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College Station Monthly Summary: January 2009

The transition to 2009 brought similar weather conditions that 2008 left behind. Temperatures were much above average the majority of the month, and in fact, daily high temperatures averaged 5.4°F above their normals. The mercury reached an incredible 83°F on the 3rd, breaking the old record of 2006. Low temperatures, due to several cold fronts throughout the month, were slightly lower than average. But overall, January 2009 was an unusually warm month. Drought continued across the area, with less than three quarters of an inch of rain accumulating for the month. Though several fronts dropped temperatures, they lacked any substantial moisture and left very little precipitation in their path to quench the area drought. Apart from about two hundredths of an inch of rain recorded on the 27th-28th, College Station has not seen a substantial amount of precipitation since the 5th-6th, when all but 0.05" of January's monthly precipitation of 0.70" fell. La Nina conditions have developed in the Pacific Ocean, which entails above average temperatures and below average precipitation for the region.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 65°F 38°F +2°F   Maximum 66.0°F +5.4°F
2 72°F 58°F +15°F   Minimum 39.6°F ‑0.2°F
3 83°F 68°F +26°F   Average 52.8°F +2.6°F
4 69°F 44°F +6°F T Degree Days Total *Departure
5 46°F 36°F ‑9°F 0.30" Heating 390 ‑82
6 64°F 38°F +1°F 0.35" Cooling 19 +6
7 69°F 33°F +1°F   Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 79°F 42°F +10°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 80°F 59°F +20°F T Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 ‑1
10 70°F 41°F +6°F 0.03" Minimum ≤ 32°F 8 ‑3
11 60°F 37°F ‑2°F    
12 62°F 30°F ‑4°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 53°F 31°F ‑8°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 63°F 29°F ‑4°F   Monthly Total 0.70" ‑2.62"
15 62°F 36°F ‑1°F   Year-to-date Total 0.70" ‑2.62"
16 46°F 32°F ‑11°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 5 ‑4
17 69°F 42°F +6°F    
18 74°F 42°F +8°F   Monthly Extremes
19 67°F 40°F +4°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 61°F 35°F ‑2°F   Highest Temperature 83°F 3rd
21 70°F 30°F 0°F   Lowest Temperature 27°F 29th
22 77°F 44°F +10°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.50" 5th-6th
23 78°F 57°F +18°F   Maximum Wind Gust 35 mph 19th
24 66°F 42°F +4°F    
25 54°F 41°F ‑2°F   Record Book for January
26 76°F 50°F +12°F T Highest Temperature 86°F 1972
27 68°F 33°F 0°F 0.01" Lowest Temperature ‑3°F 1949
28 47°F 30°F ‑12°F 0.01" Highest Minimum 70°F 1950
29 59°F 27°F ‑8°F   Lowest Maximum 19°F 1962
30 66°F 30°F ‑3°F   Wettest Month 15.60" 1991
31 70°F 33°F +0°F   Driest Month 0.00" 1910
  Wettest 24 Hours 7.13" 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
3rd Tied highest maximum temperature 83°F 83°F 2009

*Near Records Set

Day Parameter Value Record Year
3rd Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 68°F 69°F 1950
8th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 79°F 82°F 1923
9th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 80°F 84°F 1917
9th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 59°F 65°F 1949
*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.

February Normals for College Station

Beginning of the month: 63°F/42°F Monthly precipitation: 2.38"
Middle of the month: 66°F/43°F Precipitation days: 8
End of the month: 69°F/47°F Days ≤ 32°F:  6
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