August was wet but not hot, like the whole summer

Higher than normal humidity kept it uncomfortable much of the time

During August for Metro Atlanta overnight/morning lows (minimum temps) were warmer than normal on average, but daily afternoon highs (max temps) were near-normal to below normal on average. Rainfall for the month of August averaged above-normal to nobody’s surprise.

August had rain on 58% of days in Atlanta, almost 7 inches fell, which is 2.7 inches above-normal.

Meteorologists and climatologists look at “Summer” from a weather standpoint so Summer is June, July, and August. “Meteorological Fall” starts September 1st.

It was a wet but not hot summer. Looking at Hartsfield alone reveals almost half the days of summer had at least some rain, 47%:

Like August the Summer months saw daily high temps near-normal to cooler than normal for most of the state while overnight lows averaged warmer than normal thanks to the high humidity.


NWS summation for August not yet complete, but the maps above show you what happened. Rain total at Hartsfield was almost 7 inches for the month, 2.7 inches above average.

The number of days with a high of 90 or above was below-average, so was the number of days with a high of 95 or above and 100 or above.

No doubt I got some specifics wrong in my long-range forecast for summer released at the end of Spring, but the main message was that this summer we would avoid having a long brutal extreme hot summer and would avoid another drought. Mother nature delivered and then some.

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Kirk Mellish

Kirk Mellish






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