Look back at August, look ahead to September

September 2, 2018 0 Comments

August sure flew by for me, how about you?

Maybe it went so fast for me because I was very busy harvesting and processing produce from the garden.  I had the heaviest yield of potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, and cucumbers ever in my 30 years of gardening.  In fact some of the potatoes are bigger than softballs.   I have been picking some really nice cantaloupe, and my plum tree  produced about 4 bushels of fruit as well.   I had frequent moderate showers at my house but avoided most of the excessive downpours that other parts of the region had.  The consistent slightly warmer than normal temperatures helped the garden most likely as well.

 

August Climate Summary for Wausau

It was a warm month.  The average low temperature at the Wausau Downtown Airport was 59.6 degrees , which is  2.6 degrees above normal.  The average high temperature was 79.4, which is 1.7 degrees above normal.  The highest temperature recorded at the Wausau Downtown Airport in August was 88 degrees while the coldest was 50 degrees.

Wausau had a good amount of rain in August, 5.77 inches.  That is 1.61  inches above the normal amount.  In the bigger picture, August 2018 will be remembered for some of the extreme rain events across the state.  There were at least 3 different rain events that produced more than 8 inches in a 12 hour period in various parts of the state.  Of course the Dane County flood has reports of over 13 inches just west of Madison.

September Outlook

 

As you can see it is projected to be warmer than normal in September over most of the United States.  That area with the greatest odds of the above normal temperatures is from the central Great Lakes into New England.

Meanwhile, the CPC has an area from New Mexico to Wisconsin targeted for above normal rainfall in September.  Much of this excess may come in the first week of the month.

 

About the Author:

StormTrak9 Meteorologist with WAOW-TV in Wausau, WI. Also the owner of Great Lakes Weather Service, LLC.

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