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--New Year's Day--
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Since the late 19th century, New Year's Day has provided a variety of weather to the Rio Grande Valley of Deep South Texas. However, unlike the noted Christmas Eve and Christmas Day freezes and winter precipitation, records show that New Year's Day has been a bit more benign. In addition to the data shown below, there was no measured snowfall on the ground on any January 1st. In fact, only one long duration freeze can be inferred from the data, extending through New Year's Eve (1880) and into the New Year's morning (1881). The high in 1881 zoomed to 48 degrees; in 1900, the high on December 31st was 60 degrees before a 40 degree plunge that night.

On the flip side, record highs have been rather springlike, with readings ranging from the lower 80s near the coast to the lower 90s well inland, at Rio Grande City. Precipitation averages notwithstanding, heavier rainfall has generally been an inch or less on New Year's Day, with the sole exception being McAllen in 1988, when more than an inch and a half of rain fell.

So, how is the first day of 2008 shaping up? Data as of December 27th 2007 suggest a brisk and cool afternoon, with temperatures in the 50s or lower 60s under partly cloudy skies. Stay tuned!


Brownsville (1878-2007)*
Average High: 68.6°F
Average Low: 49.6°F
Average Rainfall: 0.04"
Warmest
83°F 1955
83°F 1989
82°F 1921
82°F 1952
82°F 1972
82°F 1996
82°F 2000
82°F 2005
82°F 2006
81°F 1916
Coldest
18°F 1881
20°F 1901
29°F 1928
32°F 1885
32°F 1899
32°F 1947
33°F 1887
33°F 1964
34°F 1883
34°F 1918
Wettest
0.75" 1905
0.63" 1988
0.57" 1883
0.44" 1912
0.40" 1985
0.33" 1889
0.30" 1958
0.20" 1901
0.18" 1935
0.14" 1959
* Database missing 12 or 13 years of information.



Harlingen (1911-2007)**
Average High: 70.8°F
Average Low: 49.2°F
Average Rainfall: 0.03"
Warmest
89°F 1986
85°F 1916
85°F 1921
85°F 2005
84°F 1937
84°F 1952
84°F 1985
83°F 2000
83°F 2006
82°F 1934
Coldest
28°F 1936
30°F 1984
32°F 1933
32°F 1947
33°F 1927
35°F 1924
36°F 1915
36°F 1959
36°F 1969
37°F 1977
Wettest
0.72" 1958
0.40" 1992
0.21" 1988
0.20" 1994
0.17" 1973
0.13" 1983
0.11" 1975
0.10" 1926
0.10" 1935
0.08" 1950
** Database missing 8 years of information.



McAllen (1941-2007)***
Average High: 71.4°F
Average Low: 49.6°F
Average Rainfall: 0.04"
Warmest
87°F 1952
87°F 1986
86°F 2006
85°F 2000
84°F 1951
84°F 1955
83°F 1965
83°F 1999
83°F 2005
82°F 1966
Coldest
30°F 1984
32°F 1947
33°F 1964
34°F 1969
35°F 1991
36°F 1970
37°F 1959
38°F 1976
39°F 1945
39°F 1958
Wettest
1.62" 1988
0.28" 1958
0.23" 1977
0.12" 1998
0.10" 1991
0.07" 1947
0.06" 1990
0.04" 1968
0.04" 1972
0.04" 1973
*** Database missing 1 year of information.
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