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October 2008

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October 2008 brought College Station the cool down it has been looking for since late spring. Daily maximum and minimum temperatures were about average at the beginning of the month. The first cool front arrived on the 7th, cooling nighttime temperatures to a few degrees below average, while daytime temperatures remained about average. Yet, any cool air brought by this front was quickly warmed and the city saw 5 consecutive days of significantly warmer than average temperatures. However, another cold front arrived and cooled temperatures down slightly. A few other cold fronts arrived throughout the latter portions of the month, which cooled temperatures, especially minimum temperatures, down significantly. Note that four near record low minimum temperatures occurred in late October, though no records of any kind were broken this month. Now, precipitation events in October were few and relatively weak, with the city receiving slightly more than a third of the normal October precipitation. The vast majority of rainfall was associated with the first 2 fronts that pushed through the area. Thus the deficit grows and leaves the last half of 2008 quite dry.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 84°F 61°F ‑2°F   Maximum 81.4°F ‑0.6°F
2 88°F 53°F ‑4°F   Minimum 56.7°F ‑2.3°F
3 90°F 60°F 0°F   Average 69.0°F ‑1.5°F
4 87°F 65°F +1°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 86°F 62°F 0°F   Heating 39 +14
6 88°F 70°F +5°F   Cooling 170 ‑26
7 84°F 57°F ‑4°F 0.82" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 84°F 54°F ‑4°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 1 ‑2
9 84°F 54°F ‑4°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 84°F 58°F ‑2°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 85°F 64°F +2°F    
12 86°F 65°F +4°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 88°F 69°F +6°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 84°F 71°F +6°F 0.10" Monthly Total 0.96" ‑3.26"
15 84°F 68°F +5°F 0.80" Year-to-date Total 28.59" ‑4.67"
16 68°F 61°F ‑6°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 4 ‑2
17 77°F 61°F ‑1°F    
18 81°F 55°F ‑2°F   Monthly Extremes
19 78°F 56°F ‑3°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 80°F 56°F ‑1°F   Highest Temperature 90°F 3rd
21 81°F 58°F +0°F   Lowest Temperature 38°F 28th
22 83°F 60°F +4°F 0.01" Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.82" 7th
23 70°F 50°F ‑8°F   Maximum Wind Gust 35 mph 22nd
24 78°F 42°F ‑8°F    
25 82°F 49°F ‑2°F   Record Book for October
26 85°F 53°F +2°F   Highest Temperature 102°F 1938
27 71°F 41°F ‑11°F   Lowest Temperature 29°F 1993
28 68°F 38°F ‑13°F   Highest Minimum 81°F 1914
29 74°F 40°F ‑9°F   Lowest Maximum 40°F 1925
30 80°F 49°F ‑2°F   Wettest Month 18.77" 1994
31 80°F 57°F +4°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
No new records were set or tied in October 2008.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
14th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 71°F 75°F 1981
*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