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College Station Monthly Summary: October 2002

The month of October 2002 will be remembered for the ample amount of precipitation received in the College Station area. The monthly total recorded at the Easterwood Airport was 9.79", 5.57" above normal and further reducing the year-to-date rainfall deficit to only 3.98". The cause of heavy rainfall totals this month can be attributed to the stalling of many frontal boundaries across Central and Southern Texas. Also, the sub-tropical jet stream has been draped across the southern half of Texas as well, allowing for low pressure disturbances to make their way across Texas. During the month of October, temperatures on average were slightly below normal, as 19 days remained cooler. As a result of rain-cooled temperatures, a record low maximum occurred on the 14th of 60°F, 7°F below the previous record of 67°F set in 1969.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 93°F 71°F +7°F 0.78" Maximum 76.8°F ‑5.2°F
2 91°F 73°F +7°F T Minimum 61.9°F +2.9°F
3 94°F 72°F +8°F   Average 69.4°F ‑1.1°F
4 93°F 72°F +8°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 91°F 71°F +7°F   Heating 31 +6
6 93°F 74°F +10°F T Cooling 174 ‑22
7 86°F 70°F +4°F 2.39" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 76°F 71°F +0°F 0.07" Maximum ≥ 90°F 6 +3
9 77°F 64°F ‑2°F 0.40" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 74°F 62°F ‑5°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 80°F 63°F 0°F    
12 83°F 59°F ‑1°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 70°F 58°F ‑8°F 0.03" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 60°F 53°F ‑14°F 0.06" Monthly Total 9.79" +5.57"
15 72°F 48°F ‑11°F   Year-to-date Total 29.28" ‑3.98"
16 74°F 48°F ‑10°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 14 +8
17 79°F 49°F ‑6°F    
18 79°F 60°F 0°F T Monthly Extremes
19 73°F 63°F ‑2°F 1.88" Extreme Value Date(s)
20 75°F 61°F ‑1°F   Highest Temperature 94°F 3rd
21 69°F 60°F ‑4°F 0.94" Lowest Temperature 48°F 15th, 16th
22 70°F 63°F ‑2°F 0.78" Max. 24-hour Precip. 2.43" 7th-8th
23 73°F 64°F +0°F 0.01" Maximum Wind Gust 29 mph 18th
24 68°F 64°F ‑2°F 1.16"  
25 66°F 58°F ‑5°F 0.17" Record Book for October
26 63°F 57°F ‑7°F 0.54" Highest Temperature 102°F 1938
27 69°F 63°F ‑1°F T Lowest Temperature 29°F 1993
28 70°F 63°F +0°F 0.58" Highest Minimum 81°F 1914
29 75°F 58°F +0°F   Lowest Maximum 40°F 1925
30 79°F 54°F +0°F   Wettest Month 18.77" 1994
31 67°F 54°F ‑4°F   Driest Month 0.00" 1952
  Wettest 24 Hours 13.39" 1994
"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
19th Tied most daily precipitation 1.88" 1.88" 2002

*Near Records Set

Day Parameter Value Record Year
14th Tied 2nd lowest maximum temperature 60°F 60°F 2002
*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.

November Normals for College Station

Beginning of the month: 76°F/54°F Monthly precipitation: 3.18"
Middle of the month: 71°F/49°F Precipitation days: 7
End of the month: 67°F/45°F Days ≤ 32°F:  3
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