September Goes Into The Record Book Warm and Dry

Fall settles in along the river

Fall settles in along the river (Bill Foley photo)

OSWEGO, NY – September 2014 will be remembered as a very nice month.

“It was a very pleasant month. It was mild, dry and sunny,” according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service. “We had a little cold snap there about in the middle of the month. But, it ended just like an Indian Summer!”

The average temperature for September was 62.6 degrees. That is just 0.6-degree above average.

Fall settles in along the river
Fall settles in along the river (Bill Foley photo)

September’s highest temperature was 89 degrees on the 5th and the lowest was 35 degrees on the 19th.

The 35 was a new record, Gregway said. It broke the old record of 37 degrees set in 1996.

There were 4 days where the temperature was 80 degrees or above; 2 of them in a row.

It was 70 degrees or warmer on 12 days; 4 of them consecutive.

There was just 1 time the mercury dipped into the 30s.

“We had lows in the 40s 7 times,” Gregway said. “And, the overnight low was 72 degrees once (on the 2nd),”

There was 1 thunderstorm day, which is 2 below average.

September had no foggy days, which is 1 below average.

Total precipitation for last month stands at 1.22 inches. That’s 2.95 inches below average.

Since the first of the year, precipitation is 28.27 inches. That’s 2.62 inches below average.

“We’re down. No doubt about that,” Gregway said. “It’s the 10th driest September on record since 1844.”

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period came on the 13th – 0.40-inch.

There were 7 days of measurable precipitation; 3 were in a row.

There were 2 days of just a trace.

And, there 21 days of no precipitation; including streaks of 8 and a pair of 4 days in a row.

September’s snowfall was also below average.

“We usually get at least a trace,” Gregway pointed out. “It’s mostly ice pellets or hail associated with a thunderstorm. This year, we got zip.”

The area saw 60 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is 6 percentages above average.

The number of cloudy days, 10, was normal.

The number of partly cloudy days, 14, was 4 above average.

The number of clear days, 6, was 4 below average.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.55 on the 24th and the lowest was 29.54 on the 21st.

The strongest winds were west-northwesterly at greater than 30 mph on the 13th.

For September 2013, it was 0.1-degree above average and there was 1 day in the 90s.

The overnight low was in the 70s 2 times.

Precipitation for the month was 0.73-inch above average and for the year it was 0.86-inch above average.

There were 3 thunderstorm days, no foggy days and the amount of sunshine was just about the same as this year, Gregway added.

The warmest September on record is 1881 (71.0 degrees). September 1896 is the coolest (50.6 degrees).

The most precipitation, 8.64 inches, was recorded in 2010. The least, 0.54-inch, came in 1844.

The snowiest Septembers are 1899 and 1985, both received 0.1-inch of snow.

September’s all time high temperature, 96 degrees, came on the 4th in 1953. The lowest, 30 degrees, was recorded twice – on the 24th in 1963 and the 30th in 1991.