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October 1997

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The first half of October was warm and wet across the Brazos Valley. The highest monthly temperature of 92°F was reached on the 1st, and maximum daily temperatures remained in the upper 80s throughout most of the first week. With a high pressure system set up to our east and a low pressure system set up to our west, persistent southerly flow brought warm air and an abundance of moisture to the region from the Gulf of Mexico. Ten consecutive rain days resulted from this persistent flow, starting on the 4th (0.01") and ending on the 13th (3.20"). The string of days was ended as a cold front passed through the region, sparking intense storms on the 13th followed by much cooler and drier air during the third week of the month. Another cold air mass moved over the Brazos Valley during the last week of October, dropping maximum daily temperatures into the lower 60s and daily minimum temperatures below 40°F for the first time since early April.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 92°F 66°F +5°F   Maximum 79.2°F ‑1.0°F
2 90°F 68°F +5°F   Minimum 59.8°F +1.2°F
3 87°F 60°F +0°F   Average 69.5°F +0.1°F
4 88°F 61°F +2°F 0.01" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 88°F 69°F +6°F 0.25" Heating 55 +24
6 86°F 69°F +4°F 0.05" Cooling 204 +37
7 82°F 71°F +4°F 0.19" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 84°F 72°F +6°F 0.04" Maximum ≥ 90°F 2 ‑1
9 82°F 73°F +6°F 0.03" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 81°F 74°F +6°F 0.04" Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 79°F 73°F +5°F 0.41"  
12 86°F 74°F +9°F 0.14" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 72°F 58°F ‑5°F 3.20" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 72°F 51°F ‑8°F   Monthly Total 0.96" ‑2.85"
15 76°F 47°F ‑8°F   Year-to-date Total 34.83" +1.73"
16 76°F 49°F ‑6°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 12 +6
17 76°F 48°F ‑7°F    
18 78°F 51°F ‑4°F   Monthly Extremes
19 82°F 55°F +0°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 81°F 56°F +0°F   Highest Temperature 92°F 1st
21 81°F 59°F +2°F   Lowest Temperature 39°F 27th
22 67°F 56°F ‑6°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 3.34" 12th-13th
23 78°F 58°F +1°F 0.41" Maximum Wind Gust 29 mph 13th
24 88°F 69°F +12°F    
25 83°F 58°F +4°F   Record Book for October
26 61°F 45°F ‑13°F T Highest Temperature 102°F 1938
27 63°F 39°F ‑15°F   Lowest Temperature 29°F 1993
28 62°F 44°F ‑13°F   Highest Minimum 81°F 1914
29 70°F 53°F ‑4°F 0.10" Lowest Maximum 40°F 1925
30 78°F 61°F +4°F   Wettest Month 18.77" 1994
31 86°F 67°F +12°F   Driest Month 0.00" 1952
  Wettest 24 Hours 13.39" 1994
"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 1961‑1990 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
No new records were set or tied in October 1997.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
10th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 74°F 76°F 1973
11th 4th highest minimum temperature 73°F 76°F 1969
12th 3rd highest minimum temperature 74°F 76°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.


November Normals for College Station
Beginning of the month: 75°F/54°F Monthly precipitation: 3.15"
Middle of the month: 70°F/49°F Precipitation days: 8
End of the month: 66°F/45°F Days ≤ 32°F:  3