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Words From Jerry
I have to do Jerry's Words again this month. He's hoping to get a computer soon and may be able to use it. I sure hope so.

August turned out to be quite the weather month for me. While temps and humidity were a little low, the rain on the 13th was a record breaker. I had 13.40" of rain and my basement was flooded with 14" of water, so I lost my oil burner. Luckily I have flood insurance and have already received the checks. I always say better wet than white, but not in this case.

The Hurricane Season continues to be slow as predicted, but as I tell everyone in my area it only takes one storm to do the damage.

It seems to me that it's getting darker than usual. Maybe it's just me not looking forward to Winter.

Bill from Long Island
(VP and Moderator)

August's Weather
  • 2nd: Raleigh-Durham, NC, breaks its record low max temp with 70 F; old record: 71, 1916.
  • 3rd: Downtown LA had its first measurable rain since April. At least 1 dead, hundreds temporarily stranded by flash flooding & debris flows in California. The 89 degree high temp in Death Valley broke the previous record low max of 104 deg set in 1945.
  • 4th: TS Bertha became the Atlantic season's second hurricane.
  • 5th: Bertha weakens back to tropical storm.
  • 6th: San Antonio, TX, reached 100 F, the first time there this year. TS Bertha became extratropical as it was absorbed within an offshore front.
  • 8th: Iselle made landfall on the Big Island of Hawaii, 5 miles east of Pahala with 60 mph.
  • 10th: Charleston, SC saw over 4" of rainfall, doubling their old daily precipitation record.
  • 11th: With 4.57", Detroit had its 2nd highest rainfall total ever recorded in a single day. The record is 4.74" (7/31/1925). Detroit also established an ALL-TIME 1-DAY RAINFALL RECORD for the month of August (Records began in 1874). Seattle broke their record high after reaching 96 F, old record was 95 F set in 1977.
  • 13th: Islip, NY set a new 24 hour rainfall record for the state of New York with 13.51" and that's over 3 times the avgage rainfall for all of August. The High temperature in Flagstaff, AZ was 64 degrees, setting a new record low high temperature. Previous was 66 set in 1916.
  • 14th: Knoxville, TN, tied its record Low with 58 F. Old record: 1967.
  • 17th: A tornado touched down in South Florida.
  • 19th: Flooding rain in Arizona with people rescued from cars and homes.
  • 20th: Tampa, FL hit 99 that tied the city's ALL-TIME record high temperature. The city has never hit 100.
  • 22nd: Chicago's Midway airport reported 3.95" of rain in one hour, the heaviest one-hour rate in 34 years.
  • 23rd: TD4 becomes TS Cristobal.
  • 24th: Tallahassee Airport hit 101. The fourth straight day with a record high. The NWS would confirmed 2 weekend tornadoes in NE SouthDakota; 1 with EF-1 damage & an EF-0 tornado tracked 5.8 miles near Morrill MN.
  • 24th: Cristobal becomes Hurricane Cristobal.
  • 25th: Springfield, Missouri, set a record high of 101 F, breaking the old record of 100 F set in 1938.
  • 26th: St. Louis, Mo has had 9 consecutive days of above-average high temps. The last 4 have been by at least 10 F above average. At least 9 people reported injured as a result of lightning strikes today (Texas-3 Michigan-3 Colorado-2 Indiana-1). Detroit storms leave thousands without power.
  • 29th: Ccristobal becomes a powerful extratropical cyclone over the north atlantic. Prescott, AZ has received 13.18" of rain so far this Monsoon Season (6/15-8/28). This is the 2nd most in the last 116 years!(1984 - 13.91").
  • 30th: The average high temperature in Las Vegas this August (98.1 deg) is the 4th coolest in recorded history dating back to 1937. DFW has received 4.34" of rain in Aug., the wettest Aug. at the airport since 1996.
  • 31st: With 15.73" of rain for the month in Lake Charles, LA, it becomes the 2nd wettest August in recorded history 17.36" in 1962. Today was the first day since June 29 with no lightning across the state of New Mexico.

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