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October 2001

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The Brazos Valley experienced fairly mild temperatures but below average precipitation during October. The mean monthly temperature of 68.0°F was 1.4°F below the normal, while the monthly precipitation total of 3.53" was 0.28" below normal. October was also a month of extremes. Bryan/College Station set or tied both a lowest minimum (42°F) and a highest maximum (93°F). October began with mild, sunny weather with high temperatures in the middle 80s as a high pressure system dominated the weather patterns. However, a cold front originating in Canada moved through the area on the 5th, triggering heavy precipitation in some areas. Easterwood Field recorded its 24-hour maximum of 1.99" when this system moved through. This front was fairly strong, as it dropped the maximum temperature on the 6th to 70°F, which tied the record for lowest maximum on this date. High temperatures quickly rebounded into the 80s until a weak cold front moved in on the 11th. This front triggered precipitation through the 13th, the last day with measurable rain during October. With the exception of anomalously warm temperatures from the 22nd to the 24th, the Brazos Valley experienced beautiful fall weather for the remainder of the month.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 83°F 55°F ‑5°F   Maximum 80.6°F +0.4°F
2 83°F 52°F ‑6°F   Minimum 55.5°F ‑3.1°F
3 86°F 56°F ‑2°F   Average 68.0°F ‑1.4°F
4 88°F 65°F +4°F T Degree Days Total *Departure
5 85°F 58°F ‑2°F 1.99" Heating 44 +13
6 70°F 56°F ‑10°F   Cooling 145 ‑22
7 76°F 51°F ‑10°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 81°F 56°F ‑4°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 1 ‑2
9 88°F 68°F +6°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 88°F 74°F +9°F 0.04" Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 77°F 63°F ‑1°F 0.55"  
12 85°F 63°F +3°F 0.11" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 67°F 51°F ‑11°F 0.85" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 81°F 48°F ‑6°F   Monthly Total 0.96" ‑2.85"
15 84°F 53°F ‑2°F   Year-to-date Total 39.11" +6.01"
16 70°F 46°F ‑11°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 5 ‑1
17 72°F 42°F ‑12°F    
18 78°F 48°F ‑6°F   Monthly Extremes
19 82°F 56°F +1°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 82°F 56°F +1°F   Highest Temperature 93°F 24th
21 85°F 61°F +5°F   Lowest Temperature 42°F 17th
22 89°F 73°F +13°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.99" 5th
23 87°F 74°F +14°F T Maximum Wind Gust 34 mph 12th
24 93°F 64°F +12°F    
25 79°F 50°F ‑2°F   Record Book for October
26 78°F 50°F ‑2°F   Highest Temperature 102°F 1938
27 77°F 46°F ‑4°F   Lowest Temperature 29°F 1993
28 73°F 47°F ‑6°F   Highest Minimum 81°F 1914
29 75°F 44°F ‑6°F   Lowest Maximum 40°F 1925
30 76°F 45°F ‑4°F   Wettest Month 18.77" 1994
31 80°F 49°F 0°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
5th Most daily precipitation 1.99" 1.03" 1960
22nd Highest minimum temperature 73°F 71°F 1994
24th Highest maximum temperature 93°F 90°F 1933
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
6th Tied 2nd lowest maximum temperature 70°F -999°F 1947
10th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 74°F 76°F 1973
17th Tied 2nd lowest minimum temperature 42°F -999°F 1947
23rd 2nd highest minimum temperature 74°F 75°F 1925
*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