August 2011 will be remembered for the remnants of Tropical Storm Irene which created havoc in this area with downed trees and power lines.
Thankfully, it did not lead to the destruction seen in many other areas such as the Catskills, the state of Vermont, and the High Peaks region of our own Adirondacks.
The average high temperature was 78.3 degrees and the average low was 56.9 degrees, giving us an average temperature of 67.6 degrees, only 0.8 degrees above normal. There were no days with 90-degree temperatures compared to an average of less than one. We have had six 90-degree days this summer which is our average. The highest temperature, 86 degrees, was recorded on the first, the fifth, and the sixth. The lowest, 47 degrees, was recorded on the 23rd.
Rainfall was the big weather story of the month as 8.59 inches was measured, 4.88 inches above average and the most on record! The previous record amount was 7.73 inches that fell in 2004. The driest August was in 1999 when only 0.62 inches was measured. Rain fell on 15 days with the greatest amount, 3.65 inches, falling on the 28th. This was the remnant of tropical storm Irene.
One can only wonder what it would have been like if 10 inches or more had fallen, as it did other areas. Our yearly total is now 40.92, a whopping 13.19 inches above the normal amount of 27.73 inches. Our average for the entire year is 42.12 inches. With four months left in the year, we might easily exceed that amount.
The river reached its highest level, 7.49 feet, on the 29th as a result of Tropical Storm Irene and its lowest level, 2.86 feet, on the eighth.