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October 2009

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October 2009 was the second straight month with abundant rainfall in Bryan/College Station and the rest of the Brazos Valley. The remnants of Hurricane Rick moved northward from the Pacific Ocean and its abundant moisture brought over two and a half inches of rainfall on the 26th. A second straight month of above normal rainfall brought the precipitation total for 2009 in College Station to only half an inch less than normal. Overall, Easterwood Airport recorded measurable precipitation on 15 of the 31 days in October. Average temperatures for the month were just a touch below normal, with the mean high temperature for the month nearly four degrees below normal. The high temperature on both the 10th and 11th was only 60°F, a stark contrast to the high of 93°F two days earlier on the 8th. The low temperature on the morning of the 8th was 81°F, which set a record for warmest ever October minimum temperature at Easterwood Airport.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 89°F 74°F +6°F T Maximum 78.3°F ‑3.7°F
2 83°F 67°F 0°F   Minimum 60.5°F +1.5°F
3 77°F 64°F ‑4°F 0.69" Average 69.4°F ‑1.1°F
4 80°F 71°F +0°F 0.73" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 80°F 65°F ‑2°F 0.01" Heating 51 +26
6 93°F 76°F +10°F   Cooling 195 ‑1
7 89°F 71°F +6°F 0.11" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 93°F 81°F +14°F 0.01" Maximum ≥ 90°F 3 0
9 83°F 56°F ‑4°F 1.58" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 60°F 54°F ‑16°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 60°F 58°F ‑13°F 0.21"  
12 73°F 60°F ‑6°F 0.01" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 83°F 71°F +5°F 1.24" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 90°F 76°F +12°F   Monthly Total 0.96" ‑3.26"
15 89°F 66°F +6°F   Year-to-date Total 32.65" ‑0.61"
16 76°F 59°F ‑4°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 13 +7
17 76°F 57°F ‑4°F    
18 71°F 52°F ‑8°F   Monthly Extremes
19 79°F 53°F ‑4°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 83°F 58°F +2°F   Highest Temperature 93°F 6th, 8th
21 77°F 68°F +4°F 0.31" Lowest Temperature 45°F 31st
22 72°F 52°F ‑6°F 0.70" Max. 24-hour Precip. 2.54" 26th-27th
23 68°F 48°F ‑10°F   Maximum Wind Gust 43 mph 9th
24 75°F 47°F ‑7°F    
25 83°F 57°F +3°F   Record Book for October
26 70°F 54°F ‑5°F 2.53" Highest Temperature 102°F 1938
27 67°F 52°F ‑8°F   Lowest Temperature 29°F 1993
28 81°F 52°F +0°F   Highest Minimum 81°F 2009
29 87°F 61°F +8°F   Lowest Maximum 40°F 1925
30 68°F 49°F ‑8°F 0.01" Wettest Month 18.77" 1994
31 73°F 45°F ‑6°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
8th **Tied highest minimum temperature 81°F 81°F 1914
14th Highest minimum temperature 76°F 75°F 1981
**Set record for the entire month.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
6th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 76°F 80°F 1914
10th 3rd lowest maximum temperature 60°F -999°F 1947
11th 2nd lowest maximum temperature 60°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