August / Harvey breaks multiple rain records for Bryan / College Station
Largely in part to Hurricane Harvey slamming Texas, multiple daily and all time records for rainfall were washed away in the month of August.
August 2017 started on a soggy note with a daily rainfall record of 2.62" falling on the the 7th. A few showers roamed the area to add ~0.10" to the gauge at Easterwood Airport on the 8th.
Two week of dry conditions and afternoon highs between 98° and 100° followed. The Brazos Valley and Bryan / College Station found itself back in "Abnormally Dry" conditions -- per the National Drought Monitor.
Two days before Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Middle Texas Coast, a weak cold front stalled across the Central Brazos Valley leaving behind two and a half inches of rainfall.
Then the sky opened up.
Category 4 Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, moved inland, and stalled over the Victoria / Cuero area. That put the Brazos Valley / Southeast Texas in a prime spot for flooding rain. The days followed as such:
• Friday 25th: 0.12"
• Saturday 26th: 4.86"
• Sunday 27th: 7.45"
• Monday 28th: 3.30"
• Tuesday 29th: 0.01"
While daily rainfall records were broke & set, the 27th rainfall of almost seven and a half inches became the new highest one day rainfall total in the month of August.
In the end, 21.02" of rain fell at Easterwood Airport in the month of August. That is just over half of the average rainfall the site typically expects in a whole calendar year.
August 2017 will go down as the wettest August on record (beating out 1915 at 11.25"). In fact, rainfall from Harvey alone could have set that new record. The month will also go down as the wettest one month rainfall total ever recorded in Bryan / College Station.