normal. A record high was tied on the 19th with a temperature of 94°F. Overall, there were 13 days where the temperature was 90°F or higher, 7 more days than the normal total of 6 days. Some relief to the hot, dry weather came at the end of the month as an upper-level trough combined with the moist atmosphere and produced light showers and cloudy conditions during the last 3 days of the month.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 89°F 61°F +4°F   Maximum 87.0°F +1.7°F
2 87°F 72°F +8°F   Minimum 66.5°F +1.2°F
3 89°F 71°F +8°F   Average 76.7°F +1.4°F
4 85°F 70°F +6°F 0.24" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 88°F 67°F +4°F 0.14" Heating 0 ‑5
6 81°F 64°F 0°F 1.22" Cooling 370 +46
7 82°F 68°F +2°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 86°F 66°F +3°F 0.47" Maximum ≥ 90°F 13 +7
9 91°F 75°F +9°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 90°F 65°F +4°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 80°F 56°F ‑6°F    
12 85°F 53°F ‑5°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 90°F 59°F 0°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 77°F 63°F ‑5°F 0.32" Monthly Total 1.82" ‑3.23"
15 78°F 60°F ‑6°F   Year-to-date Total 16.25" ‑0.54"
16 82°F 55°F ‑6°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 7 ‑1
17 84°F 55°F ‑6°F    
18 90°F 56°F ‑3°F   Monthly Extremes
19 94°F 66°F +4°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 90°F 69°F +4°F   Highest Temperature 95°F 27th
21 90°F 64°F 0°F   Lowest Temperature 53°F 12th
22 91°F 73°F +5°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.22" 6th
23 91°F 72°F +4°F   Maximum Wind Gust 43 mph 14th
24 93°F 73°F +6°F    
25 94°F 74°F +7°F   Record Book for May
26 94°F 73°F +6°F   Highest Temperature 100°F 1998
27 95°F 76°F +8°F   Lowest Temperature 42°F 1954
28 84°F 74°F +1°F   Highest Minimum 82°F 1988
29 84°F 72°F 0°F 0.11" Lowest Maximum 62°F 1979
30 84°F 69°F ‑2°F T Wettest Month 14.70" 1929
31 78°F 70°F ‑5°F 0.15" 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
19th Tied highest maximum temperature 94°F 94°F 1933
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
2nd Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 72°F 75°F 1930
9th 2nd highest minimum temperature 75°F 76°F 1933
12th Tied 4th lowest minimum temperature 53°F 47°F 1960
18th Tied 4th lowest minimum temperature 56°F 50°F 1945
25th Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 94°F 96°F 1996
27th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 76°F 77°F 1924
27th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 95°F 98°F 1958
*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