August was drier than normal and ended about normal for temps

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The hot weather at the end of August brought the overall temperature to above normal for the month while it finished in the top ten for dry weather.

Clinton area weather observer Jim Blaess says the overall temperature was just over 73 degrees and that’s about one degree above normal for the month.

The lowest reading was on August 14th when it was 49.

The highest temperature was 98 on August 30th and that tied the record for the date set in 1953.

Blaess added there were four days with 90 or above temperatures and that matches was normal for the month.

 Precipitation was 1.1 inches and that is about 3.5 inches below the normal of 4.6.  August 2013 is the driest since 1984 and is the 9th driest on records to 1878

 At the end of July the year-to-date precipitation was 3 inches ahead of normal, but Blaess says because of the dry weather in August the year-to-date total is now about half-an-inch below normal with 24 inches of precipitation.  He did point out that last year the eight month precipitation total was about 16.5.

For this month you can expect about three inches of precipitation and one day with temperatures in the 90’s.  The average high on September 1st is 81 and the average low is 60 and by the end of the month those have dropped to 71 and 48.