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September 2008

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September 2008 in College Station began with excitement and some fear in the air, as Hurricane Ike loomed in the Gulf waiting to strike the coast. College Station was spared from much damaging wind, with one of the lowest peak gusts of the surrounding counties at 49 mph. The city received basically all of its rainfall for September from Ike as the last half of the month has brought clear skies for the most part. Temperatures have been slightly cooler than average. A cold front that helped steer Ike northward kept maximum temperatures in the upper 70s for 4 straight days. These temperatures were near record low maximum temperatures, with the high of 74°F on the 15th being a record low maximum temperature. Otherwise, temperatures remained around average in the upper 80s but were more variable during the latter parts of September. Overall, except perhaps for Ike's destruction elsewhere, it has been a pleasant month.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 95°F 76°F +2°F   Maximum 88.2°F ‑2.7°F
2 96°F 77°F +4°F   Minimum 67.5°F ‑1.0°F
3 88°F 73°F ‑2°F   Average 77.8°F ‑1.9°F
4 90°F 67°F ‑4°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 92°F 70°F ‑1°F   Heating 0 0
6 92°F 67°F ‑2°F   Cooling 395 ‑45
7 93°F 66°F ‑2°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 94°F 69°F 0°F 0.02" Maximum ≥ 90°F 13 ‑4
9 95°F 74°F +4°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 95°F 75°F +4°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 97°F 75°F +5°F    
12 93°F 77°F +4°F T Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 82°F 76°F ‑1°F 3.28" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 85°F 72°F ‑2°F 0.17" Monthly Total 2.25" ‑1.66"
15 74°F 61°F ‑12°F   Year-to-date Total 26.86" ‑2.18"
16 79°F 59°F ‑11°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 3 ‑5
17 76°F 59°F ‑12°F    
18 79°F 65°F ‑7°F T Monthly Extremes
19 84°F 61°F ‑6°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 87°F 64°F ‑4°F   Highest Temperature 97°F 11th
21 88°F 68°F 0°F   Lowest Temperature 58°F 28th
22 89°F 68°F +0°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 3.36" 13th-14th
23 90°F 70°F +2°F   Maximum Wind Gust 49 mph 13th
24 89°F 70°F +2°F T  
25 85°F 66°F ‑2°F   Record Book for September
26 87°F 63°F ‑2°F   Highest Temperature 112°F 2000
27 87°F 60°F ‑4°F   Lowest Temperature 42°F 1942
28 87°F 58°F ‑4°F   Highest Minimum 82°F 1916
29 88°F 60°F ‑2°F   Lowest Maximum 62°F 1985
30 90°F 59°F ‑2°F   Wettest Month 12.13" 1958
  Driest Month Trace 2005
  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 2008.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
1st Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 76°F 80°F 1914
2nd 3rd highest minimum temperature 77°F 79°F 1961
12th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 77°F 81°F 1914
13th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 76°F 81°F 1914
15th Tied 2nd lowest maximum temperature 74°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.


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