A lot of rain at the end of August and to start September

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Precipitation during the last half of August pushed the month’s total into the top 20 totals in Clinton weather records to 1878.

Clinton Area Weather Observer Jim Blaess says from August 1st through the first couple of weeks was .63 of an inch.  But, he says over the last half of the month there was 6.77 inches of precipitation.

Blaess says the month’s total was 7.40 inches and was the 20th most in an August since 1878.

The normal rainfall in August is 4.41 inches.

Blaess says that brought the year-to-date total to 27.84 inches.  The normal for the first eight months in 24.92.

Blaess added that over the first couple of days of September there has been 5.85 inches thru Monday inches.

He says that compares to the month’s average of 2.95 inches.

Since August 15th Blaess says there’s been over 12 and a half inches of rain.

The temperature of August was about normal. Blaess says the monthly average was 73 degrees. He says the average is 72.6.  The high was 89 on the 9th and low was 53 on the 22nd and 23rd.

Blaess says that made the third year in a row there were no 90 degree or higher temperatures in August. Blaess says since 1893 there have been 12 Augusts with no 90 degree says and noted that three of those have been the last 3 years.

For September, Blaess says there is an average of one day with 90 or higher temperatures and last year there were four days.

The average high on September 1st is 81 and the average low is 60.  Those drop to averages of 71 and 48 by the end of the month.