Skip Nav

Extreme Climate Records

Temperature

Lowest Minimum Temperature
Tulia -23°F February 12, 1899
Seminole -23°F February 8, 1933
     
Highest Maximum Temperature
Seymour 120°F August 12, 1936
Monahans 120°F June 28, 1994
     
Coldest Winter
1898-1899 Average (DJF) 42.5°F
     
Warmest Summer  
2011 Average (JJA) 86.6°F
     
     

Precipitation

Greatest Annual Rainfall  
Clarksville 109.38 in. 1874
     
Least Annual Rainfall  
Wink 1.76 in. 1956
     
Greatest Amount of Rainfall in 24 Hours
Alvin 43.00 in. July 25-26, 1979
     
Wettest Year Statewide 40.22 in. (FNEP) 2004
  41.93 in. (NCDC) 1919
Driest Year Statewide 14.38 in. (FNEP) 1917
  14.99 in. (NCDC) 1917
This is an unofficial estimate of rainfall that occurred during Tropical Storm Claudette. The greatest 24-hour rainfall ever recorded in Texas at an official observing site occurred at Albany, Shackelford County, on Aug. 4, 1978: 29.05 inches.
     
     

Hail

   
Hailstones six inches or greater since 1950
Winkler County 8.00 in. May 31, 1960
Young County 7.50 in. April 14, 1965
Ward County 6.00 in. May 10, 1991
Burleson County 7.05 in. December 17, 1995
     
     

Snow

Greatest Snowfall in 24 Hours

Follett 25.00 in. March 28, 2009
     

Greatest Single Storm

Hale Center 33.00 in. February 2-5, 1956
     

Maximum Snowfall Depth on the Ground

Hale Center 33.00 in. February 5, 1956
     

Greatest Monthly Snowfall

Hale Center 36.00 in. February, 1956
     

Greatest Seasonal Snowfall

Romero* (Hartley Co.) 65.00 in. 1923-1924
     

*Romero, which was in southwestern Hartley County, no longer exists.

     
     

Wind Velocity

Maximum Sustained Wind

Matagorda SE 145 mph September 11, 1961
Port Lavaca NE 145 mph September 11, 1961
     

Maximum Peak Gust

Aransas Pass SW 180 mph August 3, 1970
Robstown WSW 180 mph August 3, 1970
     
These velocities occurred during Hurricane Carla in 1961 and Hurricane Celia in 1970.
     
     

Tornadoes

Since 1950, there have been six tornadoes recorded of the F5 category, that is, with winds between 261-318 mph.
Waco May 11, 1953  
Wichita Falls April 3, 1964  
Lubbock May 11, 1970  
Valley Mills (McLennan Co.) May 6, 1973  
Brownwood April 19, 1976  
Jarrell (Williamson Co.) May 27, 1997  
Geosciences TAMU Logo

Aggies can change the world. Geoscientists lead the way.