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October 2000

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The month of October continued the warm trend established at the beginning of the summer in the Brazos Valley area. The mean monthly temperature of 72.0°F was 2.6°F above normal, and for the first five days of the month, temperatures were in the lower to middle 90s. Despite having 13 days with measurable precipitation, rainfall was slightly below normal, making October the fifth consecutive month with below normal precipitation. On the 6th, a strong continental cold front moved through the area, triggering much needed precipitation and dropping temperatures significantly. On the 8th and 9th, high temperatures barely broke the 50°F mark. However, temperatures soon rose back into the 80s, and remained there for the rest of the month. On the 16th and 17th, a weak cold front pushed into Texas, triggering more precipitation in the Bryan/College Station area, although not dropping temperatures significantly.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 91°F 51°F ‑3°F   Maximum 82.0°F +1.8°F
2 94°F 69°F +8°F   Minimum 62.0°F +3.4°F
3 95°F 74°F +12°F   Average 72.0°F +2.6°F
4 94°F 66°F +7°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 95°F 72°F +10°F   Heating 50 +19
6 80°F 61°F ‑2°F 0.40" Cooling 274 +107
7 61°F 51°F ‑17°F 0.30" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 53°F 43°F ‑24°F 0.14" Maximum ≥ 90°F 5 +2
9 55°F 46°F ‑22°F T Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 61°F 49°F ‑17°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 77°F 54°F ‑6°F    
12 85°F 59°F +1°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 85°F 54°F 0°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 86°F 62°F +4°F   Monthly Total 0.96" ‑2.85"
15 88°F 64°F +6°F 0.02" Year-to-date Total 21.96" ‑11.14"
16 87°F 65°F +7°F 0.98" Days ≥ 0.01" 13 +7
17 81°F 63°F +3°F 0.87"  
18 82°F 59°F +2°F 0.02" Monthly Extremes
19 82°F 56°F +1°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 83°F 60°F +4°F T Highest Temperature 95°F 3rd, 5th
21 81°F 68°F +6°F 0.04" Lowest Temperature 43°F 8th
22 82°F 69°F +8°F 0.39" Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.61" 16th-17th
23 83°F 70°F +10°F 0.22" Maximum Wind Gust 30 mph 16th
24 83°F 65°F +7°F    
25 82°F 62°F +6°F   Record Book for October
26 85°F 69°F +11°F 0.07" Highest Temperature 102°F 1938
27 87°F 67°F +11°F   Lowest Temperature 29°F 1993
28 85°F 68°F +10°F   Highest Minimum 81°F 1914
29 86°F 68°F +12°F 0.01" Lowest Maximum 40°F 1925
30 87°F 68°F +12°F   Wettest Month 18.77" 1994
31 86°F 69°F +12°F 0.01" 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 2000.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
3rd Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 95°F 96°F 1911
7th 2nd lowest maximum temperature 61°F -999°F 1947
8th 2nd lowest maximum temperature 53°F -999°F 1947
8th 4th lowest minimum temperature 43°F -999°F 1947
9th 2nd lowest maximum temperature 55°F -999°F 1947
10th 3rd lowest maximum temperature 61°F -999°F 1947
22nd Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 69°F 71°F 1994
*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