August 2009 Was ‘Pretty Much Normal’

OSWEGO, NY – August 2009 was “pretty much normal,” according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

The average temperature last month was 71.1 degrees. That is 0.7-degree warmer than average, according to Gregway.

“That’s no biggie really for August,” he noted.

The humid days in August were followed by some very nice sunsets.
The humid days in August were followed by some very nice sunsets.

The highest temperature in August was 90 degrees on the 17th and the lowest was 48 degrees on the 27th.

There were no records set last month, Gregway added.

“But, we did have the one 90. It was the first of this year,” he said. “The last time we had a 90-degree reading was back on July 8, 2008.”

There were 13 days last month where the temperature hit 80 degrees of above; 6 of those days were in a row.

And, there were 2 days where the high temperature didn’t get out of the 60s (69 on the 28th and 67 on the 31st), according to Gregway.

“There were 2 nights where the lows stuck in the 70s (70 on the 16th and 72 on the 18th), he added.

Total precipitation for August 2009 was 3.33 inches. That is 0.47-inch below normal.

The greatest amount of precipitation in a 24-hour period was 0.73-inch on the 21st.

There were a couple very heavy downpours that day, Gregway said, resulting in 0.45-inch in a 10-minute span.

Since the first of the year, the total precipitation stands at 25.12 inches as of the end of last month.

“We’re still running a deficit,” Gregway said. “That is 1.60 inches below where we should be.”

There were 4 thunderstorms in August. That is 1 below average.

August 2009 had 1 foggy day, which is 1 more than usual, according to Gregway.

The area saw 59 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is 5 percentages below normal.

The number of cloudy days, 11, was 3 above normal.

The number of partly cloudy days, 17, was 5 above normal.

The number of clear days, 3, was 8 below average.