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May 2008

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The first half of May was relatively cooler than normal, with temperatures below 85°F and nights as cool as 55°F. All the precipitation for the month was measured on or before the 15th. Only traces of precipitation could be found during the second half of the month, leading to a slightly below average monthly rainfall total of 4.30". The second half of the month saw more steady temperatures, with highs in the low to mid 90s and new records for highest minimum temperature for 3 consecutive days (22nd-24th). The month was slightly warmer than average. A 40 mph peak wind gust came with the gust front that moved in on the 27th, but brought only a trace of rain. Several near records for the month occurred, with below average temperatures during the first half of May and the above average high and low temperatures during the second half of May.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 84°F 66°F +4°F   Maximum 85.8°F +0.5°F
2 85°F 69°F +5°F   Minimum 67.4°F +2.1°F
3 75°F 58°F ‑6°F   Average 76.6°F +1.3°F
4 83°F 55°F ‑3°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 72°F 64°F ‑5°F 1.78" Heating 0 ‑5
6 79°F 64°F ‑2°F 0.01" Cooling 369 +45
7 82°F 70°F +3°F 0.01" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 85°F 62°F +0°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 14 +8
9 91°F 68°F +6°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 87°F 74°F +6°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 78°F 61°F ‑4°F    
12 79°F 58°F ‑6°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 81°F 70°F +0°F T Precipitation Value *Departure
14 84°F 68°F +1°F 0.99" Monthly Total 1.82" ‑3.23"
15 74°F 64°F ‑6°F 1.51" Year-to-date Total 16.21" ‑0.58"
16 78°F 61°F ‑6°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 5 ‑3
17 78°F 57°F ‑8°F T  
18 88°F 61°F ‑2°F   Monthly Extremes
19 93°F 61°F +1°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 94°F 68°F +5°F   Highest Temperature 94°F 3 times
21 91°F 74°F +6°F   Lowest Temperature 55°F 4th
22 90°F 76°F +6°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 2.49" 14th-15th
23 94°F 79°F +10°F   Maximum Wind Gust 40 mph 27th
24 92°F 78°F +8°F T  
25 92°F 76°F +7°F   Record Book for May
26 92°F 77°F +6°F T Highest Temperature 100°F 1998
27 93°F 70°F +4°F T Lowest Temperature 42°F 1954
28 91°F 69°F +2°F   Highest Minimum 82°F 1988
29 91°F 72°F +4°F   Lowest Maximum 62°F 1979
30 91°F 69°F +1°F   Wettest Month 14.70" 1929
31 94°F 71°F +4°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
22nd Tied highest minimum temperature 76°F 76°F 1927
23rd Highest minimum temperature 79°F 76°F 1927
24th Highest minimum temperature 78°F 76°F 1953
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
5th Tied 3rd lowest maximum temperature 72°F 63°F 1935
10th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 74°F 76°F 1933
15th Tied 4th lowest maximum temperature 74°F 64°F 1983
20th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 94°F 95°F 1933
25th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 76°F 82°F 1988
26th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 77°F 79°F 1996
*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