Weather Watch

The dry weather of 2007 returned this August, after a brief respite in July, with less than one inch of rain falling. Most of it evaporated without any of it soaking in to a parched ground. Lawns and gardens turned brown and withered unless watered with sprinklers.

The average temperature for the month was 67 degrees, only 0.1 degree warmer than normal. The average high was 79.6 degrees and the average low was 54.3 degrees. The highest temperature, 94 degrees, was recorded on the 2nd and the lowest, 40 degrees, was recorded on the 21st. There were 3 days of 90 degree or better readings when the average is less than one. There were 49 degree days. Drought was the big story during the month as only 0.98 inches of rain fell, 2.40 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation fell on only 10 days with the most, 0.26 inches, recorded on the 8th. Our seasonal total is now 24.37 inches, 2.93 inches below the normal amount of 27.30 inches.

The river certainly reflected the dryness as it only reached a height of 2.57 feet on the 1st and fell to its lowest level, 2.15 feet, on the 31st. The river reached its lowest level on record, 1.95 feet, on September 6th, 1999. Ten days after that the remnants of Hurricane Floyd dropped nearly 4 inches of rain and raised the river level to almost six feet. Perhaps the dry ground and low river will receive the same boost this year from the remains of a tropical system.

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