September ended up warmer than usual and despite some rain it was drier than normal.
Clinton area weather observer Jim Blaess says the month ended up four degrees above the overall average at 69-degrees compared to the normal of 65. It ended tied for the 8th warmest September in records to 1879.
There were two record highs set during the month. Blaess says the 98-degrees on September 9th broke the record for that date of 97 set in 1912 and tied in 1933. The 97 on the 10th broke the record for the date of 96 set in 1931. Blaess says that was the first back-to-back record highs in September since 1953 when records were set on the 28th and 29th.
There were two other days with highs in the 90’s and Blaess says that is the first time there were four days of 90 or above weather in September since 1985.
For the season of May through September Blaess reported 15 days of 90 or above temperatures and that is the normal for the season.
In another indication of the warm weather, Blaess said the lowest temperature was 45 on the 14th and 29th and that was tied for the fourth warmest overnight low in September since 1891.
Blaess recorded about 2.4 inches of rain during the month and that’s about six-tenths of inch below normal with five days with measurable precipitation.
For first nine months of the year, Blaess says there has been about 26.5 inches of precipitation and that is a little more than an inch below the normal.
For October, the Clinton weather observer says you can expect about 2.7 inches of precipitation and that includes and average of one-tenth of an inch of snow.
Temperatures on October 1st include and average high of 70 and average low of 47 and by the end of the month those drop to averages of 57 and 38.