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September 2002

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College Station finished the month of September with an average maximum temperature that was 0.5°F below normal. This could be partly attributed to rain-cooled air temperatures on the 15th and 16th, and the passage of one of the first cold fronts of the fall season on the 19th. The cold front brought temperatures to slightly below normal for a few days before moderating. One record and three near records occurred during the month. Very little precipitation fell in September, as Easterwood Airport reported only 0.77" of rain. The 24-hour maximum rainfall occurred on the 7th, with 0.28". The year-to-date rainfall deficit in the College Station area now stands at 9.55" below normal, with the rainfall deficit in September alone at over three inches. This month also had close calls with tropical systems Fay and Isidore. We did not feel the direct impact of Isidore, but did receive 0.48" of rain over the course of the 7th through the 9th as a result of Tropical Storm Fay, which made landfall on the 7th near Galveston.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 96°F 72°F +1°F   Maximum 90.4°F ‑0.5°F
2 95°F 72°F +0°F 0.03" Minimum 69.1°F +0.6°F
3 94°F 73°F +0°F   Average 79.8°F +0.1°F
4 91°F 74°F +0°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 95°F 74°F +2°F   Heating 0 0
6 93°F 74°F +2°F T Cooling 454 +14
7 87°F 74°F ‑2°F 0.28" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 87°F 74°F ‑2°F 0.18" Maximum ≥ 90°F 18 +1
9 91°F 74°F +2°F 0.02" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 90°F 73°F +0°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 94°F 69°F +0°F    
12 94°F 71°F +2°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 94°F 71°F +2°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 94°F 69°F +2°F   Monthly Total 2.25" ‑1.66"
15 80°F 71°F ‑4°F T Year-to-date Total 19.51" ‑9.53"
16 79°F 72°F ‑4°F 0.12" Days ≥ 0.01" 8 0
17 89°F 73°F +1°F 0.05"  
18 91°F 77°F +5°F 0.01" Monthly Extremes
19 86°F 71°F 0°F 0.08" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 87°F 61°F ‑5°F   Highest Temperature 96°F 1st
21 91°F 56°F ‑4°F T Lowest Temperature 56°F 21st
22 91°F 64°F 0°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.28" 7th
23 89°F 64°F ‑2°F T Maximum Wind Gust 32 mph 22nd
24 89°F 62°F ‑2°F    
25 89°F 67°F +1°F   Record Book for September
26 92°F 66°F +2°F   Highest Temperature 112°F 2000
27 95°F 61°F +1°F   Lowest Temperature 42°F 1942
28 92°F 64°F +2°F   Highest Minimum 82°F 1916
29 89°F 66°F +2°F   Lowest Maximum 62°F 1985
30 89°F 65°F +1°F   Wettest Month 12.13" 1958
  Driest Month 0.02" 1929
  Wettest 24 Hours 6.83" 1896
"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 September 2002.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
18th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 77°F 81°F 1914
*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.


October Normals for College Station
Beginning of the month: 86°F/64°F Monthly precipitation: 4.22"
Middle of the month: 82°F/59°F Precipitation days: 6
End of the month: 76°F/54°F Days ≥ 90°F:  3