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College Station Monthly Summary: May 2001

This month, the Brazos Valley experienced warmer temperatures as well as much needed precipitation. The average temperature of 77.5°F was 3°F above normal with 11 days over 90°F. Rainfall for the month was average, with 4.81", leaving a 0.80" year-to-date deficit. New low temperature records were set on the 22nd and 23rd, at 53°F each day. The beginning of the month saw a stationary front over the panhandle, which became a slow moving cold front. This contributed to the majority of the rainfall for the month, 3.63" of the 4.90" of May rainfall. Following this system, a second cold front entered the region on the 12th, which brought some light rain to the area. Warm weather prevailed for the next several days until a strong cold front roared through on the 22nd bringing some rainfall and unseasonably cool temperatures. The remainder of the month saw warmer and record breaking temperatures to the region.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 89°F 66°F +6°F   Maximum 88.6°F +4.6°F
2 90°F 67°F +6°F   Minimum 66.3°F +1.3°F
3 89°F 70°F +8°F   Average 77.5°F +2.9°F
4 87°F 70°F +6°F 0.01" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 86°F 63°F +2°F 1.65" Heating 0 0
6 89°F 63°F +4°F 1.79" Cooling 393 +95
7 86°F 63°F +2°F 0.17" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 86°F 67°F +4°F 0.01" Maximum ≥ 90°F 9 +3
9 86°F 64°F +2°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 87°F 65°F +3°F 0.01" Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 88°F 66°F +4°F    
12 87°F 65°F +2°F 0.15" Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 88°F 65°F +2°F 0.01" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 88°F 65°F +2°F   Monthly Total 4.90" +0.10"
15 87°F 63°F +1°F   Year-to-date Total 15.23" ‑0.80"
16 89°F 69°F +4°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 13 +5
17 89°F 73°F +6°F    
18 91°F 69°F +5°F   Monthly Extremes
19 89°F 71°F +5°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 93°F 69°F +6°F 0.63" Highest Temperature 94°F 30th
21 88°F 62°F ‑1°F T Lowest Temperature 53°F 22nd, 23rd
22 85°F 53°F ‑7°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.96" 6th-7th
23 89°F 53°F ‑5°F   Maximum Wind Gust 36 mph 5th
24 92°F 65°F +2°F    
25 86°F 63°F ‑2°F 0.43" Record Book for May
26 82°F 66°F ‑3°F 0.02" Highest Temperature 100°F 1998
27 91°F 68°F +2°F   Lowest Temperature 42°F 1954
28 91°F 69°F +3°F 0.01" Highest Minimum 82°F 1988
29 93°F 73°F +6°F   Lowest Maximum 62°F 1979
30 94°F 77°F +8°F 0.01" Wettest Month 14.70" 1929
31 93°F 72°F +4°F T Driest Month 0.11" 1998
  Wettest 24 Hours 6.23" 1983
"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 1961‑1990 normal.

*New Records Set

Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
22nd Tied lowest minimum temperature 53°F 53°F 1919
23rd Tied lowest minimum temperature 53°F 53°F 2001
30th Tied highest minimum temperature 77°F 77°F 1927

*Near Records Set

Day Parameter Value Record Year
2nd Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 90°F 95°F 1964
*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.

June Normals for College Station

Beginning of the month: 87°F/68°F Monthly precipitation: 3.68"
Middle of the month: 90°F/71°F Precipitation days: 6
End of the month: 92°F/72°F Days ≥ 90°F:  21
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