Sunset in late August in the Berkshires.

NICK DILLER’s weather summary August 2020: Wet, warm, with beautiful sunsets

It’s the warming of the Atlantic Ocean, which is the planet’s fastest warming ocean that is causing our summer discomfort.

A beautiful sunset. The end of August and the end of another summer in the Berkshires.

And what a summer. So many beautiful sunsets after some very humid weather with dew points mainly in the 60s and 70s.

High temperature readings for the month were average, but it was the lows that were warmer. Over the past 29 years, the average low temps continue to go up and that raises the mean temps. The mean temperature of 70.5 was due mainly to warmer, more humid nighttime temps and humidity. And you can expect more and more of it in the years to come. It’s the warming of the Atlantic Ocean, which is the planet’s fastest warming ocean that is causing our summer discomfort.

For the second time this year, we had wetter than average month: 6.68 inches compared a 4.2 inches average. I was told we were the wettest part of Berkshire County. But most of it fell in form of heavy showers and thunderstorms.

My barometer on dryness is the Housatonic River under the closed Cottage Street Bridge in Great Barrington. The water level on three large rocks tells me how dry it is.

So that is it for the weather in August.

I want to thank you very much for best wishes on knee recovery. With the physical therapy I should be fine soon.

I am looking forward to September. Have a good month.

August weather day by day:

  DATE HI TEMP LO TEMP    skyf RAIN SNOW  MELT                                         COMMENTX
Aug. 1 89 59 FAIR PCLDY EVENING
Aug. 2 84 69 CHANGING 0.08 BECOMING MCLDY EARLY AM. LIGHT RAIN 1P,9P, THEN PCLDYEA     DP78
Aug. 3 87 67 CHANGING 0.01 EARLY AM RAIN SHOWER, THEN FAIR  DP75. BECOMING MCLDY LATE PM
Aug. 4 74 67 CLOUDY 1.56 Ts ISAIA RAINS 5A til 9:30a. RAIN & STRONG SE WINDS GUSTING TO 28MPH 12:30P TILL5 THEN DRIZZLE CLEARING AT 7P
Aug. 5 84 62 FAIR PCLDY EVENING
Aug. 6 80 57 CHANGING PWLDY AM. MSUNNY AFT. BECOMING MCLDY EVENING
Aug. 7 78 62 CHANGING 0.14 LIGHT RAIN 4A & 8A. PCKDY MIS Sy, mckdy eve
Aug. 8 85 65 CHANGING CLOUDS LIFTING AT SUNRISE RO A FAIR PLEASANT DAY
Aug. 9 88 63 FAIR MORE HUMID, DP74
Aug. 10 89 90 CHANGING 1.59 THUNDERSH 5P TO 6P. OTHERWISE FAIR, HOT, HUMID.DP76
Aug. 11 90 66 CHANGING 0.1 FAIR HUMID DAY. HEAT INDEX 98, DP78. MCDY EVE. THUNDERSH 11:30 TIL………..
Aug. 12 86 64 CHANGING 0.57 THUNDERSH EARLY  AM PCODY AT SUNRISE TO A FAIR DAY.
Aug. 13 84 61 FAIR PCLDY, MODERATELY HUMID. DP72. CEAR EVVE
Aug 14 85 61 FAIR PLEASANT
Aug. 15 81 60 FAIR BREEZY, PLEASANT  DAY. PCLDY CALM EVENING
Aug. 16 69 61 CLOUDY 0.01 BECOMING MCLDY EARLY AM. CLOUDY ALL  DAY& EVENING. BRIEF SHOWER 3P.
Aug. 17 81 55 CHANGING 0.35 FAIR DAY..THUNDERSH 7P TIL 8P. REMAINING MCLDY EVE
Aug. 18 80 58 FAIR PCLDY. DP66
Aug. 19 77 53 CHANGING 0.07 MCLDY AM. PCLDYT AFT. BRIEF RAIN AT 4P. THEN CLEAR LESS HUMID EVE DP 66 TO 52.
Aug. 20 78 49 FAIR dp60
Aug. 21 85 51 FAIR MORE HUMID, DP69
Aug. 22 84 58 CHANGING 0.33 FAUR AN. THUNDRSH  1P TIL 2P. THEN FAIR.  DP75
Aug. 23 90 62 CJANGING 0.21 FAIR UNTIL 4.P. THUNDERSH 5P TIL 6PF.THRN FAIR
Aug. 24 88 64 FAIR HUMID        DP76
Aug. 25 83 64 CHANGING 0.08 VCLDY HUMIS, DP72. BRUEF SHOWER 4:10P, THEN COOLER, LESS HUMID
Aug. 26 71 53 FAIR WINDY  DRY   DP44
Aug. 27 71 51 CHANGING 0.8 BECOMING MCLDY AT SUNRISE. INTERMITTEN LIGHT RAIN AM. THUNDERSH AFT. REMAINING MCLDYPM
Aug. 28 77 62 CHANGING CLOUDS LIFTING AT SUNRISE RO A FAIR PLEASANT DAY
Aug. 29 80 62 CHANGING 0.78 RAIN STARTED AT 4:17 A. TIL 10A SPRINKLES TIL 2P.PCLDY AT 3P,THUNDERSH AT 8P TIL 9P, THEN CLEARING HUMO, DP74
Aug. 30 72 52 FAIR BREEZY, PLEASANT
Aug. 31 74 47 FAIR PARTLY CLOUDY PLEASANT
Average since 2000:  Temp:83/56   Mean: 69.5            Rain: 4.84″