College Station set a new record for high temperatures on Sunday and Monday. However, meteorologists are saying that rain is expected to bring relieve to the Brazos County area later this week. This rain should bring our daily temperatures under a 100 degrees.
Chris McKinney, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Houston, had this to say: ”It’s hard to think of 97 or 98 degrees being cool but at this point, we’ll take it.”
The high on Monday was 106 degrees. This was the hottest day on August 29th since 1998. The day before, August 28th, was 109 degrees. This broke a temperature record that stood for over 83 years.
The high today is forecasted at 105 degrees.
To add to our suffering, the rain fall totals have been at “drought level” this year. College Station has only had 10.83 inches of rain so far this year. The normal cumulative rain fall at this point of the year is normally 25 inches. This is according to the National Weather Service records.
Last week the area received about a half an inch of rain fall. This was a band aid on a wound that requires stitches. Water supplies for towns are quickly drying up and need to be replenished. However, this small amount of rain did allow some cities to reform the daily water usage ordinances.
Jennifer Nations is the water resource coordinator for College Station. She told us that the water usage for the city was below 20 million gallons for the past few days.
Bryan has noticed a similar trend in their water usage, with it hovering around 16 million gallons a day.
Nations predicted that students coming back to college would have little affect on the water usage in College Station/Bryan area. So far, she seems to be right. She said her prediction would be true because only a quarter of water is used for in door purposes.