Nick Diller weather summary: August 2017, cool and dry

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By Saturday, Sep 2 Life In the Berkshires
Hikers enjoy a respite on the top of Monument Mountain on an August trek commemorating the famous meeting of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne on those slopes on August 5, 1850.

Great Barrington — For the third straight month rainfall and temperatures were below average.

August turned out to be the third straight month with below average rainfall and below average temperatures. Rainfall totaled 3.36 versus the average 4.20 inches.

But once again, it did not feel drier and cooler because of moderate to extreme humidity. Dewpoints that meteorologists use to measure discomfort showed 24 days of 60 or higher and ten of those days measured an oppressive 70 or higher with the hottest, most uncomfortable day on the 22nd when the temperature went to a monthly high of 89 and the dew point climbed to 76. Overall, the month’s average high was 78, low 56, mean 67.

Those readings came to 2 degrees below average.

For only the fourth time in the 52 years of record keeping have we failed to register a 90 and above reading in July and August. The first was 1967, then 1992 when we recorded none at all. The last year before this one was 2000.

This year we had two in May and two in June.

Summers are just too short. Let’s hope this one lingers through September.

    DATE HI TEMP LO TEMP      SKY RAIN SNOW                             COMMENTS
1-Aug-17 87 59 FAIR
2-Aug-17 85 61 CHANGING 0.41 A 4P THUNDERSH OTHERWISE FAIR
3-Aug-17 85 59 CHANGING 0.45 FAIR AM. THUNDESHOWERS 4 PM. HUMID (DP72)
4-Aug-17 80 61 CHANGING 0.75 VCLDY AM & PM THUNDERSH. (DP 74)
5-Aug-17 82 63 CHANGING 0.05 CLOUDINGUP AT SUNRISE. SHOWER 6A & 2P. OTHERWISE PCLDY. (DP71)
6-Aug-17 75 54 FAIR PCLDY
7-Aug-17 70 54 CHANGING 0.07 CLOUDING UP AT SUN RISE. LIGHT RAIN AFT.
8-Aug-17 77 57 CHANGING 0.07 EARLY AM LIGHT RAIN. CLEARING MID AM.
9-Aug-17 84 48 FAIR
10-Aug-17 86 57 FAIR PCLDY
11-Aug-17 81 60 CHANGING 0.25 FAIR AM. CLOUDING UP MID DAY. MORE HUMID RAIN 8P-MIDNIGHT
12-Aug-17 80 61 CHANGING 0.33 RAIN TIL 4A THEN PCLDY. MCLDY EVENING
13-Aug-17 79 61 CHANGING 0.03 BRIEF RAIN 12:01A. THEN PCLDY
14-Aug-17 78 55 CHANGING OVERCAST DAY. PCLDY EVENING.
15-Aug-17 76 62 CHANGING 0.05 CLOUDING UP EARLY AM. RAIN 5P.
16-Aug-17 80 60 FAIR
17-Aug-17 81 51 CHANGING FAIR DAY. CLOUDING UP LATE AFT.
18-Mar-00 76 65 CHANGING 0.61 PERIODS OF RAIN TIL SUNSET. THEN PCLDY
19-Aug-17 84 65 FAIR DISTANT THUNDERSH.
20-Aug-17 79 60 FAIR
21-Aug-17 85 55 FAIR
22-Aug-17 89 65 CHANGING 0.25   HUMID (DP76) EVENING THUNDERSH  
23-Aug-17 77 55 CHANGING 0.04 EARLY AM SHOWER THEN PCLDY LESS HUMID. LOW TEMP 11:59P
24-Aug-17 75 51 FAIR
25-Aug-17 72 54 FAIR PCLDY
26-Aug-17 72 45 FAIR
27-Aug-17 74 44 FAIR
28-Aug-17 74 47 FAIR PCLDY
29-Aug-17 63 49 CHANGING CLOUDING UP AT SUNRISE.
30-Aug-17 74 52 CHANGING CLOUDS LIFING MID AM TO A BEAUTIFUL DAY.
31-Aug-17 71 47 CHANGING CLOUDING UP MID AM. CLEARING WINDY MID AFT.
78 56 Mean 67 3.36  

AVERAGE: Temp-81/57 Mean: 69   Rain: 4.2″

 

 


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