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College Station Monthly Summary: January 2014

It was a cold January here in College Station, for temperatures were consistently below average for much of the month as strong cold fronts slammed into the Brazos Valley. The coldest day this month occurred on the night of January 6th after a powerful arctic cold front pushed through the area. Though not quite a record, this did bring a low of 19 degrees to Easterwood Field. The month was quite dry as well with most of the cold fronts that pushed though being barren of moisture. Once notable example was on the 23rd when warm gulf winds pushed up and over a strong cold front to bring first a cold rain and then sleet to College Station with light accumulations. The majority of the precipitation this month did fall as liquid and most of it on the 9th when a low pressure center towards Dallas brought in moisture from the gulf and a steady rain to the Brazos Valley. Not all of the month was cold though. On January 20th southerly winds and mostly clear skies allowed temperatures to flirt with 80!

The month was much drier than normal, with only 40% of normal precipitation falling. This low precipitation combined with the low values from December allowed for the drought monitor to place Brazos County under abnormally dry conditions, the first phase before official drought begins.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 62°F 38°F ‑1°F T Maximum 59.6°F ‑1.4°F
2 54°F 32°F ‑8°F   Minimum 35.7°F ‑5.5°F
3 54°F 28°F ‑10°F   Average 47.7°F ‑3.4°F
4 70°F 39°F +4°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 63°F 31°F ‑4°F T Heating 531 +89
6 34°F 21°F ‑24°F   Cooling 0 ‑11
7 45°F 19°F ‑19°F &nbsnbsp; Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 53°F 40°F ‑4°F 0.10" Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 63°F 53°F +7°F 0.77" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 67°F 58°F +12°F 0.14" Minimum ≤ 32°F 12 +7
11 70°F 45°F +6°F    
12 70°F 42°F +5°F 0.01" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 67°F 41°F +3°F   Precipitation Value *Departure
14 69°F 34°F +0°F   Monthly Total 1.29" ‑1.95"
15 58°F 36°F ‑4°F   Year-to-date Total 1.29" ‑1.95"
16 67°F 35°F 0°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 7 ‑1
17 60°F 36°F ‑3°F    
18 67°F 35°F 0°F   Monthly Extremes
19 67°F 37°F +1°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 76°F 44°F +9°F   Highest Temperature 76°F 20th
21 59°F 37°F ‑3°F   Lowest Temperature 19°F 7th
22 65°F 31°F ‑3°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 0.85" 8th-9th
23 52°F 29°F ‑10°F 0.17" Maximum Wind Gust 39 nbsp;mph 5th
24 35°F 26°F ‑20°F 0.05"  
25 61°F 26°F ‑8°F   Record Book for January
26 71°F 46°F +6°F   Highest Temperature 86°F 1972
27 53°F 35°F ‑8°F T Lowest Temperature ‑3°F 1949
28 40°F 27°F ‑18°F 0.05" Highest Minimum 70°F 1950
29 43°F 25°F ‑18°F   Lowest Maximum 19°F 1962
30 60°F 28°F ‑8°F   Wettest Month 15.60" 1991
31 74°F 54°F +12°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 1981‑2010 normal.

*New Records Set

Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
No new records were set or tied in January 2014.

*Near Records Set

Day Parameter Value Record Year
6th Tied 2nd lowest minimum temperature 21°F 21°F 1970
6th Tied 3rd lowest maximum temperature 34°F 33°F 1970
24th Tied 3rd lowest maximum temperature 35°F 33°F 1963
*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/43°F Monthly precipitation: 2.85"
Middle of the month: 65°F/44°F Precipitation days: 8
End of the month: 68°F/48°F Days ≤ 32°F:  3
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