According to a climate summary put out by the National Weather Service, 2013 was fairly close to normal temperature wise. December 2013 started off on a warm note, but ended a few degrees below average.
While the year had extreme hot periods -- mainly in the middle to late summer months -- the average high for the year only came up half a degree ABOVE the 30 year climate normal in Bryan / College Station.
The final months of 2013 had stretches of below average cold temperatures -- in fact more "cooler than normal" days vs. those considered average or seasonable.
That said, the average low for the year came in 0.4° BELOW the 30 year climate normal for Bryan / College Station.
Other notable temperature deviations for the month of December:
-- Bryan / College Station: 3.7° BELOW the 30 year climate normal
--Crockett: 3.0° BELOW the 30 year climate normal
--Huntsville: 2.8° BELOW the 30 year climate normal
The spring and summer of 2013 brought Severe to Extreme Drought conditions to the Brazos Valley, and much of Texas. Lack of rainfall combined with weeks of triple digit heat once again impacted area vegetation and bodies of water.
While the area has rebounded out of drought -- thanks to Fall rainfall -- for the year, Bryan / College Station ended up 0.71" shy of the 30 year climate normal.
Per a Weather Watcher in Centerville (Leon County), the year-to-date rainfall total at his property came in at 43.20" -- leaving a surplus of 0.20" of rainfall compared to the 30 year climate normal.
December 2013 brought cold weather, but very little in the way of substantial rainfall. For the month:
--Bryan / College Station: 2.47" BELOW the monthly normal
--Crockett: 3.23" BELOW the monthly normal
--Huntsville: 2.94" BELOW the monthly normal
More information on the month of December and 2013 as a whole, along with the rest of Southeast Texas, can be found on the Houston / Galveston National Weather Service page.
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