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College Station Monthly Summary: April 2013

April ranged from nearly hot to definitely cold, with cold fronts dictating much of the weather across the state. Due to these fronts, temperatures were below normal for the month with average temperatures roughly two degrees below normal. Unfortunately, precipitation was below normal as well, continuing the downward trend into drought conditions. The majority of the rainfall that fell on the city occurred on April 2nd when a mid-level system moved over the area and fed off of warm, moist southerly winds to bring three quarters of an inch of rain, nearly half of the 1.65 inches of rainfall for the month. The drought remained within the bounds of severe drought classification for the month, but if the deficit in rainfall continues more severe levels of drought will need to be anticipated.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 82°F 65°F +8°F   Maximum 77.2°F ‑1.7°F
2 72°F 60°F +1°F 0.76" Minimum 55.6°F ‑2.5°F
3 63°F 50°F ‑10°F 0.12" Average 66.4°F ‑2.1°F
4 53°F 47°F ‑16°F 0.01" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 69°F 41°F ‑11°F   Heating 82 +35
6 76°F 50°F ‑3°F   Cooling 134 ‑18
7 80°F 62°F +5°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 83°F 67°F +8°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 ‑1
9 87°F 68°F +10°F T Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 75°F 46°F ‑6°F 0.17" Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 68°F 43°F ‑12°F T  
12 79°F 44°F ‑6°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 78°F 51°F ‑4°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 83°F 54°F +0°F   Monthly Total 1.65" ‑1.01"
15 85°F 70°F +10°F   Year-to-date Total 9.54" ‑2.38"
16 88°F 70°F +10°F T Days ≥ 0.01" 10 +3
17 84°F 73°F +10°F T  
18 74°F 51°F ‑6°F 0.34" Monthly Extremes
19 66°F 43°F ‑14°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 71°F 41°F ‑14°F   Highest Temperature 88°F 16th
21 75°F 50°F ‑8°F   Lowest Temperature 41°F 5th, 20th
22 82°F 52°F ‑3°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.87" 2nd-3rd
23 80°F 50°F ‑5°F T Maximum Wind Gust 41 mph 10th
24 68°F 45°F ‑14°F 0.01"  
25 75°F 54°F ‑6°F   Record Book for April
26 86°F 66°F +5°F 0.01" Highest Temperature 96°F 2011
27 83°F 66°F +4°F 0.07" Lowest Temperature 28°F 1973
28 84°F 62°F +1°F 0.03" Highest Minimum 76°F 2011
29 83°F 64°F +2°F 0.13" Lowest Maximum 42°F 1938
30 85°F 64°F +2°F   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 1981‑2010 normal.

*New Records Set

DayParameterValueOld RecordYear
4th Tied lowest maximum temperature 53°F 53°F 2013
19th Tied lowest maximum temperature 66°F 66°F 1953

*Near Records Set

Day Parameter Value Record Year
3rd Tied 2nd lowest maximum temperature 63°F 61°F 1979
15th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 70°F 71°F 1967
17th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 73°F 74°F 1922
19th Tied 4th lowest minimum temperature 43°F 39°F 1953
20th Tied 2nd lowest minimum temperature 41°F 40°F 1953
20th Tied 3rd lowest maximum temperature 71°F 63°F 1949
24th Tied 2nd lowest minimum temperature 45°F 44°F 2005
24th Tied 3rd lowest maximum temperature 68°F 67°F 1931
*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/62°F Monthly precipitation: 4.33"
Middle of the month: 86°F/67°F Precipitation days: 8
End of the month: 89°F/70°F Days ≥ 90°F:  7
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