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May 2012

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Compared to 2011, May 2012 in College Station was a mild one. Overall, temperatures were a couple of degrees above average for the month. College Station experienced its first drier month of 2012 with a total of 1.82" of rainfall, two-and-a-half inches below the monthly average. On the evening of the 7th, an intense dry line passed through the city, encouraging a maximum wind gust of 43mph. Rain accompanied the dry line as clusters of storms traveled through the Brazos Valley. However, the cold front followed through a couple of days later and brought substantial rain along as well, just in time for Texas A&M's commencement ceremonies. On the 15th, forecasters confirmed another cold front, and they believed it could be the last frontal system before summer. However, everyone was surprised when a mild cold front passed through on May 31. Each of these systems brought some precipitation, and the yearly rainfall average was kept at 6.89" above normal.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 86°F 71°F +6°F   Maximum 88.4°F +2.6°F
2 89°F 72°F +8°F T Minimum 68.5°F +1.9°F
3 91°F 71°F +8°F   Average 78.5°F +2.3°F
4 91°F 70°F +8°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 94°F 73°F +10°F   Heating 0 ‑2
6 90°F 72°F +7°F T Cooling 427 +78
7 92°F 67°F +6°F 0.59" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 77°F 65°F ‑3°F 0.08" Maximum ≥ 90°F 15 +8
9 83°F 65°F ‑1°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 79°F 64°F ‑4°F 0.75" Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 83°F 64°F ‑2°F 0.13"  
12 83°F 66°F 0°F T Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 85°F 62°F ‑2°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 86°F 63°F ‑2°F   Monthly Total 1.82" ‑2.51"
15 73°F 65°F ‑7°F 0.26" Year-to-date Total 23.13" +6.88"
16 84°F 61°F ‑4°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 6 ‑2
17 89°F 62°F ‑2°F    
18 89°F 66°F +0°F   Monthly Extremes
19 89°F 66°F +0°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 89°F 67°F +1°F   Highest Temperature 94°F 5 times
21 92°F 68°F +2°F   Lowest Temperature 61°F 16th
22 93°F 72°F +4°F T Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.89" 10th-11th
23 91°F 69°F +2°F   Maximum Wind Gust 43 mph 7th
24 92°F 72°F +4°F    
25 94°F 74°F +6°F   Record Book for May
26 93°F 76°F +6°F   Highest Temperature 100°F 1998
27 93°F 72°F +4°F   Lowest Temperature 42°F 1954
28 94°F 69°F +2°F   Highest Minimum 82°F 1988
29 94°F 74°F +5°F   Lowest Maximum 62°F 1979
30 94°F 76°F +5°F   Wettest Month 14.70" 1929
31 88°F 71°F 0°F 0.01" 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 1981‑2010 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
No new records were set or tied in May 2012.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
1st Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 71°F 73°F 2002
3rd Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 91°F 93°F 1920
5th Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 94°F 96°F 1947
15th Tied 3rd lowest maximum temperature 73°F 64°F 1983
25th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 94°F 97°F 2011
*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: 89°F/70°F Monthly precipitation: 4.45"
Middle of the month: 92°F/73°F Precipitation days: 9
End of the month: 93°F/74°F Days ≥ 90°F:  21