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College Station Monthly Summary: October 2004

What began as a wet month turned into an extension of summer for the Brazos Valley. A frontal system passed over the state during the first week, dropping 2.06" of rain through the first seven days. Temperatures hovered around their normal levels until a cold front cooled things down on the 9th. The weather was much drier during the second week of October, when the third cold front of the month came through the area. Temperatures cooled dramatically, and 0.42" of rain fell in 24 hours. Following the passage of the front, a high pressure system formed over the state and temperatures soared as a result. There was only one day during the final two weeks of October in which the average daily temperature was less than 10°F above normal, and the maximum temperature reached 90°F for six consecutive days during the third week of the month. Between the 17th and 31st, at least one new or near temperature record was set every day. This included a five-day stretch (18th-22nd) during which new records were set for both highest maximum and highest minimum temperatures. A cold front briefly cooled things down on the 23rd, but the month ended with seven days of near 90°F temperatures. The average daily temperature of 77.0°F makes this the warmest October in College Station history. While it did get down to 51°F on the 15th, the average daily minimum temperature was over 9°F above normal for October. Despite 12 days with measurable precipitation, College Station was 0.41" below normal and never received more than 0.87" in a day. For the year, College Station is 12.63" above normal and only needs 3.46" over the final two months to have one of its ten wettest years on record.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 92°F 67°F +4°F 0.20" Maximum 85.7°F +3.7°F
2 82°F 70°F +1°F 0.87" Minimum 68.3°F +9.3°F
3 90°F 69°F +4°F 0.31" Average 77.0°F +6.5°F
4 87°F 67°F +2°F 0.42" Degree Days Total *Departure
5 82°F 66°F 0°F   Heating 4 ‑21
6 87°F 68°F +4°F 0.22" Cooling 385 +189
7 83°F 70°F +2°F 0.04" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 86°F 70°F +5°F T Maximum ≥ 90°F 8 +5
9 80°F 67°F +0°F 0.01" Maximum ≤ 32°F 0 0
10 79°F 64°F ‑2°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 0 0
11 78°F 60°F ‑3°F    
12 77°F 60°F ‑4°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 84°F 62°F +1°F 0.01" Precipitation Value *Departure
14 70°F 52°F ‑10°F 0.41" Monthly Total 3.81" ‑0.41"
15 83°F 51°F ‑4°F   Year-to-date Total 45.89" +12.63"
16 87°F 58°F +2°F   Days ≥ 0.01" 12 +6
17 91°F 71°F +11°F    
18 92°F 79°F +16°F T Monthly Extremes
19 92°F 76°F +14°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 90°F 77°F +14°F   Highest Temperature 92°F 5 times
21 92°F 75°F +14°F   Lowest Temperature 51°F 15th
22 92°F 76°F +16°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.14" 1st-2nd
23 79°F 70°F +6°F 0.78" Maximum Wind Gust 36 mph 4th
24 88°F 71°F +12°F T  
25 88°F 71°F +12°F   Record Book for October
26 87°F 70°F +12°F 0.14" Highest Temperature 102°F 1938
27 89°F 73°F +14°F   Lowest Temperature 29°F 1993
28 88°F 73°F +14°F   Highest Minimum 81°F 1914
29 89°F 70°F +14°F   Lowest Maximum 40°F 1925
30 88°F 73°F +14°F   Wettest Month 18.77" 1994
31 84°F 71°F +12°F 0.40" 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
18th Tied highest minimum temperature 79°F 79°F 2004
18th Tied highest maximum temperature 92°F 92°F 2004
19th Tied highest minimum temperature 76°F 76°F 2004
20th Tied highest minimum temperature 77°F 77°F 2004
22nd Tied highest minimum temperature 76°F 76°F 2004

*Near Records Set

Day Parameter Value Record Year
17th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 91°F 92°F 1915
19th Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 92°F 97°F 1921
20th Tied 3rd highest maximum temperature 90°F 91°F 1934
21st Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 75°F 76°F 1949
21st Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 92°F 95°F 1934
22nd Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 92°F 95°F 1939
24th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 71°F 74°F 1932
25th Tied 4th highest minimum temperature 71°F 73°F 1991
27th Tied 3rd highest minimum temperature 73°F 76°F 1939
28th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 73°F 74°F 1991
28th Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 88°F 91°F 1917
29th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 70°F 73°F 1929
29th Tied 2nd highest maximum temperature 89°F 90°F 1938
30th Tied 2nd highest minimum temperature 73°F 74°F 1974
30th Tied 4th highest maximum temperature 88°F 96°F 1927
*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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