Monday, August 01, 2016

August... The End Is Near

The end of summer.  What did you think I was talking about with that headline? :)

This is the last month of meteorological summer and psychologically, the longest for me.  It's hot and I'm counting the days until fall and football like many of you!

The last week of July and the first week of August are climatologically the hottest of the year based upon the 30 year average.  The average high/low to start the month is 93/74.  The average by the end of the month is 91/70.  Not much better, but it's something.   We will also lose 57 minutes of daylight this month.  The average rainfall in Little Rock this month is only 2.59''

Here are some other interesting facts about August in Arkansas.

  • The hottest temperature ever observed in the state was at Ozark on August 10th, 1936, at 120 degrees.
  • The lowest high temperature was 59 degrees in Eureka Springs on August 14, 1964, and 59 degrees at Mountain Home August 15th, 1964.
  • The lowest temperature was 38 degrees at Yellville on August 29th, 1986.
  • The highest daily rainfall amount was 11'' at Damascus on August 13th, 1957
  • The highest monthly rainfall was 19.55'' at Hardy in 1915
  • The all-time hottest temperature in Little Rock was 114 degrees on August 3, 2011
  • The all-time lowest temperature was 52 on numerous dates.
  • The wettest August in Little Rock was 14.46'' in 1966
  • The driest was a trace in 1995
  • The most rain in 1 day was 6.79'' on August 13, 1966

Thanks to the NWS Little Rock for these stats.

6-10 day outlook indicates above average temperatures and above average rainfall

The 8-14 day outlook indicates the same.  Hot with a chance for above average rain.

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