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October 2006

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While October 2006 was an average month in terms of temperatures, it was far from average in terms of precipitation. Record daily maximum rainfall was reported on two days of the month, the first being 2.32" of rainfall reported on the 10th, which was the first measurable rainfall since September 23rd. Another daily record was set on the 18th, when 2.55" was reported. However, the month's largest daily rainfall total of 5.28" on the 16th was not a daily record, since in 1994, 13.39" was reported on the same day. Even though it was not a record, the rainfall total of 5.28" on the 16th was greater than the normal monthly total of 4.22", leading to street flooding in and around the Bryan/College Station area. Before the soil even had a chance to dry out, another 3.03" fell on the 18th-19th, also leading to some flooding problems. The month's precipitation was rounded out by a total of 1.36" on the 25th-26th. Overall, the station received 12.88" during the month, which is 305 percent of the normal rainfall total. The monthly mean was 70.5°F, which is exactly the normal. The mean maximum was 81.2°F, 0.8°F below normal, and the mean minimum was 59.9°F, 0.9°F above normal.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 90°F 70°F +5°F   Maximum 81.2°F ‑0.8°F
2 89°F 69°F +4°F   Minimum 59.9°F +0.9°F
3 89°F 69°F +4°F   Average 70.5°F 0.0°F
4 90°F 68°F +4°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 93°F 69°F +7°F   Heating 31 +6
6 92°F 68°F +6°F   Cooling 208 +12
7 84°F 61°F ‑2°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 85°F 55°F ‑3°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 5 +2
9 87°F 60°F +0°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 74°F 64°F ‑4°F 2.32" Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 82°F 61°F 0°F    
12 85°F 56°F ‑2°F 0.81" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 77°F 56°F ‑6°F T Precipitation Value *Departure
14 82°F 63°F +2°F   Monthly Total 0.96" ‑3.26"
15 77°F 68°F +2°F 0.08" Year-to-date Total 43.41" +10.15"
16 77°F 67°F +1°F 5.28" Days ≥ 0.01" 9 +3
17 89°F 63°F +6°F 0.01"  
18 90°F 64°F +7°F 2.55" Monthly Extremes
19 68°F 52°F ‑10°F 0.48" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 73°F 46°F ‑10°F   Highest Temperature 93°F 5th
21 80°F 58°F 0°F   Lowest Temperature 44°F 23rd
22 68°F 47°F ‑10°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 5.34" 15th-16th
23 70°F 44°F ‑11°F   Maximum Wind Gust 35 mph 27th
24 75°F 52°F ‑4°F T  
25 73°F 67°F +3°F 1.20" Record Book for October
26 86°F 72°F +12°F 0.16" Highest Temperature 102°F 1938
27 74°F 55°F ‑2°F   Lowest Temperature 29°F 1993
28 75°F 47°F ‑5°F   Highest Minimum 81°F 1914
29 78°F 49°F ‑2°F   Lowest Maximum 40°F 1925
30 81°F 59°F +4°F   Wettest Month 18.77" 1994
31 83°F 57°F +5°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 1971‑2000 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
10th Most daily precipitation 2.32" 2.28" 1946
18th Most daily precipitation 2.55" 1.78" 1965
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
18th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 90°F 92°F 2004
26th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 72°F 75°F 1939
*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