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August 2014 - Report and Summary

by Robert K. Peters, Ph.D. - National Weather Service Cooperating Observer

The month of August 2014 saw near normal temperatures and below normal rainfall. The thirty-day outlook for August 2014 had called for above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. When revised at the end of July, it called for near normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.

August 2014 was 1.9 deg. Cooler than August 2013, and 0.46 inch drier. Year-to-date rainfall was 1.80 inches greater in 2014 than in 2013.

The remnant of an upper air storm which brought significant rainfall to the area in late-July brought showers between the 1st and 3rd, while temperatures remained below normal. Upper air high pressure controlled the region's weather between the 4th and 10th, with temperatures running near to slightly above normal.

Another storm system brought thunderstorms to the southern counties on the 11th. The attendant cold front lowered temperatures beginning on the 11th, which persisted through the 14th. Upper air high pressure returned on the 15th, raising temperatures to slightly above normal levels.

The not very strong ridge continued in place through the 26th. On that day, a tropical wave passing through the Gulf of Mexico caused widely scattered afternoon thunderstorms. A surface reflection of this low came ashore around the 30th. In the meantime, an upper air trough crossed between the 29th and 31st. These features brought numerous showers on the 29th, and scattered showers on the 30th and 31st.

The reporting period for temperatures and phenomenon on each day is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight hours GMT--6 p.m. CST and 7 p.m. CDT. The reporting period for precipitation is for the twenty-four hours ending at noon GMT--6 a.m. CST and 7 a.m. CDT. All times are given using the twenty-four hour clock, and are expressed in Greenwich Mean Time.

Observations are from NWS Station 41/9207/4 in Tyler, Texas. The term "normal" refers to averages from the standard climatic period 1971-2000.




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