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September 2004

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September was quite different from the rest of 2004 for the Brazos Valley as temperatures soared and rainfall was minimal. The month began with cool temperatures - the lingering effects of a cold front that had just passed over Texas. Temperatures began to warm up on the 4th, but Gulf moisture brought some scattered showers to College Station. The 0.13" on the 4th would end up being the 24-hour maximum for the entire month. Another cold front on the 7th brought minimal rainfall, and temperatures dropped to well below normal for a few days. A high pressure system then settled over Texas, and the weather was very warm and dry for several days. On the 17th, College Station reached its highest temperature to date for 2004 at 99°F. September left a good chance that this will be the 12th time in College Station history that the temperature does not reach 100°F in a calendar year. Temperatures cooled some on the 23rd as the remnants of Tropical Storm Ivan brought a small amount of rain to the area. The month ended with warm temperatures and beautiful skies. For the entire month, Easterwood Field recorded only 0.26" of rain making this the 2nd driest September ever in College Station.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 87°F 65°F ‑7°F   Maximum 91.2°F +0.3°F
2 86°F 71°F ‑4°F   Minimum 70.2°F +1.7°F
3 83°F 70°F ‑6°F T Average 80.7°F +1.0°F
4 90°F 72°F ‑1°F 0.13" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 93°F 72°F +0°F   Heating 0 0
6 92°F 74°F +1°F   Cooling 477 +37
7 81°F 67°F ‑8°F 0.04" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 89°F 71°F ‑2°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 22 +5
9 91°F 63°F ‑4°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 93°F 69°F 0°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 93°F 74°F +2°F    
12 94°F 72°F +2°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 94°F 72°F +3°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 90°F 75°F +2°F 0.07" Monthly Total 2.25" ‑1.66"
15 94°F 75°F +4°F   Year-to-date Total 42.11" +13.07"
16 97°F 72°F +4°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 4 ‑4
17 99°F 72°F +6°F    
18 96°F 74°F +6°F   Monthly Extremes
19 96°F 73°F +6°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 92°F 68°F +1°F   Highest Temperature 99°F 17th
21 91°F 70°F +2°F T Lowest Temperature 63°F 9th
22 92°F 72°F +4°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.14" 4th-5th
23 94°F 68°F +3°F   Maximum Wind Gust 22 mph 7th
24 87°F 69°F 0°F T  
25 88°F 72°F +3°F 0.02" Record Book for September
26 91°F 68°F +2°F   Highest Temperature 112°F 2000
27 89°F 66°F +0°F   Lowest Temperature 42°F 1942
28 92°F 69°F +4°F T Highest Minimum 82°F 1916
29 90°F 66°F +2°F   Lowest Maximum 62°F 1985
30 91°F 65°F +2°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 2004.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
1st Tied 3rd lowest minimum temperature 65°F -999°F 1947
3rd Tied 4th lowest maximum temperature 83°F -999°F 1947
17th 4th highest maximum temperature 99°F 103°F 1995
*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