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September 24, 2018

August 2010 Was A Bit Warmer And Drier Than Usual


OSWEGO, NY – The average temperature last month was 71.6 degrees. That is 2.2 degrees above average, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

The weather most days of August was just right to go fly a kite.

The weather most days of August was just right to go fly a kite.

“That surprised me a little bit. The way August felt, I’d have guessed it was below average,” he said.

The highest temperature was 89 degrees on the 3rd and the lowest was 54 degrees on the 27th.

“There were no records,” Gregway said. “And, we didn’t have any 90s, either.”

August 2010 had 17 days where the high was 80 degrees or above. It had 3 overnight lows that were 71 degrees (the 3rd, 4th and 5th).

On 6 days, the low was 54 degrees or above, Gregway added.

“Over all, it was the 12th warmest August on record since 1855,” Gregway said.

Total precipitation last month was 3.08 inches, which is 0.72-inch below average.

Since the first of the year, however, precipitation stands at 28.50 inches. That is 1.78 inches above normal.

A heavy downpour last month made driving nearly impossible.

A heavy downpour last month made driving nearly impossible.

The greatest rainfall in a 24-hour period was 1.80 inches overnight Aug. 22-23.

There were 9 days of measurable precipitation, 3 of them were consecutive.

A trace of precipitation fell on 3 days.

No precipitation was recorded on 19 days, including a 5 in a row span.

The area saw 59 percent of the possible amount of sunshine.

That’s 5 percentages below average, according to Gregway.

The number of cloudy days, 9, was 1 above normal.

The number of partly cloudy days, 15, was 3 above normal.

The number of clear days, 7, was 4 below average.

There were 2 thunderstorms, which is 3 below average.

And, there were no foggy days, which is normal.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.28 on the 30th and the lowest was 29.60 on the 5th.

The strongest winds were north-northeasterly 25 to more than 30 mph on the 22nd, Gregway said.

“We had a couple of pretty windy days in August,” he said. “It was west-northwesterly in the 20 to 25 mph range on the 6th, that’s on the heels of the low pressure moving in on the 5th.”

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