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August 2018 - Report and Summary

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

August 2018 was warmer and drier than normal. The Summer of 2018 tied with 1934 for the fourth warmest Summer on record, 2011 holding the record for the warmest.

The thirty-day outlook for August 2018, issued on July 19, had called for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation. It was not changed with the July 31 revision. August 2018 was in sharp contrast with the previous August. August 2017 was 3.4- deg. Cooler, and 10.02 inches wetter. In fact, August 2017, with 11.65 inches, was the wettest August since record-keeping began in 1883.

There were three daily rainfall records set during that month, and two days on which record low maximum temperatures were experienced.

The Summer of 2018 contrasted with that of 2017, as well. The 2018 Summer saw temperatures 4.4 deg. Warmer than normal, and rainfall 3.70 inches less than normal. The Summer of 2018 was 3.8 deg. Warmer than that of 2017, and 14.61 inches drier. Year-to-date rainfall was less than normal, and 16.42 inches less in 2018 than through August 31, 2017.

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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