For the second consecutive month, temperature records fell like flies. With eight records broken in June –– six of which were record high readings –– July followed with five new records for daily high readings, plus two major records for Malone.
On July 9, the temperature hit 95 degrees, the highest temperature for any month in Malone in at least 38 years. The previous high reading was 94 degrees on Aug. 4, 2012, and also on May 27 of this year. The previous high reading for July was 93 degrees in 2018 and also in 1994. Lowest reading this July was 54 degrees on the 5th.
July’s mean temperature was 73.1 degrees, a new record for July and also the hottest of any month in Malone in at least 38 years. Now in second place is July’s mean temperature of 71.5 in 2018. Normal mean for July is 67.7 degrees. The coldest July was in 1992, with a mean temperature of 62.5 degrees.
Daily records, with the old record in parenthesis, include 92 on the 7th (90 in 2010), 95 on the 9th (89 in 1988), 94 on the 10th (88 in 1988), 88 on the 18th (87 in 2005), and 92 on the 19th (89 in 1991). A 90-degree reading on the 8th tied the old record set in 2010.
Temperatures of 90 degrees or higher are not very common in Malone, with only 38 days reaching 90 degrees or above since the Malone weather station was opened in October, 1982. So far this year, there have been 11 days with 90 degrees or more, and we still have August to go.
July’s rainfall was 3.19 inches, a little over an inch below the normal of 4.26 inches. Over the past 38 years, rainfall extremes range from a minimum of 1.50 inches in 2004 to a maximum of 7.86 inches in 2007. Total precipitation for the year through the end of July is 18.97 inches, about an inch and a half below the normal of 20.48 inches.
Wind in July (unofficial) averaged 4.5 mph from the west southwest and the maximum gust was 34 mph from the north northwest.
Statistics for July:
· Mean temperature: 73.1 degrees
· Normal mean: 67.7 degrees
· Previous warmest mean: 71.5 degrees (2018)
· Coldest mean: 62.5 degrees (1992)
· Highest temperature: 95 (9th)
· Previous record high: 93 degrees (1994, 2018)
· Lowest temperature: 54 degrees (5th)
· July record low: 40 degrees (1992)
· Temperature records: 7 (high)
· Precipitation: 3.19 inches
· Normal precipitation: 4.26 inches
· Record precipitation: 7.86 inches (2007)
· Least precipitation: 1.50 inches (2004)
· Average wind: 4.5 mph, west southwest
· Maximum gust: 34 mph north northwest
Although early August is much a continuation of the normally hot days of July, by the end of the month it is obvious that summer is rapidly coming to an end. Normal average temperature for the first week is 67 degrees but by the 31st, normal temperature in Malone is only 63. As the sun continues its path southward, more heat is lost than is gained. Maximum daily temperatures average in the 70s in Malone while minimum overnight lows are in the 50s, with frost always a possibility in late August.
Locally, Malone’s hottest August temperature over the past 37 years was 94 degrees on Aug. 4, 2012, and was the highest temperature for any month in Malone until this July when the maximum reading hit 95 degrees on the 9th. The coldest reading was 38 degrees in both 1987 and 1989.
In a normal August, we can expect six days with temperatures 81 degrees or higher. We can also expect eight days with minimum temperatures 50 degrees or below. August 2001 and also in 2016 were the warmest for any August in Malone since 1982; the coolest August was in 1986,
Precipitation continues to be similar to that of June and July. Frontal systems from the west continue to sweep across our area every three or four days on average, bringing scattered showers or thundershowers. The normal August rainfall in Malone is 4.41 inches, the most for any month.
Over the past 37 years locally, the least amount of August rainfall was 0.55 inches in 2002 and the most was 9.06 inches in 2011.
Hours of daylight are getting shorter. On Aug. 1, sunrise was at 5:44 a.m. and sunset was at 8:23 p.m. On the 31st, sunrise will be at 6:19 a.m. and sunset will be at 7:35 p.m., a decrease of one hour and 23 minutes of daylight during the course of the month.
In the U.S., most record high temperatures were set in July, but 10 states have record highs in August. They are Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington and Wyoming.
On Aug. 2, 1975, New England was never hotter than the 107 degrees at Chester and New Bedford, Mass. Providence, R.I., hit 104, the state’s record. In Maine, the heat hit 104 degrees at Jonesboro and 101 at Bar Harbor, and on Mount Washington, N.H., the temperature hit 72 degrees, the highest ever recorded there.
Malone’s record high temperature for August, 94 degrees, came on Aug. 4, 2012.
On Aug. 17, 1969, catastrophic hurricane Camille hit Pass Christian, Texas, with winds of up to 200 mph and a storm surge of almost 25 feet. Total destruction occurred on some coastal areas near landfall.
On Aug. 23, 1992, Hurricane Andrew’s peak storm surge of 23 feet raked Current Island, Bahamas. Andrew made U.S. landfall the next day with sustained winds of 145 mph and gusts to 175 mph at Homestead AFB, Florida.
And, on the 23rd in 1992, snow totaled 12 inches in St. Mary, Mont., and over eight inches at Great Falls.
On Aug. 31, 2005, 4.91 inches of rain fell in Malone, a record 24-hour amount.