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October 2003

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October was another wet month for the Brazos Valley with 6.82" of total precipitation, which was 2.59" above normal and pushed the year-to-date total to over 5" above normal. The copious rainfall can be attributed to numerous stationary fronts, which parked themselves over South Central Texas. A stationary front on the 5th caused instability in the atmosphere, triggering numerous showers and thunderstorms in the eastern portion of Texas. College Station reported 2.36" and 0.80" of rain on the 5th and 6th, respectively. This frontal system did not cool temperatures, but provided needed rainfall to the area. The largest 24-hour rainfall of 3.01" fell on the 9th due to an upper level disturbance. A front moved across the state on the 14th, clearing the state, and slightly dropping temperatures into the 70s. The middle portion of the month was quite warm with 80s in the Brazos Valley. A temperature of 90°F was reported on the 23rd of the month, which was the 2nd highest maximum temperature for that date. Warmer than normal temperatures were followed by the first powerful cold front of the fall season, which made its way across South Central Texas on the 26th. High temperatures were more than 20°F cooler than the previous day and the high temperature of 60°F on the 26th tied the 4th lowest maximum temperature. The month of October concluded with warm and muggy conditions and even a little rain on Halloween.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 81°F 57°F ‑6°F   Maximum 81.1°F ‑0.9°F
2 77°F 60°F ‑6°F   Minimum 60.2°F +1.2°F
3 80°F 55°F ‑8°F   Average 70.6°F +0.1°F
4 84°F 56°F ‑5°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 86°F 66°F +2°F 2.36" Heating 12 ‑13
6 81°F 67°F 0°F 0.80" Cooling 196 0
7 83°F 67°F +1°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 84°F 71°F +4°F T Maximum ≥ 90°F 1 ‑2
9 76°F 69°F 0°F 3.01" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 78°F 66°F ‑1°F 0.01" Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 83°F 65°F +2°F    
12 82°F 69°F +4°F T Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 84°F 71°F +6°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 78°F 56°F ‑4°F 0.01" Monthly Total 0.96" ‑3.26"
15 77°F 53°F ‑6°F   Year-to-date Total 38.94" +5.68"
16 84°F 58°F 0°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 8 +2
17 82°F 60°F +1°F    
18 78°F 55°F ‑4°F   Monthly Extremes
19 80°F 55°F ‑2°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 83°F 56°F +0°F   Highest Temperature 90°F 23rd
21 85°F 58°F +2°F   Lowest Temperature 49°F 28th
22 89°F 56°F +4°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 3.16" 5th-6th
23 90°F 59°F +6°F   Maximum Wind Gust 40 mph 5th
24 85°F 62°F +6°F    
25 82°F 59°F +4°F 0.51" Record Book for October
26 60°F 53°F ‑10°F 0.10" Highest Temperature 102°F 1938
27 71°F 50°F ‑6°F   Lowest Temperature 29°F 1993
28 80°F 49°F ‑2°F   Highest Minimum 81°F 1914
29 80°F 53°F +0°F   Lowest Maximum 40°F 1925
30 85°F 62°F +8°F T Wettest Month 18.77" 1994
31 85°F 72°F +14°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 1971‑2000 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
5th Most daily precipitation 2.36" 1.99" 2001
9th Most daily precipitation 3.01" 1.61" 1968
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
23rd Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 90°F 91°F 1988
26th Tied 4th lowest maximum temperature 60°F -999°F 1947
31st Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 72°F 73°F 1984
*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: 76°F/54°F Monthly precipitation: 3.18"
Middle of the month: 71°F/49°F Precipitation days: 7
End of the month: 67°F/45°F Days ≤ 32°F:  3