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College Station Monthly Summary: April 2011

April 2011 will go down in College Station history as the warmest and driest April of all time! Twenty-one temperature-related records were broken this month including highest maximum and minimum temperature records. The highest maximum temperature, occurred on the 19th with a high of 96°F, breaking the old record of 92°F set back in 1987. The highest minimum temperature, occurred on the 20th with a low of 76°F, breaking the old record of 72°F set back in 1984. An interesting thing to note is that almost every single daily mean temperature was above normal this month. The most extreme case was seen on 8th when the daily mean temperature was 17°F above normal. April 2011 was the driest April ever in College Station. There was only trace of rain recorded bringing the yearly total to 4.29", 7.45" below normal. The below average rainfall further worsened drought and wild fire conditions across the Brazos Valley and the state of Texas. By mid month 591 square miles of the Brazos Valley had been burned and by month’s end the US Drought Monitor still had the Brazos Valley designated as being in an exceptional drought (D4), the worst in Texas. An outdoor burn ban was still in place over the Brazos Valley during April and will continue to stay in place for at least the next 90s days. According to the Climate Prediction Center, the next month will bring no relief to the warm and dry trend that has been plaguing the area the past several months and drought conditions are expected to persist throughout the summer.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 88°F 54°F +6°F   Maximum 87.9°F +9.1°F
2 85°F 69°F +12°F T Minimum 63.3°F +6.4°F
3 84°F 68°F +11°F   Average 75.6°F +7.7°F
4 78°F 54°F +1°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 75°F 41°F ‑8°F   Heating 9 ‑31
6 84°F 49°F +0°F   Cooling 335 +208
7 85°F 65°F +9°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 93°F 72°F +16°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 13 +12
9 92°F 67°F +14°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 92°F 72°F +15°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 85°F 56°F +4°F    
12 85°F 52°F +2°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 85°F 52°F +2°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 86°F 70°F +11°F T Monthly Total Trace ‑3.20"
15 83°F 61°F +4°F T Year-to-date Total 4.29" ‑7.45"
16 83°F 42°F ‑6°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 0 ‑7
17 88°F 50°F +1°F    
18 92°F 71°F +14°F   Monthly Extremes
19 96°F 73°F +16°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 94°F 76°F +16°F   Highest Temperature 96°F 19th
21 92°F 73°F +14°F   Lowest Temperature 41°F 5th
22 93°F 74°F +14°F T Max. 24-hour Precip. Trace
23 93°F 75°F +14°F   Maximum Wind Gust 47 mph 4th
24 93°F 74°F +14°F    
25 90°F 75°F +12°F   Record Book for April
26 92°F 73°F +12°F   Highest Temperature 96°F 2011
27 87°F 64°F +4°F   Lowest Temperature 28°F 1973
28 84°F 53°F ‑2°F   Highest Minimum 76°F 2011
29 89°F 55°F +1°F   Lowest Maximum 42°F 1938
30 90°F 70°F +9°F T Wettest Month 12.50" 1957
  Driest Month Trace 2011
  Wettest 24 Hours 5.17" 1969
"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
8th Tied highest maximum temperature 93°F 93°F 2011
10th Tied highest maximum temperature 92°F 92°F 1963
18th Tied highest minimum temperature 71°F 71°F 1970
19th Tied highest minimum temperature 73°F 73°F 2011
19th **Tied highest maximum temperature 96°F 96°F 2011
20th **Tied highest minimum temperature 76°F 76°F 2011
20th Tied highest maximum temperature 94°F 94°F 1925
21st Tied highest minimum temperature 73°F 73°F 1996
22nd Tied highest minimum temperature 74°F 74°F 2011
22nd Tied highest maximum temperature 93°F 93°F 2011
23rd Tied highest minimum temperature 75°F 75°F 2011
23rd Tied highest maximum temperature 93°F 93°F 2011
24th Tied highest minimum temperature 74°F 74°F 2011
24th Tied highest maximum temperature 93°F 93°F 2011
25th Tied highest minimum temperature 75°F 75°F 2011
26th Tied highest minimum temperature 73°F 73°F 1970
**Set record for the entire month.

*Near Records Set

Day Parameter Value Record Year
1st Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 88°F 93°F 1936
2nd Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 69°F 71°F 1956
8th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 72°F 73°F 1922
9th Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 92°F 93°F 1963
10th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 72°F 74°F 1922
14th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 70°F 74°F 1922
18th Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 92°F 94°F 2006
21st Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 92°F 94°F 1925
25th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 90°F 92°F 1925
26th Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 92°F 93°F 1933
30th Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 90°F 96°F 1933
*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.

May Normals for College Station

Beginning of the month: 82°F/61°F Monthly precipitation: 5.05"
Middle of the month: 85°F/65°F Precipitation days: 8
End of the month: 88°F/68°F Days ≥ 90°F:  6
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