While we were all parched in July as it was drier than normal, looks like Mother Nature redeemed herself in August as we were not necessarily dying of thirst. Temperatures across the east, thanks to a series of fronts keeping us cloudy and rainy often, were slightly cooler than average as well. Here’s the breakdown.
The average high temperature across eastern North Carolina for the month of August is 88 degrees, depending on the city. The average temperature across the east actually turned out to be 87.5 degrees….you may not have actually felt that much different. New Bern showed a similar story in that the actual average there for the month was 86.7 degrees, while Washington showed a more dramatic cooling of 84.0 for an actual average for the month. Hatteras was in the minority in that it actually was 1 degree warmer than the average. The normal average there is 84 degrees, where they actually saw an average high of 85 degrees.
If you’re not a fan of hot, dry summer weather, you continued to like August this year for another reason in that there seemed to be plenty of moisture. We were not hurting for water as we experienced wetter than normal conditions. The average rainfall across the east for the month is 6.14 inches. New Bern saw 8.23 inches of rain last month, Cape Hatteras saw 8.98 inches, almost 9 inches of rain. Beaufot actually fared differently in that they saw only 5.79 inches of rain where the normal is 7.70 inches, however down the road in Newport, they saw 9.73 inches of rain, above the normal by about 1.7 inches. So we received a respite from the dryness and excessive heat in August and September is already getting started on a soggy note. We’ll have the September and Fall outlooks coming up in future blogs.