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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published September 04 2012

Weather Talk: August finishes with temps, precipitation below average

Although the end of the month may not have felt like it yet, as a whole, the month of August was our first month since May 2011 to finish with an average temperature below normal.

Last month the average temperature was 68.8 degrees, which is 0.5 degree below the current 30-year average of 69.3 degrees. Granted, that means last month finished right at the average, as did a few other months in the past year, yet it was still the first month to finish even slightly below average to end our above-average streak at 14 months.

August was very dry. The airport recorded only 0.92 inch of precipitation during August, which is 1.64 inches below average. This is the lowest total since 1984 (which was the driest on record with 0.18 inch) and tied last month as the 13th driest since 1881.

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