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September 25, 2018

August 2015 – A Tad Warmer, Drier Than Normal


OSWEGO, NY – August 2015 was warm, but not as warm as Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service, suspected.

The average temperature for last month was 69.6 degrees. That’s just 0.2-degree above average.

August was a great time to be out on the water with family.

August was a great time to be out on the water with family.

“No big deal,” Gregway said. “I thought it would have turned out warmer.”

The highest temperature was 87 degrees on the 17th, 19th and 20th.

The lowest temperature was 53 degrees on the 9th.

There were no new records and no 90s, either.

However, the 9th saw a near record low. It got down to 53 degrees and the record is 51 degrees in 1922, Gregway noted.

August had 8 days where the high was in the 80s; 5 of them were consecutive.

And, there were 8 overnight lows in the 50s.

On the 20th, the low stuck at 73 degrees.

Total precipitation for the month came in at 2.89 inches, which is 0.91-inch below average.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 1.34 inches on the 21st.

Since the first of the year, total precipitation stands at 24.06 inches.

“We’re still running a deficit,” Gregway said. “That is 2.66 inches below where we should be.”

Measurable precipitation fell on 9 days – with a streak of 3 days in a row.

There were 4 days with just a trace.

And, no precipitation fell on 18 days with streaks of 5, 4 and 3 in a row.

The number of cloudy days, 12, was 4 above average.

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

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

There were just 2 thunderstorms, which is 3 below average.

No foggy days were recorded in August. That is average.

August saw 60 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is 4 percentages below normal.

While it may look inviting to walk along the breakwall on a hot summer day - it can also be very dangerous.

While it may look inviting to walk along the breakwall on a hot summer day – it can also be very dangerous.

The strongest winds were southwesterly at greater than 30 mph on the 18th.

“We also had 4 days (the 5th, 11th, 18th and 20th) where wind speeds were greater than 25 mph,” Gregway added. “There was a sharp, brief thunderstorm on the 18th at 4:50 p.m.”

The highest barometric pressure was 30.22 on the 28th and the lowest was 29.68 on the 2nd.

Last year, August was 1.4 degrees below average. The high and low was 85 degrees and 49 degrees, respectively.

There were no new records and no 90s.

Precipitation was 1.37 inches below normal.

For the year, precipitation stood at 27.05 inches at the end of August. That was 0.33-inch above average.

The amount of sunshine was the same as in 2015.

Going back to 1844, the wettest August on record is 7.86 inches in 1992.

The driest is 0.29-inch in 1874.

August 1947 is the warmest (73.4 degrees) and the coolest is 61.6 degrees in 1866.

“We also had an average temperature of 73.2 degrees in August 2001,” Gregway said.

The highest August temperature is 98 degrees, recorded on Aug. 22, 1883. The lowest is 42 degrees on Aug. 27, 1969.

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