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October 2005

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October started off very hot and dry, with three record highs in the first five days of the month, and an average departure from the average temperature of +9.2°F. Relief came on the 7th in the form of a cool front, which dropped the high from 90°F on the 6th to 70°F on the 7th. However, only a trace of precipitation came with the front, which brought the total of consecutive days without precipitation to 39 days, which was broken on the 10th when 0.97" of rain. Over the 10th and 11th, a total of 1.56" of precipitation fell at Easterwood Field, bringing much needed relief from the dry conditions. However, the monthly total of 2.11" was still only exactly half of the normal and brought the year-to-date total to 24.44", which is 8.82" below normal. Despite the hot and dry start to the month, a cold front that moved through on the 24th brought much cooler than average temperatures to the Brazos Valley. A low of 38°F on both the 25th and 26th were records and the average departure from normal over the 24th through the 26th was -12°F degrees. Overall, the monthly mean temperature was 71.0°F, 0.5°F above normal. All of the monthly precipitation came on the 10th, 11th, and 31st, with totals of 0.97", 0.59", and 0.55", respectively.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 96°F 70°F +8°F   Maximum 83.5°F +1.5°F
2 94°F 73°F +8°F T Minimum 58.5°F ‑0.5°F
3 96°F 74°F +10°F   Average 71.0°F +0.5°F
4 95°F 74°F +10°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 95°F 73°F +10°F   Heating 38 +13
6 90°F 63°F +2°F   Cooling 233 +37
7 70°F 59°F ‑10°F T Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 80°F 59°F ‑4°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 6 +3
9 85°F 50°F ‑6°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 77°F 59°F ‑5°F 0.97" Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 77°F 65°F ‑1°F 0.59"  
12 89°F 66°F +6°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 87°F 65°F +4°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 88°F 67°F +6°F   Monthly Total 0.96" ‑3.26"
15 86°F 62°F +3°F   Year-to-date Total 24.48" ‑8.78"
16 86°F 58°F +1°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 3 ‑3
17 88°F 60°F +4°F    
18 89°F 60°F +4°F   Monthly Extremes
19 89°F 61°F +5°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 89°F 64°F +8°F   Highest Temperature 96°F 1st, 3rd
21 84°F 61°F +4°F   Lowest Temperature 38°F 25th, 26th
22 81°F 53°F ‑1°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.97" 10th
23 78°F 51°F ‑4°F   Maximum Wind Gust 45 mph 31st
24 67°F 42°F ‑14°F    
25 72°F 38°F ‑12°F   Record Book for October
26 75°F 38°F ‑10°F   Highest Temperature 102°F 1938
27 78°F 50°F ‑3°F   Lowest Temperature 29°F 1993
28 74°F 49°F ‑4°F   Highest Minimum 81°F 1914
29 74°F 44°F ‑7°F   Lowest Maximum 40°F 1925
30 81°F 53°F +1°F   Wettest Month 18.77" 1994
31 80°F 54°F +2°F 0.55" 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
3rd Tied highest maximum temperature 96°F 96°F 1911
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
1st Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 96°F 100°F 1938
18th Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 89°F 92°F 2004
25th Tied 2nd lowest minimum temperature 38°F -999°F 1947
26th Tied 2nd lowest minimum temperature 38°F -999°F 1947
*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