Ithaca Climate Summary for August 2002
- With an average temperature of 70.2 degrees, the month averaged 2.9 degrees warmer than normal.
- This was 0.4 degrees cooler than last August, yet the 9th warmest August since 1873.
- There were ten days this month with temperatures reaching at least 90 degrees. This is the second greatest August total on record (most was 11 in 1938).
- There have been fifteen days this summer with a temperature of 90 or above. This is the most since 19 days in 1988.
- The warmest temperature of the month was 96 degrees on the14th.
- The coldest temperature of the month was 46 degrees on the 8th and 9th.
- High temperature records were set on two days:
August 2nd: 94 degrees broke record of 93 degrees set in 1926,
August 14th: 96 degrees broke record of 92 degrees set in 1888.
[All normals are for the years 1971-2000.]
- August precipitation totalled 2.04 inches, which represented 60% of normal.
- Almost all of the month's rainfall came during a six-day period. Between the 20th and 25th, 1.89 inches of rain fell.
- This was fourth driest August in the last 20 years.
- Nine of the last eleven months have been drier than normal.
- Year-to-date precipitation now stands at 24.71 inches, 0.66 inches above normal.
Keith L. Eggleston (KLE1@cornell.edu)
Northeast Regional Climate Center