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September 24, 2018

August Was Cooler, Drier Than Average


OSWEGO, NY – Despite its humidity and occasional heavy rains, August was cooler and drier than normal, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

A couple of deer enjoy the nice weather in a field near Scriba.

A couple of deer enjoy the nice weather in a field near Scriba.

The average temperature for August 2014 was 68.0 degrees. That is 1.4 degrees below average, Gregway said.

“There were no 90s and no records,” he added. “It was a bit on the muggy side.”

The highest temperature was 85 degrees on the 11th and the 26th.

The lowest was 49 degrees on the 19th.

August saw 6 days where the high was 80 or above, and 19 when it was in the 70s.

The overnight low was in the 40s once (on the 19th). It was in the 50s 11 times.

“August went out with a little burst of heat,” Gregway said. “The overnight low on the 31st was 70 degrees.”

Precipitation for August came in at 2.43 inches. That is 1.37 inches below average.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period came over the 12th and 13th – 0.85-inch. There was also 0.54-inch on the 15th, Gregway added.

“Overall, it was a rather dry month. But, the few times it rained, it really came down,” he said.

There were 10 days of measurable precipitation, 5 of them were in a row.

There was 1 day of a trace.

And, no precipitation fell on 20 days; there were stretches of 9 and 6 days in a row.

Since the first of the year, total precipitation now stands at 27.05 inches. That is just 0.33-inch above average.

There was just 2 thunderstorm days in August. That is 3 below average.

August saw 1 foggy day, which is 1 above average.

The area saw 60 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is 4 percentages below average.

“That was kind of surprising,” Gregway said. “I was expecting it to be sunnier.”

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

Red sky at night, sailor's delight.

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.

The number of partly cloudy days, 13, was 1 above average.

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

“There weren’t a lot of strong winds last month,” Gregway said. “Just on maybe 3 or 4 days, that’s all.”

The strongest winds were west-northwesterly on the 13th at greater than 25 mph.

Also on the 13th was the month’s lowest barometric pressure, 29.72. The highest, 30.22 came on the 25th and then again on the 29th.

The wettest August on record is 7.86 inches in 1992. The driest is 0.29-inch in 1874.

The coolest August is 1866 with an average temperature of 61.6 degrees.

The warmest may have been 73.4 degrees in 1947. There is a recent high of 73.2 degrees in 2001.

The highest temperature on record in August is 98 degrees on the 22nd in 1883. The coldest is 42 degrees on the 27th in 1969.

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