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Weather Watch 9-18-10

August continued the summer of 2010 with temperatures that were near normal, but with high humidity that made it seem unbearable at times. Even the thought of activity made one perspire profusely. The string of months with above normal temperatures was extended to eight.

The average high temperature was 77.9 degrees and the average low was 56.8 degrees, with an average temperature of 67.3 degrees - only 0.5 degrees above normal. There were no days above 90 degrees compared to an average of one. The seasonal total of 90 degree days is five compared to an average of six. The highest temperature of 89 degrees was recorded Aug. 31 and the lowest temperature of 48 degrees was recorded Aug 21. There were 42 degree days bringing the seasonal total to 66.

Precipitation totaled 5.56 inches - 2.09 inches above normal and the third most on record. The wettest August on record was in 2004 when 7.73 inches was measured and the driest August was in 1999 when only 0.62 inches was measured. Precipitation was measured on 11 days with the greatest amount of 2.62 inches falling Aug. 23. During the period from Aug. 22 to 24, 4.43 inches fell. The seasonal total is now 31.45 inches - 3.72 inches above normal.

The river reached its highest level of 5.65 feet Aug. 23, due to the heavy rain that fell as mentioned above. The river reached its lowest level of 2.51 feet Aug. 20.

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