August in review: Near to below normal temps and rainfall

  • Southeast Missouri and parts of southern Illinois: Cooler and wetter
  • Temperatures: For the month as a whole, temperatures averaged a few degrees below normal. There was a stretch from the 8th to the 19th when lows were quite cool, even as low as 52 degrees at Cape Girardeau and Carbondale. 
  • Rainfall: Rainfall was generally within one-half inch of normal thanks to a heavy rainfall event on the 21st and 22nd. The monthly rainfall at Cape Girardeau was 3.53 inches, but 3.16 inches of that rain fell in 24 hours.  
  • Western Kentucky and southwest Indiana: Warmer and drier
  • Temperatures: For the month as a whole, temperatures averaged within a degree of normal. There was a stretch from the 8th to the 19th when lows were quite cool, even near record lows at Paducah. The low of 56 degrees on the 18th tied the daily record. Daytime highs were generally near normal. Oddly, the hottest temperature of the month at Paducah was recorded on the last day. The high was 94 degrees on the 31st.
  • Rainfall: There was very little rainfall, with dry conditions noted in western Kentucky and southwest Indiana. At Evansville, the monthly rainfall was 0.52 inches, most of which fell on the 5th. At Paducah, the monthly rainfall was 0.83 inches. Almost all of that rain fell in a thunderstorm on the 29th. The normal monthly rainfall is about 3 inches. Due to a wet spring and early summer, this area was not officially designated in a long-term drought (as of month's end). 


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