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College Station Monthly Summary: August 2004

August 2004 was rather cool for the Bryan/College Station area. Typical summer weather dominated during the first week of the month with temperatures climbing up to 98°F, the highest temperature of 2004 for the Brazos Valley. On the 6th, a cold front moved across the area and cooled things down. The area remained dry until the 10th when 1.06" of precipitation fell due to a low pressure system centered just offshore in the Gulf. Clouds hung over the area until the 12th when a strong cold front swept across the state. Between the 12th and 18th, there were 11 near records set for lowest maximum or lowest minimum temperature. Temperatures warmed following the frontal system, and the weather was dry until the 19th when a low pressure system began to move across Texas. The frontal boundary associated with the low caused five consecutive days of rain over College Station. The last full week of August began with a return to warmer temperatures before another cold front hit on the 28th. Scattered showers brought the monthly precipitation for August up to 2.50", only 0.13" below normal. For the year, College Station is a gaudy 16.69" above normal, and only 8" of rain are needed in the remaining four months to have one of the 10 wettest years in College Station history. The average temperature for the month was 2.4°F below normal, and the average maximum was 3.9°F below normal. Through August, College Station has yet to hit 100°F, and if this trend continues, it would be the first time since 1983 that College Station did not top the century mark during an entire year.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 93°F 78°F +0°F T Maximum 92.3°F ‑3.9°F
2 96°F 76°F +1°F   Minimum 72.3°F ‑0.9°F
3 97°F 77°F +2°F   Average 82.3°F ‑2.4°F
4 98°F 76°F +1°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 98°F 75°F +0°F   Heating 0 0
6 91°F 78°F 0°F   Cooling 544 ‑67
7 90°F 72°F ‑4°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 91°F 70°F ‑4°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 26 ‑2
9 95°F 74°F 0°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 91°F 74°F ‑2°F 1.06" Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 95°F 71°F ‑2°F 0.02"  
12 86°F 67°F ‑8°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 87°F 63°F ‑10°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 86°F 68°F ‑8°F   Monthly Total 2.50" ‑0.13"
15 87°F 66°F ‑8°F   Year-to-date Total 41.82" +16.69"
16 90°F 65°F ‑8°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 8 +2
17 91°F 67°F ‑6°F    
18 93°F 68°F ‑4°F   Monthly Extremes
19 92°F 72°F ‑3°F 0.14" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 97°F 71°F ‑1°F 0.05" Highest Temperature 98°F 4th, 5th
21 91°F 70°F ‑4°F 0.60" Lowest Temperature 63°F 13th
22 93°F 73°F ‑2°F 0.37" Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.06" 10th
23 90°F 75°F ‑2°F 0.22" Maximum Wind Gust 34 mph 20th
24 95°F 77°F +2°F    
25 95°F 77°F +2°F   Record Book for August
26 96°F 79°F +4°F   Highest Temperature 109°F 2000
27 94°F 77°F +2°F   Lowest Temperature 58°F 1940
28 91°F 74°F ‑2°F 0.04" Highest Minimum 82°F 1915
29 91°F 71°F ‑3°F   Lowest Maximum 74°F 1945
30 93°F 69°F ‑2°F   Wettest Month 11.25" 1915
31 89°F 71°F ‑3°F   Driest Month 0.00" 1947
  Wettest 24 Hours 6.19" 1915
"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
25th Tied highest minimum temperature 77°F 77°F 1941
26th Tied highest minimum temperature 79°F 79°F 2004

*Near Records Set

Day Parameter Value Record Year
1st Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 78°F 82°F 1915
6th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 78°F 80°F 1951
12th Tied 3rd lowest maximum temperature 86°F 84°F 1973
13th Tied 3rd lowest minimum temperature 63°F 61°F 1967
13th Tied 4th lowest maximum temperature 87°F 82°F 1920
14th Tied 3rd lowest maximum temperature 86°F 81°F 1998
15th Tied 2nd lowest minimum temperature 66°F 66°F 1923
16th Tied 3rd lowest minimum temperature 65°F 64°F 1992
17th Tied 3rd lowest minimum temperature 67°F 62°F 1992
18th Tied 4th lowest minimum temperature 68°F 61°F 1992
24th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 77°F 78°F 1970
27th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 77°F 78°F 1999
*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.

September Normals for College Station

Beginning of the month: 94°F/71°F Monthly precipitation: 3.91"
Middle of the month: 91°F/68°F Precipitation days: 8
End of the month: 86°F/64°F Days ≥ 90°F:  17
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