Weather Watch

June 2013 was a very wet and humid month with measurable rain on more than two thirds of the days. This has helped to make up our moisture deficit, but although it may be hard to believe, we are not back to a normal amount.

The average high temperature was 76.3 and the average low was 53.2 giving us an average of 64.8 degrees, only 0.1 degree below normal. The highest temperature, 89 degrees, was recorded on three days, the 1st, the 24th, and the 25th. The lowest temperature, 41 degrees, was recorded on the 5th. There were no 90 degree days compared to an average of 2.

Rainfall was the big story of the month as 8.07 inches of rain fell, 3.76 inches above normal and the third most on record. The most rainfall, 9.30 inches, fell in 2006 and the least, 1.00 inch, fell in 1988. There were also 8.89 inches falling in 1998. Our seasonal total is now 18.42 inches, 1.95 inches below normal. There was measurable precipitation on 21 days with the greatest amount, 2.57 inches, falling on the 28th. This storm dumped considerably more rain on the Gore Mountain-North River area then it did here in Riparius. Many roads were washed out and bridges and culverts were damaged. It was interesting to note that it rained every day for the last nine days of the month.

The river reached its highest point, cresting at 8.13 feet, at midnight on the 30th. It was the muddiest brown color that this observer has ever seen. The river reached its lowest point, 3.84 feet, on the 23rd. With these heights it was a good month for rafting.

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