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October 2010

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It was hard to tell if autumn had really made it to the Brazos Valley in October because much above normal temperatures seemed to still be hanging around. The maximum temperature maxed out at 92°F on the 27th and tied the record for highest maximum temperature on that day. The rest of the month, maximum temperatures hovered around the mid to high 80s. As small taste of fall came on the 3rd and 4th when the maximum daily temperature topped out at 77°F. The lowest minimum temperature was 38°F for the month and was recorded on the 30th. There were several near records this month for highest maximum temperature, highest minimum temperature, and lowest minimum temperature. Rain seemed to be the missing factor for the month of October in College Station. Only three times during the month was a trace of rain recorded. These three traces of precipitation brought the monthly total to a trace, about four inches below normal. The lack of rain and warm temperatures increased the threat of drought and wild fires in the College Station area. In fact two grass fires broke out on Highway 6 in Bryan on the 10th and were exacerbated by the extremely dry conditions. For now, no outdoor burn ban has been placed on College Station but several counties to the north, south, and east of College Station have burn bans in place to help prevent wildfires. As of the end of the October, Brazos County has been designated as moderate drought by the United States Drought Monitor.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 88°F 68°F +3°F   Maximum 85.2°F +3.2°F
2 86°F 62°F ‑1°F   Minimum 58.2°F ‑0.8°F
3 77°F 60°F ‑6°F   Average 71.7°F +1.2°F
4 77°F 54°F ‑10°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 81°F 49°F ‑9°F   Heating 12 ‑13
6 83°F 50°F ‑8°F   Cooling 227 +31
7 86°F 51°F ‑6°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 87°F 52°F ‑4°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 2 ‑1
9 86°F 53°F ‑4°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 86°F 58°F ‑1°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 88°F 66°F +5°F    
12 89°F 62°F +4°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 86°F 58°F 0°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 81°F 52°F ‑4°F   Monthly Total 0.96" ‑3.26"
15 84°F 47°F ‑6°F   Year-to-date Total 27.83" ‑5.43"
16 85°F 50°F ‑4°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 0 ‑6
17 85°F 58°F +2°F    
18 86°F 66°F +6°F   Monthly Extremes
19 88°F 62°F +5°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 89°F 63°F +7°F   Highest Temperature 92°F 27th
21 88°F 65°F +8°F   Lowest Temperature 38°F 30th
22 89°F 67°F +10°F T Max. 24-hour Precip. Trace 22nd
23 87°F 72°F +12°F T Maximum Wind Gust 36 mph 22nd
24 89°F 71°F +12°F    
25 90°F 72°F +14°F   Record Book for October
26 88°F 64°F +9°F T Highest Temperature 102°F 1938
27 92°F 66°F +12°F   Lowest Temperature 29°F 1993
28 79°F 54°F +0°F   Highest Minimum 81°F 2009
29 74°F 43°F ‑8°F   Lowest Maximum 40°F 1925
30 80°F 38°F ‑7°F   Wettest Month 18.77" 1994
31 86°F 51°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
27th Tied highest maximum temperature 92°F 92°F 1939
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
5th Tied 4th lowest minimum temperature 49°F -999°F 1947
23rd 3rd highest minimum temperature 72°F 75°F 1925
24th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 89°F 93°F 2001
24th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 71°F 74°F 1932
25th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 72°F 73°F 1991
25th Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 90°F 91°F 1992
*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